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EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration

Date: 04/03/2013 08:00 › 08/03/2013 17:00 Location: European Parliament Address: Brussels, Belgium Price: Free

EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration

ISC Intelligence in Science, in conjunction with Mr Sean Kelly MEP and other Members of the European Parliament, is proposing a major conference to be held at the European Parliament, in March 2013, to address the scientific response to global societal and economic challenges. The event will take place in Brussels under the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, which begins on January 1st 2013, and would bring together potential partners from across 100 countries at a time when many research ideas and project proposals are put forward. The purpose of the event will be to maximise the impact of Horizon 2020 in terms of global collaborative science and the scientific response to global societal challenges.

The event will come at a crucial time for the future of R&D funding in Europe. The EU’s institutions are currently negotiating legislative proposals for R&D funding over the period 2014 to 2020. The European Commission has proposed $80b in funding for Horizon 2020, the next Framework Programme for Research and Development. The Commission proposals for EU Cohesion Policy over the same time period also include significant levels of support for R&D capacity building. Ireland will take over the EU Council Presidency at a vitally important juncture in the negotiation process concerning these proposals. The Presidency will also come at a time when R&D stakeholders are putting forward their priorities and plans for the remainder of the current decade.

The conference will have three primary components:

- Plenary sessions in the European Parliament Hemicycle
- Technical seminars
- Consortium building meetings

Plenary sessions will address key global societal challenges at a macro level and explore the potential role of global collaboration in responding to these challenges. Technical seminars will allow more detailed discussion of specific technical obstacles that must be overcome to enable such collaboration to succeed. Consortium building meetings will facilitate researchers in identifying and meeting with potential partners as they move towards the launch of Horizon 2020. It is expected that the conference will yield 100 projects involving partners from across 100 countries.

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