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Thursday 22.10

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09:30 – 12:30

Parallel sessions 1

Addressing the dimensions of ERA: how can we accelerate progress and monitor progress (continued)?

1.5 Open access and preservation: how can knowledge sharing be improved in ERA?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

This session will examine the specific actions required to facilitate the implementation of policies in the area of access to scientific information – both peer reviewed publications and research data - in the digital age.

Concrete policy recommendations will be proposed at Member State or EU level.


Input is based on responses to the December 2008 CREST questionnaire on how Member States are improving access to scientific information and results of the CREST meeting on 11-12 June 2009.

Chair Alma Swan, Director, Key Perspectives Ltd, United Kingdom
Main Speaker Jean-Claude Guédon, Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Montreal, Canada and signatory, Budapest Open Access Initiative
  • Sijbolt Noorda, President, Association of Research Universities (VSNU), The Netherlands and Member, Board of the European University Association
  • Donatella Castelli, Senior Researcher, Institute of Information Science and Technologies and Technical Coordinator, EC-project DRIVER (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for Europe)
  • Barbara Aronson, Research4Life and former library co-ordinator, World Health Organisation
  • Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard, Deputy Director General of the Royal Library, Denmark
Rapporteur Johannes Fournier, Programme Director of the German Research Foundation's Scientific Library Services and Information Systems Division
1.6 Towards Joint Programming in research – For whose benefit?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

The session will compare the experience of those involved with ongoing and planned joint programming activities (both within and beyond the confines of that foreseen by the Commission Communication 'Towards Joint Programming') and provide feedback to the High Level Joint Programming Group (GPC).


Input is based on

  • High Level Joint Programming Group Progress report
  • Lessons learned from ongoing Joint Programming activities: case studies of Joint Programming and experience with national consultations on Joint Programming
Chair Helena Acheson, Head of Division, Forfás, Ireland
  • Rolf Annerberg, Director General, Formas, Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Sweden and Chair of High Level Joint Programming Group
  • Lena Gustafsson, Deputy Director General, VINNOVA, Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, Sweden
  • Philippe Amouyel, CEO, French National Foundation on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
Rapporteur Patries Boekholt, Director, Technopolis, The Netherlands
1.7 How can the European partnership for international science and technology cooperation be driven forward?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

Global challenges call for global responses. The successful implementation of the European Partnership for international science and technology cooperation requires that stakeholders define together, rather than in isolation, priority research and technology areas where a coherent EU effort would have more impact.

The session will bring together key stakeholders who will examine how to identify common research agendas and how to implement common initiatives. It will also consider how and when the EU can speak with a 'single voice' in different fora of global relevance.

Feedback will be provided to the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation.


Input is based on the ongoing work of the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation (SFIC): 'Driving forward the European Partnership for International Science and Technology Cooperation' as well as a follow-up of past studies/initiatives to prepare the Partnership.

Chair Kerstin Eliasson, Director, Ministry of Education and Research, and Former Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Research, Sweden
Main Speaker Volker Rieke, Chair, Strategic Forum for International Cooperation and Deputy Director General, European and International Cooperation, BMBF, Germany
  • Karin Metzlaff, Executive Director of the European Plant Science Organisation
  • Angeles Rodriguez Peña, Deputy Director General, European Programmes - Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain and Co-ordinator, INCO-net Latin-America
  • David Drewry, Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull, United Kingdom and Vice President of the European University Association
  • Marja Makarow, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation
Rapporteur Manfred Horvat, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
1.8 Which indicators to measure progress?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

The EU and Member States need a set of indicators to measure progress towards ERA, the level of integration of the European research system and its contribution to the knowledge-based economy.

A limited number of well designed indicators are required to measure parameters related to policy objectives, their implementation and impact (e.g. research input, output, efficiency and impact; interconnectivity between national systems, structural changes).

The session will aim to produce recommendations regarding potential indicators. Their use in setting common European targets will also be addressed.


Input is based on the work of the Expert Group on ERA monitoring and indicators and its proposal for a European-wide monitoring system for measuring progress towards ERA and the knowledge-based economy. The proposal of the expert group includes indicators in line with findings of other expert groups, such as the group on the 3% objective and the Lisbon strategy post-2010.

Chair Bogdan Van doninck, Director General for Coordination and Information, Belgian Federal Science Policy Office
Main Speaker Remi Barré, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), France, and Chair EC Expert Group on ERA monitoring and indicators
Rapporteur Pierre Regibeau, University of Essex, United Kingdom
12:30 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30

Plenary session 2

Research and Innovation in times of crisis

A number of sources indicate that private sector investment in research and innovation is being significantly reduced by the ongoing financial crisis.

In this session, six panellists from various types industry reliant on research and innovation will examine and discuss the ways in which the crisis influences the level and orientation of their companies' R&D activities and potential policy responses. Points to be discussed will include:

  • How companies' R&D and innovation (RDI) strategies have changed since the end of 2008
  • Which factors influence the decision to adjust RDI strategies?
  • Which policy measures are appropriate to address these factors?
  • How shorter term actions are reconciled with longer term goals.
Chair Javier Vallés, Head of the Economic Bureau of the Prime Minister and National Lisbon Coordinator, Spain
  • Michel Cote, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Bouygues Construction, France
  • Anne Glover, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners, United Kingdom
  • René Penning de Vries, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NXP, the Netherlands
  • Sten Tamkivi, Chief Evangelist and General Manager, Skype, Estonia
  • Gernot Klotz, Member, Expert Group "Strengthening the role of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) in Community Policy Making, Executive Director, Research and Innovation, CEFIC and SusChem"
  • José María Fernández Sousa-Faro, Chief Executive Officer, ZELTIA, President, ASEBIO (Spanish Association of Bioenterprises)
15:45 – 18:45

Parallel sessions 2

Towards 2020 ERA vision
2.1 Which priorities for national research policies post 2010?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

This session will discuss and make recommendations on how national research policy objectives should change after 2010 – taking into account country-specific situations and the changing international context – in order to address more effectively common ERA objectives.

