Inaugural JRC Annual Lecture "Europe and the United States, a crucial moment for Science Cooperation"
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/10/2009 First transmission: 28/10/2009
To mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the European Commission's first research site in Ispra, Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research, and Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre launched a new JRC initiative that will become a centre-piece of the JRC's annual calendar on 28/10/2009.
Each year, a guest speaker will be invited to give a keynote public address on a scientific issue of global importance. Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Executive Publisher of the journal Science, gave the inaugural address and has chosen to speak on the subject of Europe and the United States: a crucial moment for science cooperation.
The mission of the Joint Research Centre is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. As a service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national.
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||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Janez Potos?nik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research: There is a history of strong cooperation between science and technology. Watson and Crick, the team that discovered DNA was US-British partnership and more formally, through the agreement on scientific and technological cooperation, between the United States and the European community, signed more than ten years ago in 1998, we worked hand in hand in issues of common interest. A more recent exemple of this cooperation is the initiative launched in September 2008 aimed at opening research programs in health area. It is an agreement on a scientific collaboration between national Institutes for health and the European Commission, where for the first time the EC has opened a EU supported research project not only to the participation of researchers working in the US institutions but also to receiving funds from the EC if they are part of a consortium with European Union investigators.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Dr Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): We, I think, need to work together in order to build a trully global scientific community and what is it that I am actually talking about? One of the things we have to do is develop global standards, scientific ethics, intellectual property, we, AAAS, have been working with China, with the Chinese association for science and technology, to try to help, learn from each other about ethical standards and ethical practices for conducting science; so that frankly we can help the Chinese scientific community more comfortably integrate into the rest of the global world. I think it is an opportunity for the US and Europe to work together to develop global kinds of standards.
||Cutaway: Dr Alan Leshner and Dr Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre sign the first Memorandum of Understanding between AAAS and JRC in the presence of Janez Potocnik (4 shots)