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Archive 2013-2011

MML Action Plans : new leaflet issued on call for proposals 2013

Publication coverThe Science in Society work programme 2013 contains a call for proposals aimed at financing Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plans on societal challenges in the following areas: infectious diseases; assessment of sustainable innovation; water; integrated urban management; ICT, Internet and society; ethics assessment.

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Interim evaluation and assessment of future options for SiS activities

This report sets out the principal findings, conclusions and recommendations of the ‘Interim evaluation and assessment of future options for Science in Society actions’, which was carried out in the period November 2011 - July 2012 by Technopolis Group in collaboration with Fraunhofer ISI and Science-Metrix.

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Communicating EU Research & Innovation - A guide for project participants

Publication coverThis short guide gives some examples of successful communication activities, as well as an elaborate checklist to help the project participants to develop a sound strategy for communicating about their work.
It also informs about legal requirements and expectations starting at the negotiation phase right up to the end of the project.

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Science in Society Networking Event to be held in Brussels on 19 September.

Publication coverThe international network of Science in Society National Contact Points - SiS.net invites all stakeholders involved in the Science in Society Programme (SiS) of FP7 to the Info day and brokerage event to be held in Brussels.

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Commission Communication and Recommendation to Member States on access to and preservation of scientific information adopted

Publication coverThe European Commission today outlined measures to improve access to scientific knowledge produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of publicly-funded research. As a first step, the Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020.

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Preliminary results of She Figures 2012

Publication coverShe Figures is a major publication presenting a Europe-wide data collection on women in science from tertiary education through to the job market. The full data will be published in December 2012.

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The 2013 'Science in Society' Call for Proposals is open!

"The Science in Society Work Programme 2013 aligns with, and contributes towards, the objectives of Europe 2020, the Innovation Union Flagship, and other EU policies. It bears a determined focus on fostering new ideas, on supporting world class teams tackling significant societal challenges, and on ensuring that the fruits of our investments can be properly exploited."

The 2013 Science in Society Work Programme provides for a smooth transition towards the new research and innovation framework programme for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020, which embeds Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). RRI means that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, businesses, civil society…) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align the research and innovation outcomes to the values, needs and expectations of European society.

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Biobanks for Europe – a Challenge for Governance

Publication coverThis expert group report on the ethical and regulatory challenges of international biobank research has been authored by an interdisciplinary group with experts from science, law, governance and ethics. Biobank research is rapidly evolving, and in close interaction with developments in informatics and genomics. The size and breath of the collections of biological samples and associated data that can be assembled has increased exponentially. This opens up a vast range of new options for research and diagnosis, but at the same time also holds an important challenge for the governance of these activities. In this report, the expert group makes specific recommendations for good governance of Biobanks

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Video speech - Nordbib 2012 international conference "Structural frameworks for open, digital research - Strategy, policy & infrastructure" - 13 June 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication coverCommissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn addressed the participants of the Nordbib 2012 international conference "Structural frameworks for open, digital research - Strategy, policy & infrastructure", Copenhagen 13 June 2012. "We have excellent researchers in Europe, and I am determined to give them the very best conditions. Open access is one of these conditions", she said at a conference that is pivotal in getting the capture and re-use of research data to the forefront of European research policy thinking.

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Science in dialogue – Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation – 23-25 April 2012, Odense, Denmark

Publication coverThe Danish Presidency of the European Council invites research institutions, representatives from businesses and NGO’s, policymakers and civil servants to come together at the conference ‘Science in Dialogue’ to discuss the relationship between research, innovation and the wider society. ‘Science in Dialogue’ will focus on how a strengthened relationship between science, innovation and society may be realized in the future. The conference will present high-level speakers and draw upon the participants’ ideas, opinions and suggestions in an interactive conference format.

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Launch of the expert group report "Ethical and Regulatory Challenges to Science and Research Policy at the Global level" during the "Science in Dialogue" conference held on 23-25 April 2012

Ethical and Regulatory Challenges to Science and Research Policy at the Global level

The group's report was launched at the Science-in-Dialogue conference under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2012.

Commentators at the launch included Jan Staman, Director Rathenau Institute, the Netherlands and Richard Sclove, Director of Program Development at the Mind & Life Institute, USA.

