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Monday, March 4
 

12:30pm

Convenors’ Lunch (by invitation only)
Monday March 4, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

7:00pm

 
Tuesday, March 5
 

8:30am

Press Briefing
Tuesday March 5, 2013 8:30am - 9:00am
European Parliament ASP-5G2

9:00am

The Knowledge Exchange

The SMARTlab and Research teams of UCD will be hosting and moderating an ongoing series of innovation design/knowledge exchange workshops, mini-roundtables, and technology mapping exercises to make visible and audible the new ideas bubbling up throughout the event.

The SMARThub will be based in the centre of the European Parliament, and will host an artist-in residence drawing the events of each day in analogue format, along with technologies including mindmapping,smartboards, visualisatioon tools,  virtual world spaces where collaborators at a distance can join in live, and a live videos stream to youtube where the essence of key ideas can be collected and projected in real time. Big ideas arising will be fed into overall event plenary sessions throughout the week. Daily roundtable workshops will be hosted on a 'need to talk' basis as new ideas and conversations emerge across the plenary and panel sessions.

 

What to expect

Running Presence as an Exchange Space + daily ad hoc Emergencies sessions to feature emerging issues , ideas, questions arising from the summit at large


Moderators
JC

Jennifer Craig

Head, EU Research Office, UCD
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Dr. Aoibheann Gibbons

Director of Reserach Development, University College Dublin
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Nollaig O’Fionghaile

Irish Research Council' New Foundations Awardee
Nollaig Ó Fiongháile is a musician, researcher and lecturer. Formerly founder, executive member and later President of the European Network of Traditional Music & Dance (1997-2005); Expert to the European Commission and Council of Europe for the campaign ‘Europe, A Common Heritage’ 2002; Culture Regeneration Specialist with the University of Ulster’ Northern Ireland Centre of European Cooperation... Read More →
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Huw Williams

SMARTlab CTO & Previous Head of IT for the London Olympic & Paralympic Games

Tuesday March 5, 2013 9:00am - Thursday March 7, 2013 6:00pm
European Parliament Exhibition Space

10:00am

ES:GC2 Opening Plenary
Limited Capacity seats available

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.


Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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.
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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

10:00am

EPO Drop-in Session: Patents and Medical Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

More patent applications are filed at the European Patent Office for medical technology than for any other. New inventions for implants, robotic limbs, analytical tools and diagnostic devices are improving the quality of life for millions of people, including an increasing number of elderly people. Medical technology is big business - and patents help scientists and researchers secure investment as well as protect the fruits of their R&D. If you have a question about patenting in this field, or are unsure about what can be patented and what not, then come along to this session and meet an EPO examiner who is expert in this field.


Speakers
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Kris Loveniers

European Patent Examiner at European Patent Office (EPO)
Kris Loveniers graduated in Electromechanical Engineering in 2000 at the KU Leuven (BE), where he also obtained a post-graduate master in Biomedical Engineering in 2002. After working for 2 years as a research assistant in the department of physiotherapy at KU Leuven, he joined medical products company Materialise as an engineer. In October 2003 he moved to the Netherlands to work at the European Patent Office (EPO).  He deals with... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 10:00am - 10:30am
European Parliament Exhibition Space, 3rd floor, Altiero Spinelli

10:00am

European Research on Rare Diseases: Exploring Public Private Investment Synergies

Rare diseases affect close to 30 million people in the EU-27 and despite the high quality of public research and the existence of 'centres of excellence', there is a lack of innovative approaches for the development of new therapies. The definition of optimised methods and resources use requires coordination in both investments and infrastructures that only a Public Private Partnership approach can supply. The conference will explore how to leverage existing models to promote best practises in the field.

Speakers include researchers from rare disease centres in France, Italy, U.K. and Germany.


Speakers
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Vittorio Prodi, MEP

Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup


Tuesday March 5, 2013 10:00am - 12:30pm
European Parliament A1G2

12:00pm

Buzz Aldrin's United Space Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45am
European Parliament Bât. Altiero Spinelli, 60 Rue Wiertz, 1047 Brussels, Belgium

12:00pm

Alzheimer's CEO Roundtable: Addressing the Global Challenge and the Role of European Leadership (by invitation only)

The rise in Alzheimer’s disease is a global crisis and a societal grand challenge for the 21st Century. It threatens not only the health of populations globally, but also sustainable economic growth, fiscal policies, and the social fabric of European communities. Alzheimer’s is a case study for how European science, European institutions, and European public-private partnerships can play a leadership role in addressing a global challenge through global collaboration.

The Alzheimer’s CEO Roundtable seeks to provide additional private sector collaboration to complement important efforts already underway in governments, patient groups, universities, and other communities and to catalyze new actions to accelerate the fight against Alzheimer’s.

The four goals of The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Develop and issue the comprehensive a Alzheimer’s research agenda
- Identify specific, quantifiable actions that reduce the time, cost, and risk associated with developing therapies for Alzheimer’s disease
- Clarify the fiscal and economic case for addressing Alzheimer’s, and define new global investment models that will increase research and drive innovation in care and care delivery
- Leverage the collective voice of business and government to enhance public engagement, increase the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, and promote proactive approaches to addressing cognitive health for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s as well as their loved ones


Speakers
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Jean Georges

Executive Director of Alzheimer Europe
Jean Georges is the Executive Director of Alzheimer Europe, where he supports the board, liaises with member organizations, handles personnel and financial issues, oversees fundraising, and manages projects throughout the organization. Before joining Alzheimer Europe in 1996, Mr. Georges worked as a journalist and a parliamentary assistant to members of the Luxembourg and European Parliament.
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Dr. Richard Johnson

CEO, Global Helix LLC, Washington DC and National Academy of Sciences, Board on Life Sciences
CEO, Global Helix LLC, Washington DC and National Academy of Sciences, Board on Life Sciences | | Rick Johnson works at the intersection of the life sciences, Big Data, synthetic biology, healthy aging, neuroscience, and emerging platform technologies with collaborative research, impact capital investing and entrepreneurship, knowledge-based capital, public-private partnerships, and new innovation models for addressing global challenges... Read More →
AP

Andrea Pfeifer

CEO, AC Immune, AC Immune
Dr. Andrea Pfeifer co-founded AC Immune in 2003 and serves as CEO. Dr. Pfeifer is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and was nominated as Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year.  She previously headed Nestlé’s Global Research function. She also is a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Pfeifer completed her doctoral studies in Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the University of... Read More →
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George Vradenburg

US National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council Member, Convener of The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Diseas
George Vradenburg is a leading Alzheimer’s philanthropist and expert, and CEO of the Vrandenburg Foundation.  He also is the Convener of The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer's Disease.  With his wife Trish, he launched the National Alzheimer’s Gala in 2004, raising over $10 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Mr. Vradenburg also established US Against Alzheimer’s, an independent non-profit with... Read More →
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Corien Wortmann-Kool

Member of the European Parliament, Vice President on Economic and Financial Affairs of the European People’s Party
Ms. Wortmann-Kool is a Dutch politician for the Christian Democratic Appeal, a Member of the European Parliament, and Vice President on Economic and Financial Affairs of the European People’s Party. In 2004, Wortmann-Kool became an MEP and in 2009 she became Vice-President of the European People’s Party. In the European Parliament, she is a Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and the Committee for Women’s... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

12:30pm

EPO Drop-in Session: Patent Information
Limited Capacity full

With over 80 million documents, all sorted and classified according to technology type, the free databases of the EPO make it easy to find a wealth of relevant scientific and technical information. Most of the documents describe technical solutions which are free to use, because the patents are not in force! And thanks to Patent Translate, documents in over a dozen languages can now be understood instantly. Did you know that patent information can support more than just your research? The databases can lead you to previously unknown suppliers, partners or rivals too, providing a more complete view of the market.

During this session experts from the EPO will introduce the databases and their search functions, explaining tricks and tips for extracting the answers you need in developing your technology.






Moderators
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Heiko Wongel

Director Patent Information Services, EPO Vienna
Heiko Wongel is Director of Patent Information Promotion at the European Patent Office in Vienna. The task of his team is to enable the understanding and the effective use of patent information by informing and supporting users of the EPO's patent information products and services. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He joined the EPO (The Hague) in 1990 as a patent examiner in the field of electro-optics. From... Read More →

Speakers
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Nigel Clarke

Patent Information specialist
Dr Nigel Clarke specialised in physical chemistry, (with mathematics and physics) His PhD was in neutron science. He  started work in the UK Scientific Civil Service and researched novel laser-based analytical techniques. He joined the European Patent Office as patent examiner and was subsequently; IT project manager, international cooperation project manager, and market researcher. He is currently head of unit and responsible for the... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
European Parliament EPO Exhibition Space, 3rd floor, Altiero Spinelli

1:00pm

Preparing a Proposal for H2020
Limited Capacity full

This workshop is designed to help researchers directors of research groups to plan for Horizon 2020.
The workshop is designed to address the following concerns of researchers in 2013:
How to identify the most suitable programmes (Mapping)
How to Lobby for Topic in Horizon 2020
How to identify strategic partners for Horizon 2020
How to start drafting proposal ideas for Horizon 2020


Speakers
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Dr. Seán McCarthy

Managing Director, Hyperion Ltd
Sean McCarthy is Managing Director of Hyperion. He specialises in the design and delivery of training courses for European Researchers. Since 1997 over 41,000 participants have attended his training courses in 29 countries. Dr. McCarthy has delivered training courses in 43 of the top 100 Research Centres and Universities in Framework 7.  


Tuesday March 5, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Radisson Blu Rue d'Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels

1:00pm

Future of Medicine - A Policy Basis for a New System
Limited Capacity seats available

Global health challenges, their related socio-economic implications and the future of medicine can only be efficiently addressed by international, inter-disciplinary collaboration.

The various topics of the plenary are structured in a manner to guide participants from future health challenges to possible solutions and required actions to address these challenges. Speakers are invited to present their view on the key issues described below.

Global health challenges and economic implications

What are the upcoming global health challenges and what are the economic implications of such challenges? Healthcare systems have no proper solutions in place to cope with these challenges and countries have no strategy how to finance healthcare under these expected developments. There is a need for new solutions.

50 year roadmap for the future of medicine

These new solutions may only be delivered by top level research and development. However several
paradigm shifts in the R&D and healthcare landscapes are required to occur: To change from a fragmented R&D landscape to multidisciplinary and international collaborative research: To take advantage of the “massive data” century; to change research focus from individual molecules to biological systems; to restructure medicine by establishing a mechanism/biological system-based disease taxonomy. This has several implications ranging from restructuring medicine from being a current organ-centered  to a future on common disease mechanisms based medicine, new strategies in drug development and prescription, new organization of healthcare providers, to developing new curricula for education and training. These changes will be reflected in the 50 year roadmap. For more information, please visit http://www.globalsciencecollaboration.org/global-challenges/health

Frameworks for international collaborative research: technical, ethical and legal challenges

In order to allow such paradigm shifts, particularly to enable interdisciplinary and international collaborative research common technical standards, and harmonized ethical and legal frameworks are essential. This will be elaborated on the example of “massive data” –driven healthcare addressing challenges of common taxonomies, quality management, technical challenges, data protection and
privacy.

Role of academia and industry in health innovation

The paradigm shifts in the R&D landscape will also affect the academia-industry relationship. There is a need for increased collaboration between academia and industry particularly in the pre-competitive field. This will also impact on role of patents and open access information. Several examples of R&D partnerships in the precompetitive field will be presented.

Towards a global health science policy

Basically all of the above highlighted issues are of global nature requiring global collaboration for an efficient response. Therefore, the question arises whether the time is ripe for an international concerted action to develop the solution that will allow to respond to future health challenges and to sustainably
finance healthcare systems.

 

AGENDA

 


Moderators
avatar for Clive Cookson

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 →

Speakers
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Peter Boyle

President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France
Dr Boyle’s appointment as President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France follows immediately on his tenure as Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) from 2004 to 2008 in Lyon, France. He previously had had a number of successive appointments with Glasgow University Department of Medicine, the West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit, Harvard School of Public Health and 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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Dr Martha Brumfield

President and CEO Critical Path Institute
Martha Brumfield, Ph.D., was recently named the interim president and chief executive officer of the Critical Path Institute. In this role, Brumfield will lead the institute in its mission to foster development of new evaluation tools, which accelerate medical product approval. Brumfield assumes the role of CEO after most recently serving as Critical Path Institute's director of International & Regulatory Programs. In that position, she... Read More →
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David Byrne

David Byrne was appointed EU Commissioner in 1999 and held the portfolio of Health and Consumer Affairs during the Prodi Commission, when he established the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Prior to that, he served as Attorney General in Ireland.  Following his period of office in the Commission, he was appointed as Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to give... Read More →
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Prof. Peter Coveney

Director of the UCL Computational Life & Medical Sciences Network
Prof Coveney is Director of the UCL Computational Life & Medical Sciences Network. He holds a Chair in | Physical Chemistry, and is Director of the Centre for Computational Science, an Honorary Professor of Computer Science, and a member of CoMPLEX at UCL. He is also a founding member of the UK e-Infrastructure Leadership Council, a Medical Academy Nominated Expert on Data, Algorithms, and Modelling for the UK Prime Minister’s... Read More →
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Dr. Jacques Demotes

Professor of Cell Biology
Jacques Demotes-Mainard, MD-PhD-MBA, is Professor of Cell Biology, has a background in clinical | neurology and a research curriculum as a basic neuroscientist, then as chair of a clinical research centre. Since 2004, co-ordinates the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN, www.ecrin.org), funded by the FP6, then FP7 as the ESFRI-roadmap European infrastructure for clinical trials. Since 2005 | advisor at the Biology and... Read More →
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Rainer Fischer

Senior Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology
Prof Fischer is Department Head of the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 60 employees) and Senior Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (500 employees at five sites in Germany and two wholly-owned subsidiaries in the USA and Chile). His expertise covers many areas of molecular biology and biotechnology, focusing on protein engineering, molecular medicine... Read More →
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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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Michel Goldman, MD, PhD

Executive Director of IMI
Michel Goldman, Executive Director of IMI, builds and promotes networks of innovation, in close collaboration with all stakeholders involved in pharmaceutical R&D. IMI supports the launch and successful continuation of collaborative programmes to foster research and development activities on | more effective and safer therapies for patients across Europe. Michel Goldman is Professor of Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of 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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Dr Esia Bushra Mohamed Hamid

Minsiter of Science and Communication, Sudan
Dr. Hamid was born in 1956 in Elmoglad, Sudan. He graduated as a medical doctor (physician) from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, in 1982. He received his doctorate degree in the field of community medicine and higher diploma in business administration. | After a successful career in medicine he took extensive managerial roles in local governments as a minister of health, finance and economics at different states of Sudan since... Read More →
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Dr. Tim Hubbard

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Tim Hubbard joined the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in 1997 and was one of the organisers of the sequencing of the human genome. In 1999 he co-founded the Ensembl project to analysis, organise and provided access to the human genome. Since then he has been responsible for groups identifying the full set of human genes and annotating their structures and is one of the leaders of the recently published ENCODE project. Prior to working on... Read More →
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Dr. Richard Johnson

CEO, Global Helix LLC, Washington DC and National Academy of Sciences, Board on Life Sciences
CEO, Global Helix LLC, Washington DC and National Academy of Sciences, Board on Life Sciences | | Rick Johnson works at the intersection of the life sciences, Big Data, synthetic biology, healthy aging, neuroscience, and emerging platform technologies with collaborative research, impact capital investing and entrepreneurship, knowledge-based capital, public-private partnerships, and new innovation models for addressing global challenges... Read More →
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Bartha Maria Knoppers

Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine (Tier 1: 2001 - ). She is Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University.  In 2007, she founded the international Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G) and CARTaGENE Quebec’s population biobank (20,000 indiv.). Former holder of the Chair... 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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Hans Lehrach

Hans Lehrach obtained his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in 1974. Next he moved on to Harvard University, Boston (1974-1978) for a postdoc and then became group leader at EMBL, Heidelberg (1978-1987). He then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (1987-1994) to become head of the Genome Analysis Department. In 1994 he returned to Germany to become... Read More →
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Prof Klaus Lindpaintner

Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Thermo Fisher
Klaus Lindpaintner, MD, MPH, FACP is Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Thermo Fisher | Scientific, the world’s premier and largest company providing the scientific community and industry with highly innovative analytical instruments, reagents, and services. Previously, he held senior positions at F Hoffman-La Roche, where he spearheaded the company’s efforts in personalized health care and was | responsible for the... Read More →
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Prof. Pauline Rudd

Adjunct Professor of Glycobiology, University College Dublin
Professor Pauline M. Rudd BSc, LRIC, MA (Oxon), PhD is the Adjunct Professor of Glycobiology at University College, Dublin. She heads the GlycoSciences Research Group at the National Institute for BioProcessing Research and Training in Ireland (NIBRT). She has many links with pharmaceutical companies across the world because GlycoScience is a major area of specialised expertise required to ensure the safety and efficacy of biotherapeutic drugs... Read More →
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Hans Westerhoff

Universities of Manchester and Amsterdam
Hans V. Westerhoff received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. After a brief postdoc at the University of Padua he became Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health (USA) to work on DNA supercoiling, regulation and control, and antimicrobial peptides.  After 6 years at the Netherlands Cancer Institute he became full professor of Microbial Physiology at the VU University Amsterdam.  From 2005 he also holds the... 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 1:00pm - 4:00pm
European Parliament 4Q2

2:00pm

Smart Grids - How Can We Detune Energy Demands and Expectations through Holistic Demonstrations for Greening Metropolii in ‘Energy Islands’?
Limited Capacity full

Horizon 2020 strongly emphasizes finding innovative and efficient solutions to address societal changes and enable technological breakthroughs.  The design, demonstration and implementation of Smart Grids represents a significant step forward for the electric power infrastructure  of the EU by providing increased reliability, efficiency and affordability, while leveraging renewables and other distributed power generation sources.  Exploiting advances in a number of technologies, including ICT and power electronics, the Smart Grid methodology has been demonstrated on small scales, but still faces a number of challenges to scale to major cities and beyond.  This session will provide a clear definition of Smart Grids and their potential, address the challenges that must be faced in the next years to realize their advantages, and discuss the role that international collaboration will play in the grid's evolution.


Moderators
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Shawn Thorne

Associate Director, Power and Energy, U.S. Office of Naval Research Global - London
Dr. Shawn Thorne is the Associate Director for Power and Energy and Functional Materials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global office in London, United Kingdom. He is responsible for developing connections between the US Naval Research Enterprise and outstanding international academic and commercial researchers working in Power and Energy, specifically alternative energy generation and efficient distribution, to include Smart Grids. Dr... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Kieran Delaney

R&D Manager, Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr Kieran Delaney is the R&D manager and co-founder of the newly formed Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research, which is based at Cork Institute of Technology. The Centre has over sixty researchers and state-of-the-art facilities for networked embedded systems research, development, test and trialling. Its primary focus is upon delivering highly relevant industry solutions through its Innovation Gateway, which is working extensively with... Read More →
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Dr. Venizelos Efthymiou

Executive Manager Networks at Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Dr Venizelos Efthymiou from Cyprus is a holder of the UMIST university degrees: BSc in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Master of Science (MSc) in Power Systems and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He joined the Electricity Authority of Cyprus in March 1979 and he currently holds the post of Executive Manager Networks. He is a substitute member of the Board of Directors of EURELECTRIC, a member of the Networks Committee of EURELECTRIC, an... Read More →
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Per-Olof Granström

Secretary General, EDSO
Per-Olof Granström has a profound knowledge of the energy sector as he has held various positions in different European utilities and associations. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General of EDSO for Smart Grids, he was Director of European Affairs at Vattenfall, Executive Vice President at Svensk Energi/Swedenergy – the organisation representing the Swedish electricity companies, Vice President/Director of trade at Nord Pool... Read More →
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Mark O'Malley

Professor of Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin
Mark O'Malley is the Professor of Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), founder and Director of the Electricity Research Centre (http://erc.ucd.ie ) an industry supported research group. He has received two Fulbright awards, is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is recognized as a world leading authority on grid integration of renewable energy... Read More →
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Paddy Teahon

Strategy Implementation Consultant, University College Dublin
Paddy Teahon has recently joined UCD as a Strategy Implementation Consultant. Paddy has previously worked in the Irish Civil Service, having served as Head of the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) from 1993-2000. He is also currently Hon. President of the Irish Wind Energy Association. 


