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In order to promote a culture of evidence-informed policy-making, it is important that EU policy-makers have a regular exchange with scientists allowing them to better understand scientists' views on policy issues and vice versa. On 15 September 2015 Members of the European Parliament will have unique opportunity to meet leading scientists within EU scientific community.
This event is co-organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the EP'sScience and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, and will launch two initiatives:
• Science meets Parliaments - a JRC initiative aimed at bringing scientists and policy-makers from the European and national levels together;
• MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme - a STOA project aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and fostering links between MEPs and scientists.
Moderated by Paul Rübig, MEP, STOA Chair and Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Mairead McGuinness, EP Vice-President responsible for STOA
Jerzy Buzek, MEP, ITRE Chair
Moderated by Paul Rübig, STOA Chair
Andreas Karlsböck, Chair of the Science Committee of the Austrian Parliament
Rózsa Hoffmann, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture of the Hungarian National Assembly
Stefan Kaufmann, Member of the Bundestag
Moderated by Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General
Jos van der Meer, President of EASAC
Torbjørn Digernes, CESAER representative
Blörn Nilsson, Euro-CASE Executive Committee
Günter Stock, President of ALLEA
Friedrich W. Hesse, Vice President of the Leibniz Association
Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Presentation of STOA MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2015 by Eva Kaili, STOA First Vice-Chair
Conclusions by Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General
This event, taking place on 15 September 2015, is not the 'Brussels week' as described in point 4.4. of the Invitation to take part in the ‘MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2015’. These are two separate events. The list of selected scientists was published on the STOA website on 4 September 2015 and MEPs are still in the process of selecting a scientist they would like to be paired with. Hence the 'Brussels week' will possibly take place not before the month of November.