The conference will bring together the most important public and private stakeholders of the European Research Area (ERA) to discuss the implementation of the Strategic View on ERA, published in September 2009 by the European Research Area Board (ERAB). The conference will mainly address the question: "Can we make a true ERA really work in the future?" The necessary policies and measures for the implementation of the ERAB view will be examined and discussed. Special attention will be devoted to the opinions of young researchers of today, who will be the leaders of research and the decision makers on research policy in 2030 and beyond.
The stakeholders include public and private research organisations, companies, policy makers at the national and European level and academia. Selected representatives of the key stakeholders are expected to play an active role in the conference by providing materials for a participants' exhibition and by participating in roundtable discussions with young researchers. The total number of participants will be limited to 250 and they will be personally invited. About one third of the participants will be young researchers.
The Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, set a challenge to the ERAB Conference in her speech. She asked the Conference to provide her with ten concrete proposals on how research, innovation and science can contribute to addressing society's Grand Challenges, to prepare Europe's post-crisis smart, green economy and society. The ERAB welcomed the challenge. Based on the feedback from the conference delegates and own discussions the ERAB came up with 10 key recommendations.
The aim of the ERAB Conference was to discuss widely with public and private stakeholders the implementation of the Strategic view on European Research Area (ERA). The European Research Area Board (ERAB) welcomes more comments. You may email us RTD-ERAB@ec.europa.eu