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Prof. Dr. Sören Auer

ERC Consolidator Grant for Prof. Dr. Sören Auer


L3S member Sören Auer, Director of TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and Professor for Data Science and Digital Libraries at the L3S Research Centre at Leibniz Universität Hannover has been awarded one of the world-renowned Consolidatior Grants of the European Research Council (ERC).

For his research work „ScienceGraph - Foundations for Knowledge Graph based Representation, Augmentation and Exploration of Scholarly Communication“ the European Union is providing Auer with two million euro over the next five years. The project will be located in the Joint Lab of L3S and TIB.

Revolutionizing scientific cooperation

How can the handling of information, data and knowledge be improved and made more effective? In view of the enormous technological progress, how can knowledge and information be digitally networked so that they can be better used by machines in the future? How can the change from document-centred knowledge exchange in science and research to more knowledge-based information flows take place? Auer and his team at the TIB and the L3S in Hanover are dealing with these questions.

"Today, the exchange of knowledge in research still takes place via documents. Strictly speaking, the way in which scientific findings are passed on has not changed fundamentally for centuries. And this despite the fact that we are experiencing an ever faster pace in the development of new digital technologies," says Prof. Auer. "With the recognition of the ERC, we now have the opportunity to intensify our research into a more meaningful exchange of knowledge through semantic databases, so-called knowledge graphs, and thus to make research more effective and lead it into the age of digitization," Auer is pleased to report.

The science prizes, financed by the European Union with a total of 573 million euro, are intended to support top scientists in their visionary basic research. In 2018, 291 of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants were awarded across Europe. With 2,389 applications, this corresponds to a success rate of only twelve percent.

Further information on the research project can be found at and