Jan Staman noted: "This is my business, it is close to my heart. I was impressed by this report".

Richard Sclove remarked: "An excellent report with philosophical depth".

Slides of the commentators of the report in Denmark

 

Ethical and Regulatory Challenges to Science and Research Policy at the Global Level

Publication coverThis expert group report has been authored by experts from Europe and the United States of America in an interdisciplinary manner. Science is a major driving force of globalisation. We cannot assume that the ethical values underpinning the European Union's Framework Programme are accepted outside Europe. This has become very clear in the global discussion on privacy standards and data protection, as well as on the ethical imperative for benefit sharing from scientific and technological advance. The expert group has made specific policy recommendations for these two topics, especially in the light of emerging technologies. The expert group advocates an approach to advance an international framework for responsible research and innovation by means of multilateral dialogue. Since governmental bodies have limited possibilities, it will be necessary to include both state and non-state actors in this dialogue.

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Results of the public consultation on scientific information in the digital age

Publication coverThis consultation, open from from 15.07.2011 to 09.09.2011 concerned access to scientific publications and scientific data as well as the preservation of scientific information. Stakeholders were given the opportunity to comment on the state of play, barriers and potential policy actions in these areas.

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Science in dialogue – Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation – 23-25 April 2012, Odense, Denmark

The Danish Presidency of the European Council invites research institutions, representatives from businesses and NGO’s, policymakers and civil servants to come together at the conference ‘Science in Dialogue’ to discuss the relationship between research, innovation and the wider society. ‘Science in Dialogue’ will focus on how a strengthened relationship between science, innovation and society may be realized in the future. The conference will present high-level speakers and draw upon the participants’ ideas, opinions and suggestions in an interactive conference format.

Conference website

 

Survey on open access in FP7

Publication coverThe European Commission launched in August 2008 the open access pilot in FP7. In May 2011, the Commission sent a questionnaire to all project coordinators in order to collect feedback on their experiences of both the implementation of the pilot and the reimbursement of open access publishing costs.
Answers provide important input for the future of the open access policy and practices in Horizon 2020 (the future EU framework programme for research and innovation), and for the preparation of a communication from the Commission and a recommendation to Member States on scientific publications in the digital age.

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Science, H1N1 and society: Towards a more pandemic-resilient society

The European Commission’s (former) Directorate for Science, Economy and Society decided in mid 2010 to set up an Expert Group on Science, H1N1 and Society (‘H1N1 Expert Group’, or ‘HEG’) in order to clarify the ‘Science in Society (SIS)-related research questions raised by the H1N1 pandemic and associated crisis management.

The HEG group reviewed various aspects relating to the involvement of scientific expertise in the management of the A (H1N1) pandemic through various documents from the WHO, articles in international health journals, European Union documents and some national reports.

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National Open Access and Preservation Policies in Europe

Publication coverNew information technology tools have evolved and will continue to change the way in which researchers can access, share and use scientific information among their peers, as well as disseminate it to the public at large.
The present report is the analysis of the answers to the questionnaire that the European Commission prepared on open access and preservation policies in Europe, with a view to taking stock in 2011 of the status of implementation of the 2007 Council conclusions on scientific information in the digital age.
With the new ambitious goals in the context of the European research area (ERA) and the ‘Innovation Union’ to create an open space for knowledge, research and innovation to thrive, policy regarding scientific information is gradually entering a phase of consolidation in Europe.

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Sharing knowledge: EC-funded projects on scientific information in the digital age

Publication coverThe report presents and analyses discussions that took place at a workshop primarily organized by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, with the participation of the Directorate- General for Information Society and Media. Leaders from eighteen projects supported under different European Commission programmes. The overarching purpose of the workshop was to discern learning from the projects and to reflect upon how this learning can be translated into policy recommendations and concrete actions on scientific information in the digital age.

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Structural change in research institutions: Enhancing excellence, gender equality and efficiency in research and innovation

Publication coverThe feminisation of the student population is one of the most striking aspects of the last 30 years. But women are still struggling to progress in their scientific career. At leadership level, women account for only 18 % of full professors and 13 % of heads of institutions in the higher education sector. Based on recent scientific findings and research practices, this expert report provides the analysis needed to take action and points to good practices in research institutions which retain and promote women in research and innovation.

