New world order: Science, technology & trade

Shaping the next Framework Programme


The world is changing fast. Will technology trade barriers rise? Will relations among Europe, the US, China, Russia and other powers be upended? Will research priorities change – for climate, energy, health, defence? All of these questions will force new strategies for companies, universities and governments around the world.

The annual Science|Business Network conference will focus on how international relations in science, technology and trade could be transformed – and how these changes will, in turn, affect the EU’s next flagship R&D effort, Framework Programme 9.


9:00 - Facing up to a new world order. How will it affect science, technology and trade?

11:00 - coffee

11:30 - Parallel sessions: What the new world order means for …

  • Healthcare. The Ebola crisis was a wake-up call: Just €20M in timely, international vaccine research could have saved 11,000 lives. How can we cooperate more on infectious disease research internationally? Can we overcome the problems of IP and funding to do so?
  • Defence. The European Defence Agency is re-purposing for collaborative R&D. Defence budgets everywhere are headed up, and arms sales are rising. But tensions are also climbing, so can there really be any such thing as international collaboration on military R&D?
  • Climate & Energy. If the US is out of the picture, what next for climate and renewable energy research? Can international initiatives like Mission Innovation adjust? Will Europe pivot to China, to maintain its strong position in renewables technology and trade?

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - Global disruptors (and creators): 3 projects that could change the world

  • The immunology of Alzheimer’s
  • The open access revolution 2.0
  • Science as diplomacy: PRIMA in the Mediterranean

14:15 - Breakouts: Making international research collaboration work

  • The Cloud. Despite tensions, there really is growing cross-border collaboration on making the cloud work for science. The EU is promoting its science cloud. It, the US, Canada and Australia are promoting data sharing. (Session organised by the Science|Business Cloud Consultation Group)
  • Maritime. In theory, it should be easy for countries to collaborate on the use of international waters and the development of the ‘blue economy.’ And there is some progress, such as the Galway and South Atlantic alliances. But it isn’t easy. How to get more?

15:15 - Coffee

15:45 - Getting real: How can the Framework Programme make international collaboration happen?

  • H2020 international flagships
  • Science|Business Network suggestions for international action

17:15 -  Reception


Registrations now open


Contact person

For further information, please contact Isabel Ortega at