JRC Director General, Dominique Ristori, with the speakers of the ESOF session "Is science-driven policy-making an achievable goal?"© EU, 2012
JRC at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)
The JRC was fully involved at the 5th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), celebrated in Dublin between 11 and 15 July. The event brought together more than 4000 delegates and 500 speakers.
ESOF is the biennial pan-European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, researchers, business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers, science and technology communicators and the general public from all over Europe discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
JRC speakers took part in 13 sessions out of the overall 150. They covered a broad range of issues such as modelling, sustainability, open innovation, scientific advice to policy making, smart grids, financial crisis, space weather, alternatives to animal testing or technology transfer.
JRC sessions had a scientific, policy or science to business angle, contributing to raise awareness about the JRC role as provider of independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole EU policy cycle.
The JRC Director General, Dominique Ristori and the Commissioner for science, research and innovation, Márie Geoghegan Quinn, were also very actively involved at ESOF. Other distinguished speakers that shared the floor with JRC include the South African Minister for science and technology, the Chief Scientific Adviser of New Zealand, the Chief Executive Officer of AAAS and MEPs Paul Rübig and Malcolm Harbour.
JRC presentations at ESOF are now available here.