Discussion will focus on: the common challenges to be addressed and the policy mix required to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of national research and innovation systems and efforts by:

  • stimulating private investment and public-private partnerships;
  • enhancing interconnectivity and synergies between national systems and alignment and coherence between national policies;
  • setting common goals and targets (e.g. investment, output and impact targets) that could be used to guide and monitor national policies at EU level.


Input is based on policy recommendations made by a high level independent expert group to analyse the 3% R&D investment target: progress and post 2010 policy scenarios. The expert group bases its report on analysis of policy mixes and of key factors affecting progress towards a knowledge-based society.

Chair Carlos Martinez-Alonso, Secretary of State State for Research, Spain
Main Speaker Björn von Sydow, Swedish Parliament, Swedish Research Council, and Chair, EU Expert Group on 3% objective
  • Walter Moenig, Member, CREST, Germany
  • Michael Tubbs, Innovomantex Limited, and advisor to EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, UK
  • Jan Van den Biesen, Vice President Philips Research, The Netherlands
  • Ilona Vass, Vice President, National Office for Research and Technology, Hungary
  • Manfred Horvat, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Rapporteur Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Science Council of Malta
2.2 Which priorities for Community research policies post 2010?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

This session will discuss how Community research policy objectives should change after 2010. It will focus on important trends in how and where research is conducted, how knowledge is used and diffused and where economic value accrues and will look at how such trends should impact on a new, forward-looking and evidence-based approach to EU R&D policy. A number of conclusions will be drawn up including some tentative policy recommendations on the next stage of community research policy development.


Input is based on the results and policy recommendations of an independent expert group launched by the Commission on the role of Community research policy in a knowledge-based economy. The objective of this expert group is to present new ideas, analyses and evidence-based recommendations for the next phase of development of EU research policy actions aimed at raising research excellence, developing the knowledge-based economy and stimulating innovation-based growth.

Chair Ken Guy, Rapporteur, Expert Group "The role of the Community research policy in the knowledge-based economy", Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Spain
Main Speaker Luc Soete, Chairman, EU Expert Group "The role of Community research policy in the knowledge-based economy", Director, UNU-MERIT (the United Nations University- Maastricht Economic and social research and training centre on Innovation and Technology), The Netherlands
  • Paula Nybergh, Head of Division, Innovation Department, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland
  • Karin Markides, President, Chalmers University of Technology and Vice Chair, CESAER (The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research), Sweden
  • Anton Anton, Vice Rector, Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Romania
  • Martin Curley, Director, Intel Labs Europe
Rapporteur Ken Guy, Rapporteur, Expert Group "The role of the Community research policy in the knowledge-based economy", Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Spain
2.3 Which future for S&T specialisation?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

Well-informed choices promote attractive locations for research and optimise the sectoral distribution of knowledge investments. This session will contribute to assessing the rationale for R&D and S&T specialisation in Europe at different levels. To this end, it will address the following issues:

  • assessment of the risks and benefits of a specialisation and differentiation strategy at the national/regional level;
  • identification of methods and criteria for guiding choices, while avoiding multiplication of non coordinated initiatives in the same domains at the national level or across the ERA;
  • how to reconcile technological specialisation and access to diversified technologies and scientific resources;
  • identification of good practices, including good policy mixes for specialisation; and
  • identification of the most appropriate governance structures to carry out specialisation policies and make them evolve over time, including stakeholder involvement.


Input is based on a background paper prepared by IPTS (The Institute for Prospective Technical Studies) and DG RTD.C.3 (with external inputs).

Chair Ramon Marimon, Member, Expert Group "Knowledge for Growth", Director, European University Institute, Florence, Italy and Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
  • Martin Hinoul, Business Development Manager, K.U.Leuven, Belgium
  • Emily Wise, External Consultant, FORA, the Research and Analysis Division under Enterprise and Construction Authority, Denmark and participant, Baltic Sea Region Innovation Network, Lund University, Sweden
  • Constantin Ciupagea, Director, Institute of World Economy, Bucharest, Romanian Academy
  • Anastasios Giannitsis, Professor of Economics, University of Athens
2.4 Which forward-looking activities can support the future development of ERA?

Purpose, expected outcome and follow-up action

This session will discuss how to provide national and Community policy-makers and others with early warning of long-term challenges and areas of common interest that can help to formulate ERA policy initiatives.

Grand challenges and joint programming will be considered in this context.

The session will discuss: how a continuous process of forward-looking and horizon scanning activities for ERA could be organised in the future; how to ensure that this approach would lead to a better support and further integration of national research policies in ERA; and what could be the drivers to determine potential "grand challenges" and joint programming priorities.


Input is based on the main achievements under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes, progress made at national and European levels, and opportunities for supporting joint programming and international science and technology cooperation. The focus will be on foresight but other forward-looking methods (such as impact assessments and forecasts) will be considered.

Chair Göran Marklund, Head of Strategy Development Division, Deputy Director General, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems
Main Speaker Pirjo Kyläkoski, TEKES, Finland
Rapporteur Annette Braun, Zukünftige Technologien Consulting at VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH, Germany