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Start date: 08/10/2019
End date: 08/10/2019
Where: European Parliament

On the 8th of October 2019, Re-Imagine Europa (RIE) organised the second edition of the Brussels Science-in-Society Salon on the topic of “Science, Democracy and the Future”.

The event, hosted at the European Parliament by Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP, and Andrius Kubilius MEP saw the participation of Commissioner Carlos Moedas and brought together fifty leading thinkers from across Europe with different expertise and backgrounds in order to discuss the possible implications on society of genome editing in agriculture.

The event was structured as a high-level salon to allow for real exchange and debate. In order to allow for real debate, certain parts of the debates were held under Chatham House Rules.

Schedule

Day 1. 08/10/2019
11.30-12.00
Registration and Welcome
12.00-12.15
Introductory Remarks & Welcome Address
Erika Widegren, Chief Executive Offcer at Re-Imagine Europa Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament
12.15-12.30
Keynote Speech
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Q&A. Moderated by: Erika Widegren, Re-Imagine Europa
13.00-13.30
Science Advice to European Policy in a Complex World
Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientifific Advisers and Former Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Professor Janusz Bujnicki, Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw Q&A . Moderated by: Erika Widegren, Re-Imagine Europa
13.30-14.30
Plenary Discussion
Table 1 - SCIENCE ADVICE TO EUROPEAN POLICY IN A COMPLEX WORLD FACILITATOR AND RAPPORTEUR: MARIA DA GRAÇA CARVALHO, MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Table 2 - THE COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY FACILITATOR AND RAPPORTEUR: PROFESSOR ROLF-DIETER HEUER, CHAIR OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S GROUP OF CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS AND FORMER DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH (CERN) Table 3 - NARRATIVES, FACTS AND VALUES - HOW THE DISCUSSION ON GENOME EDITING IN AGRICULTURE IS CHANGING FACILITATOR AND RAPPORTEUR: PROFESSOR DIRK INZÉ, FULL PROFESSOR AT GHENT UNIVERSITY AND SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF THE VIB, DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SYSTEMS BIOLOGY, MEMBER OF KVAB Table 4 - BEYOND BORDERS: EUROPEAN SCIENCE POLICY IN A GLOBAL WORLD FACILITATOR AND RAPPORTEUR: DR PETER KEARNS, PRINCIPAL ADMINISTRATOR - ENVIRONMENT DIRECTORATE, ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY DIVISION, OECD

Speakers

Carols Moedas
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation 2014-19
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Carlos Moedas has been Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science from 2014 to 2019. Prior to that, Mr Moedas has worked as Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal from 2011 until 2014 and Member of the Portuguese Parliament in 2011.
Maria da Graça Carvalho
Member of European Parliament
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Maria da Graça Carvalho is a Portuguese academic, engineer and politician and currently Member of the European Parliament.
Erika Widegren
Chief Executive Officer at Re-Imagine Europa
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Erika is Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa (RIE). She has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is fellow at PlusValue, a UK-based European company focusing on social innovation; she is board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens; and member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy.
Andrius Kubilius
Member of the European Parliament, former Prime Minister of Lithuania
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On 27 November 2008 Kubilius was officially appointed as Prime Minister of Lithuania. He received 89 votes in favour, 27 against, and 16 members of the Seimas abstained. In 2012 Kubilius became the first prime minister of Lithuania, who served the whole term in office.
Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission
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Jean-Eric Paquet has been the Director-General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission since 1 April 2018. Mr Paquet began his career in the European Commission in 1993 in the Directorate-General for Transport, in the International Relations area, and later as assistant to the Transport Director-General, Robert Coleman.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisers and Former Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
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rofessor Rolf-Dieter Heuer is an experimental particle physicist and Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisers as well as President of the German Physical Society. He was director-general of CERN from January 2009 to December 2015.
Janusz Bujnicki
Member of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisers, Head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Warsaw
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Professor Janusz Bujnicki is a Polish biologist specializing in molecular biology and bioinformatics, professor of biological sciences, head of the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Protein Engineering at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw and a research group at the Laboratory of Bioinformatics at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

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