“The Future of Europe is Science” conference concluded with launch of Advisory Council report
From 6 to 7 October 2014, the high-level conference "The Future of Europe is Science" took place in Lisbon, Portugal. The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, stressed Europe’s strength in science, research and innovation in his opening speech. He also drew attention to the benefits for researchers offered by Horizon 2020 and acknowledged the success of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities. The conference gathered around 400 actors from the world of science, industry and society, aiming at taking stock of European achievements in science over the past 10 years.
At the Conference, the European Commission launched a report of the Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC). This Council advises President Barroso on scientific matters. The report entitled "The Future of Europe is Science" outlines some key opportunities for Europe that could be provided by science and technology, looking ahead to the year 2030. It is structured around citizens' priorities, as identified by a new Eurobarometer survey which has also been published recently. The survey found that health and medical care and job creation were seen by European citizens as the top priorities for science and technology innovation over the next 15 years.
The Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) is an independent and informal group of science and technology experts from academia and business, chaired by Prof. Anne Glover. Established in January 2013 by President Barroso, the task of the Council is to examine areas where research and innovation can contribute to Europe's growth — with a particular focus on benefits and risks of advances in science & technology and how to address and communicate these. The Austrian researcher Monika Henzinger (University of Vienna) is a member of the group.