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ISC ESOF Dinner Meeting

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On Thursday July 12th,2012, ISC, together with Mr Sean Kelly MEP and Ms Britta Thomsen MEP, will host a dinner meeting at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The dinner will bring together  Members of the European Parliament, policymakers, ambassadors, universities and industry to discuss how EU public funding of research and development can support foreign direct investment in Europe and around the world.

The dinner meeting will take place during the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF 20112), Europe’s largest general science meeting which is held in a European city every two years. Dublin was awarded the honour of hosting ESOF in 2012, following an open competition, and the conference will take place from July 11th to July 15th. It is an interdisciplinary, pan-European meeting which aims to:

  • Showcase the latest advances in science and technology
  • Promote a dialogue on the role of science and technology in society and public policy
  • Stimulate and provoke public interest, excitement and debate about science and technology

The dinner meeting to be hosted by ISC is designed to support the input of ESOF 2012 into EU policy making and discuss how Horizon 2020, the EU’s next Framework Programme for research and development, can support foreign direct investment in Europe and beyond. The confluence of Dublin hosting ESOF with preparations for the Irish Council Presidency of 2013, as well as ongoing negotiations over the EU’s next multiannual financial framework, presents a unique opportunity to do this. Topics of discussion will span a range of issues, including cross-cutting themes such as the future contribution of information technology to health research, health care and related investment. While focussing on Horizon 2020, Policies and instruments under discussion will include key EU legislation such as the Clinical Trials Directive and Medical Devices Directive.

Topic: Horizon 2020 and foreign direct investment – the view from Dublin
Date and Time: 19:30, Thursday 12 July 2012
Location: The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Attendance is by invitation only.