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Press Release | Thursday, 14. February 2019

Forum Future Europe: Contribution of Research and Innovation in the New EU Member States to the Union’s Future

Joint Press Release
German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina kindly invite journalists to attend the international conference “Forum Future Europe – Raising Inclusion and Performance of European Research and Innovation” on 22 February 2019 in Berlin. Representatives of policy-making, universities, national academies, research organisations and science management from Germany and the new Member States of the European Union (EU13 = Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) discuss tangible measures to increase the participation and performance of research and innovation. Additionally, they analyse the ways in which science and scientists should contribute to a “Future Europe Agenda”, amid current debates on the future of the EU.

Forum Future Europe
Raising Inclusion and Performance of European Research and Innovation
22 February 2019, 9:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Headquarters of the Leibniz Association
Chausseestraße 111, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Professor Helge Braun, Head of the German Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks holds the keynote lecture entitled “Future Europe: Visualisation and Construction”, introduced by welcoming words of the President of the Leibniz Association, Professor Matthias Kleiner, and the President of the National Academy Leopoldina, Professor Jörg Hacker. Later on, a plenary debate entitled “Europe 2050: How Can Education, Science and Innovation Contribute?” and a panel discussion on the European Research Area raising the question “Future European Research Area: What Policy Mix for Best Results?” take place.
Presidents of national academies of sciences and arts, rectors and presidents of top universities, joined by eminent scientists and science managers from the EU13 states convene in Berlin, a city with deep symbolic strength for the European unification and integration following 1989.

With this conference, the National Academy Leopoldina and the Leibniz Association harness the potential of their manifold relations to partners and peers in the EU13 states. The organisers bring together key players of the scientific system and together with them identify the best contribution to the advancement of the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area. They focus especially on the next EU Framework Programme “Horizon Europe”.

The Leibniz Association harbours three research institutes, with main research foci on Central and Eastern Europe: the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg and the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig. Further Leibniz institutes perform various research projects with partners in this part of Europe.

The National Academy Leopoldina maintains manifold relations with national academies, universities and research organisations in the EU13 states. In doing so, the Leopoldina promotes science-based advice to politics and society as well as science diplomacy. It also invests efforts to overcome divisions, for instance through conjoint work on statements regarding the future of the European science, research and innovation. Many members of the Leopoldina maintain diverse collaborations with their peers in Central, East and South East Europe.

We kindly invite representatives of media and request accreditation via e-mail at presse@leibniz-gemeinschaft.de.

Focal point:
Lucian Brujan, Senior Scientific Officer, Department of International Relations
German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
T: +49 345 472 39 – 836
E: lucian.brujan@leopoldina.org



Caroline Wichmann

Head of Department Press and Public Relations

Phone 0345 - 472 39 - 800
Fax 0345 - 472 39 - 809
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