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Conference program

Enhancing Long Term Sustainability and Opening Up RIs to Society and Industry Research Infrastructures beyond 2020 – sustainable and effective ecosystem for science and society .

22 and 23 March 2018 Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria
22 March 2018, Thursday

DAY 1

09:30 – 11:00 Registration & Welcome coffee
11:00 - 11:30

Opening Address  Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria

Carlos Moedas (video): European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

11:30 - 12:30

Session 1: Research Infrastructures Challenges beyond 2020

Moderator: Ana Proykova: Sofia University, Head of HPC laboratory

Introductory speech: Jean-David Malo Director, Directorate General “Research and Innovation”, European Commission

Panel: Overarching challenges & solutions for RIs post 2020 – an introduction to the thematic sessions of the conference.

  • Milena Žic Fuchs: member of the High-Level Group on maximizing the impact of EU research and innovation programmes (Lamy Group) – panel speaker
  • Giorgio Rossi: Chairperson, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) – panel speaker
  • Erik Steinfelder: Director General, Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) – panel speaker
  • Franciska de Jong: Executive Director, Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructures Consortium (CLARIN – ERIC) – panel speaker

Rapporteur:

  • Tiziana Ferrari: Technical Director, European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Foundation

12:30-14:00

Lunch break / Exhibition

14:00-15:30

Session 2: European Synchronisation of RI policies

Moderator: Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph: Chair of InRoad Advisory Board

Introductory speech: John Womersley: Director General, European Spallation Source – ERIC

Panel:

  • Salvatore La Rosa: Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy
  • Mats Johnsson: Senior Advisor at Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden
  • Caterina Biscari: Vice Chair, League of European Accelerator – based Photon Sources (LEAPS)
  • Axel Börsch-Supan: Managing Director, Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe – European Research Infrastructures Consortium (SHARE-ERIC)
  • John Womersley: Director General, European Spallation Source – ERIC

Rapporteur:

Margarida Ribeiro: Policy Officer, Directorate “Open Innovation and Open Science”, DG “Research and Innovation”, European Commission

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee-break
16:00-17:30

Session 3: Exploring synergies

Moderator: Jean-David Malo: Director, Directorate General “Research and Innovation”, European Commission

Keynote speech: Juan Maria Vazquez: Secretary General Science and Innovation, Spain

Panel:

  • Lukás Levák: Director, Department of Research and Development, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic – panel speaker
  • Mateusz Gaczynski: Deputy Director, Department of Innovation and Development, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland
  • Alexandra Vilela: Member of the Board of Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalization (COMPETE 2020), Portugal
  • Ilyiana Tsanova: Deputy Managing Director, European Strategic Investments Fund, joint initiative of European Investment Bank and European Commission
  • Eugenia Kazamaki Ottersten: Head of Smart Development Division, Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS)
  • Nicolae-Victor Zamfir: General Director of “Horia Hulubei” National Research and Development Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering; Director of ELI -NP, Romania

Rapporteur:

Ylva Reisnert: Policy advisor Research and Innovation, Skåne European Office

19:00

Official dinner

Welcoming address by:

  • Ivan Dimov: Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria
  • Christo Pimpirev: Head of Bulgarian research infrastructure in Antarctica, Bulgaria
  • Jean-David Malo: Director, Directorate “Open Innovation and Open Science”, DG “Research and Innovation”, European Commission

23 March 2018, Friday

DAY 2

09:00 – 10:30

Session 4: Excellence innovators

Moderator:  Jana Kolar: Executive Director, Central European Research Infrastructures Consortium – European Research Infrastructures Consortium (CERIC – ERIC)

Keynote speech: Research Infrastructures for industry and innovation

Iain Mattaj: Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and EIROforum Chair

Panel:

  • Fredrik Melander: Head of Research & Development Relations, Science Village Scandinavia – panel speaker
  • Jean Susini: Director of Research, ESRF – panel speaker
  • Marcus Nordberg: Head of Resources Development, CERN – panel speaker
  • Ilaria Nardello: Executive Director, European Marine Biological Resources Centre (EMBRC)
  • Anna Sandstrom: Director of Science Relations, AstraZeneca – panel speaker
  • Zlatuše Novotná: Head of Strategic Partnerships & International Relations, CEITEC– panel speaker
  • Iain Mattaj: Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and EIROforum Chair

Rapporteur:

Edward Mitchell: Head of Business Development, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

10:30 - 11:30

Coffee-break

11:30 - 13:00

Session 5: European Call for Action on Long-term sustainability of RIs

Moderator:  Karina Angelieva: Counsellor, Research and Education, Permanent Representation of Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union

Keynote speech:  Manuel Heitor: Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Introduction: Main messages from the conference

  • Jan Hrusak: Member of the Council for large research infrastructures, Czech Republic, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Vice-Chair

High level political panel:

  • Manuel Heitor: Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Tomaž Boh: State Secretary at Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
  • Juan Maria Vazquez: Secretary General Science and Innovation, Spain
  • Barbara Kudrycka: Member of the European Parliament
  • Markku Markkula: First Vice-President of the Committee of Regions
  • Barbara Weitgruber: Director General, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Austria

Concluding remarks and adoption of the Call for Action:

  • Ivan Dimov: Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria

Rapporteur:

Dominik Sobczak: Policy Officer, Directorate “Open Innovation and Open Science”, DG “Research and Innovation”, European Commission

13:00 Group photo

Press briefing

  • Krasimir Valchev: Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria
  • Jean-David Malo: Director, Directorate “Open Innovation and Open Science”, DG “Research and Innovation”, European Commission

13:00

Closing Lunch

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