Tuesday March 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
European Parliament J6Q1

3:00pm

EPO Drop-in Session: Patents and Medical Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

More patent applications are filed at the European Patent Office for medical technology than for any other. New inventions for implants, robotic limbs, analytical tools and diagnostic devices are improving the quality of life for millions of people, including an increasing number of elderly people. Medical technology is big business - and patents help scientists and researchers secure investment as well as protect the fruits of their R&D. If you have a question about patenting in this field, or are unsure about what can be patented and what not, then come along to this session and meet an EPO examiner who is expert in this field.


Speakers
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Kris Loveniers

European Patent Examiner at European Patent Office (EPO)
Kris Loveniers graduated in Electromechanical Engineering in 2000 at the KU Leuven (BE), where he also obtained a post-graduate master in Biomedical Engineering in 2002. After working for 2 years as a research assistant in the department of physiotherapy at KU Leuven, he joined medical products company Materialise as an engineer. In October 2003 he moved to the Netherlands to work at the European Patent Office (EPO).  He deals with... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
European Parliament Exhibition Space, 3rd floor, Altiero Spinelli

3:30pm

Space Weather - From Technology to Effective Capabilities
Limited Capacity filling up

The Space Weather Seminar will bring industry, academia, and high-level policy and decision makers together in order to engage in a lively dialog about space weather. The Seminar will address the truly variant effects of space weather on today’s technologies. It will highlight space weather’s potential impacts on several crucial sectors, including communications, navigations, spacecraft operations, aviation, and electric power. The presentations and debate at the Space Weather Seminar will also focus on identifying the highest priority needs for operational services that can inform future research and identify new value-added capabilities which can be transitioned into effective applications. The conference will promote communication among researchers, space weather service providers, and users of space weather services. Pursuant to this, the ES:GC2 Space Weather Seminar will focus on the challenges of ensuring that the EU can meet its Horizon 2020 objectives for space, with a specific focus on securing the integrity of the vital services provided by orbital equipment and technologies.


Moderators
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Dr. Peter Gallagher

Head of the Solar Physics Group at Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Gallagher is the head of the Solar Physics Group at Trinity College Dublin. His reseach is primarly | concerned with understanding the fundamental physics of solar storms and their impacts on Earth. He has a long association with ESA and NASA and leads the Irish LOFAR radio telescope project. His group also works with a number of companies including Skytek Ltd., Lockheed-Martin, and Eirgrid. Dr. Gallagher received a BSc (HONS) in... Read More →

Speakers
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Eamonn Daly

Head, European Space Agency Space Environments and Effects Section
Eamonn Daly has a degree in Physics from the University of Exeter and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Manchester. Following a post doctoral fellowship at Manchester and a period with a commercial scientific instruments company, he joined the European Space Agency at ESTEC in the Netherlands in 1983. Working in the technical directorate, he and his team provide specialist support during the development and operation of ESA... Read More →
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Gareth Lawrence

RHEA System
Dr Lawrence studied Applied Mathematics as an undergraduate, and Space Plasma Physics for his Ph.D. He has in excess of fifteen years of applied experience in Space Weather science, with his doctoral thesis written on the subject.  He has previously worked at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Centre and the Royal Observatory of Belgium, undertaking basic research on the physics behind Space Weather events and analysing the effects of such... Read More →
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Neil Mitchison

EC Joint Research Centre
Neil Mitchison is Head of the "Security Technology Assessment" Unit at the Ispra site of the JRC. After training in mathenatics, and experience in commercial computing and artificial intelligence, Neil joined the European Commission as a computer analyst,  working on the Commision's  financial computing systems. In 1988, he moved to the Commission's Joint Research Centre, where he worked on various projects in risk analysis, the... Read More →
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Prof.Dr. Stefaan Poedts

Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, Leuven, Belgium
Stefaan Poedts graduated in Applied Mathematics in 1984 at the KU Leuven. As 'research assistant' of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research he obtained a PhD in Sciences (Applied Mathematics) in 1988 at the same university. After one year as Postdoctoral researcher he left the KU Leuven to become a Postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching bei München. In October 1991 he moved to the... Read More →
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Alan Thomson

Head of Geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey
Alan Thomson is Head of Geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey. He is a researcher in global magnetic field modelling, in source field interpretation and in the space weather and geomagnetic hazard to technology. He is author of more than sixty publications in journals, proceedings, major reports and book chapters, on space weather, and on geomagnetic field modelling and applications. The BGS Geomagnetism team is responsible for... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Radisson Blu Rue d'Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels

4:00pm

Global Health Challenges and Economic Implications
Limited Capacity full

The world has started facing a dramatic change in global health challenges. On top of the unmet needs to
combat communicable diseases especially in the developing world our societies become larger, older and unhealthier. We even export most of these life style diseases into the low and most prominently the medium income countries (LMIC). 2/3 of all new cancer cases in 2030 can be estimated to be diagnosed in LMIC, the highest increase in type 2 diabetes and glucose intolerance will be seen in LMICs. At the same time public health spending is increasing already and the need for an economic return for Pharma is becoming shorter. For big Innovations first stage funding is seen as too risky and seed funding instruments are unattractive for investors.

Healthcare systems have no proper solutions in place to cope with the upcoming health challenges and
countries have no strategy how to finance healthcare under these expected developments. This situation will result in a major threat for global economy. There is a need for new solutions for better prevention of diseases and more efficient cures. These solutions have to emerge from top level research requiring also new financing instruments to enable efficient translation of research into innovation.

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
avatar for Nessa Childers

Nessa Childers

Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament
Nessa Childers is an Irish Labour Party politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Ireland East constituency.  Previously Nessa was a councillor for the Blackrock area of South Dublin 2004–2008. | A member of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Nessa is also member the delegation for relations with Japan and substitute member of the Committee on Culture and... Read More →

Speakers
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Peter Boyle

President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France
Dr Boyle’s appointment as President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France follows immediately on his tenure as Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) from 2004 to 2008 in Lyon, France. He previously had had a number of successive appointments with Glasgow University Department of Medicine, the West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit, Harvard School of Public Health and the... Read More →
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David Byrne

David Byrne was appointed EU Commissioner in 1999 and held the portfolio of Health and Consumer Affairs during the Prodi Commission, when he established the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Prior to that, he served as Attorney General in Ireland.  Following his period of office in the Commission, he was appointed as Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to give... Read More →
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Geoffrey Hamilton-Fairley

Executive Chairman, Oncimmune Ltd
Geoffrey Hamilton-Fairley’s entrepreneurial career started in 1982 by founding a number of companies in the media sector backed by The Abingdon Management Company Limited (Abingdon) - an institutional venture capital company. In 1988 he joined the board of Abingdon as CEO and subsequently became sole owner having acquired the company from its institutional shareholders. Abingdon had a number of quoted and unquoted investments in a variety... Read More →
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Barbara James

Founder and CEO of Henshaw Capital Partners
Barbara is founder and CEO of the first independent pan-African private equity Fund of Funds - Henshaw Capital Partners. | Barbara served on the Nigerian Federal Government Committee on Information Technology Incubation Centre Development in 2011/2012 and on the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment committee on Small and Medium Enterprise Development from 2011 to present. After a 15 year career in business applications of... Read More →
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Martin Murphy

Chief Executive Officer of Syncona Partners LLP
Martin is the Chief Executive Officer of Syncona Partners LLP.  Previously, he was a Partner at MVM Life Science Partners LLP, a leading venture capital company focused on life science and healthcare investments. During his time at MVM, Martin was a member of the Management and Investment Committees and led MVM’s European operations.  He was involved in a number of successful investments including PregLem SA (sold to Gedeon... Read More →
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Andrea Ponti

Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Healthcare
Andrea joined J.P. Morgan from Goldman Sachs where he was Partner Managing Director and Head of European Healthcare, Consumer and Retail based in London. In addition to founding the Goldman Sachs European Healthcare group in 1997, Andrea covered a variety of roles as Chief Operating Officer of the European Investment Banking business, Head of European Financial Institutions, and a member of the Firm-wide Commitments Committee. | Selected... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
European Parliament A3H1

4:15pm

Disaster Reduction and Preparedness - How Technology Can Help Communities During Disasters and Crises
Limited Capacity full

The Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology leads a Humanitarian Systems initiative is focused on developing novel communication and information, building safety and shelter, healthcare, and security technologies to aid communities during disaster and crisis situations. This session will examine the role of sensors, computers, and communications in social and political development with the aim of building systems that support communities as they overcome significant challenges. From the perspective of science the session will address three areas of potential advancement to technology that will aid in prediction and recovery from disaster.

One area of discussion is prediction and preparation for natural and human disasters will involve the combination of intelligence, environmental sensing, and human social awareness and response.  There are emerging opportunities for algorithms that provide advanced warning from massive data collections
involving regional intelligence or environmental trends, large scale sensing, and human social networking. Given a disaster situation there is additional opportunity to develop new sensors that
detect human victims, structural safety, and danger to first responders.  Finally, future smart buildings may include biologically inspired design and low cost sensing to provide increased resiliency to natural disasters. The science behind such opportunity is in large scale sensing and analysis of massive data sets. 


Moderators
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Jeff Evans

Deputy Director for the Information and Communications Lab (ICL), Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Jeff Evans is the Deputy Director for the Information and Communications Lab (ICL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) of Georgia Tech and Deputy Director for a campus-wide collaboration termed the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). Mr. Evans has 25 years of research in the communications field with particular interest in broadband wireless network implementations, emerging mobile communications services, and the delivery of... Read More →
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Leigh Fitzpatrick McCook

Division Chief and Principal Research Associate, Socio-Technical Systems Division Information & Communications Lab
Ms. McCook is the Division Chief of the Socio-Technical Systems Division within the Information and Communications Laboratory of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Ms. McCook is a Principal Research Associate with GTRI with  over twenty years of research management and program director experience. She has successfully directed outreach programs through regional and national Centers funded by numerous federal and state agencies. Her... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Alessandro Annunziato

Joint Research Centre - European Commission
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Dr. Charles J. Holland

Associate Director, US Office of Naval Research Global, Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Charles J. Holland is an Associate Director with the US Office of Naval Research Global, located in their Prague, Czech Republic office. He has over 35 years' experience in research and directing scientific and | technology programs in academia and government.  His technical expertise is in the area of information technologies broadly including computing systems and software and robotics. He received a Ph D in Applied Mathematics from... Read More →
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Bart M. De Lathouwer

GEO Secretariat
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Martijn Neef

Networked Organisations Group; TNO Defense, Security and Safety
Martijn Neef is a senior research scientist and innovation consultant at the Defence, Security and Safety section of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn holds a M.Sc. in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence from Utrecht University, and has been active for the past thirteen years at the intersection of intelligent technology, human capabilities and organisational behavior in the... Read More →
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Dr. Danny Reible

Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmen
Dr. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas in Austin.  He received his MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1979 and 1982, respectively, from the California Institute of Technology after a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1977 from Lamar... Read More →
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Bengt Sundelius

Professor of Government, Uppsala University; Strategic Advisor to the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencie
Bengt Sundelius is Professor of Government, Uppsala University, and Strategic Advisor to the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. He has been Chief Scientist of the Swedish Emergency Management Agency, Head of the Department of Security and Strategy of the Swedish National Defence College, founding Director of the National Centre for Crisis Management Research & Training and Director of Research for Strategy &... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 4:15pm - 6:00pm
European Parliament P1C051

7:30pm

EPO Gala Dinner (by invitation only)
Speakers
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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 →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels 1000
 
Wednesday, March 6
 

9:00am

Maritime Surveillance - The Benefits of Global Collaboration to Promote Good Stewardship and Safe Conduct in the World’s Oceans
Limited Capacity seats available

Mutual awareness for ocean prosperity: how do we share existing ocean surveillance information from space systems to equitably enrich all maritime nations by promoting good stewardship and safe conduct across the world's oceans?

Effective maritime situation awareness requires, by its very nature, global collaboration. The "Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness" (C-SIGMA) undertaking looks to develop an unclassified Global Maritime Awareness system using existing commercial and civil space systems, and to make them synergistically more effective by fostering international partnerships and
collaboration. An efficient global maritime awareness system will not only increase security and promote trade, but also will enhanced safety of life at sea and provide greater protection of the maritime environment and its resources, benefiting the entire global community. Following on the Horizon 2020
proposal to improve tools for maritime surveillance, this session will focus on the collaborative nature of maritime situation awareness and how best to integrate European member states with other important global players to achieve these ends via the use of existing unclassified aerospace technology. 


Moderators
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David Neyland

U.S. Office of Naval Research Global - London
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Prof. Guy Thomas

President at C-SIGMA Consulting
Prof. Guy Thomas has been involved in all environments of maritime surveillance for 35+ years, including 23 years in the Navy and Air Force, 9 with the USCG, and 9 at Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics. The S&T Advisor, Maritime Domain Awareness, for the US interagency office for 7 years, he conceived and helped design space-based AIS, and C-SIGMA, whose implementation was included in the NATIONAL SPACE POLICY (2010). He directed the... Read More →

Speakers
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Ami Daniel

CEO & Co-founder, Windward Ltd.
Ami Daniel is the CEO of Windward Ltd., which develops innovative technology for satellite-based maritime analytics. Ami is highly skilled in the domains of maritime analytics, operational naval activity and earth observation satellite technology. Prior to Windward, Ami served as a naval officer in the Israeli Navy, and he is a graduate of the Israeli Naval Academy and of the Advanced Naval Command Course. During his service, he served as... Read More →
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Ms. Doreen Dyck

Defence R&D Counsellor, CDLS, London
Ms. Doreen Dyck has spent her entire professional career as a scientist with Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) of the Canadian Department of National Defence. She started her career working in the field of radar countermeasures, where she devised jamming programs and algorithms, evaluated the effectiveness of jamming techniques, assessed the performance of experimental and DND jamming equipment, and provided advice and assistance to the... Read More →
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Rory Fitzpatrick

CEO National Space Centre
Rory Fitzpatrick is CEO of National Space Centre Ltd.  National Space Centre is a private company supported by Enterprise Ireland, and was set up in 2010 to redevelop Elforstown Earthstation, and to relaunch Elfordstown as a world class carrier grade commercial teleport and centre of excellence for space research. Rory was born in Cork and educated at Christian Brothers College, Cork.  Rory finished school in 1985 in the midst of the... Read More →
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Harm Greidanus

Presentation title: Regional maritime awareness in the Western Indian Ocean Harm Greidanus received a Ph.D. degree in astrophysics from Leiden University in The Netherlands in 1989. Following that, he has worked in remote sensing at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). In 2003 he joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. He has worked mostly on maritime remote sensing and... Read More →
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Chris Reynolds

Director, Irish Coast Guard
Chris’s maritime career started in the Irish Navy in 1979 as an Executive (Deck) Officer. He qualified as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer with the Royal Navy and also qualified as a Bomb Disposal Officer for conventional and anti- terrorist devices. He was closely involved in designing and delivery water combat training for the Army Ranger Wing, and assisting in the setting up of the Customs Water Unit and the Fishery Sea... Read More →
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Dr. Brian Young

Director of the Defence Technology Agency, New Zealand
Dr Brian Young joined the Defence Technology Agency as Director in April 2012, after two and half years as Director for Research at the University of Otago. Previously, Dr Young served for four years at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC as the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology’s first Science & Technology Counsellor to the United States of America. In his earlier life as a neuroscience researcher, he was a... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:00am - 1:00pm
Radisson Blu Rue d'Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels

9:30am

The Virtual Patient – The Future of Medicine
Limited Capacity seats available

As personalised medicine enters clinical and public health practice, its wider implementation requires favourable health policies and a new health infrastructure. Personalised Medicine is expected to allow our current, largely reactive mode of medicine to be replaced over the next years by a personalised, predictive, preventive, and participatory medicine. Europe has to provide citizens with access to emerging knowledge and technologies which will aid them in achieving a better quality of life over an extended lifetime. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been identified as one of the bottlenecks. Due to growing demands for data-rich, individualised medicine, ICT and healthcare are increasingly merging. As data-intensive analysis and computer-intensive modelling become common practice, this will result in a shift from personnel-intensive to ICT-intensive applications. Modelling will be used to generate “Virtual Patients”, such that each citizen might conceivably have a “virtual twin” that can be used to simulate and predict outcomes such as response to therapeutic or preventive interventions. To accelerate the development of personalised medicine, personal health and individualised healthcare global collaborations of researchers in academia, industry, SMEs, patient groups and regulatory authorities are needed, preferably as public-private partnerships, to ensure that research results are translated into tangible benefits for citizens.

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
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Helmut Brand

Professor European Public Health, Department of International Health at Maastricht University
Helmut Brand is a Jean Monnet Professor of European Public Health and Head of the Department of International Health at Maastricht University. He has developed a successful career combining competencies related to practice in the area of public health and management at the level of health authorities, ministries of health and as a director of the State Public Health Institute of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany with a strong scientific... Read More →
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Hans Lehrach

Hans Lehrach obtained his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in 1974. Next he moved on to Harvard University, Boston (1974-1978) for a postdoc and then became group leader at EMBL, Heidelberg (1978-1987). He then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (1987-1994) to become head of the Genome Analysis Department. In 1994 he returned to Germany to become... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle

President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France
Dr Boyle’s appointment as President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France follows immediately on his tenure as Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO) from 2004 to 2008 in Lyon, France. He previously had had a number of successive appointments with Glasgow University Department of Medicine, the West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit, Harvard School of Public Health and the... Read More →
avatar for Angela Brand

Angela Brand

Institute for Public Health Genomics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Presentation topic: Personalised Healthcare – what and how to translate?   Prof. Angela Brand, MD PhD MPH (USA) is Founding Director and Full Professor of the Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG) at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, as well as Dr. T.M.Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and Adjunct Professor at the Manipal Life Sciences Centre of Manipal... Read More →
avatar for David Byrne

David Byrne

David Byrne was appointed EU Commissioner in 1999 and held the portfolio of Health and Consumer Affairs during the Prodi Commission, when he established the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Prior to that, he served as Attorney General in Ireland.  Following his period of office in the Commission, he was appointed as Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to give... Read More →
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Morten Ernebjerg

Developer at the SAP Innovation Center Potsdam
Morten Ernebjerg got his PhD in theoretical physics from Harvard University in 2007. Fascinated by the use of modeling in biology, he then became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. During his five years there, he worked on the ecology of soil bacteria, both experimentally and using simulations, and on cross-species genomic analysis. In 2012, he joined the SAP Innovation Center as a developer; his... Read More →
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Magda Gunn

Scientific Manager at IMI
Magda Gunn has obtained her master’s degree in chemistry from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland in 2001. In 2007 she obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. | Her career continued at a biotech company SomaLogic in Boulder Colorado, USA. There she was involved in aptamer technology and its applications for diagnostic tools development as well as for therapeutic and... Read More →
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Ivo Gut

Director Centre Nacional d'Anàlisi Genòmica (CNAG)
Ivo Gut is qualified in Chemistry at the University of Basel and obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the same University with Prof. Jakob Wirz in 1990.  He was a Research Fellow in the group of Prof. Irene Kochevar at Harvard Medical School (1990-1993), and in the laboratory of Dr. Stephan Beck Imperial Cancer Research Foundation of London (1993 to 1996). | He led a group in the Department for Vertebrate Genomics of Prof. Hans... Read More →
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Walter Kolch

Director of Systems Biology Ireland
Prior to his appointment as SBI Director, Professor Walter Kolch was a Senior Group Leader at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, and Professor for Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Walter is also Director of the UCD Conway Institute, an interdisciplinary flagship Research Institute for biomolecular and biomedical research. This reflects the close relationship of SBI and biomedical research. While at the... 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 →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:30am - 12:30pm
European Parliament P5B001

9:30am

Science For Global Development: Astronomy - A Case Study
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will discuss the rationale for using astronomy as a tool for development and the lessons that may be relevant to other disciplines.

