The Gago Conferences

The Gago Conferences on European Science Policy provide an international forum to strengthen the debate on emerging issues of research and innovation policy in Europe, as well as to promote the necessary involvement of major stakeholders in policy making and the diffusion of knowledge in science education and culture. The Conferences seek also to strengthen international scientific and technological cooperation networking in Europe towards a positive impact on a global scale.

Science and technology (S&T) are key global resources for our collective future, our wealth, job creation and shared prosperity, both at home and abroad. The impact of S&T and innovation are the result of a cumulative, long-term, collective and uncertainty process, involving an extensive division of labour, which requires massifying the training of human resources and qualifying the labour force in many economic sectors. Increasing interest in these processes has been driving innovative research and practice across a wide range of businesses and academic disciplines - from management, marketing, engineering and economics to public policy, sociology, history and law.


"Science is a battle ground, it's not neutral.
And if you know it's not neutral, it becomes interesting.
It can become part of the modern youth culture.
You must choose between generosity and greed,
between peace and war,
and choose between disclosing or hiding the truth"...


José Mariano Gago (2001)

The primary objective of these conferences is to bring together leading representatives from academic, business, social, culture and government sectors worldwide to present and discuss current and future issues of critical importance for European science and technology, including their impact to foster social and economic development and shared prosperity both at home and abroad. Multidisciplinary perspectives are encouraged to provide state-of-the-art and useful knowledge to decision makers in the private, public and social sectors - including informed and effective education, culture, business, government policies and strategies for Europe.


The 2nd Edition

Science, society and policy towards a Europe of knowledge:
On the role of science engagement in Horizon Europe


The Gago Conferences on European Science Policy provide an international forum to strengthen the debate on emerging issues of research and innovation policy in Europe, as well as to promote the necessary involvement of major stakeholders in policy making and the diffusion of knowledge in science education and culture. The Conferences seek also to strengthen international scientific and technological cooperation networking in Europe towards a positive impact on a global scale.

The 2nd Gago Conference on European Science Policy will assemble policymakers, parliamentarians, academia and other opinion leaders, to discuss science engagement for a Europe of knowledge. In particular, the role of science centres, museums and other institutions who promote the dialogue of citizens with scientists and innovators in the forthcoming Horizon Europe will be highlighted. The meeting will be limited to a short number of participants for a lively debate.

European citizens are, in general, supportive of science and its developments. However, the exponential growth of digitalisation, robotics, artificial intelligence and big data are deeply changing the job market and there are signs of a growing unease in some sectors of society. It is common understanding that such unrest can only be tackled through informed citizenship, stronger engagement with science and innovation, and ultimately increased participation of citizens in the setting and implementation of the R&I agenda.

Engaging citizens with science and innovation requires perceiving science as both practice and culture. Building scientific and technological culture demands the involvement of a wide scope of sectors, from European institutions to national governments, from companies to non-governmental organisations, from universities and research centres to organizations connecting people to science. Many advocates of public engagement, in particular those working in museums and science centres, feel that the new Horizon Europe does not go as far as it could in this regard.

As José Mariano Gago was one of the most effective supporters of museums and science centres, as key actors in the engagement of citizens with science, the 2nd Gago Conference will be dedicated to discuss their role in the forthcoming Horizon Europe.

Organizing Committee:

  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Rosalia Vargas, Ciência Viva Agency, Portugal
  • Catherine Franche, Executive Director of Ecsite. The European Network of Science Centres and Museums
  • Barbara Streicher, Executive Manager of the Association Austrian ScienceCenter-Network, Austria

International Secretariat:

  • Ciência Viva Agency, Lisbon, Portugal


Mariano Gago Mariano Gago

PROGRAMME


September 21st, 2018

Location: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63, 1045 Vienna


08:30 - Registration

09:00 - Welcome and Opening addresses

  • Jakob Calice, Secretary-General, representing the Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Austria
  • Rosalia Vargas, President, Ciência Viva Agency, Portugal
  • Jozséf Bódis, Minister of State for Education, Hungary
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

09:20 -Brief introductory address:

  • Helga Nowotny, Chair, ERA Council Austria and Former President, European Research Council

09:30 - Roundtable discussion 1
Science engagement for a sustainable world: lessons learned from large research organizations

Moderators:

  • Peter Tindemans, Secretary-General, Euroscience
  • Alexandre Quintanilha, Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Science and Education, Portugal

Brief introductory interventions (5 min each):

  • Franco Ongaro, Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • James Gillies, Strategic Planning and Evaluation, CERN, Switzerland
  • Ulises Cortés, High Performance Artificial Intelligence Group Manager, Barcelona Super Computing Center, Spain
  • Simonetta di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs(UNOOSA)
  • André Martinuzzi, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Managing Sustainability, Austria
  • Vasilis Koulaidis, Professor, University of Peloponnese, Greece
  • Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament

Debate (40 min)

11:00 - Coffee break

11:30 - Roundtable discussion 2
Active citizenship for a healthier society: lessons learned associated with the need for a cancer mission for Europe

Moderators:

