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"Social dynamics and food from the oceans" Workshop

27-28 November 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

The European Commission, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Portuguese Government are delighted to organize the high-level conference on “Opening up to an ERA of Social Innovation” in Lisbon, Portugal.

The aim of this event is to develop a new narrative for social innovation by sharing experiences, learning about new trends, and networking to increase the effectiveness of social innovation as a public policy instrument.

One of the events of the Conference is the Workshop Social dynamics and food from the oceans.

The workshop is organised in collaboration with HLG/SAM/SAPEA/JRC during the afternoon of 27 November, the first day of the conference.

In Part 1, the main points of the SAM/HLG/SAPEA Opinion " Food from the Ocean - How to sustainably harvest more food from the ocean" will be presented with the main emphasis on the Societal Response to Increased Production and the Public response/perception. Chaired by Carina Keskitalo, Umea University, Member of High Level Group of Scientific Advice Mechanism and having as speakers:

• Gesche Krause, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research

• Bernhard Friess – Director, DG MARE, European Commission

• Catarina Grilo, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

• Pedro Escudero, Buggypower

The Part 2 it is a hands on demonstration of farming from algae organised by JRC and the Waag Society. Facilitated by Pieter van Boheemen and Xiamyra Daal, both from the Waag Society

The conference will bring together world-class scientists, innovators, social entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, national and regional policy makers, municipal and city level actors, impact investors, philanthropists, venture capitalists, business angels, business school students, politicians, etc. We expect at least 1000 participants.

The Venue of the Conference is:

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Av. de Berna 45A
1067-001 Lisbon 

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Stakeholder Consultation on Food from the Oceans

13 November 2017, Brussels

The holding of this Stakeholder Consultation on Food from the Oceans on 13 November 2017 in Brussels follows the request to SAM to investigate this topic from the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, via the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.

It was taken on board by the Scientific Advice Mechanism of the European Commission (SAM) High Level Group (HLG). The scientific evidence project is supported by the Science Advice for Policy European Academies (SAPEA) Consortium financed through the Horizon 2020 grant 737432.

A scoping paper was prepared by DG MARE (lead), DG ENV and DG RTD in September 2016. A final version was approved on 2nd December 2016. The scientific advice in the form of an Opinion Report is planned for delivery by the end of November 2017. After having already consulted scientific experts on 14 September 2017, the HLG will present draft findings and observations to stakeholders and gather reactions, while encouraging a fruitful and informative exchange of views.

New approaches to science for policy: an international SAPEA conference

13 October 2017

This one-day SAPEA conference takes place on 13 October 2017 and will explore new approaches to science for policy from a variety of stakeholder perspectives. The conference will be hosted by the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn and is closely linked to the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research’s conference week European research excellence: value and impact for society. A highlight is TV presenter and academic, Professor Brian Cox, speaking on citizen engagement.

The interface between research and policymaking will be discussed in 4 sessions:

1. Participation of citizens impact on science for policy, both through public events and new forms of technology and media

2. Policymakers changes in their approach to working with scientists

a.Dr Johannes Klumpers, Head of SAM Unit, European Commission

3. Science and the provision of scientific evidence for policy changes in the academic community

a.Professor Günter Stock, Chair of the SAPEA Board, President of ALLEA

b.Professor Janusz Bujnicki, Member of the SAM High Level Group

c.Professor Poul Holm, Chair SAPEA Working Group on Food From the Oceans

4. Changing roles of NGOs and business engagement in science for policy


Rounding off the conference will be a panel on the role of NGOs and corporations in the provision of scientific advice for policy.

Registration is now closed.

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Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation

28 September 2017, Brussels

The European Commission is organising a high-level conference on "Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation". This one-day conference will take place in the Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 28 September 2017 from 9.30 to 18.00. HLG member Janusz Bujnicki will be a keynote speaker and will discuss the SAM HLG explanatory note (link) on New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology.

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