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After the opening remarks, there will be a round-table discussion during which high-level stakeholders from both the European Union and the Southern Mediterranean countries will address the challenges and objectives of a renewed partnership.

In the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second day, the conference will be organised around parallel sessions in the following domains:

  • Parallel sessions on thematic areas: water, energy, health, transport and marine environment.
  • Parallel sessions on cross-cutting issues: strengthening innovation in the Mediterranean region, changing science in a changing society, coordination of research and innovation programmes and funding instruments and building competence for Research and Innovation in the areas of governance, human capital and research infrastructure.

For each domain of the parallel sessions, three speakers will talk about the state of play, the objectives, the intervention strategy and the specific actions and instruments of the identified topics. The Chairperson will then animate a debate between the members of a panel (which includes the speakers) composed of high-level experts and with the audience.
Each parallel session will be followed by a rapporteur, who together with the Chairperson will draw up and present the conclusions of the parallel session to the plenary session that will be held in the afternoon of the second day.