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Scientific research in a changing European Union: where we stand and what we aim for?
Convener: Francesca Pianosi  | Co-Conveners: Elena Toth , Chloe Hill 
Fri, 13 Apr, 08:30–10:00

As academics, we belong to a professional sector that often relies on cross-border programmes, communication and mobility. Furthermore, research generally benefits far more from collaboration and openness than competition and seclusion. For these reasons, the EU is primary perceived to have a positive influence that is beneficial to researchers.

However, over the last few years, trust in the EU has been decreasing with growing support for Eurosceptic political parties who challenge European Union policies. In parallel, a relatively low rate of acceptance of proposals to some EU funding programs accompanied by changes to application calls and procedures further highlights the importance for the academic community to be involved in the discussion.

This session will explore some of the challenges and potential threats to academics in the EU and how these issues can be addressed and overcome. The session will also outline some of the advantages of the EU, funding programmes that are currently provided and how the European Union can continue to develop and nurture its researchers.

Confirmed invited speakers:
Andrea Tilche, Head of Unit, Climate Action and Earth Observations, Directorate- General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Claudia Alves de Jesus-Rydin, Programme Officer Earth System science, European Research Council
Sir Keith O'Nions, Chairman of the Cambridge Enterprise Board (United Kingdom)
Ira Didenkulova, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) - Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (Russia)

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