PLENARY 2: Research Infrastructures Addressing Grand Societal Challenges (1st part)
16:00 - 18:00
programme

The first part of the Plenary aims to explore ways of convergence of RI policy-making with policy-making in another sectorial area. The second part follows on Friday at 9:40.

Speakers
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The aim of this Plenary is to explore ways of convergence of RI policy-making with policy-making in other sectorial areas, such as industry, energy, environment, agriculture, health, social affairs or security, where RI essentially contribute to knowledge-based solutions to major societal and economic challenges. The session shall be political/policy-oriented with more detailed and practical discussions. Suggested timely topics to be addressed include health (response to COVID-19 and possible future pandemic outbreaks) and environment (mitigation of climate change).

16:00 - 17:00, I. COVID-19 and pandemics of infectious diseases

  • Edith Heard, Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • Franciska de Jong, Executive Director CLARIN ERIC, Europe
  • Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Global Head, Global Public Health R&D at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • Pierre Delsaux, Director-General of European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), European Commission

17:00 - 18:00, II. Environment, climate change and mitigation

  • Roberta Marinelli, Office Director, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
  • Mary-Jane Bopape, Managing Director of the South African Environmental Observation Network
  • Radek Špicar (tbc), Vice President Business Europe

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Plenaries and Parallel Sessions (PS) will focus on how research infrastructures contribute to addressing Grand Societal Challenges:  
I. COVID-19 and pandemics of infectious diseases  
II. Environment, climate change and mitigation
III. Data and digitalisation of society
These sessions aim to explore ways of convergence of research infrastructure policy-making with policy-making in other sectoral areas, such as industry, energy, environment, agriculture, health, social affairs or security, where research infrastructures essentially contribute to knowledge-based solutions for significant societal and economic challenges.