The JRC/AAAS scientific symposium: a highlight of ESOF 2008
JRC Director General jointly presents EU and US approaches to science at ESOF2008
Over 300 researchers, policy makers, business representatives and journalists filled the main auditorium of the Fira de Barcelona conference centre on Sunday to witness Director General of the Joint Research Centre Dr Roland Schenkel, along with CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dr Alan Leshner, give a joint presentation entitled “Mars and Venus: How Europeans and Americans view and use Science”. The symposium, moderated by Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland, was a highlight of the scientific programme of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008, taking place in Barcelona July 18-22, 2008.
Following an introduction by Professor Cunningham, Dr Schenkel spoke of the Europe’s response to the scientific research and development related challenges of today as well as the unique relationship of the EU and US, based on fruitful cooperation as well as healthy competition. The European approach in terms of science and policy was demonstrated with examples taken from the fields of climate change, nanotechnology and the regulation of chemicals.
Further European progress was urged in the pursuit of scientific excellence, increased R&D expenditure, reforms at European Member State level and leadership in the field of translating robust science and science/society dialogue into well thought-out policies.
Dr Leshner spoke of science and technology as a topic that is firmly embedded in everyday life, focusing on trends in the science and society relationship in the US and the context of shifting research priorities since September 11th 2001.
Both speakers concluded that increased collaboration between the US and EU was needed in order to address our common concerns in a globalised context and in the hope of learning from one another through the different but equally valid approaches we take to science today.
The presentations were followed by a lively session of questions and answers from the audience.
ESOF2008 continues tomorrow with sessions organised by the JRC’s Institute for Energy.
Further information on ESOF2008:
The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 opened Friday evening and ends on Tuesday, 22 July. It is an occasion for leading scientists, young researchers, policy makers, business people and journalists, providing an open platform for debate and communication on research trends in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. This is its third edition, with previous conferences held in Stockholm (2004) and Munich (2006).
- Event homepage: Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008
- Presentation: Mars and Venus How Europeans and Americans View and Use Science (Dr Schenkel’s presentation on the European perspective)
- Picture gallery: The JRC/AAAS scientific symposium: a highlight of ESOF 2008 18-22/07/2008
- Science and Technology Indicators for the European Research Area: Key Figures 2007
- Presentation: Mars and Venus How Europeans and Americans View and Use Science (Dr Leshner’s presentation on the American perspective)