In recent years there has been increasing emphasis on science and technology as a tool for global development and capacity building. Astronomy has been in the forefront of such efforts, particularly in Africa. This workshop will discuss the rationale for using astronomy as a development aid and the lessons from astronomy that may be relevant to other disciplines.

09h30 Welcome Speech by Bill Newton Dunn                                                                     
09h45 Rationale for astronomy as a development tool by Prof. George Miley
10h05 The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development by Kevin Govender
10h25 Astronomy for technological capacity building by Anita Loots (tbc)
10h45 Coffee Break                                                                                      
11h00 Astronomy and Industry by Harry Van Dorenmalen                                                             
11h20 Astronomy for human capacity building – universities and research by Jean Pierre de Greve          
11h40 Astronomy for human capacity building – schools and children by Pedro Russo
12h00 Experiences from the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory by Niall Smith
12h10 Discussion                   


Speakers
avatar for Harry Van Dorenmalen

Harry Van Dorenmalen

Chairman of IBM Europe, IBM Europe
Speech topic: Astronomy and Industry  Harry van Dorenmalen was appointed chairman of IBM Europe on October 1, 2010. He represents IBM to European institutions and other authorities such as NATO and the European Defence Agency on issues of international public policy and business regulation. In this role he also oversees the company's corporate citizenship, environmental affairs, intellectual property, standards development, venture... Read More →
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Kevindran Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Using astronomy as a tool to make the world a better place! We try to do this through university level education; school level education and public outreach. Speech topic: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender is currently the Director of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development. During his previous position as the Manager of the SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) Collateral... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre De Greve

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Speech topic: Astronomy for human capacity building – universities and research | Professor in Astrophysics, Former Vice-rector for International Relations. Chair of the university’s Working Group on Science Coimmunication. Member of the Steering Committee of UNICA, the network of Universities of European Capital Cities. Member of the Scientific Committee of Flanders Technology International (FTI) and of the Science Center Technopolis... Read More →
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Anita Loots

Associate Director of SKA Africa
Speech topic: Astronomy for technological capacity building                              |                                | Anita Loots is a registered... Read More →
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Bill Newton Dunn MEP

Member of the European Parliament
Session contribution: Welcome speech
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George Miley

Speech topic: Rationale for astronomy as a development tool  | Irishman George Miley is Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He carries out research into distant radio galaxies and has co-authored more than 300 refereed papers. He was the initiator of the Low Frequency Array, a European radio telescope centered in the Netherlands now nearing completion. | | As Vice President of the International Union, he... Read More →
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Pedro Russo

University of Leiden
Speech topic: EU Universe Awareness Project Astronomy for human capacity building – schools and | children Pedro Russo is presently the International Project Manager (IPM) of the FP7 EU Universe Awareness project. He is passionately committed to using astronomy as an educational tool. Pedro is Chair of the Schools and Children Task Force of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astronomy for Development programme and Vice President of... Read More →
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Niall Smith

Head of Research, Cork Institute of Technology
Speech topic: Experiences from the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory My research interests lie in (i) in using astronomy to communicate STEM on a global scale and (ii) high time resolution astrophysics. I co-founded an observatory and science centre at Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland (www.bco.ie) and our mission is to enthuse young and old about the value and importance of STEM through the medium of astronomy. As Head of Research at Cork... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:30am - 12:30pm
European Parliament A5G3

10:30am

EPO Technical Session - Patent Information to Support Research
Limited Capacity full

Two experienced technology transfer managers will share their insights into the challenges when bringing brilliant science to market. How can the differing expectations of academics and industry partners be reconciled? How can the urge to publish be aligned with the secrecy requirements for patenting? How can both sides negotiate a win-win solution? Come and listen to some fascinating case studies and learn the secrets of success!


Moderators
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Heiko Wongel

Director Patent Information Services, EPO Vienna
Heiko Wongel is Director of Patent Information Promotion at the European Patent Office in Vienna. The task of his team is to enable the understanding and the effective use of patent information by informing and supporting users of the EPO's patent information products and services. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He joined the EPO (The Hague) in 1990 as a patent examiner in the field of electro-optics. From... Read More →

Speakers
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Nigel Clarke

Patent Information specialist
Dr Nigel Clarke specialised in physical chemistry, (with mathematics and physics) His PhD was in neutron science. He  started work in the UK Scientific Civil Service and researched novel laser-based analytical techniques. He joined the European Patent Office as patent examiner and was subsequently; IT project manager, international cooperation project manager, and market researcher. He is currently head of unit and responsible for the... Read More →
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Johannes Schaaf

Patent Information specialist
Johannes Schaaf studied physics in Kiel (D) and Bologna (IT) and graduated as master in physics in 1995. In 2005 he received an MBA from the Henley Management College (UK). He developed optical scanners and acoustic process control systems in the Corporate Technology of the Siemens company. He was a consultant in the area of product definition and led the Community of Practice Innovation Management. Johannes Schaaf worked at the German Patent and... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
European Parliament A5G1

12:00pm

EPO Technical session - Bringing research to market
Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Philpott

Jeremy Philpott

Principal Directorate Communication, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich
As Chef vom Dienst, Jeremy co-ordinates the various external communication activities of the EPO - via printed publications, the website and media relations - for diverse audiences. He supports the Principal Director for Communication in strategic planning, topic-scouting and being a spokesperson. From 2006 to 2012 Jeremy led the European Patent Academy's Innovation Support Unit promoting and supporting patent-related IP training to industry and... Read More →

Speakers
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Hugo Loosvelt

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Hugo Loosvelt has been a technology transfer officer at the Technology Transfer Interface (R&D Dept.) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel since 2006. He manages the patent portfolio of the university in close collaboration with the inventors and research teams involved. Hugo Loosvelt negotiates R&D contracts and licensing contracts with VUB’s industrial partners. Hugo Loosvelt is actively involved in creating awareness within the... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
European Parliament Room: A5G1

12:30pm

Lunch: Key Global Challenges: Women Leaders Throw Down their Gauntlets (by invitation only)

The conference discusses the many challenges facing global science. One such challenge common across all areas is the role of women in science, research and economic and societal development.

The current difficult economic climate provides women with an opportunity to lead us forward to find a more positive, and sustainable position for the benefit of people.

We set no topic limitations or agenda other than a basic request that a high level group of intelligent and socially conscious women leaders each put forward their five to ten minute vision for the future of Europe and the global environment and economy.

We ask the European Commission to take up some of these challenges in the framing of the Horizon 2020 Programme.


Moderators
avatar for Prof. Lizbeth Goodman

Prof. Lizbeth Goodman

Director, SMARTlab and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, University College Dublin
Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education at University College Dublin, and an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy (TCD, UCD, QUB), for which she runs the Social Entrepreneurship module and part of the core introductory interdisciplinary session on creative identities in innovation. She is Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. When she... Read More →

Speakers
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Mudassir Asrar

Chairperson, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology
Use science and technology to improve the life of common people and for economic growth
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Maria Da Graça Carvalho

Member of the European Parliament
Maria da Graça Carvalho is a member of the European Parliament in the PPE group since 14 July 2009 (member of the ITRE-Industry, Research and Energy Committee, substitute member of the Budgets Committee and member of the ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly). She was elected co- President of the Economic Development, Finance and Trade Committee of ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly. | She has been Principal Adviser of President Barroso... Read More →
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Martha Lucia Garcia-Garcia

CEO, Foresight Links Corporation, Foresight Links Corporation
Martha is a Colombian-Canadian health professional, entrepreneur and philanthropist. After working as a clinical biochemist at Oxford, United Kingdom, from 1990 to 1995, she moved with her family to Canada, where she founded Foresight Links Corporation in 1996 and was awarded an MBA degree from the Kellogg-Schulich program at York University. | She leads Foresight Links, a privately owned boutique multi-national firm that specializes in... Read More →
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Dr. Aoibheann Gibbons

Director of Reserach Development, University College Dublin
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Prof. Susan Jeffords

Vice Chancellor, University of Washington, Bothell (Seattle)
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Lynnae Ruttledge

International disability rights policy advisor, DOCTRID
Lynnae M. Ruttledge is a member of the US National Council on Disability, appointed by President Obama in 2013. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to the international research institute, DOCTRID. Ms. Ruttledge served as Commissioner of the US Rehabilitation Services Administration from December 2009 to January 2012; a role that provided national level leadership for the public vocational rehabilitation and independent... Read More →
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Nancy Salmon

Lecturer in Clinical Therapies, Marie Curie Research Fellow and Chair of IDS@UL, University College Limerick, Ireland, University of Limerick
After completing her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University (1989) Nancy worked for several years in Canada both in hospital and early childhood settings. Nancy then moved to Philadelphia, PA where she developed a community based, private practice while completing her post-professional MScOT (1998) specializing in pediatrics, augmentative and alternative communication, and disability rights. Throughout these... Read More →
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Jutta Treviranus

Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), professor and director of an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University Toronto.(http://idrc.ocadu.ca, http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/graduate_studies/inclusive_design.htm). The IDRC is an international center of expertise in digital inclusion. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional research centre on... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30am
TBA

1:00pm

EPO Networking Lunch
Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
European Parliament Corridor 2Q2

1:00pm

100 Year Starship: Understanding and Addressing the Scope of the R&D and Societal Challenges for the Interstellar Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

The 100 Year Starship initiative aims at making interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years. What are some challenges in space travel to a star beyond our solar system? During this plenary, the focus of the discussion will be centred around the importance of the grand challenge of interstellar travel to push both R&D and societal benefits. The format of the plenary will be broken up into two sessions on the following topics:

 

Time, distance and destinations. The first half of this theme will examine some of the challenges of getting a spaceship to another star system such as propulsion, navigation, and communication as well as how it pushes physics, astronomy, and planetology to a new level. The second half will look at some of the social science, health, and environmental aspects such as sociology, behavioural sciences, and some of the living structures in other systems.  

Life, environment and habitats. In the first half of the session, the panel will address how interstellar travel enhances life on earth by examining some topics such as systems engineering, data management, remote sensing, and the application of space technology to developing countries. The second half of the session will ask what some of the fundamentals to becoming an interstellar civilization are with regards to access to Earth orbit, education, international cooperation, and legal considerations. This second half will also address how interstellar travel pushes humans’ imaginations by looking at the importance of
storytelling and global aspirations of space travel.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Mae Jemison

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 →

Speakers
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Prof. Karl Aspelund

Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; University of Rhode Island
Karl Aspelund, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island. His interests lie in examining the role textiles and design play in the creation of identity, the impact of the textile life-cycle on the Earth’s environment, and how the design community can contribute to the goal of environmental sustainability. He worked as an artist and designer for 20 years after... Read More →
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Dr. Pamela Reilly Contag

CEO of Cygnet Biofuels
Pamela R. Contag, Ph.D., is currently the CEO of Cygnet Biofuels. Pam founded four venture-backed start-up companies; Xenogen Corporation was listed as one of the “Top 25 Young Businesses” by Fortune Small Business and in both 2001 and 2003 received the R&D 100 award for achievements in Physics. Xenogen Corp. completed a public offering in 2004 and was subsequently acquired by Caliper Life Sciences; Cobalt Technologies, was... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Kathryn Denning

Prof. Kathryn Denning

Associate Professor, York University, Canada
Kathryn Denning is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology, and Science & Technology Studies at York University in Canada. Denning received her BA and MA in four-field anthropology from McMaster University in Canada, and her PhD in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her work in archaeology has focused primarily upon the role of the archaeological past in the present, and she teaches a wide... Read More →
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Dr. Louis Friedman

Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
Dr. Friedman is a native of New York City. He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Cornell University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at M.I.T. in 1971. His Ph.D. thesis was on Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data. | Dr. Friedman worked at the AVCO Space Systems Division from... Read More →
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Adam Heathfield

Senior Director, Worldwide Policy
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Gilbert Kirkham

NASA Europe Representative
Gib Kirkham serves as the NASA Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, representing NASA in Europe.  Before arriving in Paris in August 2010, Mr. Kirkham served in the Senior Executive Service as the Director of the Exploration Systems and Aeronautics Research Division in NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations, a division responsible for NASA’s cooperative relationship with its European... Read More →
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John Carter McKnight

Lincoln Fellow of Applied Ethics; Chair, Consortium for Applied Space Ethics, Arizona State University
John Carter McKnight is a Lincoln Fellow of Applied Ethics at Arizona State University and chair of its Consortium for Applied Space Ethics, a network of interdisciplinary scholars and policy experts working in partnership with select institutions on projects to shape the global discourse about space science and exploration. He is a founding Graduate Fellow of ASU’s Center for Games and Impact, which develops and teaches video game design for... Read More →
avatar for Marc G. Millis

Marc G. Millis

Founder, Tau Zero Foundation
Marc Millis is the leading international authority on the search for revolutionary spaceflight, the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar voyages practical. He retired from NASA in 2010 to devote his time to the Tau Zero Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to accelerating progress toward real interstellar flight, which extends research and public education beyond that which can be done in government, industry or academia... Read More →
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Prof. Ronke Olabisi

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Prof. Ronke Olabisi is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department atRutgers University and a team member of the One Hundred Year Starship (100YSS™)initiative. Dr. Olabisi conducts tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research,particularly in the area of orthopedic and dermal tissues. Her research while at RiceUniversity is currently being considered for a patent. She has presented her work in peerreviewedjournal... Read More →
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Jennie Yeung Siu-Fong

President, UN Education Science Cultural Health Advancement Foundation
Ms. Jennie Yeung was born in Hong Kong from a Southeast Asian overseasChinese family with their ancestral home from Chao’en, Guangdong where girls are dis.She was one of the youngest and most accomplished innovative corporate banking vicepresidents of Citigroup in Asia Pacific when she was only 28 in Hong Kong. Ms. Yeungwas sent to New York for Citigroup’s Special People Development program in 1990,and served as Senior International... Read More →
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Dr. Jill Tarter

Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and has conducted numerous... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:00pm - 3:45pm
European Parliament 4Q2

1:00pm

Workshop to Discuss the Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation - Part I
Limited Capacity seats available

Researchers, engineers, industry and funders will discuss priority actions for the future of African-European radio astronomy cooperation.

The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) is a stakeholder forum convened to define research action plans across the wide range of technological areas that will be essential for the future of radio astronomy. The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be the first of these action plans. It will include strategic objectives, specific actions and suitable funding opportunities for each of the priority areas for African-European radio astronomy cooperation (e.g.: ICT, renewable energies, African VLBI, human capital development and training). The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be presented during this workshop and researchers, engineers, industry and funders will discuss in further detail the priority actions identified in this document.

The workshop will start with a video-streamed "Radio Astronomy Concert". Children from England and Ghana will perform a song that demonstrates the basic principles of radio astronomy. Thus, this amazing scientific discipline will be made accessible for non-scientists.

Please find the provisional agenda here: http://www.aerap.org/archivos_subidos/provisional_agenda_aerap_events_at_esgc2_21feb.pdf


Speakers
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Arnold van Ardenne

Coordinator ASTRON SKA Programme Office, ASTRON
Arnold van Ardenne holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Technical Physics from the Twente University in the Netherlands. As Director R&D at ASTRON he developed the institute to a scientific knowledge institute with international reputation in Radio and Optical/IR instrumentation programs and implemented the organizational and managerial framework for advanced instrumentation and technology projects. He was Coordinator of the EU-FP6... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações - Aveiro
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) : Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. PI of Galactic Emission Mapping project in Portugal, member of BIOSTIRLING project. Member of the SKA SSEC in 2010-2011. Was member of Planck Surveyor Consortium and Cosmic Microwave... Read More →
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Nithaya Chetty

Group Executive for Astronomy, National Research Foundation of South Africa
Speech topic: Developing the next generation of African astronomers, engineers and technicians Prof Nithaya Chetty was a two time Fulbright Fellow in the USA (1985 and 2004), and recipient of the NRF President's Award (1997). He is a theoretical and computational solid state physicist at the University of Pretoria, and has been seconded to the NRF as Group Executive for Astronomy.
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Michael Garrett

ASTRON
Prof. Michael A. Garrett obtained his first degree at the University of Glasgow (1986) and went on to do a PhD at the University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank. In 1996, he moved to the Netherlands, taking up a senior position at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) in Dwingeloo, later becoming JIVE Director in 2003. During this period he spearheaded many technical developments in the field, including the introduction of the e-VLBI... Read More →
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Kevindran Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Using astronomy as a tool to make the world a better place! We try to do this through university level education; school level education and public outreach. Speech topic: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender is currently the Director of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development. During his previous position as the Manager of the SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) Collateral... Read More →
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Minister Derek Hanekom

Minister for Science and Technology, South Africa
Mr. Hanekom was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 13 January 1953 and did his schooling in Cape Town.  After completing his compulsory conscription he travelled abroad for three years, working on farms, in factories and on construction sites. He returned to South Africa in his early twenties and farmed for six years.   It was his arrest for participating in a peaceful candlelight demonstration at John Vorster Square, the Police... Read More →
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Anita Loots

Associate Director of SKA Africa
Speech topic: Astronomy for technological capacity building                              |                                | Anita Loots is a registered... Read More →
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Karl Menten

Director of the Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy Department, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Most of Dr. Menten’s research involves radio and (sub)millimeter wavelength emission from dust and molecules in the Universe and their chemistry. Presently, his research concentrates on the formation of stars in the local and the early Universe, the end of stages of stellar evolution, astrophysical masers and lasers and the structure of the Milky Way. For his studies he frequently employs high resolution instruments (interferometers), incl... Read More →
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Michel Perault

Senior Astrophysicist, director of LERMA, CNRS and Paris Observatory
Michel Perault started in Bordeaux in the early 80's with a PhD in radio-astronomy at millimetre wavelengths. He dedicated his career to investigating the condensation processes of the interstellar medium, which lead to the formation of stellar and planetary systems. His interests cover instrumentation, observations, and theory. | He is presently the director of the Laboratory for Studies of Matter and Radiation in Astrophysics (LERMA) in... Read More →
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Ronald Stark

Head of Astronomy, NWO
Ronald Stark (1963) is currently Head of Astronomy at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He obtained his PhD in Astronomy from Leiden University in 1993. He has a research background in studies of the interstellar medium and star formation. From 1994-2002 he worked as invited professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (ENS, 1994), as EC Human Capital and Mobility Research Fellow at the Institut... Read More →
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Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

Instituto de Astrofisica de Andanlucia, CSIC
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro is staff scientist at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA). Her research has been always linked to observational radio astronomy, and currently is PI of the international collaboration AMIGA (Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated GAlaxies), funded under project "AMIGA4GAS: AMIGA for ALMA, GTC and SKA pathfinders" by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The AMIGA project... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Biobanks: Key-Resources for the Advancement of Biotechnology and Human Health
Limited Capacity full

Revealing the molecular basis of diseases will depend critically on the availability of well-documented, high quality biological samples from large numbers of patients and healthy persons, collected and made available by biobanks. Human biological samples, including associated medical and molecular data are key resources in unraveling genetic and environmental factors causing diseases and influencing their outcome. These resources are required for development of new solutions to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

The pan-European Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC) will further develop and provide access to these key resources in a quality controlled and ethically and legally compliant manner. Although BBMRI-ERIC is a European initiative much emphasis is placed on global cooperation and the development of globally harmonized biobanking-related processes and standards.
BBMRI-ERIC builds on OECD guidelines pertinent to biobanking and should become the European part of global biological resource centres network (GBRCN) as specified by OECD.

