Science meets Parliaments

15-09-2015 09:00 - 12:30
European Parliament Brussels - Altiero Spinelli (ASP) A1G2



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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.

Read our dedicated blog post


  • 9.00 – 9.30        Welcome and registration 

  • 9.30 – 10.30      Opening session

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 

  • 10.30 – 11.15     National Parliaments dimension

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 

  • 11.15 – 12.30     Science's answer to the EU policy-makers' expectations 

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

 Q&A session 

  • 12.30 – 12.45    Wrap-up session

Presentation of STOA MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2015 by Eva Kaili, STOA First Vice-Chair

Conclusions by Vladimír Šucha, JRC Director-General  

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Important notification

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.