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German EU Presidency
FP7 launch event
Europe on its way to the top

Bonn (DE), 15-16 January 2007


Dr. Annette Schavan (DE), German Federal Minister of Education and Research
Dr. Jürgen R�ttgers (DE), Minister-President of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen
Dr. Janez Potočnik (EU) , European Commissioner for Science and Research, European Commission
Prof. José Mariano Gago (PT), Minister of Science and Technology
Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos (GR), Imperial College London, Chairman of the Scientific Council for the European Research Council (ERC)
Esko Aho (FI), former Prime Minister of Finland, Chairman of high-level group for the "Innovative Europe"
José Manuel Silva Rodríguez (EU), Director-General, European Commission, Research DG

German EU Presidency FP7 launch event “Europe on its way to the top” to kick off the new EU Research Framework Programme

15-16 January 2007
(conference starts at 10:00)

Internationales Kongresszentrum Bundeshaus Bonn (, Bonn, Germany

On 15 and 16 January 2007 at the International Congress Centre Bundeshaus Bonn in Germany, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the support of the European Commission will host a kick-off event to launch the EU's new EU Research Framework Programme (FP7, 2007-2013). On the first day of the conference (15 January), high-ranking European speakers will discuss the road ahead for the European Research Area (ERA) and how FP7 contributes to a competitive Europe with growth and more jobs. The second day (16 January) will take a more detailed look at a variety of topics of the new framework programme, including the thematic areas. Helpful advice for researchers on how to participate in FP7 will complement the event. For European journalists this is an excellent occasion to learn from key players about the novelties of FP7 which is to start early in 2007.

The event is taking place in the "Bundeshaus", the prestigious former seat of the German Parliament and constitutes the first EU Presidency event to be held by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

European Commission StandThe European Commission will also be present with a joint "European Research" stand (click image for detailed view) with representatives from the Research DG, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS). A number of officials from different DGs are involved in the conference sessions.

The European Commission will host a Networking Drink at the stand (Tue, 16 january 2007, 15:30 - 16:30).

Conference programme

For a conference programme please see next page, for additional information and updates

Please note: researchers and members of the public can register to the event via the registration page, the registration deadline is 31 December 2006 (fee: €178,50).

Additional information on this event:

  • A press point will start at 13:15 at the press centre of the IKBB (details t.b.c.)
  • In addition, a limited number of seats will be made available to journalists during the entire conference.


European science and research journalists (residing outside Germany) interested in participating please contact: Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press officer
Communication Unit, Research DG , European Commission
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20, E-Mail:

German journalists please register via the German press contact page or contact:
Ms. Hannah Wilhelm, EU-Büro des BMBF, PT-DLR
Tel. +49 228-3821 651, Fax +49 228-3821 649, E-Mail


Speech by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research



Day 1: Monday, 15 January 2007, Bonn (DE)

10:00 Opening
Basic research under the 7th Research Framework Programme as a basis for innovation in Europe, Federal Minister Dr. Annette Schavan [CV]

Welcome address, Minister President Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers [CV]

FP7: Tomorrow’s answers start today
Janez Potočnik,
European Science and Research Commissioner. [CV]

10:50 Break

11:00 Research at the Frontier: Rediscovering the Root of European Creativity
Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos, Chair of the ERC [CV]

The role of young scientists in the European Research Area
Prof. José Mariano Gago [CV]

Knowledge for more growth and employment: Innovative Europe!
Esko Aho [CV]

Panel discussion: Europe on its way to the top

State Secretary Prof. Dr. Frieder Meyer-Krahmer, BMBF [CV]

Director Richard Escritt, Research DG, European Commission [CV]

Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel, HRK (German Rectors' Conference)

Dr. rer. pol. Arend Oetker, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences)

Prof. Dr. Meinhard Miegel, Institut für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft e.V. (IWG Bonn)

(12:00 - 12:45 (Press only): Press conference with minister Schavan and Comissioner Potočnik)

13:00 Lunch Break (13:15: Press Conference)

14:30 Strengthening cooperation between companies, universities and research centres in Europe – The "Cooperation" programme under the 7th Research Framework Programme
Richard Escritt, Director, Research DG, European Commission [CV]

 Promoting young scientists and the mobility of researchers – The FP7 "People" programme and the Charter for Researchers
Georges Bingen
, Research DG, European Commission

Promotion of SMEs, infrastructures, regions and science in society – The FP7 "Capacities" programme
Robert-Jans Smits, Director, Research DG, European Commission [CV]

Success stories from the European Research Framework Programmes

16:15 Coffee Break

16:45 Challenges for the European research community under FP7 – Statement by the European Commission and the Council Presidency
José Manuel Silva Rodríguez
, EC [CV]
MinDirig Christoph Ehrenberg, BMBF

Opportunities for participation in the 7th Research Framework Programme
Liliane De Wolf
, Research DG, European Commission

18:30 Conference Dinner

Day 2: Tuesday, 16 January 2007, Bonn (DE)

9:30 Parallel Thematic Workshops (in German)

  • Workshop 1 Health/Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (partially in English)
  • Workshop 2 Security
  • Workshop 3 Transport
  • Workshop 4 Infrastructures
  • Workshop 5 Women and Science
  • 11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Parallel Thematic Workshops (in German)

  • Workshop 6 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials & New Production Processes
  • Workshop 7 Energy
  • Workshop 8 Space
  • Workshop 9 Microsystems, Technology in Europe: Topics and Platforms
  • Workshop 10 Social Sciences, Economic Sciences and Humanities

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 Individual Workshops (in German)

  • Workshop 11 Information and Communication Technologies
  • Workshop 12 Marie-Curie Measures
  • Workshop 13 Environment (partially in English)
  • Workshop 14 International Cooperation
  • Workshop 15 SMEs

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Plenary, Moderator: Dr. Walter Mönig

German participation in the Research Framework Programme
Dr. Walter Mönig, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The German system of National Contact Points for FP7
MinR Klaus Uckel, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Criteria for successful proposals
Prof. Manfred Horvat, Technical University of Vienna

Questions and discussion

18:00 End of the conference

Conference languages will be English and German (simultaneous interpretation on the first day), the workshops of the second day will be mostly in German. (subject to change without further notice)


PLEASE FAX TO +32.2.295 82 20

To apply for your attendance, please send e-mail or fax enclosed form to:

Fax: +32.2.295 82 20, E-Mail:

(N.B.: German resident journalists please contact Ms. Hannah Wilhelm, EU-Büro des BMBF, Fax +49 228-3821 649, E-Mail


German EU Presidency FP7 launch event

" Europe on its way to the top"
Internationales Kongresszentrum Bundeshaus Bonn (

Bonn ( Germany), 15-16 January 2007


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