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start today", on Understanding the Seventh Framework Programme

 

Today is the Future
Brussels, 7 March 2007

On 7 March 2007 German Chancellor Merkel, Commission President Barroso, Commissioner Potocnik and German Federal Minister Schavan celebrated the launch of FP7, together with 500 scientific and political invitees. His Royal Highness Prince Philippe de Belgique inaugurated the Science Tunnel exhibition in Brussels.

As a celebration of European research, the event took place on the eve of the 2007 European Spring Council. This is no coincidence. Research's central role in creating and maintaining a competitive and sustainable Europe is undisputed. This is a strong signal about the importance the EU puts on research and this is why the event is organised in conjunction with the traditional " Lisbon" European Council.

Two exhibitions are open to the public free of charge:

  • "The Earth as a Work of Art" , which combines art and science in a series of stunning satellite photographs. It takes viewers on an extraordinary world tour as seen through the eyes of scientific research (around the Berlaymont building, rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels): www.helmholtz.de/kunstwerkerde
  • The "Science Tunnel" , which offers a fascinating experience and takes visitors on a journey of discovery from the tiniest building blocks of matter to the largest structures in the universe (in Maison du Bois, 2 avenue des Volontaires, 1040 Brussels): http://www.sciencetunnel.com/

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José Manuel Barroso
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From left to right: Angelika Niebler, Chairwoman of the EP's Industry, Research and Energy Committee, Janez Potocnik, Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister for Education and Research and José Manuel Barroso
From left to right: Janez Potocnik, Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister for Education and Research and José Manuel Barroso
Viviane Reding Janez Potočnik
José Manuel Barroso From left to right: Angelika Niebler, Chairwoman of the EP's Industry, Research and Energy Committee, Janez Potočnik, José Manuel Barroso, Viviane Reding and Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister for Education and Research From left to right: Angelika Niebler, Chairwoman of the EP's Industry, Research and Energy Committee, Janez Potočnik, Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister for Education and Research, José Manuel Barroso and Viviane Reding

 

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