Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum) and the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) jointly organised the high-level conference “From a European to a Global Green Deal”. Introductory remarks were made by STOA Chair Christian Ehler and STS chairman Hiroshi Komiyama.
Amongst the numerous high-profile speakers of the first panel were Paula Abreu Marques, Deputy Director of DG Energy who outlined the European policy landscape and briefly mentioned energy policy proposals to be published soon, as well as European Research Council president Maria Leptin, who pointed out the importance of Fundamental research and Transnational contribution. She also encouraged colleagues across the globe to collaborate with ERC. The second panel further promoted reaching beyond the borders of Europe when establishing scientific partnerships to address global challenges. Moderated by Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director Emeritus of The Library of Alexandria, Egypt, this panel was consisting of speakers from Japan, Thailand and Europe.
MEP Christian Ehler, chair of the event’s co-organiser STOA expressed his strong stance on the the EU’s need for unity on matters of science, and the importance of scientific policymaking to Science/Business earlier this month. He also called the parliament to turn STOA into a fully-fledged science think-tank, and extend its jurisdiction by establishing an academic freedom monitoring programme on European and global levels.