ERC means European Research Council. Since 2007, the European Research
Council funds thousands of ambitious science projects. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. The ERC approach is 'investigator-driven' and 'bottom-up' by nature, which allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.
Comics means... comics! And that's what we are doing: 16 comics about ERC-funded science.
We believe in the power of visual storytelling, and we want to illustrate each ERCcOMIC in a concrete,
memorable and engaging way.
We do not want to do traditional popularisation. We want to draw inspiration from science, tell stories and create images.
La Bande Destinée is a communication agency specialising in
illustration, comics and animation. Founded in Paris
in 2007, the agency collaborates with a vast group of comic artists and illustrators such as Gipi and
Fior, both winners of the International Comics Festival of Angoulême.
Sorbonne University is a multidisciplinary and research-intensive university with world-famous origins.
Continuing the humanist tradition of the Sorbonne, it is devoted to meeting the scientific challenges of the 21st century and spreading the knowledge created in its laboratories by its research teams and transmitted to its students and to society as a whole. Sorbonne University’s three faculties in humanities, medicine and science each with the wide-ranging autonomy necessary to conduct its ambitious programs in both research and education.
Elena Billi-Rizza (European affairs)
Born in Turin, Italy, Elena first studied and worked as a researcher in chemistry and materials engineering at different universities in Europe and Japan, where she fell in love with manga and anime. She has been directing the European Affairs for Research and Innovation at the Sorbonne University since 2012.
Marie-Christine Agopian (Project management)
Born in Beirut of Armenian origin and living in Paris, Marie's multicultural background says a lot about her broad vision of the world, as well as her sense of caring. Project Manager for ERCcOMICS, Marie has a master’s degree in European Studies from La Sorbonne University (Paris, France). Her smile and delicious chocolate cookies refresh our meetings. It is actually hard to know which one Marie likes more: chocolate cookies or ERCcOMICS?
Fiammetta Ghedini (Editorial coordination & script)
Born in Bologna, Italy, Fiammetta completed a PhD thesis on perceptual illusions (SSSUP, Pisa and UCL, London), then moved to Paris, where she began working in science communication. Becoming a comic artist has always been her secret plan so she thought of putting it all together: science + art = ERCcOMICS! fiammettaghedini.com
Massimo Colella (Art direction & script)
Born in Napoli, Italy, Massimo earned a degree in Communication Sciences, after which time he worked as an advertising art director in Milan and London and finally in Paris, where he cofounded La Bande Destinée in 2007. Passionate about comics, cinema and moving images in general, from 19th century’s phenakistoscopes to animated gifs and cinemagraphs.
Patrick Lemerle (Art direction & illustration)
Born in Fontenay-aux-roses, near Paris, France, Patrick obtained a diploma in advertising illustration and later worked as a graphic designer and art director in several communication agencies in Paris. In 2007 he cofounded La Bande Destinée in order to connect his passion for comics with his communication skills. Since then he has developed 2D animation and caricature techniques.
Lorenzo Ghetti (Web interaction)
Born in Pisa, Italy, in 1989, Lorenzo graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy, where he was part of Delebile and now works for Hamelin. He's the author of the Webcomic TO BE continued.
Carlo Trimarchi (Web design & development)
Born in Messina, Italy, Carlo first studied computer science in his hometown followed by further studies in Bologna. Since 2012 he has been living in Berlin, where he works at Photocircle and on different projects as a freelancer. Together with Lorenzo Ghetti, he created and works at To Be continued. And here is his (for now mostly) empty website.