This seminar will present BBMRI-ERIC as well as several other leading biobanking initiatives in Europe and outside of Europe. Key measures to improve international collaboration and interoperability of biobanks will be discussed.

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris

Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Dr. Jennifer Harris is a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo Norway where she leads the program in genetic epidemiology. She has interdisciplinary training in life-span development, genetics, behavior and epidemiology. Since 2000 she has also been a consultant at the NIH, to the National Institute on Aging, Division of Behavioral and Social Research where she advises on the development of research agendas that... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne Cambon-Thomsen

Anne Cambon-Thomsen

Director of Research in CNRS (French national centre for scientific research)
Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD, is Director of Research in CNRS (French national centre for scientific research) working in a research Unit on epidemiology and public health at Inserm (National Institute for Health and Medical Research), and University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Faculty of Medicine Toulouse, France. Specialist in human immunogenetics, holding also a degree in health ethics, she leads an interdisciplinary research team on... Read More →
avatar for Georges Dagher

Georges Dagher

Research director, INSERM
Georges Dagher, senior investigator at Inserm (Paris, France) accomplished most of his career in pathophysiological and clinical research at Necker Hospital (1979-1984), College de France (1985-1993) and Faculty of medicine Broussais-Hotel Dieu (1994-2004). He joined the Physiological Laboratory (Cambridge, UK) for a post doc fellowhip (1983-85) and was a special guest to Physiological laboratory (Harvard Medical School, Boston, US, 1982... Read More →
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Monica Ensini

Scientific Direcotr EURORDIS
Monica Ensini holds a PhD in Neurobiology obtained from the University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy. During her postdoctoral training at Columbia University (New York, USA) she focused her research studies on the development of the vertebrate motor system. Subsequently, her research interests extended to the development of the vertebrate forebrain while working at University College and King’s College in London and at... Read More →
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Isabel Fortier

Director of Research and Development P3G Consortium
Dr Isabel Fortier is researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre where she leads the Maelstrom Research and DataSHaPER programs. These initiatives aim to develop and provide the research community from diverse disciplines with resources (expertise, methods and software) to leverage and support (1) data harmonization and integration across studies and (2) implementation of individual study infrastructures. In... Read More →
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Peadar Mac Gabhann

Director, Biostór Ireland
In the last 5 years Peadar has founded & developed two Life Science companies. Biostór, Ireland’s first independent Tissue Establishment, licensed by the Irish Medicines Board under the EU Tissue & Cells Directives & provides certified storage & distribution services to hospitals/clinics and the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry. Biocroí Ltd., a developer of innovative laboratory tools that significantly... Read More →
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Rongxing Gan

Director of Shanghai Clinical Research Center
Dr. Rongxing Gan, Director of Shanghai Clinical Research Center (SCRC), has more than 20 years’ experience in research and development in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, technology transfer, business development and venture capital. He has been the vice president of the leading research institution of life sciences, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences, for 8 years. Dr. Gan has also been a... Read More →
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Marianne Henderson

Former ISBER President
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Bartha Maria Knoppers

Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine (Tier 1: 2001 - ). She is Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University.  In 2007, she founded the international Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G) and CARTaGENE Quebec’s population biobank (20,000 indiv.). Former holder of the Chair... Read More →
avatar for Rita Lawlor

Rita Lawlor

President ESBB, European, Middle Eastern and African Society of Biopreservation and Biobanking, European, Middle Eastern and African Society of Biopreservation and Biobanking
Rita Lawlor is president of ESBB, the European, Middle Eastern and African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking, www.esbb.org. She is founder and the project manager of the ARC-NET (www.arc-net.it) cancer research centre at the University of Verona, Italy. She project manages the Italian effort within the International Cancer Genome Consortium (www.icgc.org) for pancreas cancer. She is currently involved in research projects in Madagascar... Read More →
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Markus Perola

Coordinator BBMRI-LPC
Dr. Perola is leading the Quantitative Genetics-group in the Public Health Genomics Unit, at the National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland and a visiting professor in University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Project, Estonia. His studies have from been focusing on the genetics of common disorders and traits. Several research strategies, such as genome-wide association studies, linkage mapping in families and high density SNP maps and deep... Read More →
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Ronald Stolk

www.EpidemiologyGroningen.nl
See www.rug.nl/research/epidemiology/stolk
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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 →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
European Parliament A3F383

2:00pm

Patents and Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers from the European Patent Office will first explore the policies which encourage innovation: patents and their alternatives. Patents promote technology diffusion to markets in more ways than you would imagine. After an introduction to the current patent procedure in Europe, the proposals for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court will be described, showing how long-needed reforms are creating the patent system European innovators really need if they are to protect markets and attract investment. This will lead to a concluding presentation about the economic impact of patents: central to prosperity and progress in Europe.

The plenary will be completed by a case study from an inspirational innovator who has won the
European Inventor Award.




Moderators
avatar for Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders

Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders

Professor, University Maastricht
Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders is a faculty member of International and European Law at Maastricht University, where he specialises in Intellectual Property Professor Sanders is recognised as Director of the Advanced Masters Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM LLM/MSc), and Academic Director of the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is Director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josef Bille

Josef Bille

Professor, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Heidelberg
Josef Bille is a professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Heidelberg. Since earning his professorship in 1978, Professor Bille has filed almost 100 patents in the field of ophthalmology and is a pioneer in the area of laser eye correction. He is known for inventing a method for mapping irregularities in the cornea with unprecedented precision and fine-tuning the lasers to repair them. This groundbreaking invention, which... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Philpott

Jeremy Philpott

Principal Directorate Communication, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich
As Chef vom Dienst, Jeremy co-ordinates the various external communication activities of the EPO - via printed publications, the website and media relations - for diverse audiences. He supports the Principal Director for Communication in strategic planning, topic-scouting and being a spokesperson. From 2006 to 2012 Jeremy led the European Patent Academy's Innovation Support Unit promoting and supporting patent-related IP training to industry and... Read More →
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Nikolaus Thumm

Chief Economist, European Patent Office (EPO)
Nikolaus Thumm is the Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. He is also Executive Secretary of the EPO Economic and Scientific Advisory Board. Prior to joining the EPO Mr. Thumm was working as Senior Economic Counselor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He was chairman of the United Nations' Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public... Read More →
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Eskil Waage

EPO International Legal Affairs
Eskil Waage is a Lawyer in the European Patent Office’s Directorate for International Legal Affairs (DG5) in Munich. He has been closely involved in the Union’s patent reform over the last years. After graduating in law and receiving his cand. jur. at Copenhagen University in 1995, Mr. Waage completed his doctorate in law at the Université de Strasbourg in 1998. Mr. Waage started his career as staff lawyer at the EPO in the... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
European Parliament 2Q2

2:00pm

Crime Reduction and Advanced Forensics
Limited Capacity full

Crime science focuses on the study of crime and the factors that cause it, not criminals or criminal behaviour. The evolving discipline of crime science will help us design crime prevention into our environments in order to significantly reduce drivers for crime. We are in an ICT enabled revolution that can help reduce crime by designing systems that discourage criminal behaviours intelligently and discretely. This session will focus on application of information sciences and ubiquitous sensing to crime reduction. Topics of interest include Geographical Information Systems; surveillance, detection, and identification; massive data extraction; and the integration of social connectivity with mobile sensing. A more familiar area of crime science is on detection and another area of interest is advanced forensics - in particular detecting signatures of individuals from standoff detection of non-invasive signatures (physical features, gait, voice, etc.), new technologies for microscopic forensics, emerging timeline analysis opportunities via social media and mobile technologies, and policy issues from opportunistic tracking of individuals.


Moderators
avatar for Mr. Jeff Moulton

Mr. Jeff Moulton

Director of Program Development and Information Operation, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Mr. Jeff Moulton is the Director of Program Development and Information Operations. He provides strategic direction and leadership and is responsible for focusing research, business development, building technical teams, and coordinating information operations across the university and institute. Mr. Moulton has in-depth experience within the intelligence communities assessing and defining corporate-level and globally deployable... Read More →

Speakers
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Henk van den Heuvel

Director CLST, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Dr. H. van den Heuvel studied German Language and Literature (main topic phonetics) in Utrecht. In 1996 he defended his PhD thesis entitled “Speaker variability in acoustic properties of Dutch phoneme realisations”. He co-ordinated the work on orthographic transcriptions in various projects for KPN, Philips, Temic, and CGN. Since 2001 he is managing director of SPEX and since 2003 of the Centre for Language and Speech Technology... Read More →
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Michael Hopmeier

President, Unconventional, Inc
Michael Hopmeier is the President of Unconventional Concepts, Inc. and has been a technical advisor and operational consultant to numerous governmental and international agencies and organizations, including the DARPA Defense Sciences Office, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, United States Surgeon General, the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense, the World Health Organization and several... Read More →
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Art Salindong

Managing Director, Trabus Technologies
Mr. Art Salindong is the Managing Director of Trabus Technologies, a US Small Business headquartered in San Diego, California, USA.  Trabus Technologies specializes in research and engineering in the following areas:  Information Technology, Cyber-Security, Signal Processing, and RF Communications. Mr. Salindong previously served as a Director at Qualcomm Incorporated, also in San Diego.  He managed several business portfolios for... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
European Parliament A08F388

2:30pm

Role of EU-flagships (ENGOS/Galileo and GMES) to respond to societal challenges of Horizon2020-program
Limited Capacity full

The session wishes to highlight with practical examples by FP-7 funded projects and other initiatives the significance of Europe’s space systems for EU-science, research and innovation dynamics. Representatives of the European Network NEREUS1 and representatives of relevant European institutions are going to debate how European space systems can contribute as a vital tool to advance in the different societal challenges of Horizon2020 and thus serve European society. The emphasis of the NEREUS-network is on the use of space technologies and provides its members with a dynamic platform to mobilize projects, share experience and knowledge and raise awareness for the regional dimension of space applications. Several EU-projects have been mobilized on the NEREUS-platform and speak for themselves.

In numerous ways satellite data and services bring an added value to all six societal challenges2
and pave the way to more knowledge and a wider insight. To quote just a few examples, Galileo
is fundamental to develop innovative transport solutions, Earth Observation/Copernicus-data brings an immense treasure of information to research activities in areas such as climate change, health, agriculture, marine and maritime, raw materials, energy. A recent study on the economic benefits of Copernicus showed that 1 Euro invested in the system brings up to 10 Euros back to the European society in terms of economic benefits, in addition to strategic advantages which cannot be accounted for. The science community is a key beneficiary of space-based information. The session wishes to call for a close linkage between the different columns of the Horizon2020, in particular of bringing the dimension of space into the topics of the societal challenges. In particular with both space systems growing increasingly mature, establishing synergies to societal challenges are crucial to ensure an optimal exploitation and capitalization of these systems for Europe’s research endeavors.


Speakers
avatar for Josef Aschbacher

Josef Aschbacher

Head of ESA GMES Space Office
Josef will share his views how Copernicus can impulse and contribute to research activities across the topics of the societal challenges of Horizon2020. While referring to the joint NEREUS/ESA-initiative "The growing use of GMES across Europe’s Regions" he will explain the potential of the system on different sectors that are addressed by the third column. He will also demonstrate how accurate global observations from GMES satellites... Read More →
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Pierpaolo Campostrini

Chair of NEREUS-GNSS-WG, Director CORILA
Pierpaolo has profound expertise with international research activities within the EU-framework programs and is member of the FP7-Environment committee. Referring to his experience as a participant of EU-funded research activities, in particular with research activities in the Venetian lagoon, he is going to explain where he sees the potential of Europe’s space systems to support research activities within the societal challenges of... Read More →
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Paola Carrara

Coordinator of the DORIS_NET, CNR
Paola coordinates the NEREUSflagship project DORIS_NET, an FP-7 funded CA (full title: Downstream Observatory organised by Regions active In Space – Network). The objective of this project is to pave the way for anchoring Copernicus downstream sector in regional and local economies and a stronger involvement of regional actors. Establishing a network of “Regional Contact Offices” (RCOs) that links European regional and local... Read More →
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Prof. Frans von der Dunk

European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC)
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Mauro Facchini

EC, DG Enterprise and Industry, Head of Unit Space Research - G2
Mauro will explain the ideas of the EC to establish synergies between the space program and the other columns of the Horizon2020.
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Prof. Alan Wells

NEREUS-vice-president, University of Leicester
Alan is Science Coordinator of THE ISSUE3 consortium (full title: Traffic- Health-Environment Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies), a project funded in the FP7-Regions of Knowledge program, | bringing together research clusters from 5 NEREUS member regions (East Midlands, Molise, Midi-Pyrénées, Aquitaine and Mazovia). Common themes of expertise within the consortium apply to the fields of Traffic, Health and Environment... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Representation of Lazio Region (Conference room/8th floor) Rond Point Schuman 14, B-1040 Bruxelles

3:00pm

Food Security and Safety: A Systems Approach
Limited Capacity full

By the year 2050, the world will need 70% more food than it produces today to feed a global population of over 9 billion people. Maintaining the security of the food supply from contamination from both intentional and natural sources is a challenging problem. As the world’s demand for food continues to rise, this only increases the need for new solutions to maintain the quality of the food as well as its security from farm to fork.  This session will focus on the two key areas in food security: rapid detection of chemicals or pathogens in food and optimization of the supply chain. The first area is critical to identifying threats as quickly as possible. Because our food supply can be produced one day and consumed the next day, traditional 24 hour sampling techniques are not sufficient to meet the needs of the modern food system. However, the technology to perform the pre-concentration and sampling of the
high volume product streams as well as detect a single pathogen or extremely low chemical concentrations within 10 minutes does not yet exist. The supply chain itself is a source of a great deal of food waste - up to 30% of all fresh produce is lost in the supply chain in the US. How do we move away from first in, first out logistic systems and to least shelf life, first out system? To accomplish this, technology for measuring, estimating and tracking shelf life will need to be developed. In addition, the supply chain must continue to play a role in the security of the food it transports.


Moderators
avatar for Mr. Gary McMurray

Mr. Gary McMurray

Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute
Gary McMurray is a Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Division Chief for the Food Processing Technology Division. The division has experts in sensing for food quality and food safety, robotics, environmental technologies focused on waste streams from food processing plants, and water/energy sustainability. Mr. McMurray’s research has focused on the development of robotic technologies and solutions for the... Read More →

Speakers
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Carmen Arruda

Regional Technical Director, FIS EMEA
Carmen Arruda is Regional Technical Director, FIS EMEA.  Carmen joined Cargill in 2005, initially working in the Vilvoorde R&D Centre and then taking the role of regional Food Technology Leader Latin America.  She accepted the role of Regional Technical Director, FIS EMEA in 2010.  Prior to working at Cargill, Carmen worked for ADM in their Oils & Fats Division and their Natural Health & Nutrition Division located in... Read More →
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Dr. Ultan Mc Carthy

University of South Florida, Electrical Engineering, RFID Lab for Applied Research
Ultan Mc Carthy received his Ph.D. degree in Biosystems Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland. It investigated the technological feasibility of Ultra High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification as an Automatic ID Data Carrier for Item level food supply chain traceability. He currently focuses on developing smart sustainable supply chains using a combination of smart sensor integration and decision support system development. He... Read More →
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Prof. Umezuruike Linus Opara, PhD CEng

Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal, Postharvest Technology
Prof. Linus Opara is a Research Professor and holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His programme focuses on human capacity development and technological innovations to reduce postharvest food losses and quality maintenance. He graduated with degrees in agricultural engineering (cum laude) at the University of Nigeria and PhD from Massey University, New Zealand, and... Read More →
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Dr. Thomas Eidenberger

University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria
Dr. Thomas Eidenberger, born on October 20th 1963, holds a doctorate in Food- and Biotechnology (University of Agriculture in Vienna). After an industrial occupation in the pharmaceutical industry (preclinical and clinical development) Dr, Eidenberger founded in 1997 the company Belan ZT-GmbH, meanwhile an accredited laboratory for food analysis and certification. Dr. Eidenberger is authorized from the Austrian Ministry of Health to certify... Read More →
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Ms. Susan Evans

Managing Director at Tompkins’ Global Supply Chain Services practice in Europe (EMEA)
Susan Evans is Managing Director, in Tompkins’ Global Supply Chain Services practice in Europe (EMEA). With more than 23 years of experience in transportation, logistics technology and global supply chain issues, Susan has lead her clients through supply chain analysis, market analysis in technology  and helped numerous companies achieve growth and supply chain excellence. Her first-hand expertise with business and supply chain... Read More →
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Prof. Michael Gibney

Director, Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin, Ireland
Michael Gibney, MAgrSc, MA, PhD, is Professor of Food and Health at University College Dublin and is Director of the UCD Institute of Food and Health. He is a former President of the Nutrition Society.  He served on the EU Scientific Committee for Food from 1985 to 1997 and then chaired the BSE working group as a Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the EU from 1997 to 2000. Professor Gibney was awarded the British Nutrition... Read More →
avatar for Ms. Elizabeth Moran

Ms. Elizabeth Moran

Elizabeth is a Public Analyst based in the United Kingdom working for Public Analyst Scientific Services Limited. Public Analysts are statutorily appointed by enforcement authorities to ensure the safety and correct description of food by testing it for compliance with legislation.  The company is part of the multi-national Eurofins life sciences group. Eurofins provides a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across... Read More →
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Mr. Art Salindong

Managing Director, Trabus Technologies
Mr. Art Salindong is the Managing Director of Trabus Technologies, a US Small Business headquartered in San Diego, California, USA.  Trabus Technologies specializes in research and engineering in the following areas:  Information Technology, Cyber-Security, Signal Processing, and RF Communications. Mr. Salindong previously served as a Director at Qualcomm Incorporated, also in San Diego. He managed several business portfolios for... Read More →
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Mr. Samim Saner

General Manager of Kalite Sistem Laboratories Group
Born in 1965 in Istanbul, Samim Saner has studied graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. levels in the fields of Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences at Istanbul Technical University, Vienna Technical University and Bosphorus University consecutively. Currently, he is the General Manager of Kalite Sistem Laboratories Group which is the largest food research&testing group in Turkey. He is also managing partner of ISACert... Read More →
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Dr. Jonathan West

Plant pathologist and aerobiologist at Rothamsted Research
Jon West is a plant pathologist and aerobiologist at Rothamsted Research, with extensive experience in applied multi-disciplinary crop protection projects. He obtained a BSc in Biology from Royal Holloway College, London University in 1990 and a PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of Reading in 1994. At Rothamsted, since 1997, his work has investigated the biology and control of fungal diseases, measurement of plant disease... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 3:00pm - 6:00pm
European Parliament A5G1

4:00pm

Diaspora: Building Global Networks
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce the concept of the ‘diaspora’ as more than an economic driver, bringing in perspectives from multidisciplinary experts all showcasing the potential of harnessing a strong future market for Europe building upon the diaspora communities in all their forms.

