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Horizon 2020: The Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland

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ISC, together with Irish Members of the European Parliament, is organising an afternoon seminar and dinner debate to discuss the challenges and perspectives for Ireland arising from Horizon 2020, the EU’s forthcoming Framework Programme for research and development and demonstration. The keynote speech at the dinner debate will be delivered by Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government.

When and Where?

Both the afternoon seminar and dinner discussion will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels on January 31st 2012.

The afternoon seminar will take place in Room ASP 5E3 from 15:00 to 17:00.

The dinner will take place in the Members Salon from 19:00 to 21:00.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Who will attend?

The event will be organised under the patronage of MEPs from across Ireland - these are: Sean Kelly MEP; Marian Harkin MEP; Pat The Cope Gallagher MEP; Liam Aylward MEP; Gay Mitchell MEP; Mairead McGuinness MEP; with further MEPs set to confirm their attendance. All MEPs from across the island of Ireland have been invited.The keynote speech at the dinner debate will be delivered by Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government.

The event will feature prominent guests from academic institutes and science- and technology-based industries across Ireland.

What is the purpose of the meeting?

The objective of the meeting is to facilitate discussion with Irish MEPs on the future priorities for the research community on the island of Ireland and to consider the potential impact of Horizon 2020 for industry and academia. On November 30 2011, the European Commission published its proposals for Horizon 2020. This marks the beginning of the negotiation process leading to the adoption of an agreed legislative package by the Council of Ministers and European Parliament. Over the coming year, these institutions will therefore consider the priorities, themes and implementing instruments up to the adoption of Horizon 2020 and related legislation. It will be important for research institutions and science- and technology-based industries across Ireland that their priorities and challenges are understood by their representatives in the European Parliament.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the title of the EU's next Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration. The Framework Programmes are funding programmes created by the European Union in order to support and encourage transnational research in the European Union. The Seventh Framework Programme - the largest to date in terms of scope and funding - is due for completion at the end of 2013. Horizon 2020 will run from 2014 to 2020. Under the European Commission proposals, Horizon 2020 will significantly increase EU funding for scientific research and development.

Further information on Horizon 2020 can be found at the Horizon 2020 Website including the Commission proposals published on November 30.


Rue du Luxembourg Entrance, European Parliament

14:00 -

Arrive at European Parliament to receive parliamentary access badge

Location: Rue du Luxembourg entrance, European Parliament

14:30 -

Proceed to Room ASP 5E3 for Afternoon Seminar

Room ASP 5E3, European Parliament

15:00 - 17:00

Afternoon Seminar


Mr Declan Kirrane, Managing Director, ISC Intelligence in Science

European Parliament and Horizon 2020: Timing and Piorities

Mr Gai Oren, Secretariat, European Paraliament Committee on Industry, Energy and Research

European Parliament: Science and Technology Option Assessment

Mr Theodoros Karapiperis, Head of Unit, Science and Technology Option Assessment, European Parliament

The broader policy context: Cohesion Policy and R&D

Mr Pierre Godin, DG Regional Policy, European Commission

Activities and perspectives in the Framework Programmes: The Czech Example

Ms Michaela Vlková, Deputy Head of Office, Czech Liaison Office for Research and Development (CZELO)

Experience under FP7 and preparations for Horizon 2020 – Perspectives from Tekes

Ms Merja Hiltunen, Counsellor: Research and Innovation, Finnish Liaison Office for EU R&D

Experience under FP7 and preparations for Horizon 2020 – Danish perspectives 

 Mr Jakob Just Madsen, Danish Research Liaison Office



European Parliament, Members Salon

19:00 - 21:00

Dinner and Debate

Keynote Speech: Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government

Further details to be announced shortly