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Science is part of almost every aspect of our lives. Although we rarely think about it, science makes extraordinary things possible. At the flick of a switch, we have light and electricity. When we are ill, science helps us get better. It tells us about the past, helps us with the present, and creates ways to improve our future. Read more


Responsible governance of science and technology’ - Perspectives from Europe, China and India. - 12/03/2014

The Science and Technology Options Assessment Unit of the European Parliament, STOA will hold a Workshop on 19 March 2014 titled ‘Responsible governance of science and technology’ - Perspectives from Europe, China and India.

A socially and ethically responsible development of emerging sciences and technologies is essential, in Europe and elsewhere. The challenge remains to improve S&T governance at all levels in order that technology is developed in line with societal needs and is responsive to citizens and civil society. This is particularly true, because several forms of new technologies can be characterised as scientifically complex, novel, unfamiliar innovations, presenting significant uncertainties related to their application. There is also a need to bring in global perspectives in S&T governance issues as debates are becoming increasingly internationalised and solutions require common governance frameworks.

At the workshop the results and recommendations from three Science in Society projects (GEST, EST-Frame and EPINET) funded by the Commission will be presented. The workshop will give an opportunity to compare the European perspective with experiences and contributions from other regions, as Speakers from China and India will present Responsible Research and Innovation in their respective countries.

See the Speakers: Poster PDF document.

The event will be streamed live.

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Innovation Convention 2014 - 06/02/2014

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd  Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014.
Already established as Europe’s leading innovation event, the Convention will bring together a unique gathering of world-class visionaries and innovators, including CEOs from some of Europe's top companies, young innovators and net-entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Prezi and Storify.

It will explore innovation in all its facets and cover a variety of themes with more than 2000 visitors expected to attend to hear a range of speakers including: the CEOs of Telefonica, Jaguar Landrover, Airbus, Bayer, Nokia, Safran Group and Sanofi Aventis, Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche, Professor Athene Donald from Cambridge and Lord Patten from Oxford, among many others.

Join the innovation debate and register for free on the event website:
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New Call for Tenders - Study on Monitoring the evolution and benefits of responsible research and innovation - 11/12/2013

The objective is this study is to provide scientific evidence, data, analysis and policy intelligence to support directly Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) research funding activities and policy-making activities in relation with Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Specifically, the study aims to determine the scope and the benefits or Responsible Research and Innovation for Europe, based on a sound operationalization of the concept.
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