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