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Talent retention: How can Europe tackle the challenges of brain drain and capacity building in EU13 countries?

A public Science|Business Widening conference (09:00 – 16:00 CET)

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Despite years of trying, eastern Europe still lags the west in its success in research and innovation. As an example, just 5.7% of the EU’s flagship research programme, Horizon 2020, went to the region – causing political tensions within the EU. “Widening” is the name for the European Commission’s €3.3 billion plan to broaden the networks and opportunities for R&D cooperation across the EU, and bridge the East-West innovation gap. At the same time, member states have agreed to relaunch the European Research Area, the EU flagship effort to create a single market for research that would help boost public and private R&D investments across the EU. The plans sound good on paper but the implementation will be tricky. Some eastern member states have already started reforming their R&D systems, but others are still struggling to get their public investment in R&D above 0.2% of GDP.  

Yet the potential in the region is huge, with multinationals investing there, long academic traditions ready to foster young scientists, and a promising crop of tech start-ups, spin-offs and projects springing up from Riga to Belgrade. Who are these people? How to make sure they stay in the region? A recent report of the European Court of Auditors observes that widening measures can only nudge countries in the right direction – but cannot make up for a lack of reforms and investment in lagging member states. To what extent EU and national instruments in place help retain and attract talents? From a policy perspective, what is required to streamline their functioning? What else can be done? What are the lessons learned to ensure that the next generation of scientists in central and eastern Europe are better integrated in EU programmes?  

On 10 November 2022, during the Czech Presidency of the EU, Science|Business will gather R&D leaders – from the public and private sectors – in central and eastern Europe, as well as those in Brussels and other western capitals eager to bridge the gap between east and west. The conference is the first regional event organised as part of the newly-launched Science|Business Widening initiative. 

 

Speakers
Speakers
Mariya Gabriel
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission
Andrzej Jajszczyk
Vice President, European Research Council
Jana Kolar
Chair, European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
Angelika Kalt
Director, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF); Vice-President, Science Europe
Maciej Żylicz
President of the Board, Foundation for Polish Science (FNP)
Paweł Kuch
Acting Director, National Centre for Research and Development In Poland (NCBR)
Anu Noorma
Director General, Estonian Research Council
Mitja Lainščak
Director, Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
Petr Baldrian
President, Czech Science Foundation (GACR)
Christian Haenen
Executive Government Relations, GE Aviation
Angela Ivanova
Co-Founder and Executive Partner, Lam'On
Daniel David
Rector, Babeș-Bolyai University
Preliminary agenda
Programme

 

09:00 – Registration 

09:30 – Welcome and opening remarks by Florin Zubașcu, Executive Editor, Science|Business 

09:35 – Widening and strengthening: Unlocking the R&I potential in central and Eastern Europe

A live Q&A with Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission  

10:00 – The Czech success story

A live Q&A with ‍Vladimír BALAŠ, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic (tbc), followed by a panel featuring high-level speakers from the public and private sectors in the country:  

10:30     Fostering Brain Circulation: Teaming & Twinning best practices and beyond

A panel discussion featuring:

  • Mitja Lainščak, Director, Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
  • Angelika Kalt, Director, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Vice-President of Science Europe
  • Maciej Żylicz, President of the board, Fondation of Polish Science (FNP)

Moderated by: Petr Baldrian, President, Czech Science Foundation (GAČR)

11:15     Coffee break 

11:45     Capacity building: Innovation ecosystems as talent attractors

A panel discussion bringing various perspectives from the regional innovation landscape:

  • Andrzej Jajszczyk, Vice President, European Research Council
  • Jana Kolar, Executive Director of Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC) and Chair of the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
  • Christian Haenen, Executive Government Relations, GE Aviation
  •  Daniel David, Rector, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania
  •  Anu Noorma, Director General of the Estonian Research Council (Etag), Estonia 

12:45   Lunch

14:00     Job creation: Importance of dynamic partnerships with industry 

14:45    Coffee break 

15:15    Bright future: Developing the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs (mobility, business skills, support services and access to EU funding and private capital) 

  • Angela Ivanova, Co-Founder and Executive Partner, Lam'On
  •  Paweł Kuch, Acting Director, National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), Poland
  • Kinga Stanisławska, Co-Founder, Experior Venture Fund; Member, EIC Board (tbc)

16:00    Close of conference and networking reception

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For more information, please contact Luca Segantini at [email protected]

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