Science Meets Parliaments event to enhance cooperation between scientists and MPs
On 15 September, the Science Meets Parliaments initiative brought scientists from all over Europe together with members of the European and national parliaments. The event was held in the European Parliament, with additional tailored bilateral meetings, and was organised organised by the JRC and the EP's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel.
The event was targeted at improving the culture of evidence-informed policy-making and to stress the importance of science, with a view to setting the basis for greater and continued cooperation. Scientists from the JRC and other research organisations discussed topics ranging from circular economy, resource efficiency, Digital Single Market, Industry 4.0 to carbon capture and storage and how patents can influence medical care, with the parliamentarians.
Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth & Sport, responsible for the JRC, said ahead of event: "Social exclusion, inequalities, climate change – these are just some of the challenges facing European policy-makers today. Sound scientific evidence is needed to tackle them. That is why it is crucial that we bring scientists and policy-makers together, so they can learn to better understand and work with each other. I hope we can put Science Meets Parliaments on the map as an annual event – in Brussels and across Europe – that helps to achieve this important goal."
The "Science Meets Parliaments" event builds on successful experiences with similar events organised in several Member States, for example Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
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