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Tuesday, March 5 • 10:00am - 12:00am
ES:GC2 Opening Plenary LIMITED

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The purpose of the opening plenary is to introduce the conference agenda and elaborate on the intended outputs of the conference. Moreover, an action will be presented for how the outcomes of the conference can be taken forward in the future.

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Clive Cookson

Science Editor, Financial Times
Clive Cookson has worked in science journalism for the whole of his professional life. He graduated in chemistry from Oxford University in 1974.  After journalism training on the Luton Evening Post, he became science correspondent of the Times Higher Education Supplement in London and then spent four years in Washington as American Editor of THES. He returned to London in 1981 as technology correspondent of the Times and moved to BBC... Read More →

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Benoît Battistelli

President of the European Patent Office
Benoît Battistelli took up his duties as President of the European Patent Office on 1 July 2010 following his election in March. Mr Battistelli, a French national born in Paris on 12 July 1950, is married with three children.  A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Science (IEP) and the National School of Administration (ENA), Mr Battistelli began his career as a senior civil servant in the French Ministry of the... Read More →
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Prof. Hugh Brady

President of University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Hugh Brady was educated at UCD where he was awarded degrees in Medicine (1982) and Science (1984). He was subsequently awarded PhD and MD degrees for research in renal physiology and molecular medicine. He was appointed President of UCD in January 2004. Since taking up his position as President, Hugh Brady has overseen and implemented a multipronged institutional change programme which included major curriculum reform at undergraduate and... Read More →
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Minister Dr. Lahcen Daoudi

Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training of Morocco
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Prof. Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012.  Previously he was Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011). He is the recipient of numerous international research awards including the 2002 European Science... Read More →
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Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
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Sir Peter Gluckman

Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Prof. Gluckman trained in paediatrics and endocrinology at the Universities of Otago, Auckland and the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to the University of Auckland 1980 to establish a research group in perinatal physiology and was executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 1992-2001 and from 2001-2009 was foundation director of the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland where he now heads the... Read More →
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Minister Gary Goodyear

Minister of State (Science and Technology), Government of Canada
Gary Goodyear was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2004 to represent the riding of Cambridge, Ontario, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2008. On October 30, 2008, he was appointed Minister of State for Science and Technology, and on August 13, 2009, he was named Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prior to entering federal politics, he... Read More →
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HE Minister Gusti M. Hatta

Minister for Research and Technology, Republic of Indonesia
HE Minister Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Gusti Muhammad Hatta, MSi is the Indonesian Minister for Research and Technology and a Professor in the University of Lambung Mangkurat (UNLAM), Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan Province. In 1979, he was graduated as a bachelor with the engineering degree (Ir) from the Faculty of Forestry of Lambung Mangkurat University, which was in affiliation with Bogor Agricultural University (IPB).  In 1987, he obtained his... Read More →
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Dr. Mae Jemison

Head of the 100 Year Star Ship Initiative
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching new initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building an international, multi-faceted organization to promote the broad global commitment, scientific, social and technical support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision - An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that... Read More →
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Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth

Director and Vice President, IBM Research – Zurich
| In June 2006 Matthias Kaiserswerth has been named director of IBM Research – Zurich. In addition, he holds a position in the Software Research Strategy Board, in which he coordinates research work in this area across IBM's twelve global research laboratories.  | From 2002 until the end of 2005 he was the Managing Director of an IBM Integrated Account.  | In 2000 Matthias Kaiserswerth became the director of IBM's laboratory... Read More →
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Dr. John C Lechleiter

President and Chief Executive Officer of Eli Lilly and Company
John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., has served as president and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company since April 1, 2008.  He became chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 2009. Lechleiter joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development and became head of that department in 1982.  In 1984, he began serving as director of pharmaceutical product development for the Lilly Research Centre... Read More →
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Ms. Chen Lifang

Corporate Senior Vice President, Director of the Board, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Ms. Chen Lifang is a Corporate Senior Vice President of Huawei and a Director of the company’s Board. She oversees Huawei’s global functions in the areas of government and public affairs, media affairs, and corporate social responsibility. In this role, Ms. Chen spearheads Huawei’s continuing efforts towards enhancing openness and transparency and earning the public’s trust.  She also leads Huawei’s efforts... Read More →
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Robert Madelin

Director-General, Digital Agenda for Europe
Robert was educated in England at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has also studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris. Born in 1957, a British civil servant since 1979, Robert has served in the Commission since 1993: in his current post since 2010; as Director General for Health and Consumer Policies from 2004 to 2010; on trade and investment policy before that.

Danuta Hübner MEP

Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development
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Seán Kelly MEP

Member of the European Parliament
Sean Kelly MEP was elected to the European Parliament in June 2009 for Ireland South, contributing to an historic victory for Fine Gael in the European Elections, polling 92,579 first preferences. He sits on the Regional Development, the Industry, Research and Energy and the Culture Education and Sport Committees as well as the Delegations for Relations with the US and Canada.  He also follows the Internal Market and Consumer Protection... Read More →
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Minister Dr. Sanja Vlahovic

Minister of Science, Montenegro
Sanja Vlahovic was born on 6 September 1973 in Bar. She completed primary and secondary school in Bar and Richmond College in London. She commenced her undergraduate studies at the Faculty for Management in Belgrade and continued her studies as a scholarship winner at the School of Economics in Dublin (Ireland) and Toronto (Canada). After graduation in 1996, Vlahovic enrolled in a Master’s course in strategic management. During her... Read More →
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Prof. John Wood

Association of Commonwealth Universities
Professor John Wood CBE, FREng is the Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and visiting professor of materials at Imperial College London. Apart from academic appointments at the Open, Nottingham Universities and imperial College he was chief executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils 2001-7 He was a founder member of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and... Read More →
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Kurt Zatloukal

Professor of Pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D. is professor of Pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. He coordinated the preparatory phase of the European biobanking and biomolecular research infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC) within the 7th EU framework programme. In this context it was crucial to establish Europe-wide harmonized processes and quality criteria that facilitate transnational research collaboration and are compliant with the requirements of latest... Read More →

Tuesday March 5, 2013 10:00am - 12:00am
European Parliament 4Q2