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Transatlantic Science Forum (TSF) holds meeting at European Parliament

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Brussels, November 13, 2013: On November 12, 2013, the Transatlantic Science Forum (TSF) held its first meeting in Brussels which took place at the European Parliament. The TSF is an outcome of the EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration (ES:GC2) conference held at the European Parliament from March 4-8, 2013. 

The goal of the TSF, co-chaired by Sean Kelly, MEP and Mr Declan Kirrane of ISC Intelligence in Science, is dedicated to exploring the implications of research and innovation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The main objective of the TSF is to input a chapter exclusively on research and innovation to the formal TTIP negotiation process.

The thirteen presentations given at the meeting discussed various aspects about transatlantic research and innovation from health to big data and ways that the TTIP could enhance research and further develop U.S.-EU collaboration.

Sean Kelly, MEP and co-chair of the TSF, welcomed the audience, saying, “It is important for TTIP to recognize science in establishing the common transatlantic market we would all like to see.”

The Honourable Bart Gordon, former Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, attended the meeting and stressed how creating an “Economic NATO” would enhance mutual development and add to the security and friendship between the U.S. and the EU.

Mr Fernando Perreau de Pinnick, one of the negotiators from the European Commission for the TTIP, mentioned at the meeting that, “the TTIP is not inventing trade, but spark a drastic change in the current global trade system”. Mr de Pinnick also stated that the TTIP should provide support to foster innovation, not to stand in its way.

The immediate outcome of the meeting is to include the TSF proceedings into the future Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue’s agenda. The formal proceedings will be published in due course on the TSF website www.tsciencef.org where interested stakeholders can also find information about TSF’s future meetings to be held in Washington, D.C., Brussels, San Francisco, Rome, New York City, and London.


Media Enquiries

Declan Kirrane

ISC Intelligence in Science

Email: declan.kirrane@iscintelligence.com

Tel: +32 2 8888 100





Jessica Hadjis

ISC Intelligence in Science

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Editor’s Note

Transatlantic Science Forum

The Transatlantic Science Forum (TSF) is a group dedicated to discussing how the Final Report of the United States-European Union High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth, commonly known as the proposed US-EU Free Trade agreement can lead to further transatlantic science collaboration between:
• Scientists and Representatives of Research & Academia
• Members of the European Parliament
• Parliamentarians of national Parliaments of EU Member States
• Members of Congress
• Representatives of Industry
• Representatives of Stakeholder Organisations

This holistic approach is intended to build on the participation between research and science programs and to enhance the transatlantic collaboration in science, technology, research and innovation. The forum will produce a report enumerating the TSF’s recommendations which will feed into the formal negotiation process. There will be additional meetings in Washington, D.C., Brussels, San Francisco, London, New York City, Dublin, and Rome.