21 Nov 2011
Brussels (BE)

Building a transatlantic scientific bridge for enhanced policymaking

European and American policymakers, researchers and industry representatives on Monday 21 November discussed closer scientific co-operation in support of clean energy and sustainable mobility. The high level Brussels-held seminar was jointly organised by the JRC and the US Mission to the European Union. Titled ‘Building a Transatlantic Scientific Bridge’, it was timely scheduled ahead of next week’s two key events: the US-EU summit and the Transatlantic Economic Council in Washington, which will feature science and electro-mobility high on the co-operation agenda.

Future climate change, transport and energy policy objectives will require a major transformation of the US-EU electricity infrastructure and related services and technologies. Upgrading existing networks is of paramount importance to integrating an increasing amount of renewable energy generation, enhancing grid security, fostering e-mobility, developing the internal energy market and realising energy saving and efficiency.

The programme of the seminar was structured in two sessions organised as panel discussions. The first session focused on clean energy and mobility revolution, as well as on its economic and employment potential. The second session examined the possibilities of strengthening the links between science and policy. The programme welcomed as panellists senior representatives and experts from policy making bodies, standardisation bodies, industry and the science community.