Raising Inclusion and Performance of European Research and Innovation

Forum Future Europe brings together national academies of sciences and arts, leading higher education institutions, research and innovation organisations, and invited experts from the EU13 countries and from Germany with decision-makers from the European Parliament, EU Member States, the European Commission and the EU Council Presidency.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Official opening: Matthias Kleiner (President, Leibniz Association), Jörg Hacker (President, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina)

Plenary debate – Joining Forces for a Globally Competitive European Research Area: How to Overcome the Performance Divide?

The plenary discusses the challenges for maintaining the competitiveness of Europe on the global level in terms of research and innovation, focusing on the efforts to strengthen convergence within the area covered by European research funding programmes. Input statements and open discussion.

With: Hagit Attiya (Executive Vice President, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology), Jana Kolar (Executive Director, Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium CERIC-ERIC), Jerzy Duszyński (President, Polish Academy of Sciences), Igor Papič (Rector, University of Ljubljana)

Moderator: Florin Zubașcu (Editor, Science | Business)

Roundtable – Future of Science Systems in Europe: What Role for Universities?

The roundtable discusses the role of higher education institutions in Europe’s future, focusing on their role and tasks, and on inter-university networks and academic mobility. Facilitated debate with interventions by the participants.

Facilitators: Donald B. Dingwell (Fellow, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Vice-President, Academia Europea & Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich), Alfred J. Vella (Rector, University of Malta)

Roundtable – Future of Science Systems in Europe: What Role for National Academies and Research and Innovation Organisations?

The roundtable discusses the role of national academies and research and innovation organisations for Europe’s future, focusing on current and future challenges. Facilitated debate with interventions by the participants.

Facilitators: Peter Haslinger (Director of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association and Speaker of the Leibniz Central and Eastern Europe Network), David Matthew Smith (Director, Ruđer Bošković Institute Zagreb), Ioan Aurel Pop (President, Romanian Academy)

Friday, 22 February 2019

Introductory statements: Matthias Kleiner (President, Leibniz Association), Jörg Hacker (President, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina)

Keynote speech – Future Europe: Visualisation and Construction

The keynote gives a political message on the future scenarios for the EU and the European continent, considering current and future challenges. Keynote followed by a moderated discussion.

Helge Braun (Head of the German Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks)

Plenary debate – Europe 2050: How Can Education, Science and Innovation Contribute?

The panel discusses the ways in which education, science and innovation can contribute on the joint path towards a successful Europe 2050, following the motto “Shaping Europe with Science”. Input statements and open discussion.

With: Damir Boras (Rector, University of Zagreb), Julian Revalski (President, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Mircea Dumitru (Rector, University of Bucharest), Ojārs Spārītis (President, Latvian Academy of Sciences), Ladislav Kavan (Presidium member, Czech Academy of Sciences)

Moderator: Terry Martin (Journalist and senior anchor, Deutsche Welle)

Panel discussion – Future European Research Area: What Policy Mix for Best Results?

The panel discusses the “best recipes” for a successful research policy in Europe, focusing on the new Framework Programme Horizon Europe and on approaches to overcome disparities in the European Research Area. An outline of key messages from the scientific community to policy makers precedes the panel discussion.

With: Christian Ehler (Member of the European Parliament & Rapporteur on FP9 Horizon Europe), Wolfgang Burtscher (Deputy Director-General DG Research and Innovation, European Commission), Georg Schütte (State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), Puiu Lucian Georgescu (State Secretary, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Romania for the Presidency of the Council of the EU)

Moderator: Quirin Schiermeier (Germany and Eastern Europe correspondent, Nature)

Photos: Markus Scholz

Downloads:
Programme (PDF)
Joint Communiqué (PDF)
Press Release (PDF)