EU Science - Global Challenges Global Collaboration Conference:
- extracts from the opening plenary
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 05/03/2013 First transmission: 05/03/2013
A conference on EU research addressing the scientific response to global societal and economic challenges is going to take place in the EP all along this week. The discussion started today in a Plenary Session that brought together scientists and science policymakers from across 100 countries. The event is organised under the Irish Presidency of the Council with the ISC Intelligence in Science in conjunction with Mr. Sean Kelly (EPP) and other MEPs. The purpose of the conference is to maximise the impact of Horizon 2020 in terms of global collaborative science and the scientific response to global societal challenges. It comes at a crucial time for the future of R&D funding in Europe, when the EU's institutions are negotiating legislative proposals for this funding over the period 2014 to 2020.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Ambience shots before the meeting starts.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN, Commissioner: "We will work to create a level playing field for research and innovation, with common principle on issues such as research integrity, gender and open access. The protection of intellectual property will be particularly important as we move to Horizon 2020 and its increased support for innovation activities".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN, Commissioner: "Research and innovation are vital elements of the Union's future. There are also essential ingredients of any approach that seeks to address today's global challenges. Europe is reaching out to the world to join forces in addressing these challenges".
||SOUNDBITE (English) MEP Seán KELLY (EPP, IR): "The era of working in silos is over, definitely in national level and perhaps also in European level. The best way to move forward is to bring the best brains together and to give them the tools to deal with the major challenges".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Danuta HÜBNER (EPP, PL): "We must do everything to see that innovation becomes a key tool that will lead Europe out of the growth, jobs and competitiveness crisis; and I also think that time has come that today we must be extremely pragmatic in identifying what can be done to make innovation the major vehicle for growth and competitiveness and I think first what we need to do and this refers to all European policies, we need to stand up to the challenges of globalisation".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Benoît BATTISTELLI, EPO President (European Patent Office): "In 2012 we have received 258.000 patent applications, which represents and increase of 5.2% compared to the previous year. It is interesting to know that 63% of these applications come from non-European countries and 37% from European countries. We can say that the EPO is a global player".