Concepts to be discussed include:
- The history and origins/definitions of ‘diaspora’
- Global population shifts and migration
- A who’s who in diaspora development, historical leaders, implications, etc
- diasporic factors: remittances, philanthropy, trade and investment, art & culture, education, sport, medical tourism, volunteering
- global networks and social networking
- practice-based research
- Diaspora & peace
- the influence of technology & transport
- legal aspects of Diaspora
- Diaspora and Gender
- mobile telephony & its implications


Speakers
avatar for Mr. Kingsley Aikins

Mr. Kingsley Aikins

Diaspora Matters, Former CEO & President of The Worldwide Ireland Funds
Kingsley Aikins was born and brought up in Dublin and educated at The High School, Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, from which he graduated with an honors degree in economics and politics.  He also has a post-graduate Diploma in International Marketing and has studied and worked extensively in France and Spain.  For five years he was the Sydney, Australia based representative of the Irish Trade Board and the Industrial Development... Read More →
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Dr. Conor Galvin

University Lecturer and Researcher, UCD Dublin College of Human Sciences
Dr Conor GALVIN is a University Lecturer and Researcher at UCD Dublin College of Human Sciences where he works on various education, development practice, ICT and research programmes. He regularly speaks at conferences and events in Ireland and Europe on the information society, education policy, the politics of education, new literacies, and technology enhanced learning. In the past three years he has keynoted Media & Learning, IADIS... Read More →
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Prof. Lizbeth Goodman

Director, SMARTlab and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, University College Dublin
Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education at University College Dublin, and an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy (TCD, UCD, QUB), for which she runs the Social Entrepreneurship module and part of the core introductory interdisciplinary session on creative identities in innovation. She is Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. When she... Read More →
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Nollaig O’Fionghaile

Irish Research Council' New Foundations Awardee
Nollaig Ó Fiongháile is a musician, researcher and lecturer. Formerly founder, executive member and later President of the European Network of Traditional Music & Dance (1997-2005); Expert to the European Commission and Council of Europe for the campaign ‘Europe, A Common Heritage’ 2002; Culture Regeneration Specialist with the University of Ulster’ Northern Ireland Centre of European Cooperation... Read More →
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Jutta Treviranus

Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), professor and director of an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University Toronto.(http://idrc.ocadu.ca, http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/graduate_studies/inclusive_design.htm). The IDRC is an international center of expertise in digital inclusion. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional research centre on... Read More →
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Huw Williams

SMARTlab CTO & Previous Head of IT for the London Olympic & Paralympic Games


Wednesday March 6, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Radisson Blu Rue d'Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels

4:15pm

Horizon 2020: Europe´s Major New Collaborative Programme – On the Potential ICT Solutions Driving Research Priorities in H2020 Programme
Limited Capacity seats available

Horizon 2020 will address three priorities in one programme: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. In this panel we will elaborate on the main areas of Application Driven Research, Technology Driven Research and Basic Research in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The key issues on the 2020 Horizon, such as Scenarios, New Architectures, Spectrum, Management of Complex System and Service Applications will be introduced and the positioning of ICT topics, such as Elastic Networking, Future Radio Access, Software Defined Networking, Service Aware Networks, Virtualization, etc. discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Prof Jonathan Blackledge

Prof Jonathan Blackledge

Dublin Institute of Technology
Jonathan Blackledge holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from London University, England, and a PhD in Mathematical Information Technology from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. He has published over 200 scientific and engineering research papers including 14 books, has filed 15 patents and has been supervisor to over 200 MSc/MPhil and PhD research graduates. He is the Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Professor at Dublin Institute of... Read More →
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Dr. Kieran Delaney

R&D Manager, Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr Kieran Delaney is the R&D manager and co-founder of the newly formed Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research, which is based at Cork Institute of Technology. The Centre has over sixty researchers and state-of-the-art facilities for networked embedded systems research, development, test and trialling. Its primary focus is upon delivering highly relevant industry solutions through its Innovation Gateway, which is working extensively with... Read More →
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Desmond Fitzgerald

Des Fitzgerald has 30 years experience as a clinician scientist and academic leader, in the US and in Ireland, in both public and private institutions. Following his graduation from medical school at University College Dublin, he moved to the US to train in clinical pharmacology and cardiology at Vanderbilt University, where he remained to head a coronary care unit and cardiac... Read More →
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Eric Mwangi

Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya
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Luis-Rodríguez Roselló

Head of Unit "Network Technologies", DG CONNECT, European Commission
Luis Rodríguez-Roselló holds a degree of Telecommunications Engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-UPM). After some years of professional activity as engineer at a private company and as full professor at the Faculty of Telecommunications Engineering at UPM in Computer Science and Control Systems, he was appointed Director of the R&D Department at the ITE (Institute for Technologies in Education) of the Ministry... Read More →
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David Soldani

Huawei Technologies
DAVID SOLDANI received a M.Sc. degree with maximum score and cum laude approbatur in electronic engineering from the University of Florence, Italy, in December 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in technology with distinction from Aalto University, Finland, in October 2006. In September 2007, he was qualified for Professorship on Communication Networks from the same university. He has been in the ICT industry for more than 18 years. From 1997 to 2007 he... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 4:15pm - 6:00pm
European Parliament Room: 2Q2

4:15pm

International Collaboration for Global Capacity Building
Limited Capacity seats available

Science is now a global enterprise; from Dubai to South Africa, new researchers and research communities are reshaping the international science, technology and innovation (STI) landscape, long dominated by the USA, Japan and Europe.

At the same time, global challenges have made the need for large-scale, multilateral cooperation in STI more pressing than ever; global cooperation platforms allow for greater synergies, setting standards and exchange of best practices, and the diffusion of socially relevant knowledge. The ESFRI Roadmap is a good example of this kind of cooperation as it brings together experts from all fields of research at European level to identify projects for research infrastructures of European interest.

This conference aims to strengthen dialogue with international partners in order to build a critical mass for tackling global challenges. This session will address key topics, including:

• How funders of global challenge programmes can devise better ways to coordinate their efforts, share good practices, define thematic priorities, minimise duplication and transaction costs, and maximise impact
• International strategies for gearing national funding for better responses to global challenges
• Investigating new ways in which trends in global science can be captured, quantified and benchmarked developing methodologies to assess global and regional capacity development in specific scientific fields
• Building research infrastructures with a specific focus on international and interdisciplinary collaboration; involving all key stakeholders in order to improve cost-efficiency ratio
• Establishing multi-pronged, customized outreach and dissemination plans for communicating science policy messages and implications to various stakeholders, including the general public
• Forward-looking strategies for minimising barriers to the flow of talented people
• Exploring opportunities to further expand Horizon 2020 to international cooperation

 


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Richard Johnson

Dr. Richard Johnson

CEO, Global Helix LLC, Washington DC and National Academy of Sciences, Board on Life Sciences
CEO, Global Helix LLC, Washington DC and National Academy of Sciences, Board on Life Sciences | | Rick Johnson works at the intersection of the life sciences, Big Data, synthetic biology, healthy aging, neuroscience, and emerging platform technologies with collaborative research, impact capital investing and entrepreneurship, knowledge-based capital, public-private partnerships, and new innovation models for addressing global challenges... Read More →

Speakers
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Prof. Donald B. Dingwell

Secretary General, European Research Council
Don Dingwell is a geoscientist trained in Canada. After research experience at Carnegie Institution of Washington and the University of Toronto he was recruited to Germany in 1987. Since 2000 he holds the Chair in Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Munich where he has founded the Department of Earth and Environment. | Dingwell´s experimental research involves molten rocks and volcanic systems. His research achievements have... Read More →
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Stephan Auer

Director for Multilateral Relations and Global Issues, EEAS
Stephan Auer is Director of Multilateral Relations and Global Issues with specific responsibilities for Multilateral Affairs, in particular UN and the Council of Europe, Development Policy and Development cooperation, Global Issues and Counter-Terrorism, supporting the work of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy at the European External Action Service. He started his diplomatic career in the German Foreign... Read More →
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Dr John Chevers

Chief Business Development Officer, DANTE
John is Chief Business Development Officer at DANTE, responsible for the relationships with European National Research and Education Networks and international science projects supported by the GÉANT Network. His particular interest is in building research networks to help bridge the digital divide and in facilitating large-scale science collaborations using network infrastructure. | | He has a PhD in Physics and is a spare-time mechanic... Read More →
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Jean-Cyril Dagallier

Head of the Coordination Unit of the Sugar Research Programme of the ACP group of states
Jean-Cyril Dagallier, 51, is the head of the Coordination Unit of the Sugar Research Programme of the ACP group of states. He is an agronomist, specialist of rice and sugar cane crops, with a specific background on mechanization issues (technical, economical, organisation and policy aspects). He coordinated several R & D programs and participated in the development of regional agricultural policies in different linguistic and cultural... Read More →
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Prof. Kenneth Dawson

Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI)
Kenneth Dawson is Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI). The scientific focus of this Centre is to understand interaction of nanoparticles with living systems (www.cbni.eu). The Centre seeks to clarify the controlling factors for those interactions, to support applications in nanotheraputics and nanosafety. Professor Dawson is Chair of Physical Chemistry, Chairman of the National BioNanoscience Action, and co-ordinator of the... Read More →
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Dr. Nick Fowler

Managing Director, Academic and Government Institutions, Elsevier
Dr Nick Fowler is Managing Director of Elsevier’s Academic and Government Institutions group which provides data and analytics tools that help universities, funding bodies and governments manage their research activities.  He leads Elsevier’s Global Academic Relations group in which he collaborates with senior leaders of the world’s leading universities and research policy-makers globally. Dr Fowler is an expert on Science... Read More →
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Mr. Richard Gedye

International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM)
RICHARD GEDYE has worked in academic journals publishing since 1986, firstly at Macmillan. In 1991 he joined Oxford University Press where he held a number of positions, including director of sales, marketing, and research. In 2002 he helped found COUNTER, an international organisation which has established a code of practice for vendor-based online usage statistics, and which he chaired for eight years. Since January 2011, Richard has... 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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Thomas Auf der Heyde

Deputy Director-General, Department for Science and Technology, South Africa
Currently Deputy Director-General at the South African national Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr. Auf der Heyde has held teaching, research and executive management posts at the universities of Johannesburg, the Western Cape, Cape Town, Berne (Switzerland), Cambridge and Princeton.  Following a successful early career as a structural chemist, he developed interests in science and technology policy, and research and higher... Read More →
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Prof. Adrian Hill

Director, Jenner Institute at Oxford University
Adrian Hill trained at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford and is now Professor of Human Genetics and Director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, one of the largest non-profit vaccine institutes globally. He is well known for developing promising new vaccine candidates against malaria. The Jenner Institute aims to accelerate public sector vaccine development of infectious diseases and links human and veterinary vaccine development... Read More →
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Prof Harry Kaane

Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology
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Mr. Mark Kas

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
Dr. Mark Kas (1961, Den Haag, The Netherlands) is senior manager new developments at the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), cluster for Chemical and Physicals Sciences. He is responsible for new research programmes, in particular in the form of public-private partnerships and alliances with governmental organisations. Dr. Kas has been coordinator of European ERASMUS, COMETT and TEMPUS. At NWO he has developed many research... Read More →
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Dr. Michael Kramer

Radio astronomer, Max Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy
Since 2009 Kramer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, where he heads the “Fundamental Physics in Radio Astronomy” research group. He is also the German scientific representative of the international SKA organisation; the Square Kilometre Array is a global project for a future radio telescope with revolutionary technology. | In his scientific work, the Max Planck Director focuses on the observation of... Read More →
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Renato Lombardi

VP of Huawei European R&D Center
Mr. Renato Lombardi is the Vice President of Huawei European Research Center, Vice President of the Microwave Product Line , and Head of the Microwave Competence Center of Milan in Italy.  In these roles, he oversees the development of microwave technologies and the implementation of innovative mobile broadband backhauling networks across Europe. In 2011, Mr. Lombardi was awarded the title, “Fellow of Huawei”. Renato joined... Read More →
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Prof. JP MacIntosh

Director of the Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS), Honorary Professor, University College London (UCL)
After a decade’s service with the British Army, I became a research scientist at the Ministry of Defence in 1995. Before my secondment to ISRS, I was the Chief of Research and Assessment at the Defence Academy of the UK. I have fulfilled several advisory roles for Cabinet Ministers and senior decision-takers, in the UK and abroad. In spring 2001, I co-authored the concept of “Resilience to Crises” for the UK Government, which... Read More →
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Prof. Edward Mitchell

Head of Business Development, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, Grenoble, France
Prof. Edward Mitchell is Head of Business Development at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF in Grenoble, France. He has spent 20 years working with synchrotron radiation, first as a scientist and then designing and operating X-ray stations for structural biology. After being General Manager for the international Partnership for Structural Biology in Grenoble, he coordinated the preparation phase of the 250MEuro ESRF Upgrade... Read More →
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Mr. Gérard Mourou

Professor, Ecole Polytechnique
Gérard Mourou is Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, member of the haut College and Director of the Institut de la Lumière Extrêmeat ENSTA. He is also the A.D. Moore Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of the University of Michigan. Professor Mourou has made numerous important contributions in the field of ultrafast lasers, high-speed electronics as well as in medicine where he introduced the field femtosecond... Read More →
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Mr. Mike Rogers

Senior policy officer, Marie Curie Actions
Mike is a Mathematician/Chemist who developed multi-dimensional flow models for large water bodies when paper tape was still popular! After working for the UN in arid climate water management, and planning the new Hong Kong Airport he joined the Commission in 1982. He started programmes in AI, Software Engineering and Distance Learning. After teaching European Affairs in Texas for two years he returned to re-organise the CORDIS service, and in... Read More →
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Prof. Pauline Rudd

Adjunct Professor of Glycobiology, University College Dublin
Professor Pauline M. Rudd BSc, LRIC, MA (Oxon), PhD is the Adjunct Professor of Glycobiology at University College, Dublin. She heads the GlycoSciences Research Group at the National Institute for BioProcessing Research and Training in Ireland (NIBRT). She has many links with pharmaceutical companies across the world because GlycoScience is a major area of specialised expertise required to ensure the safety and efficacy of biotherapeutic drugs... Read More →
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Prof. Boris Sharkov

Scientific Managing Director, FAIR GmbH
Prof Dr Boris Sharkov was born in Moscow, Russia on February 11, 1950. His fields of research include Experimental plasma physics, physics of beam-plasma interaction, laser produced plasmas, generation of highly ionized ions in plasmas, particle accelerators, and beam dynamics. Since 2010, Prof Dr Boris Sharkov is the Scientific Director and Chairman of the Management Board Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe.
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Dr. Suhail S. Sultan

Birzeit University
Suhail Sami Sultan was born in 1972 in Palestine. In 1995, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Jordan University. In 1997, he graduated from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands with a master degree in Business Administration. In 2002, he received an M.Phil. in Business Administration from the same school. In 2007, he finished his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. João Sebastião Teta

Secretary of State for Science and Technology of Angola
João Teta is an engineer, professor and politician as well as an expert in higher education institution management. He studied at the Technical University of Wroclaw (UTW) and at Academy of Mining and Metallurgy at Cracovia Academy, both in Poland. He was awarded  BSc, MSc and PhD degrees. Dr. Teta was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at University Agostinho Neto and Rector and Chancellor at the same University for 2 mandates. He... 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 →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 4:15pm - 6:15pm
European Parliament Room 4Q2

4:30pm

EPO Technical Session - Your Invention: Protect and Profit
Limited Capacity full

Inventions can be protected by legal rights - patents - but making money from them requires a business plan. Two experts from the world of business and academia assess the merits of patents and their alternatives (e.g. trade secrets) in optimising a strategy for commercial success. Different innovations require different approaches to secure investment, deter infringement and protect market share. See how deciding to file a patent (or not!) fits into the bigger picture of research and product development.


Moderators
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Jeremy Philpott

Principal Directorate Communication, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich
As Chef vom Dienst, Jeremy co-ordinates the various external communication activities of the EPO - via printed publications, the website and media relations - for diverse audiences. He supports the Principal Director for Communication in strategic planning, topic-scouting and being a spokesperson. From 2006 to 2012 Jeremy led the European Patent Academy's Innovation Support Unit promoting and supporting patent-related IP training to industry and... Read More →

Speakers
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Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders

Professor, University Maastricht
Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders is a faculty member of International and European Law at Maastricht University, where he specialises in Intellectual Property Professor Sanders is recognised as Director of the Advanced Masters Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM LLM/MSc), and Academic Director of the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is Director... Read More →
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Jean-Christophe Troussel

Bird & Bird, LESI, Brussels
Jean-Christophe Troussel is a partner at the law firm Bird & Bird. He has more than 20 years of experience in contentious and transactional intellectual property and technology matters. He has represented clients in all types of IP dispute resolution, including patent, know-how and trademark matters. He has assisted them in negotiating and drafting all sorts of collaborations in which technology or brands are essential. He also counsels... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
European Parliament A08F388

6:00pm

Promoting Excellence in R&D for Global Health
Limited Capacity full

PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED SPECIFIC INVITATIONS FOR THIS SEMINAR

 

The goal of this session is to showcase successful avenues for excellence in research and development for Global Health, with a particular focus on the benefits of international and cross-sectorial cooperation. While negotiations on Horizon 2020 continue, financing for research and development for Global Health will be addressed primarily by the EDCTP, but also ERC and possibly IMI. We would look at how these instruments are generating opportunities to expand and accelerate R&D for PRNDs by rewarding scientific excellence and fostering the collaboration between partners with distinct areas of expertise and capacities.


