A scientific conference on the impact and value of European research for society will be held on 12 October at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference, titled ‘European Research Excellence - Impact and Value for Society’, aims to demonstrate the value of top level research as one of the main engines of growth in developed countries to create jobs, educate professionals and provide solutions for global issues. The Tallinn Call for Action will be handed over to stakeholders at the end of the conference, which outlines the roles of politicians, funders, researchers and the media in strengthening societal impact and increasing investment in research.
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Conference speakers include prominent researchers and influential policy makers as well as representatives from business and civil society organisations from all over Europe. The keynote speakers are Mark Ferguson, member of the High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes; Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division (STP) of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) of the OECD; and renowned researchers Valeria Nicolosi from Trinity College Dublin, who has been awarded multiple European Research Council awards; and Nicole Grobert from Oxford University.
The moderator for the conference is Brian Cox, professor of physics at the University of Manchester and well-known science journalist from BBC.
According to Mailis Reps, the Estonian Minister for Education and Research, Europe should focus on the activities that unite us the most, cooperation in research and innovation definitely being one of these areas. “In order for society to understand the necessity of science, it is important that researchers participate more actively in social discussions and share their expertise,” noted Minister Reps. “The impact of investments in science will be in effect for long periods of time and need stable funding, therefore, in addition to the EU budget, research funding should also be increased in national budgets.”
At the conclusion of the conference, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will present the Tallinn Call for Action to all stakeholders, which outlines the roles of politicians, funders, researchers and the media in strengthening societal impact and increasing investment in research.
The conference is organised by the Estonian Research Council in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.
Conference event page, including the agenda of the conference