Science Europe High Level Workshop 2015 discusses ERA perspectives
The "Science Europe High Level Workshop 2015" brought together numerous European ministers, secretaries-of-state and top-level representatives of 50 Science Europe member states on 13 and 14 April 2015 in Vienna, in order to discuss perspectives for implementing the European Research Area. The event was hosted by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and Science Europe.
In his opening address, Austrian Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy Reinhold Mitterlehner, stated that strengthening Europe's competitiveness has to be a common objective. "Investing in science and research is the basis for growth, employment and social development. Therefore we have to increase innovative capacity by cooperation and exchange of knowledge." The Minister stressed that "grand societal challenges such as climate change, food security or energy supply are not national issues, but require global solutions. We therefore have to think and act across disciplines and locations".
In this context, Joint Programming and transnational calls, as well as harmonisation of national research strategies and programmes will become more and more important. Minister Mitterlehner mentioned Horizon 2020 as a showcase project in this respect because it covers the entire innovation cycle, stressing Austria's successful participation in Horizon 2020 so far.
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