Moderators
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Maria Da Graça Carvalho

Member of the European Parliament
Maria da Graça Carvalho is a member of the European Parliament in the PPE group since 14 July 2009 (member of the ITRE-Industry, Research and Energy Committee, substitute member of the Budgets Committee and member of the ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly). She was elected co- President of the Economic Development, Finance and Trade Committee of ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly. | She has been Principal Adviser of President Barroso... Read More →
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Karen Hoehn

Vice Executive Director and Director of International Affairs, DSW, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung
Karen Hoehn, Vice Executive Director and Director of International Affairs working with the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) since 2005, has 25 years experience influencing public policy and leveraging resources. Based first in Washington, DC and then Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Hoehn has worked extensively with stakeholders to develop $US1.9 billion in culturally responsive health and social service programs serving millions of people... Read More →

Speakers
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Sally Ethelston

Director, Communications and Advocacy PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)
Sally Ethelston is Director, Communications and Advocacy with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI). MVI was established as a program of PATH in 1999, to accelerate the development of malaria vaccines and catalyze timely access in endemic countries. MVI's vision is a world free from malaria. Ms. Ethelston joined MVI in 2007, after working in international reproductive health for more than 15 years, with an emphasis on communications, policy... Read More →
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Prof Bruno Gryseels

Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) at Antwerp
Bruno M.A.J. Gryseels studied medicine at the State University of Ghent (1972-1979), and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the ITM in Antwerp (1979). He obtained his PhD at the University of Leiden (NL) in 1990. | After his studies he joined the ITM as a researcher in the Department of Tropical Pathology. In 1980-1981 he worked for ITM at the Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Zaire in Kinshasa, where he taught parasitology and... Read More →
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Dr. Line Matthiessen

Head of Unit - Infectious Diseases and Public Health, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Dr. Line Matthiessen leads the Unit responsible for Infectious Diseases and Public Health in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The Unit promotes and supports EU research and innovation activities in the area of global health issues with emphasis on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, emerging epidemics, neglected infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance, as well as activities in public health and health systems... Read More →
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Theodore Papazoglou, Ph.D.,

Head of Unit, Support to the European Research Council Scientific Council, ERC Executive Agency
Theodore G. Papazoglou graduated with honors from the Physics Department of the University of Crete, Greece in 1985 and followed his graduate studies at the University of Southern California (PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 1990). After his post-doctoral training at the Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, he worked as independent researcher at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Lasers of FO.R.T.H (awarded a tenured position in 1999) in Greece... Read More →
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Dr Fil Randazzo

Deputy Director Global Health Discovery and Translational Science, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Fil Randazzo currently serves as Deputy Director of Global Heath Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he is charged with managing a broad array of programs. Mr. Randazzo has recently been leading the development of the Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP) Initiative which involves bilateral collaborative partnerships with vaccine pharma companies with the goal of accelerating Vaccine R&D and... Read More →
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Ms Elisabetta Vaudano

Principal Scientific Manager, Innovative Medicines Initiative
Italian born Elisabetta Vaudano works as coordinator of the Scientific Pillar at the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), the largest Public Private partnership in Health Sciences with a total budget of 2 billion EUR. Ms. Vaudano is a doctor in veterinary medicine and has a PhD in neuroscience and a MSc in Laboratory Animal Science. She started her carrier as scientist in Academia working in the field of neuronal degeneration, regeneration... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
European Parliament A3F383
 
Thursday, March 7
 

9:00am

Workshop to Discuss the Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation - Part II
Limited Capacity filling up

Researchers, engineers, industry and funders will discuss priority actions for the future of African- European radio astronomy cooperation.

The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) is a stakeholder forum convened to define research action plans across the wide range of technological areas that will be essential for the future of radio astronomy. The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be the first of these action plans. It will include strategic objectives, specific actions and suitable funding opportunities for each of the priority areas for African-European radio astronomy cooperation (e.g.: ICT, renewable energies, African VLBI, human capital development and training). The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be presented during the first part of this workshop on 6 March. In this second part, AERAP stakeholders and other participants will have the occasion to discuss their ideas for implementing the Framework Programme and initiate the process of consortium building. 

Please find the provisional agenda for the AERAP workshop here: http://www.aerap.org/archivos_subidos/provisional_agenda_aerap_events_at_esgc2_21feb.pdf

 


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 12:00am
South African Mission to the EU Rue Montoyer 17-19, 1000 Brussels

9:00am

Women in Aerospace - Europe Brussels Chapter

The Intergroup Sky and Space, in the framework of the International Women's Day 2013 and the 50th anniversary of the first women in space (Valentina Tereshkova) will launch the Brussels chapter of Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E).

Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) was founded in June 2009 as an international association dedicated to expanding leadership opportunities and increasing the visibility of women in the aerospace sector. It is open to both women and man, in Europe and across the globe, who share an interest in a broad spectrum of aerospace activities including: human space flight and exploration, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communications, robotic missions, commercial space, space tourism, education and related policy challenges.

 


Speakers
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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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Simonetta Di Pippo

WIA-Europe President and Cofounder
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Vittorio Prodi, MEP

Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
European Parliament ASP 3G3

9:00am

Global Challenges and Global Collaboration in Assistive Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

The Assistive Technologies Events at ES:GC2  will engage participants in discussing new strategies and global opportunities for influencing disability research that will benefit individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities in developed countries and low-resourced communities. The presentations will highlight the potential for positive global impact that is envisioned by the DOCTRID International Research Institute and its international partners in the EU, USA, Canada and Japan.


Three key areas will be explored in the course of the Symposium and Workshop:

1. Establishing and utilizing internationally-based collaborations to conduct Assistive Technology research using EU Horizon 2020 Funding instruments.

2. Creating a global Assistive Technologies consortium that will access and utilize new European Union research and development funding to partner in collaborative research.

3. Maximizing the role of international Assistive Technologies R&D structures including DOCTRID and AAATE, the private sector, advocacy groups and charities that can expand access to diverse networks, assess research initiatives for broader impact and advise on policy and new directions.

 

Activities
 
Meeting: Early-bird AT Workshop for Speakers (by invitation only)
Date: Tuesday 5th March
Time: 9.30am-1.00pm
Venue: Enterprise Ireland Office Brussels 
 
Meeting: AT Symposium Speakers pre-symposium Workshop (by invitation only)
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Venue: ISC Offices

Meeting: AT Symposium (open to people registered to the Conference)
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 9.00am-12.00pm
Venue: EU Parliament
 
Meeting: AT Workshop (open to all)
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 2.00pm-6.00pm
Venue: Radisson BLU EU Hotel – Schuman Meeting Room

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
avatar for Prof. Ian Gray

Prof. Ian Gray

Symposium Co-Chair
Ian Gray currently develops interdisciplinary research initiatives for Michigan State University in global food safety and security, food processing, and autism and intellectual disabilities. A native of Northern Ireland, Ian received his doctoral degree from Queen’s University in Belfast. He joined Michigan State University in 1978 in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. In his previous role as vice president for Research... Read More →
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Prof. Brian Harvey

Director of Research, DOCTRID International Programme in Research and Technology for Intellectual Disability
Brian Harvey was the first and longest-serving Vice-President for Research appointed in an Irish University from 1998-2010. Through this role, he co-ordinated large-scale national and EU research programmes bringing in over €300million in funding which has contributed to the building of research institutes and the recruitment of hundreds of researchers.  Brian’s role in promoting EU research collaborations has been recognized at... Read More →
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Lynnae Ruttledge

International disability rights policy advisor, DOCTRID
Lynnae M. Ruttledge is a member of the US National Council on Disability, appointed by President Obama in 2013. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to the international research institute, DOCTRID. Ms. Ruttledge served as Commissioner of the US Rehabilitation Services Administration from December 2009 to January 2012; a role that provided national level leadership for the public vocational rehabilitation and independent... Read More →

Speakers
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Alixe Bonardi

Director, Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER)
Presentation Title: Assistive Technology Programs at the UMMS Shriver Center: An Overview and Perspectives Summary: Ms. Bonardi will provide a brief overview of programs at the Shriver Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School that bear on assistive technology development and other technological supports for persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Within this context, she will discuss clinical perspectives in the design... Read More →
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Dr. Peter Cudd

Member of the board, Association for the Advancement for Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)
Peter Cudd BSc PhD is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is a Member of the Board, Treasurer, and the UK national contact person of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe. Starting from working in Electrical Engineering  he has hopped disciplines working in research and development in medical engineering and then in user... Read More →
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Dr. Mick Donegan

Associate Senior Research Fellow, University College, Dublin; CEO & Founder ‘SpecialEffect’
Dr. Mick Donegan, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto. Associate Senior Research Fellow, University College, Dublin, CEO & Founder ‘SpecialEffect’, a UK-based Assistive Technology Charity www.specialeffect.org.uk which uses specialised technology to enhance access to videogames and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities.  Mick’s research draws on his many years... Read More →
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Mark Harniss, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington
Presentation Title: Cognitive Support Technologies across Resource Settings Summary: This presentation describes the development of cognitive support technologies (based on sensor technology, activity recognition, and machine-based learning) designed for implementation in high-resourced settings in the United States.  A feasibility study in which these types of technologies were implemented in a lower-resourced setting in the U.S... Read More →
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Takenobu Inoue

Director, Department of Assistive Technology, Research Institute
Takenobu Inoue, MSE, Director, Department of Assistive Technology, Research Institute, The National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, Japan. Advisor, RESJA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan).Takenobu Inoue carries out research related to assistive technology that helps people, based on a broad view encompassing the people who use assistive technology and the environments and situations in which it is... Read More →
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Cian O’Mathuna

Head of Microsystems Centre, Tyndall National Institute, UCC Ireland
Prof. Ó Mathúna is Head of the Microsystems Centre at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. With a compliment of over 80 researchers, led by 12 Principal Investigators and an annual budget of €5M, the Centre incorporates two Research Groups - Microelectronics Applications Integration (MAI) and Life Science Interface (LSI). Prof. Ó Mathúna leads the MAI Group with research activities in Ambient... Read More →
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Prof. Paul Whelan

Professor of Computer Vision, Director of Centre for Image Processing & Analysis, Dublin City University, Ireland
Prof Paul Whelan, Professor of Computer Vision, Director of Centre for Image Processing & Analysis, Dublin City University, Ireland. Prof. Paul F Whelan his Ph.D. (Computer Vision) from the Cardiff University (UK). During the period 1985-1990 he was employed by Industrial and Scientific Imaging Ltd and later Westinghouse (WESL), where he was involved in the research and development of high speed computer vision systems. He was appointed to... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
European Parliament P5B001

9:00am

Cyber Security - Beyond Defensive Technologies to Resilience
Limited Capacity full

The pervasive nature of cyber infrastructure and the rapidly increasing connectivity between the cyber and physical worlds have made cyber security a critical issue for citizens, governments, and industry.  From the economy to our physical well-being (i.e., healthcare), we must rely on cyber-enabled services even when they come under attack.   Unfortunately, we cannot reduce the risk of such attacks to zero. The growing complexity of future systems lead to gaps and vulnerabilities that will be exploited by sophisticated adversaries.  To date, cyber security efforts have helped to reduce the risk but have not delivered the level of security we need in personal, corporate, or government systems. 


This session will discuss new approaches to cyber security with a focus on resilience and transatlantic cooperation.  Future systems need to recognize that attacks will be successful and some cyber elements and services will be compromised.  Information security research will move down a transformative path, beyond traditional border defenses to resilience.  The session will focus on several important research areas including data-driven real-time analysis of large-scale threats to networked applications, infrastructure, and services; the development of secure virtual network technology to partition the wide-area Internet to contain these threats; and watchdog technologies to limit the ability of attackers to monetize stolen data.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Fred Wright

Dr. Fred Wright

Principal Research Engineer (GTRI/ELSYS)
Dr. Fred Wright has twenty-five years in research and development of cyber and electronic warfare systems.  Dr. Wright serves as the Associate Laboratory Director and Chief Engineer of the Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory within the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). The Laboratory focuses on transferring cutting edge technologies into commercial and military systems. Dr. Wright’s current research focuses on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Victoria Baines

Dr. Victoria Baines

Strategic advisor at the European Police Office (EUROPOL), The Hague
Dr Victoria Baines is a strategic advisor at the European Police Office (EUROPOL) in The Hague, where she is currently building the Strategy & Prevention function for the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). She is responsible for research into cybercrime and child exploitation, the design of countermeasures, and awareness raising. Prior to this, she was Principal Analyst at the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, and... Read More →
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Cormac Doherty

University College Dublin
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Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht

Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht has more than 30 years of professional management experience in the IT sector. | Udo Helmbrecht was born in 1955, in Castrop-Rauxel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He studied Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science at Ruhr-University, Bochum, and in 1984 he was awarded a PhD in Theoretical Physics. In 2010 Udo Helmbrecht was appointed honorary professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich... Read More →
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Anthony Keane

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Dr Anthony Keane has twenty years experience in research in astrophysics and computer science. He currently heads up the research team at ITB in the Information Security & Digital Forensics areas. Current projects include the development of CTF gamification systems for training network administrators to better defend their infrastructure against intrusion. Other areas of research cover Cloud Forensics, Honeynet Project and Firmware... Read More →
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Michael W. Morgan

Director of ONR Global’s satellite office, Prague
Mr. Morgan is a scientist with over 30 years of experience in leadership and management of international S&T programs.  Presently, he’s assigned as the Director of ONR Global’s satellite office located at the US Embassy in Prague. His office’s mission is to research and report on innovative S&T developed in Central and Eastern Europe and pursue opportunities for international cooperation.  
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Jonathan Sage

Government Programmes Executive, IBM
Jonathan is a member of the global technology policy team within IBM’s Governmental Programmes. He is the policy lead on cloud computing and cyber security for the EU. In this role he is responsible for relationships with European Institutions and EU member states and represents IBM in key industry associations in Brussels covering technology policy.  Jonathan has been closely involved in Framework Programme research, having... Read More →
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General Nii Armah Tagoe

Ghana Armed Forces


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
European Parliament A5E3

9:30am

Communicating Science - How to Translate Science and Technical Issues for Policymakers
Limited Capacity full

Science and technology are rapidly emerging as driving forces in society with impacts penetrating decisions of economic development, education, environment and more.  Politicians need to be able to understand the implications of technical topics such as a broadband access, cyber-security, nanotechnology, and radar technology. The complex character of these topics makes explaining them to non-scientists very challenging. This seminar will equip academic and industry researchers with the tools and vocabulary to translate and explain emerging science and technology (S&T) issues to state and federal level policymakers.


The programme for this workshop includes:
• An overview of the history of science policy
• Examples of effective and ineffective legislative testimony
• Instruction and exercises in effective communication, written and verbal
• A capstone exercise in which each participant prepares a 1-minute testimony of their research to offer to a mock legislative committee hearing


Speakers
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Ms. Marlit Hayslett

Founding director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research; Atlanta, Georgia
Ms. Marlit Hayslett serves as the founding director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) in Atlanta, Georgia. OPAR is the only applied research program focused on state-level science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy. Motivated by the vision of improving public policy outcomes through evidence-based decision-making, Ms. Hayslett’s long-term research goals synthesize around... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:30am - 12:30am
European Parliament A5G315

10:00am

EPO Drop-in Session: Patents and Space Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the most important technical fields of this decade is space and satellite technology. The potential impact on all our lives will be enormous, from the multitude of uses for Earth observation data, to navigation and telecommunications. With the launch of Europe's own Galileo GNSS to rival GPS it is clear that the technology race will intensify. This is also an area where standards are key to the development and evolution of technology, ensuring interoperability of systems. But what happens when patents and standards collide? If you have a question about patenting in this field, or are unsure about what can be patented and what not, then come along to this session and meet an EPO examiner who is expert in this field.


Speakers
avatar for Carlos Weber

Carlos Weber

Patent examiner, European Patent Office (EPO)
Carlos Weber is a patent examiner in the field of aeronautics and astronautics at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. He has previously worked as a research engineer specialised in aerodynamics at the European space company Astrium working in the framework of various European projects. He received his PhD degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in France, where he lived for four years, and holds a diploma degree in... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 10:00am - 10:30am
European Parliament EPO Exhibition Space, 3rd floor, Altiero Spinelli

10:00am

Worldwide Implementation of the 3Rs in Regulatory Toxicology - What are the Leadership Challenges and Opportunities?

This seminar will examine the state of alternatives to animal testing, the implementation of the 3Rs - Replacement, Refinement and Reduction – worldwide.

The EU member states have a long tradition of incorporating the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) into laws and policies. The tradition has extended to the organic documents that underlie the European Union (i.e., Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). For example, EU’s chemical regulation (REACH), the Directive on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (2010/63/EU), and Cosmetics Regulation incorporate animal welfare into their basic policy schemes.

As in vitro, computational and other non-animal based approaches in toxicology have evolved, more and more nations have begun to incorporate 3Rs principles into their national laws and regulatory schemes.

This workshop will examine the state of the implementation of the 3Rs worldwide, with a focus on EU leadership and how the EU can continue its forward-looking approach to the 3Rs. The workshop will also assist in identifying ways to ensure high quality science and global consistency through opportunities for harmonization.

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
avatar for Joyce Tischler

Joyce Tischler

General Counsel at the Animal Legal Defense Fund
As one of the co-founders of the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 1979, California attorney Joyce Tischler has helped shape the emerging field of animal law. Joyce handled some of Animal Legal Defense Fund's earliest cases, including a 1981 lawsuit that halted the U.S. Navy's plan to kill 5,000 feral burros and a 1988 challenge to the U.S. Patent Office's rule allowing the patenting of genetically altered animals. She has tackled such diverse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Richard Fosse

Mr. Richard Fosse

Vice President LAS World Wide at GlaxoSmithKline
Born and grew up in South Africa where he did his BVsc at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria. Emigrated to Norway in 1972 where he did a PhD in Physiology and Endocrinology, specialising in hormone regulation of mineral metabolism at the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine, Oslo. After attaining PhD in 1976, he worked for 2 years at the University of Tromsø, Faculty of Medicine and Institute of... Read More →
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Björn Hansen

Head of the Chemicals, Biocides and Nanomaterials Unit at DG Environment
Bjorn Hansen obtained his Masters degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York, U.S.A. in 1985 and his Ph.D. in 1988 from the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. After a “habilitation post” at the Geog August University in Göttingen, Germany, he joined the European Commissions Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, in 1991 and has been work area co-ordinator for the team working on... Read More →
avatar for Brett Lidbury

Brett Lidbury

Associate Professor of Alternatives to Animal Research at The Australian National University
Brett Lidbury is a Science Honours graduate from the University of Newcastle and completed his Ph.D. (Immunobiology) at The Australian National University (ANU) in 1993. Since graduation he has conducted research at other Australian universities and in the United States, primarily on virus-host interaction, and remains active in university education. Brett is currently the Associate Professor of Alternatives to Animal Research (and The... Read More →
avatar for Paul Locke

Paul Locke

Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Paul Locke, an environmental health scientist and attorney, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Division of Toxicology. He holds an MPH from Yale University School of Medicine, a DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a JD degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Dr. Locke is admitted to... Read More →
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Octavio Presgrave

National Institute of Quality Control in Health, Brazil, BraCVAM
Octavio Augusto França Presgrave is graduated in Biology (Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1986) and works at the National Institute of Quality Control in Health (INCQS), an Official Laboratory of the Brazilian Ministery of Health, since 1982. Octavio has already worked with pharmacological techniques (isolated organs, drug potency) and, nowadays, in working on toxicological methods (pyrogen, skin and eye irritation and... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
European Parliament A4F384

11:00am

Standards as a Driver of Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

At a time when Europe needs more innovation in order to remain competitive on the global stage, standardisation provides a bridge between research, innovation and the market, and can thereby make a
positive contribution to economic growth and prosperity.
 
CEN and CENELEC are fully committed to supporting the Horizon 2020 programme and helping to tackle barriers to innovation in Europe.
 
In this sessions panellists will present and discuss the European Standardization System, the role of standards in the innovation lifecycle, the role of standardization in support to Horizon 2020 as well as
concrete examples. The session will allow for interaction with stakeholders interested to understand and learn more about European Standards and their integration in research and innovation projects.

