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Transatlantic Science Forum roundtable

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ISC will organise the Transatlantic Science Forum (TSF) roundtable on the 13th January 2015 in Washington D.C., as a follow-on to the meetings which took place earlier this year in Boston, USA, New York, USA and Rome, Italy.


TSF was established following the EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Cooperation (ES:GC2) conference, which took place at the European Parliament in March 2013, and is designed to explore the impact on science of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the US, the oft-touted main goal of which is eliminating regulatory barriers to trade and unnecessary duplication in testing. 


The main objectives of the forum are to explore the EU-US relations from the point of view of science and the enabling regulatory environment and provide a platform for discussion of the relevant issues of major importance.


The roundtable will analyse the potential impact of the proposed TTIP measures on science collaboration in addition to exploring how cooperation can evolve with reference to the next EU-US science and technology cooperation agreement. 


Bill Valdez, former Director at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, in advance of the meeting said: “…TTIP is crucial for the $4 trillion Trans-Atlantic marketplace that supports 7 million American and European jobs…” and “with the elimination of trade barriers and improved transparency [the TTIP] will find new markets on both sides of the Atlantic.” In addition, Declan Kirrane from ISC stressed that any “disruptions in the global supply chain will be addressed by providing the environment necessary for entrepreneurship and innovation, with a focus on small and medium sized companies that are the primary job creators in the U.S. and Europe.”


Practical information

Date: 13 January 2015

Time: 09:00 – 12:30

Venue: 1616 H Street, NW, 1st Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC 20006  

Registration: To complete your registration, please e-mail Ms Simona Ondrejkova at: simona.ondrejkova@iscintelligence.com 

More information: http://www.tsciencef.org/event.php?id=12 










Declan Kirrane

Chairman TSF




Panel I:

Collaborative Science as a driver for Transatlantic Economic Development


Dr. Corrado Perna

Head of the National Division of Business & Innovation, National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), Italy


Triona McCormack

Director of Research, University College Dublin, Ireland


Claudia Bernarding

Deputy Head, Multilateral Cooperation and Monitoring

Project Management Agency, German Aerospace Centre


Hon. Bart Gordon

Former Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology


Dr. David A. Bray

Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission


Rapporteur: Bill Valdez, Vice Chair, TSF




Panel II: Policy requirements to achieve enhanced cooperation


Bill Valdez

Adjunct Professor, American University & Senior Science & Technology Consultant


Prof. Barry O'Sullivan

Chair of Constraint Programming and Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Cork


Prof. Kurt Zatloukal

Professor of Pathology, Medical University of Graz


Dr. James Gavigan

Minister-Counselor Research & Innovation, Technology and Innovation, E.U. Delegation to the U.S


Rapporteur: Corrado Perna, INAF




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