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This event will be held as part of the Science Week at the European Parliament (5th- 7th February).

This year the Science Week will be composed of several elements; the 'Brussels Week' of the MEP-scientist pairing scheme, 'Science meets Parliaments', a joint initiative of the Joint Research Centre and the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) to strengthen links between scientists and policy-makers at the EU, national and regional level; the European Science-Media Hub activities and the STOA-ERC event which will bring together policy-makers and ERC grantees.

The STOA-ERC event will bring Members of the European Parliament and ERC grantees together to discuss 3 topics: smart agriculture/food, CRISPR and migration/demography to underline how Europe’s future can be shaped by basic research.

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The event is open to the public.

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Provisional Programme

8.30 - 9.00 Welcome coffee/tea

9.00 – 9.35 Opening and welcome

9.35 – 10.20 Panel session on smart agriculture/food

  • Moderator: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC President
  • MEPs: Martin Häusling (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) and Jan Huitema (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)
  • ERC grantees: Prof. Boaz Pokroy, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel and  Dr Ana Isabel Caño Delgado, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Spain

10.20 – 11.05 Panel session on migration/demography

11.05 – 11.50 Panel session on CRISPR

11.50 Special remarks

  • Jean Arthuis, Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

12:00 Closing remarks

  • Paul Rübig, STOA First Vice-Chair