 

Agenda

 


Speakers
avatar for Prof. Dr. Knut Blind

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind studied economics, political science and psychology at Freiburg University. In the course of his studies he spent one year at Brock University (Canada), where he was awarded a BA. Finally, he took his Diploma in Economics and later his doctoral degree at Freiburg University. Between 1996 and 2010 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany, as a senior researcher and at last as... Read More →
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Florence Carré

Florence Carré (PhD,MSc) is an expert in numerical typology and digital soil mapping. Since 2010, she’s worked at INERIS as European research project manager on standardization issues and on risks related to natural hazards. She was previously in charge of the digital soil mapping exploratory research at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) where she directed several European and international research projects related to soil resource... Read More →
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Dr. Karlhanns Gindele

Director Innovation at DIN German Institute for Standardization
Dr. Karlhanns Gindele is Director Innovation at DIN German Institute for Standardization.He is a physicist and obtained his PhD from the faculty of electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. His research work included plasma physics and thermal solar energy. At that time he cooperated in projects of the International Energy Agency. He joined DIN in 1989 and was Secretary of several European and International Standards Committees in... Read More →
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Ms. Gudrun Rognvaldardottir

CEN Vice-President Technical
Gudrun studied electrical engineering in Iceland and Germany. She graduated from the Technical University of Karlsruhe in 1986. After a few years as Associate Professor at the University of Iceland, she started working in standardization in 1991. She has been with Icelandic Standards since then, with the exception of one year (1995-1996) when she worked at the CEN Central Secretariat in Brussels. Since 1998, Gudrun has been the Managing... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm
European Parliament A5E2

12:30pm

EPO Drop-in Session: Patent Information
Limited Capacity seats available

With over 80 million documents, all sorted and classified according to technology type, the free databases of the EPO make it easy to find a wealth of relevant scientific and technical information. Most of the documents describe technical solutions which are free to use, because the patents are not in force! And thanks to Patent Translate, documents in over a dozen languages can now be understood instantly. Did you know that patent information can support more than just your research? The databases can lead you to previously unknown suppliers, partners or rivals too, providing a more complete view of the market.

During this session experts from the EPO will introduce the databases and their search functions, explaining tricks and tips for extracting the answers you need in developing your technology.






Speakers
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Nigel Clarke

Patent Information specialist
Dr Nigel Clarke specialised in physical chemistry, (with mathematics and physics) His PhD was in neutron science. He  started work in the UK Scientific Civil Service and researched novel laser-based analytical techniques. He joined the European Patent Office as patent examiner and was subsequently; IT project manager, international cooperation project manager, and market researcher. He is currently head of unit and responsible for the... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
European Parliament Exhibition Space, 3rd floor, Altiero Spinelli

1:00pm

New Regulatory Science in System Toxicology - Part I: Is an Update Needed, What Would Be the Critical Elements and by When?
Limited Capacity full

New regulatory science in system toxicology: is an update needed, what would be the critical elements and by when?

Regulatory toxicology is used to control about $10 trillion (£6.2 trillion) worth of worldwide trade in chemicals, drugs, pesticides, food and consumer products.

While Europe has been pursuing change under the label of alternative methods and the 3Rs (reduce, replace, refine) for more than two decades, it was only a 2007 National Research Council report on the subject that prompted serious efforts to change the US system. The 3Rs approach had suggested either optimising animal tests (fewer animals or less pain and distress) or replacing traditional tests with in vitro or in silico models for harmonization.

The answer emerging in Europe is to combine various information sources in integrated (or intelligent) testing strategies (ITS). Despite the enormous possible impact this could have with EU legislations like REACH or the testing ban for cosmetic ingredients, efforts to further this are still limited. The answer emerging in the US is to adopt a new, molecular description of toxic action based on pathways of toxicity (PoT) – the biomolecular pathways that lead to a cell being harmed. This approach represents a paradigm shift in toxicity testing – identifying a substances effect on harmful cellular pathways, rather than interpreting effects on cell lines or entire organisms.

Synergies exist between these two approaches and two economic partners. Joint efforts to keep
leadership and achieve results are seek.

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
avatar for Mr. Francois Busquet

Mr. Francois Busquet

Europe Policy Coordinator at Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
François Busquet studied Biotechnologies at the ENSTBB in France. He graduated from the TU Dresden, completing his PhD at the MerckSerono group in Germany on the development of a new screening assay to detect proteratogenic compounds using zebrafish embryos. After his studies, he worked in ECVAM at the Joint research Centre (European Commission) in Italy on the coordination of the OECD validation study of the zebrafish embryo toxicity... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Robert Barouki

Professor at the University Paris Descartes
Robert Barouki is a biochemist and molecular biologist whose main focus during the last fifteen years has been understanding the mechanisms of toxicity of environmental pollutants such as dioxin. In particular, he has studied the biological consequences following the activation of the dioxin receptor AhR, Initially Dr. Barouki focused on consequences related to cellular stresses such as oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress... Read More →
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Dara Corrigan

FDA Europe Office Director, FDA
Dara Corrigan heads the FDA’s Europe Office, located in Brussels. Ms. Corrigan serves as the FDA’s chief representative to the European Union (EU), working directly with the European Commission, European Medicines Agency and European Food Safety Agency. She also serves as liaison to FDA counterpart agencies in the 27 EU member States and in European countries outside the EU.  In addition, Ms. Corrigan serves as FDA’s link... Read More →
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Rex Fitzgerald

Regulatory toxicology expert at Swiss Centre For Applied Human Toxicology
"Rex FitzGerald graduated in zoology from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) and received a D.Phil in Biological Sciences at Sussex University (UK). He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) in 1990 and was Head of Reproductive Toxicology at Ciba-Geigy, Stein, before setting up his own consulting business in toxicology in 1996, providing documentation and regulatory advice in nonclinical and clinical toxicology to the... Read More →
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Thomas Hartung

CAAT US Director
Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is professor and chair for toxicology, pharmacology, molecular microbiology, Evidence-based Toxicology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD, and University of Konstanz, Germany. He directs the Centers of Alternative to Animal Testing (CAAT) of both universities. From 2002-2008 he led the European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) of the European Commission's... Read More →
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Adriano Henney

Programme Director German Virtual Liver Network
Dr Henney obtained a PhD in Medicine and has 23 years’ research experience in cardiovascular disease in laboratories in London, Cambridge and Oxford. His interests have focused predominantly on atherosclerosis, with studies ranging from pathology, through molecular and cellular biology to molecular genetics. In 1997, he was recruited by Zeneca Pharmaceuticals from a Senior Fellowship position leading his own molecular genetics group in... Read More →
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Ms. Emily McIvor

Senior Policy Adviser for Humane Society International/Europe
Emily McIvor has worked on animal welfare issues at European Union level for many years, specialising in those concerning the use of animals in research and testing. As one of the lead animal welfare lobbyists in political negotiations of the EU Cosmetics Directive 7th Amendment, the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, and most recently the revision of Europe's legislation for the protection of animals... Read More →
VP

Vittorio Prodi, MEP

Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup


Thursday March 7, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
European Parliament A3H1

1:00pm

New Regulatory Science in System Toxicology - Part II: Is an Update Needed, What Would Be the Critical Elements and By When?
Limited Capacity full

New regulatory science in system toxicology: is an update needed, what would be the critical elements and by when?

Regulatory toxicology is used to control about $10 trillion (£6.2 trillion) worth of worldwide trade in chemicals, drugs, pesticides, food and consumer products.

While Europe has been pursuing change under the label of alternative methods and the 3Rs (reduce, replace, refine) for more than two decades, it was only a 2007 National Research Council report on the subject that prompted serious efforts to change the US system. The 3Rs approach had suggested either optimising animal tests (fewer animals or less pain and distress) or replacing traditional tests with in vitro or in silico models for harmonization.

The answer emerging in Europe is to combine various information sources in integrated (or intelligent) testing strategies (ITS). Despite the enormous possible impact this could have with EU legislations like REACH or the testing ban for cosmetic ingredients, efforts to further this are still limited. The answer emerging in the US is to adopt a new, molecular description of toxic action based on pathways of toxicity (PoT) – the biomolecular pathways that lead to a cell being harmed. This approach represents a paradigm shift in toxicity testing – identifying a substances effect on harmful cellular pathways, rather than interpreting effects on cell lines or entire organisms.

Synergies exist between these two approaches and two economic partners. Joint efforts to keep
leadership and achieve results are seek.



Agenda

 


Moderators
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David Demortain

Political scientist with Sciences en Société (SenS)
David Demortain is a political scientist with the SENS (Sciences-en-Société) centre of the French Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), and a research associate of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation of the London School of Economics. His research and teaching activities cover risk regulation, with a particular focus on issues of scientific expertise for decision-making and risk assessment. He recently... Read More →

Speakers
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Bas Blaauboer

Doerenkamp-Zbinden Chair on Toxicology at IRAS-UU
Bas Blaauboer (1949) studied biology at Utrecht University and did a PhD in toxicology at the same university (1978). He spent a postdoctoral year at the MRC Toxicology Unit in the UK (1979), and when he returned to Utrecht led a group on in vitro toxicology (biochemical and cellular toxicology), first in the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology. Later the research in toxicology was moved to the interfacultary Research Institute... Read More →
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Bob Diderich

Head of Division, Environment Directorate OECD, OECD
Bob Diderich has been involved in environmental hazard and risk assessment of chemical substances since 1992, when he joined the German Federal Environmental Agency. He was working in France between 1995 and 2002, first for the French Ministry of the Environment and then the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, where he was assessing the environmental risks of industrial chemicals and biocides. In 2002 he joined the... Read More →
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Thomas Hartung

CAAT US Director
Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is professor and chair for toxicology, pharmacology, molecular microbiology, Evidence-based Toxicology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD, and University of Konstanz, Germany. He directs the Centers of Alternative to Animal Testing (CAAT) of both universities. From 2002-2008 he led the European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) of the European Commission's... Read More →
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Adriano Henney

Programme Director German Virtual Liver Network
Dr Henney obtained a PhD in Medicine and has 23 years’ research experience in cardiovascular disease in laboratories in London, Cambridge and Oxford. His interests have focused predominantly on atherosclerosis, with studies ranging from pathology, through molecular and cellular biology to molecular genetics. In 1997, he was recruited by Zeneca Pharmaceuticals from a Senior Fellowship position leading his own molecular genetics group in... Read More →
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Bruno Hubesch

Dr Bruno Hubesch obtained his Master degree in Nuclear Chemistry in 1980 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry in the area of Photochemistry in 1985 from the University of Louvain, Belgium. During his PhD he carried out his research at the University of Strasbourg under supervision of Jean-Marie Lehn (Nobel Chemistry 1987). | After a year as non-commissioned officer in the Belgian Air Force, he pursued  from 1987 to 1990 postdoctoral research as... Read More →
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Peter Lord

Director, DiscoTox Ltd
I have spent a long career in cell and molecular toxicology, directing laboratories in the PreClinical Development Departments of several global Pharmaceutical Companies. I have championed the use of toxicogenomics in drug safety profiling and implemented cell and molecular biology approaches in investigative studies on a variety of drug toxicities. My main interests lie in establishing innovative methods in drug/chemical safety evaluation... Read More →
VP

Vittorio Prodi, MEP

Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup


Thursday March 7, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
European Parliament A3H1

1:30pm

Data Protection in an Era of Big Data
Limited Capacity full

With the increasing use of Big Data come big questions regarding privacy issues.  In this session, the panel of specialists will ask, “Personality Survival: What are the anchors and armor to sanctify and legitimize personal data use amidst the Big Data Tsunami?”  Horizon 2020 calls for a development of a framework to safeguard human rights in the digital society so that users can control how their personal data is used by third parties. This session will look at how technology relates to the sociological and ethical dimensions of security on a global scale and what a policy framework should look like to protect individuals’ privacy.


Moderators
JC

John Callahan

U.S. Office of Naval Research Global - London

Speakers
avatar for Christina Peters

Christina Peters

Chief Privacy Officer, IBM
Christina Peters is Chief Privacy Officer at IBM, whereshe is responsible for information policy and practicesaffecting over 400,000 employees and thousands of clients.She leads a global team of legal, data protection andtechnical professionals at IBM who address privacy and datasecurity in the leadership manner expected of this globalbrand. She also leads IBM’s global engagement in publicpolicy and industry initiatives on data security and... Read More →
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Prof. Alan Smeaton

Professor of Computing, Dublin City University
Since 1997, Alan Smeaton has been a Professor of Computing at Dublin City University where he has previously been Head of School and Dean of Faculty. His early research covered the application of natural language processing techniques to information retrieval and this broadened to cover content-based retrieval of information in all media, text, image, audio and digital video. Alan is co-founder and coordinator of TRECVid which, since 2001, has... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
European Parliament J6Q1

2:00pm

US Science Policy
Limited Capacity full

Historically, the US federal government has guided policy with regard to science, technology and innovation in the United States.  During World War II, federal investment in research and development resulted in the US becoming a world leader politically, economically, and socially.  Over sixty years later, science and technology have pervaded all aspects of our lives, requiring policymakers to balance investment and regulation in order to stimulate economic growth while also protecting their citizens.  This 90-minute workshop will include:

- a chronology of US science policy;
- a review of leaders who have helped define the field;
- a discussion of how US science policy is unfolding today; and
- a brief comparison of US and EU policy approaches to science, technology and innovation


Speakers
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Ms. Marlit Hayslett

Founding director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research; Atlanta, Georgia
Ms. Marlit Hayslett serves as the founding director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) in Atlanta, Georgia. OPAR is the only applied research program focused on state-level science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy. Motivated by the vision of improving public policy outcomes through evidence-based decision-making, Ms. Hayslett’s long-term research goals synthesize around... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
European Parliament A5F385

2:00pm

Workshop: People-centered assistive technologies & inclusive design
Limited Capacity seats available

The Assistive Technologies Events at ES:GC2  will engage participants in discussing new strategies and global opportunities for influencing disability research that will benefit individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities in developed countries and low-resourced communities. The presentations will highlight the potential for positive global impact that is envisioned by the DOCTRID International Research Institute and its international partners in the EU, USA, Canada and Japan.

Three key areas will be explored in the course of the Symposium and Workshop:
 
1. Establishing and utilizing internationally-based collaborations to conduct Assistive Technology research using EU Horizon 2020 Funding instruments.
 
2. Creating a global Assistive Technologies consortium that will access and utilize new European Union research and development funding to partner in collaborative research.
 
3. Maximizing the role of international Assistive Technologies R&D structures including DOCTRID and AAATE, the private sector, advocacy groups and charities that can expand access to diverse networks, assess research initiatives for broader impact and advise on policy and new directions.
 
 
 
Activities
 
Meeting: Early-bird AT Workshop for Speakers (by invitation only)
Date: Tuesday 5th March
Time: 9.30am-1.00pm
Venue: Enterprise Ireland Office Brussels 
 
Meeting: AT Symposium Speakers pre-symposium Workshop (by invitation only)
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Venue: ISC Offices
 
Meeting: AT Symposium (open to people registered to the Conference)
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 9.00am-12.00pm
Venue: EU Parliament
 
Meeting: AT Workshop (open to all)
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 2.00pm-6.00pm
Venue: Radisson BLU EU Hotel – Schuman Meeting Room 

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
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Lynnae Ruttledge

International disability rights policy advisor, DOCTRID
Lynnae M. Ruttledge is a member of the US National Council on Disability, appointed by President Obama in 2013. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to the international research institute, DOCTRID. Ms. Ruttledge served as Commissioner of the US Rehabilitation Services Administration from December 2009 to January 2012; a role that provided national level leadership for the public vocational rehabilitation and independent... Read More →

Speakers
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Prof. Karola Dillenburger

Centre for Behaviour Analysis, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Prof Karola Dillenburger has worked extensively in social care and therapeutic settings in Germany before moving to Northern Ireland. She is the Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis in the School of Education at QUB. She has published widely, including 5 books, 5 multimedia training resources, and over 50 academic papers. Her research interests include the application of Behaviour Analysis in areas such as trauma, bereavement and loss... Read More →
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Dr. John Dinsmore

Health Innovation Lead, Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
John Dinsmore is a health psychology researcher who’s work has focused on analysing behavioural change, illness perceptions, cognitive mediators, quality of life and quality of care of individuals living with chronic illnesses (including stroke, COPD, schizophrenia, dementia and obesity) through various collaborative projects with Intel, the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre (TRIL), The Queen's University of Belfast, The... Read More →
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Mark Dyer

Director Trinity Haus, School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Mark Dyer holds the Michael McNamara Chair in Construction Innovation at Trinity College Dublin since 2008 and is the founding director of the TrinityHaus research centre for sustainability and innovation in the built environment.  Previously he was Professor of Civil Engineering and head of department at University of Strathclyde; before merging the department with the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, which lead to the creation... Read More →
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Prof. Lizbeth Goodman

Director, SMARTlab and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, University College Dublin
Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education at University College Dublin, and an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy (TCD, UCD, QUB), for which she runs the Social Entrepreneurship module and part of the core introductory interdisciplinary session on creative identities in innovation. She is Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. When she... Read More →
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Gerardo Herrera

Director, Assistive Technology lab for autism, Robotics Institute, University of Valencia, Spain
Gerardo Herrera, MSc, is the responsible of the Autism & IT Group at the IRTIC Technological Institute.  He has a Degree in Computer Science from the University of Valladolid and holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Valencia. He founded the Autism Group in 1999 and since then he has directed more than 40 IT R&D projects for people with disabilities. He is member of the COST Action BM 1004 Enhancing the... Read More →
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Magí Almirall Hill

Director, Office of Learning Technologies, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Magí Almirall works in the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He leads the Office of Learning Technologies. Since 1995 he has worked in the IT department leading the development of the UOC virtual campus platform . His current work focuses on two themes; tools for e-learning platforms and new formats of learning contents. These projects focus on standardization, accessibility for people with disabilities, usability and free software... Read More →
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Dr. Geraldine Leader

Psychologist, behaviour analyst and lecturer in the School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Geraldine Leader is a psychologist, behaviour analyst and lecturer in the School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests lie in the area of autism spectrum disorders.  Geraldine is the founding director of the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research. http://www.nuigalway.ie/ican/ Presentation Title: The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research at National... Read More →
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Prof. Michael J. Leahy

Professor and Director, Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies College of Education, Michigan State University,
Michael Leahy is a professor of rehabilitation counseling and director of the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. His continuing research interests include professional competency development and education, professionalization, regulation of practice, vocational assessment, disability and rehabilitation policy, case management practices, outcomes, evidenced-based practices in rehabilitation counseling, and services for individuals... Read More →
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Jutta Treviranus

Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), professor and director of an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University Toronto.(http://idrc.ocadu.ca, http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/graduate_studies/inclusive_design.htm). The IDRC is an international center of expertise in digital inclusion. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional research centre on... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Radisson Blu EU Hotel Idaliestraat 35, 1000 Brussels

2:00pm

Conference Conclusions
Limited Capacity seats available

The concluding plenary session will follow three days of discussions among conference delegates on how EU support for research and development can best enable global scientific collaboration and strengthen the response to global challenges.

The concluding plenary will provide the opportunity for conference participants to return to the point of departure that was set out in the opening plenary and allow participants to report back on their discussions. Rapporteurs from various conference sessions will elaborate on the issues that have arisen for further consideration and action going forward. This will be with a particular view to reframing of challenges as opportunities – for example by stimulating the cross-fertilization of ideas across scientific disciplines and encouraging bottom up collaboration. The plenary will also serve to provide a clear idea of the process to follow the conference – “who will do what” – and thereby mark the conference as the beginning of a process rather than a one off event.

