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Summer Reception & Meet the new Parliament

A private Science|Business networking event (18:00 – 20:00 CET)

On July 14, a new European Parliament will formally take office, with a full portfolio awaiting their attention. At the top of the pile of R&I-related issues will be strategic planning and budgets for the second half of Horizon Europe, the beginning of discussions around the next Framework Programme, and the transition to working with a new Commission. This Science|Business Network event will bring together a select group of newly elected (or re-elected) MEPs for an informal discussion of what lies ahead, followed by a networking reception for Science|Business members and other invited guests. 

Featured guest:


Katalin Molnár, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union 

Katalin Molnár serves as ambassador plenipotentiary and deputy permanent representative for the Hungarian government in Belgium, representing the country in COREPER I of the European Union and overseeing various sectoral policies including agriculture, environment, transport, employment, social affairs, energy, competition and education. With extensive legal advisory experience and a robust network within EU institutions, she advocates for Hungary's interests and negotiates key legislative measures affecting diverse sectors across Europe. 


Stine Bosse, Member, European Parliament 

Businesswoman Stine Bosse brings decades of experience to her new position as a member of the European Parliament, in which she represents the political party Renew Europe. The insights she gained from years working in the financial sector, managing risks and serving in other various positions give her a unique, action-centred approach to tackling Europe’s current issues, with her priorities including defence, climate and migration.  

Before becoming an MEP, Bosse held senior positions in internationally-oriented companies, including serving as a board member of DNB, Allianz, Nordea Bank A/S and Grundfos, and as chair of the Danish European Movement, TELE Greenland / Tusass, the Danish green think tank CONCITO, the Royal Danish Theatre, Plan International Denmark and of F&P - Insurance and Pension Denmark. She also was group chief executive of Tyrg from 2003 to 2011 and has twice been named by The Financial Times as “one of the most influential businesswomen in the world”. She holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Copenhagen.


Eszter Lakos, Member, European Parliament 

Eszter Lakos is a newly elected Hungarian member of the European Parliament, representing the European People’s Party. Prior to becoming MEP, she served as a science and technology (S&T) attaché based in Brussels, representing Hungary in the Council of the EU, and in particular playing a key role in the negotiations for Horizon Europe. She also set up and led the Hungarian research & development and innovation liaison office in Brussels and represented it in the Informal Group of RTD Liaison Offices (IGLO) from 2012-2015. Lakos has a background working in international trade and finance, which she did in Italy and Belgium from 2007-2011. She holds a Ph.D. degree in international law and economics from Bocconi University in Milan, as well as a master’s degree in international and European law from the University of Bologna. 


Danuše Nerudová, Member, European Parliament 

Danuše Nerudová is a Czech economist and university professor, currently serving as a member of the European Parliament for the Mayors and Independents party. Her legislative focus includes economic policy, tax harmonisation within the EU, and sustainable pension systems. Previously, she chaired the Commission for Fair Pensions and served as rector of Mendel University in Brno (2018–2022). She gained prominence as a presidential candidate in the 2023 Czech election, finishing third in the first round. 

She completed her master's and doctoral degrees in economic policy and administration at Mendel University, where she later held academic leadership roles. Her research interests encompass tax policy, economic inequality, and long-term pension financing. 


Paulius Saudargas, Member, European Parliament 

As member of the European Parliament, Paulius Saudargas represents the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and focuses on issues such as scientific research, innovation, and environmental sustainability. Before joining the European Parliament, he served as deputy speaker of the Seimas (Lithuanian national assembly), where he represented the Justiniškės-Viršuliškės constituency in Vilnius since 2008.   

He holds a Ph.D. degree in biophysics from Vilnius University, where he also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. His professional career includes roles as a senior specialist at the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania and as an engineer at the Vilnius Institute of Semiconductor Physics and the Institute of Physics. Long active in political life, he has held various positions within youth and political organisations, including the board of the Lithuanian Council of Youth Organisations and the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats. 


Bruno Tobback, Member, European Parliament 

Bruno Tobback currently serves as a member of the European Parliament, representing the political party Vooruit. In this role, he focuses on environmental and social issues, bringing extensive experience to European policymaking. Tobback has held various political positions throughout his career, including federal minister of environment and minister of pensions, member of the Chamber of Representatives, and leader of the sp.a party. He also served as a municipal councillor in Leuven and vice-chairman of the environment, nature, spatial planning and energy committee in the Flemish Parliament. He holds a degree in law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a degree in social and economic law from the University of Ghent.