Carlos Moedas presents Horizon Europe at science meeting

Carlos Moedas presents Horizon Europe at science meeting
© European Union , 2018 / Photo Bruno Pires

The commissioner has presented the new framework programme, Horizon Europe, to the largest science meeting on the continent, with over 4000 delegates attending the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2018).

The EuroScience Open Forum, opened on the 9 July in Toulouse, France, has been organised under the motto “Sharing science: Towards new horizons”, and this edition of the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe will run until 14 July with the commissioner for research, science and innovation presenting the framework Horizon Europe.

Moedas has addressed the audience at the opening ceremony yesterday and will deliver a keynote speech today (10 July) at the plenary session on Horizon Europe.

What is the ESOF2018?

The commission has supported the forum since its creation in 2004. According to the commission, this year, it awarded a grant of €1m from the current research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, to the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.

Moedas said: “ESOF brings together all of society to discuss research and innovation. This is unique as well as topical and necessary, because we need more collaborative, open and impactful research and innovation. Our proposal for the next EU research programme, Horizon Europe, is built on that principle. I greatly look forward to the discussions with researchers, students, and the wider public in Toulouse.”

The event programme reflects the commission’s priorities for a more open science and innovation, as well as priority areas supported by Horizon 2020.

What is Horizon Europe?

Horizon Europe is the next research and innovation programme in the next long-term EU budget. As we have previously reported, the framework programme will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020), keeping the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.

The proposed budget allocation of €100bn for 2021-2027 includes €97.6bn under Horizon Europe – €3.5bn of which will be allocated under the InvestEU Fund – and €2.4bn for the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

What will be covered at the forum alongside Horizon Europe?

The sessions at the forum have many different priorities, these include:

  • Over 40 sessions relating directly to effective cooperation between science and responsibility;
  • A large number of sessions relating to areas supported by Horizon 2020, such as bioeconomy, environment, or sustainable development; and
  • Sessions containing scientific careers, communication in science, gender equality and public engagement.

Many of the sessions are organised by the commission as well as a satellite event on communication, dissemination and exploitation of research.

The Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies will meet Mona Nemer, the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, to discuss science advice for policy making.

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