Key components of the plenary agenda will include:
• The conference providing the potential basis for a Council Conclusion at the European Union Competitiveness Council
• Elaboration of how Horizon 2020 and actions outside its framework can relate to a 50 year roadmap for research and development

 


Speakers
avatar for Maria Da Graça Carvalho

Maria Da Graça Carvalho

Member of the European Parliament
Maria da Graça Carvalho is a member of the European Parliament in the PPE group since 14 July 2009 (member of the ITRE-Industry, Research and Energy Committee, substitute member of the Budgets Committee and member of the ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly). She was elected co- President of the Economic Development, Finance and Trade Committee of ACP-UE Joint Parliamentary Assembly. | She has been Principal Adviser of President Barroso... Read More →
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Ms. Teresa Riera Madurell MEP

Member of the European Parliament
Ms Teresa Riera Madurell MEP was elected to the European Parliament in June 2004 for the Balearic Islands. She is the S&D coordinator of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and member of the Delegation for relations with ASEAN and NATO. In addition, she is a substitute on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and subcommittee on Security and Defence.  She is the Rapporteur of the Horizon 2020 - Horizon 2020 - The Framework... Read More →
avatar for Seán Kelly MEP

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 →


Thursday March 7, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
European Parliament Room: 6Q2

2:00pm

High-level Conference on 'Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships"
Limited Capacity filling up

This two day event will bring together the science community, industry and policy-makers to present project deliverables, discuss major recommendations on how to facilitate Africa- Europe STI cooperation and research infrastructure partnership and celebrate the project’s achievements.

One of the most important objectives of Horizon2020 is strengthening international cooperation with third countries. Horizon2020 sets the goal of increasing the Union’s excellence and attractiveness in research to tackle global challenges in collaboration with international partners, which in turn supports the European Union’s external policies and contributes to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

The Promoting African-European Research Infrastructure Partnerships (PAERIP) project is an initiative aimed at informing the organisation of policy dialogue and promoting research collaboration between the two continents. Funded under the EU’s FP7 Capacities Programme (INFRA-2010-3.2), the PAERIP project represents an example of an initiative that could result from Horizon2020 and discussions taking part at the ES: GC2 Conference.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a high-level opening session with the participation of senior representatives from the European Commission and the African Union Commission, and will include a keynote speech from South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Minister Derek Hanekom. The discussion on the first day will also be focused on the PAERIP analysis and recommendations on:


• Interventions to enhance African and European researchers’ transnational access to African and European researcher infrastructures;
• Opportunities for Africa and Europe to collaborate in developing new large-scale research infrastructures ; and
• The merit of investment from development and economic cooperation instruments in Africa-EU research infrastructure partnerships, due to their socio-economic benefit. 
The conference will provide a platform for meeting with key decision-makers to discuss future perspectives for increasing Africa-Europe RI cooperation and exchanging experiences with international experts.  This event is expected to confirm the significance of PAERIP as one of the first dedicated support actions for international research infrastructure cooperation with a specific geographic focus and the first FP7 project on RI coordinated from outside Europe.

The conference agenda and the registration form are now available on the PAERIP website (www.paerip.org).


Thursday March 7, 2013 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Thon EU hotel Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels

3:00pm

EPO Drop-in Session: Patents and Space Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the most important technical fields of this decade is space and satellite technology. The potential impact on all our lives will be enormous, from the multitude of uses for Earth observation data, to navigation and telecommunications. With the launch of Europe's own Galileo GNSS to rival GPS it is clear that the technology race will intensify. This is also an area where standards are key to the development and evolution of technology, ensuring interoperability of systems. But what happens when patents and standards collide? If you have a question about patenting in this field, or are unsure about what can be patented and what not, then come along to this session and meet an EPO examiner who is expert in this field.


Speakers
avatar for Carlos Weber

Carlos Weber

Patent examiner, European Patent Office (EPO)
Carlos Weber is a patent examiner in the field of aeronautics and astronautics at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. He has previously worked as a research engineer specialised in aerodynamics at the European space company Astrium working in the framework of various European projects. He received his PhD degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse in France, where he lived for four years, and holds a diploma degree in... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
European Parliament EPO Exhibition Space, 3rd floor, Altiero Spinelli

3:00pm

Smart Cities of the Future - How to Make Efficient Cities for Socially Responsible Competitiveness
Limited Capacity full

Smart Cities are an imminent reality. There are several pressing challenges, along with substantial opportunities, which are inciting this development. The world is growing into an increasingly urbanized environment, making space and resources more scare as our world population swells. This has a collateral negative effect on pollution, consumption habits, infrastructure and public health. As these challenges loom and threaten our way of living, opportunities are emerging which provide real, innovative solutions. Current megatrends in efficiency and digitization are metamorphosing into sophisticated tools which transform the infrastructure of modern cities, turning them into Smart Cities. With ICT and energy efficiency enabling this transformation, Smart Cities will be a central force in moving towards efficient living, sustainable growth and socially responsible competitiveness.

However, this global challenge requires the collaboration of all stakeholders at every level. This is not achieved in the near future; this requires long – term collaboration and policy action. Horizon 2020 calls for the European Union to assist in fostering smart cities through research to understand the social, economic and cultural issues involved. Challenges still persist in funding, research and standardization among fragmented stakeholders. Thus, in order to deliver Smart Cities it must be approached in an open, collaborative model. The Smart Cities of the Future session at ES:GC2 will examine some of the research challenges facing Smart Cities while offering potential solutions. Key aspects of the session will focus on policy regulation, standardization challenges and research opportunities. As the conceptualization of Smart Cities development from end user to the producer becomes more sophisticated, this exposes the dire need for increased support for capacity building, large scale infrastructures and innovation.

 


Speakers
DP

Dr. Pol Mac Aonghusa

IBM Senior Research Manager, Smarter Cities Technology Centre, IBM Dublin Research Laboratory
Pól Mac Aonghusa is a Senior Manager at the IBM Ireland Research Laboratory located in Dublin, Ireland. The Ireland Lab is one of twelve IBM Research Labs and is charged with spearheading IBM Research activities in Smarter Urban Systems, High Performance Computing and Risk Analytics.  Pól leads research teams focused on next generation High Performance Supercomputing (Exascale) and Big Data & Open Data for Urban Systems... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Siobhan Clarke

Prof. Siobhan Clarke

Director, Trinity Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Centre, Trinity Colleage Dublin
Prof. Siobhán Clarke is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. She is the Director of the Trinity Research Centre on Smart and Sustainable Cities. This is a multi-disciplinary research centre addressing challenges relating to information, supply chain, energy, mobility, demographic & socio-economic flux in the modern metropolis.  Prof. Clarke is a Co-Principal Investigator in... Read More →
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Dr. Kieran Delaney

R&D Manager, Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr Kieran Delaney is the R&D manager and co-founder of the newly formed Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research, which is based at Cork Institute of Technology. The Centre has over sixty researchers and state-of-the-art facilities for networked embedded systems research, development, test and trialling. Its primary focus is upon delivering highly relevant industry solutions through its Innovation Gateway, which is working extensively with... Read More →
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Dr. Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Analyst and Consultant, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Dr Jorge Núñez Ferrer is an independent analyst and consultant associated with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), with a PhD from Imperial College London. He is presently the technical coordinator of the EU Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform officially launched with the first meeting in June 2012. This platform consists of 160 technical specialists and 1500 online participants. Due to his specialisation in EU funding... Read More →
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Mr. Georg Houben

Project and Coordination Officer at DG Energy, European Commission
Mr. Georg Houben is Project and Coordination Officer at the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG Energy) since 2010, where he is responsible for the Smart Cities and the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform. He is a graduate in electro-technical engineering from the University of Aachen (RWTH) Germay. From 2004 – 2010 he worked as Radiation Protection Officer at the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe... Read More →
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Mr. Seamus Hoyne

Head of Department, Technology, Science and Flexible Learning, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), Limerick, Ireland
Seamus Hoyne is Head of Department in LIT and previously the Managing Director of the Tipperary Energy Agency. He has been working in the energy sector since 1998. He has coordinated the SERVE project since 2007 which affected energy savings of 6,200MWh in retrofitted buildings and new buildings in North Tipperary.  Renewable energy systems installed are now producing 4,200MWh of energy per year.  The SERVE Project was funded under... Read More →
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Joachim Schonowski

Senior Innovation Manager , Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Deutsche Telekom
Dipl.-Phys. Joachim Schonowski, started his career in 1999 at Deutsche Telekom. He worked as Senior Product Manager for T-Mobile International, introduced new messaging solutions and was responsible for the initial user interface customization strategy and device integration for Western Europe. During his time at T-Systems International he complemented his mobile market knowledge as Senior Consultant on various ICT projects. Currently he works as... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
European Parliament A3H1

4:00pm

New Business Models in Personalised Health Care
Limited Capacity filling up

The revolution in healthcare induced by the fast advancing field of personalised medicine influences dramatically the existing business models of pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare industries. The aim of personalised healthcare comprises not only targeted individualised treatment, but also focuses increasingly on effective and efficient prevention strategies. Diagnostics is one of the fields that expand tremendously due to the new function of medical care in the citizen’s life. The healthcare industry must develop now new concepts providing a flexible and sustainable approach to address the new demands of the global market.

Another emerging trend in the healthcare sector is “frugal” or “reverse innovation”.
High-tech healthcare is often costly and cannot be transferred easily to less favoured countries or applied in rural areas. However, poor countries with their only very limited resources can also be drivers for innovation. “Frugal” innovation” is a strategy where innovation is driven by the local or regional demands and according to the availability of the resources. To prepare Europe for the challenges in healthcare and open the ERA for innovative approaches we will discuss this area with experts from countries representing emerging markets.

 

Agenda

 


Moderators
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Angela Brand

Institute for Public Health Genomics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Presentation topic: Personalised Healthcare – what and how to translate?   Prof. Angela Brand, MD PhD MPH (USA) is Founding Director and Full Professor of the Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG) at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, as well as Dr. T.M.Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and Adjunct Professor at the Manipal Life Sciences Centre of Manipal... Read More →
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Babette Regierer

Project Developer, LifeGlimmer GmbH

Speakers
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Prof. Frank Bier

Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering Potsdam, Germany
Presentation topic: New Business Models in Diagnostics for Personalised Heathcare   Professional development | 1977 - 1984 Studies of Physics and Mathematics at University of Münster and Heidelberg University | 1985 - 1989 PhD in Applied Physics at Heidelberg University Guest Scientist at EMBL, Heidelberg | 1998 Habilitation in Biochemistry, University of Potsdam Scientific development | 1989 - 1993 Postdoc at GBF Braunschweig... Read More →
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Dr. Regina Connolly

Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Regina Connolly is a Senior Lecturer at Dublin City University, Ireland.  She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Internet Commerce and program co-chair of the 2013 European Conference of Information Systems. Her research interests include connected health business models, medical informatics, technology-mediated trust and privacy issues, and e-government adoption. She is a member of the Medical Council of Ireland.   Presentation... Read More →
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Dr. Giovanni Milandri

Technology Project Manager, Medical Research Council’s Medical Device Innovation Platform
Giovanni Milandri is the Technology Project Manager for the Medical Research Council’s Medical Device Innovation Platform. He manages new medical devices in their technical, clinical, legal and business readiness towards being commercialized from SA research institutions, currently overseeing 15 projects. | Mr Milandri returned to South Africa from studying an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford. He was a Skye... Read More →
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Prof. Kapuetta Satyamoorthy

Manipal Life Sciences Centre, Manipal University, India
Dr. K. Satyamoorthy obtained his PhD from Bombay University in 1987 and since then, he has been involved in various aspects of research and developmental activities in molecular pharmacology, population variation. | Pharmacogenomcis, human genetics, epigenetics and cancer.  He is the Director of Manipal Life Sciences Centre of Manipal University since 2004. | He has over 120 publications to his credit, delivered over 100 invited lectures and... Read More →
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Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch

Head of Research Affairs, Science Europe
Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch is directing the Division of Research Affairs at Brussels based international organisation “Science Europe”. The newly-founded organisation represents 51 Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations from 26 countries, with an estimated combined annual budget of 30 Billion Euros. | Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch is responsible for strategic and operational  guidance and leadership for six Science... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
European Parliament J6Q1

5:00pm

Hippocratic Innovation - What’s the ‘next Next’?
Limited Capacity filling up

The physician’s oath brings a sense of the values of honesty and integrity to the medical profession’s relationship with the public. In the basic motto ‘first do no harm’ articulated as a set of first principles for medical intervention, the Hippocratic Oath as currently practiced sets a fine precedent for the kind of ‘oath’ needed for the rest of the research and professional practice community as it reaches out to engage directly with the public.

In discussion and iteration workshop with a world-leading team at a recent Ideas Salon in the Silicon Valley (led by the vision of Professor Alex jaded in his larger project on the Future of Medicine), Lizbeth Goodman put forward the idea of ‘Hippocratic Innovation’ as a framing mechanism to engage top Researchers in Technology Innovation and Education in a joint effort to demonstrate the principles of ‘first do no harm’ and to frame an explicit and fundamental set of values in the global research sector.
This workshop offers attendees at the European Challenges event an opportunity to engage with a few of the ‘first founders’ of Hippocratic Innovation, and then to offer their own models for socially committed research. It builds on the Steve Jobs/Apple prototyping idea of the ‘Next Next’: the suggestion that in planning carefully for the third generation of prototype before signing up to a current offer, we may find the most effective ways to ensure sustainability and scalability of our first principles as they become embedded in global social consciousness.


Speakers
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Prof. Karl Aspelund

Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; University of Rhode Island
Karl Aspelund, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island. His interests lie in examining the role textiles and design play in the creation of identity, the impact of the textile life-cycle on the Earth’s environment, and how the design community can contribute to the goal of environmental sustainability. He worked as an artist and designer for 20 years after... Read More →
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Rex Bothwell

Learning & Change, Apple
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Dr. Martin Curley

Head of Research, Intel Labs Europe
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Dr. Mick Donegan

Associate Senior Research Fellow, University College, Dublin; CEO & Founder ‘SpecialEffect’
Dr. Mick Donegan, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto. Associate Senior Research Fellow, University College, Dublin, CEO & Founder ‘SpecialEffect’, a UK-based Assistive Technology Charity www.specialeffect.org.uk which uses specialised technology to enhance access to videogames and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities.  Mick’s research draws on his many years... Read More →
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Prof. Lizbeth Goodman

Director, SMARTlab and Chair of Creative Technology Innovation, University College Dublin
Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Professor of Inclusive Design for Education at University College Dublin, and an Executive Board member of the Innovation Academy (TCD, UCD, QUB), for which she runs the Social Entrepreneurship module and part of the core introductory interdisciplinary session on creative identities in innovation. She is Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. When she... Read More →
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Prof. Alex Jadad

University of Toronto and the University Health Network
Dr. Alex Jadad has been called a «human Internet», as his research and innovation work seeks to identify and connect the best minds, the best knowledge and the best tools across traditional boundaries to eliminate unnecessary suffering and promote maximum levels of joy. Such work focuses on a radical 'glocal' innovation model designed to improve the capacity of humans to imagine, create and promote new and better approaches to living... Read More →
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Dr. Joshua Bamberger M.D.

San Franciso Department of Public Health, University of Califonria Berkeley School of Public Health
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Ricardo Semler

Lumiar Schools
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Jutta Treviranus

Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), professor and director of an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University Toronto.(http://idrc.ocadu.ca, http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/graduate_studies/inclusive_design.htm). The IDRC is an international center of expertise in digital inclusion. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional research centre on... Read More →
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Dr. Jeb Weisman

Chief Information Officer, Children’s Health Fund (CHF)
Jeb Weisman is Chief Information Officer for the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) and Director of CHF’s Center for Community Health Technology.  He serves as the consulting Director of Information Systems and Technology for Community Pediatric Programs at Montefiore Medical Center, as well.  In addition to more than 25 years of professional work and invention in health information systems and education, Dr. Weisman is a social... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2013 5:00pm - 6:30pm
European Parliament A3H1
 
Friday, March 8
 

9:00am

The Advancement of Medical Devices: Robots in Health Care as a Case Study
Limited Capacity seats available

Medical devices regulation within the EU centers on regulatory framework for market access, international trade relations, and regulatory convergence all with the aim of ensuring patient safety while promoting innovation and competitiveness. The current legal framework has hitherto been criticized for being too fragmented and difficult to follow; however, the medical devices market is truly a global one and alignment on this topic is essential in order to make the medical field as a whole more harmonized and efficient. This is particularly prevalent within Europe as Horizon 2020 emphasizes improved cross-cutting support technologies to facilitate the development of “new, more efficient, effective and sustainable treatments for disease and for the management of disabilities.”

Within the medical devices field, there have been large strides made with respect to the role robots play
in healthcare; yet there is still much debate around the use of robots in healthcare. With this increased role of robots comes the question: “Helping the infirm help themselves: when and where are robots an appropriate health care solution?” If the use of robots in healthcare can be agreed upon to create a
systemized and harmonized model across the union, this will lead to even larger developments in the medical field. 

In this session, the panelists will look at some of the following questions:

  • When should robots be responsible for our healthcare and well-being?
  • How much autonomy should healthcare robots have?
  • How should the user interface look like so that medical professionals can work with the robots?
  • How much should we let robots be responsible for our healthcare?

Moderators
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Signe Redfield

U.S. Office of Naval Research Global - London

Speakers
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Catherine Carty

UNESCO Chair Project Manager, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland, UNESCO Chair
Catherine Carty is the UNESCO Chair Project Manager in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland. The newly established chair is entitled  "Transforming the lives of people with disabilities through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness" and it represents a multidisciplinary project with a social justice core and activities extending from education, training and research to assisted technologies, robotics and healthcare.  The... Read More →
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Dr. Kerstin Eder

Reader in Design Automation and Verification, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
Dr Kerstin Eder is a Reader in Design Automation and Verification at the University of Bristol.  | She holds a PhD in Computational Logic, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and an MEng in Informatics. Her research activities are focused on specification, verification and analysis methods and techniques which allow engineers to design a system and to verify or explore its behaviour in terms of functional correctness, safety, performance and... Read More →
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Prof. Paolo Fiorini

IEEE Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
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Dr. Anders Sandberg

James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University


Friday March 8, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am
European Parliament J6Q1

9:00am

High-level Conference on 'Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships'
Limited Capacity seats available

This two day event will bring together the science community, industry and policy-makers to present project deliverables, discuss major recommendations on how to facilitate Africa- Europe STI cooperation and research infrastructure partnership and celebrate the project’s achievements.

One of the most important objectives of Horizon2020 is strengthening international cooperation with third countries. Horizon2020 sets the goal of increasing the Union’s excellence and attractiveness in research to tackle global challenges in collaboration with international partners, which in turn supports the European Union’s external policies and contributes to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

The Promoting African-European Research Infrastructure Partnerships (PAERIP) project is an initiative aimed at informing the organisation of policy dialogue and promoting research collaboration between the two continents. Funded under the EU’s FP7 Capacities Programme (INFRA-2010-3.2), the PAERIP project represents an example of an initiative that could result from Horizon2020 and discussions taking part at the ES: GC2 Conference.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a high-level opening session with the participation of senior representatives from the European Commission and the African Union Commission, and will include a keynote speech from South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Minister Derek Hanekom. The discussion on the first day will also be focused on the PAERIP analysis and recommendations on:


• Interventions to enhance African and European researchers’ transnational access to African and European researcher infrastructures;
• Opportunities for Africa and Europe to collaborate in developing new large-scale research infrastructures ; and
• The merit of investment from development and economic cooperation instruments in Africa-EU research infrastructure partnerships, due to their socio-economic benefit. 
The conference will provide a platform for meeting with key decision-makers to discuss future perspectives for increasing Africa-Europe RI cooperation and exchanging experiences with international experts.  This event is expected to confirm the significance of PAERIP as one of the first dedicated support actions for international research infrastructure cooperation with a specific geographic focus and the first FP7 project on RI coordinated from outside Europe.

The conference agenda and the registration form are now available on the PAERIP website (www.paerip.org).


Friday March 8, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thon EU hotel Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels