On October 6th, this high-level conference was opened by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The report ‘The Future of Europe is Science’ was presented to President Barroso by the members of the President’s Science & Technology Advisory Committee (STAC). Bringing together actors from the world of science, industry and society, the conference aimed to take stock of European achievements in science over the past 10 years. The set of Foresight fiches, analysing global trends to 2030, which was developed in the preparation of ‘The Future of Europe is Science’ report, is also available."