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Sharing knowledge: open access and preservation in Europe

Publication coverA workshop held in Brussels in November 2010 gathered around 20 invited national experts from EU Member States, with the aims of getting an understanding of Member States’ implementation of the 2007 Council Conclusions on scientific information in the digital age. This report documents the proceedings, sets them in the context of developments so far on open access and preservation at an international level and makes a set of recommendations for future EC action.

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Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technologies Fields

Publication coverThis publication consists of a series of research articles reflecting on how to proceed towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technology fields. The authors who contributed to this publication are coordinators or participants to major FP7 projects funded under the Science in Society Programme.

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A report on Responsible Research & Innovation

Publication coverNew report on Responsible Research and Innovation. This report explores the issues around Responsible Research and Innovation, particularly, though not exclusively, as expressed by participants at the DG Research Workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe in Brussels on 16-17 May 2011.

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Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan to the Science in Society Work Programme 2012 call for proposals.

Publication coverYou are a research organisation, a business or a civil society organisation ready to collaborate with other actors on responsible research and innovation in the area of:

  • Synthetic Biology
  • ‘Human Enhancement’ technologies
  • Healthy and active aging
We invite you to submit a Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan to the Science in Society call for proposals. Closing date: 22 February 2012

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Responsible Research and Innovation Workshop, 16-17 May, Brussels, Belgium

Publication coverTen years of research and coordination activities at Community level in the field of Science in Society have brought some noticeable progress on the understanding of where the main concerns are and how to cope with. One of the most important point is that sustainability and responsibility go hand in hand. In the present context of economic and financial crisis, which invites to focus on short-term profits, there is an even bigger need than 10 years ago to show that such activities bring a real added value to Europe. The workshop "Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe" held on 16th and 17th of May 2011 gathered about 70 stakeholders from various horizons (researchers, civil society organisations, industries, policy-makers,...) into a collective reflection and mutual learning on Responsible Research and Innovation and its importance for the Common Strategic Framework that will succeed the 7th Framework Programme and for the European research Area.
The present Newsletter that gathers the raw material will give you an insight on the strong points of the workshop. A more elaborated report will be available to you on our website before summer break.

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MIConference, 12-13 May 2011, Venice, Italy

My Ideal City (MIC) is an EU-funded project (7th Framework Programme) exploring the use of shared virtual environments as part of a public discussion on the issues involved in building the city of the future. The project involves four science museums – Trento, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Jerusalem – and the IUAV University of Venice, with its Me.La. Multimedial Laboratory, which was responsible for the artistic coordination and implementation of part of the virtual environments. The initiative involves themes and skills related to social research, architectural and urban design, public administration and multimedial technology in an interactive exploration of the four cities, now accessible on web and through exhibitions in the four museums of the consortium.

 

Scientix European Conference, 06-08 May 2011, Brussels, Belgium

The Scientix European Conference is a unique opportunity to learn more about different science education projects in Europe, get to know the people behind the projects, and share your expertise, knowledge and best practices with colleagues from across Europe. Also, it gives a thorough view of the potential and possibilities of the Scientix portal and community.

Conference web site

 

International Year of Chemistry 2011, 18 January - Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time

2011 has been designated by UNESCO as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry and to underline the critical role it plays in a sustainable future. The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie and is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science.

EuCheMS, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, is the European partner for IYC2011. EuCheMS provides a single voice for chemistry in Europe, we have 47 member societies which represent chemists in academia, industry and government in 34 countries across Europe.

Conference web site

 

2011 'Mobilisation and Mutual Learning' call for proposals

Publication coverThe Science in Society Work Programme invites to a wide collaboration between research organisations and civil society organisations on the following societal challenges:

  • moving towards a low-carbon society
  • reconciling food innovations and health concerns
  • preserving our marine and maritime resources

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Gender in EU-funded research
Ever since the Treaty of Rome, the European Union has consistently advocated gender equality as one of its core policies. Yet the monitoring and assessment studies of FP5 and FP6 have shown that despite the efforts to promote gender in research, women remain under-represented and the issue of gender is far from being systematically addressed in research projects.

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