05-02-2019 - 14:00
MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 2018
MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme 
European Parliament, Brussels

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Science Week at the European Parliament (5-7 February 2019). The Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA Panel) has decided to organise a series of scientific events during under the name of ‘Science Week at the European Parliament’. STOA will organise these events in co-operation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and with the European Research Council (ERC).

Scientific knowledge has an important role to play when policy-makers take decisions on societal challenges from climate change to feeding the world, from an ageing population to energy security. Scientific advice should be effectively integrated into the decision making process in order to ensure a sound basis for public policies and political decisions that will yield successful results.

In order to promote a culture of evidence-informed policy making, the European Parliament's Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission together launched the Science meets Parliaments initiative at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2015. The objective of the initiative is to build closer links between scientists and policy-makers at EU, national and regional levels and enhance the role of science in policy through regular dialogue. This year's event will mark the official opening of the EU Pilot project 'Science meets Parliaments/Science meets Regions' which will bring the initiative to member states and support the joint efforts of scientists and policy makers to find local solutions.

The STOA-ERC conference 'Investing in researchers, shaping Europe's future' will bring policy-makers and European Research Council funded grantees together with the aim to support evidence-based, informed policy making and to underline how Europe's future can be shaped by fundamental research on topics ranging from smart agriculture and food, to CRISPR as well as migration and demography.

During the 'Brussels Week', paired scientists will have an opportunity to follow their MEP counterparts in their daily political activities, and gain an understanding of the EU science, technology and research policy framework, including, in particular, EP work in this area. Your visit will include the following activities:

- attending various meetings with MEPs, EP staff and science journalists, and presenting your research work and outcomes;

- receiving an introduction to the work of the EP, by the MEP and his/her assistants, as well as by EP officials (STOA, other staff of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), committee secretariats etc.);

- participating in 'pitching sessions' between science journalists and scientists, organised by STOA's new European Science-Media Hub (ESMH);

- when not attending meetings organised by STOA, the scientists will be invited to ʽshadowʼ their MEP to various political group or other meetings, on the basis of the MEP's availability;

- a last meeting, attended by scientists, MEPs or their assistants, and STOA officials, is to assess the week and identify its positive aspects, as well as elements for improvement.


· Tuesday, 5 February 2019, p.m. (Room PHS 3C050)

13:30 Arrival at the European Parliament (Atrium Welcome Point Esplanade Solidarnosc)

14:30 Welcome by Ms Eva KAILI, MEP & STOA Chair

14:45 Presentation of the STOA Panel, of the ESMH and its activities

15:30 Presentation of research projects by scientists

17:00 Pitching session between science journalists and scientists - options for interviews

18:00 - 19:30 Networking cocktail (Room PHS 3C050)

· Wednesday, 6 February 2019

08:30 Scientists visit their MEPs' offices to discuss shadowing plans - Scientists' individual presentations on their research activities (individual arrangements by MEPs)

09:30 Scientists shadow their MEPs in their activities (incl. political group meetings)

13:00 Lunch (and/or dinner): scientists and their MEPs - individual arrangements by MEPs

14:00 Plenary session of 'Science meets Parliaments', with Commissioner Tibor NAVRACSICS (Yehudi Menuhin Space) organised by the JRC (see separate programme)

15:30 Scientists shadow their MEPs in their activities (incl. political group meetings)

19:00 Dinner (and/or lunch): Scientists and their MEPs - individual arrangements by MEPs

· Thursday, 7 February 2019

8:30 - 12:15 Scientists shadow their MEPs in their activities (incl. political group meetings)

12:30 Stocktaking meeting of MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme- in the presence of participating MEPs, EP services and the JRC (Room ASP 7F387)

13:30 End of 'Brussels Week' - departure of scientists