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Compete or cooperate: What’s the new normal for global R&D?

A public Science|Business online conference (13:00 – 17:45 CET)

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. The pandemic has shown how global R&D can be mobilised to tackle the most urgent challenges facing the planet. Can this ethos and approach be sustained into the post-COVID recovery phase, and applied to the climate crisis, digital transformation of economies and societies, and more?  In parallel, the crisis has heightened strategic ambitions for countries to secure their supply chains, be less dependent on other parts of the world and keep their scientific know-how to themselves. The recent debate on whether the quantum and space sections of Horizon Europe should be opened to non-EU countries crystallises this trend.

On September 8, Science|Business will convene international leaders and opinion shapers to debate a new world order for R&D collaboration. Our conference will explore when and how countries should cooperate rather than compete – specifically in health, digital and climate technology domains. Through a series of interactive, high level debates, it will develop a series of recommendations for balancing openness and security, mutuality and sovereignty, and an equitable distribution of the benefits of global R&D endeavours.

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The September 8 conference will be publicly webcast through our EventsAir platform.  Access to all sessions is free for any participant who works for a member of the Science|Business Network, EU and member state institutions – including Permanent Representations and Missions in Brussels – and accredited press organisations.  Please note that a small registration fee of €45.00 (excl. VAT) will apply to all other attendees.

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