  • Julio Celis, Associated Scientific Director, Danish Cancer Society, Denmark

Brief introductory interventions (5 min each):

  • Ulrik Ringborg, Director, Cancer Centre Karolinska, Sweden
  • Peter Nagy, Head of Department, National Institute of Oncology, Hungary
  • Francesco de Lourenzo, ECPC - European Cancer Patient Coalition
  • Helge Torgensen, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • Ana Delicado, Researcher, Institute of Social Sciences, Portugal
  • Karin Sipido, Head of Experimental Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences KU Leuven; Scientific Panel for Health H2020, Belgium
  • Wilfried Ellmeier, Professor of Immunobiology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; President Elect of the BioMed Alliance

Debate (40 min)

13:00 - Lunch break

13:45 - Roundtable discussion 3
Citizen's participation in science and innovation: key for a sustainable and democratic Europe.

Moderators:

  • Barbara Streicher, Executive Manager, Austrian Science Centre Network, Austria
  • Catherine Franche, Executive Director, Ecsite, Belgium

Brief introductory interventions (5 min each):

  • Wilfried Sihn, Managing Director, Fraunhofer Austria Research, Austria
  • Sieglinde Sumper, Director, Mitmach Museum, Austria
  • Anna Omedes, Director of Natural Sciences Museum, Barcelona, Spain
  • George Gaskell, Professor, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Simon K. Posch, Director, Haus der Musik, Austria
  • Elvira Fortunato, European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Debate (40 min)

15:30 - Presentation of GAGO AWARDS in European Science Policy

Moderators:

  • Rosalia Vargas, President of Ciência Viva, Portugal

Brief final remarks:

  • Jakob Calice, Secretary-General, representing the Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Austria
  • Jonas Bjorck, Director-General, Representing the Minister of Education and Science, Sweden
  • Teresa Riesgo Alcaide, General Director of Research, Development and Innovation, Spain
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

16:00 - Closing





PARTICIPANTS

Agnieszka Kosciuszko Deputy Director of the Scientific Centre of the Polish Academy in Austria
Alexandre Quintanilha Chair of the Portuguese Parliamentary Committee on Education and Science, Portugal
Ana Delicado Researcher, Institute of Social Sciences, Portugal
André Martinuzzi Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Managing Sustainability
Anna Ecker European Parliament (Paul Ruebig MEP Assistant)
Anna Krivjanska Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
Anna Omedes Director of Natural Sciences Museum, Barcelona, Spain
Anton Zeilinger President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Austria
Barbara Streicher Executive Manager, Austrian Science Centre Network, Austria
Carlos Catalão Board member, Ciência Viva, Portugal
Catherine Franche Executive Director of Ecsite
Chris Rapley University College London, United Kingdom
Daniel Dörler Citizen Science Network, Austria
Dina Lee Seguna Communications Coordination for Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister, Malta
Dmitrijs Stepanovs Deputy Director for Science Policy, Acting Deputy State Secretary and Director of the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department at Ministry of Education and Science, Latvia
Elvira Fortunato Member of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), Portugal
Francesco de Lorenzo President, European Cancer Patient Coalition - ECPC
Franco Ongaro Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality e Head da ESTEC (European Research and Technology Centre - ESA), Noordwijk, Netherlands
George Gaskell Professor, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Gonçalo Praça Ciência Viva, Portugal
Helga Nowotny Chair, ERA Council Austria and Former President, European Research Council
Helge Torgensen Austria Academy of Sciences, Austria
Iveta Hermanovska Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, Slovakia
Jakob Calice Secretary- General, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Austria
James Gillies Strategic Planning and Evaluation, CERN
Jan Alfred Anderson Head of Science Center Dep., The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, Norway
Jonas Bjorck Director- General, Ministry for Education and Research, Sweden
Jorg Ehtreiber Director, Children? Museum Graz, Austria
José Vitor Malheiros Ciência Viva, Portugal
Josef Frohlich Board member, Austrian Science Centres Network, Austria
Jószef Bódis Minister of Education, Hungary
Julio Celis Associated Scientific Director, Danish Cancer Society, Denmark
Karin Sipido Head of Experimental Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences KU Leuven ; Scientific Panel for Health H2020, Belgium
Lana Franceska Dreimane Senior Expert for Science Policy at the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Department at Ministry of Education and Science , Latvia
Manuel Heitor Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
Marie Couëdic Special Projects Assistant, Ecsite Office, Brussels
Marion Poetz Scientific Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Association - Open Innovation in Science Center / Copenhagen Business School
Marika Cieslinski Center for Citizen Science, Austria
Patrik Helmich Division of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Research and Sport, Slovakia
Paula Galvão Chief-officer of Business and Strategic Relations Office, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
Paulo Trincão Director, Exploratório Coimbra, Centro Ciência Viva, Portugal
Peter Nagy Head of Department, National Institute of Oncology, Hungary
Peter Tindemans General Secretary, Euroscience
Ricardo Serrão Santos Member of the European Parliament, Portugal
Roberta Albanese Dalli Private Secretary for Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Ministe, Malta
Rosalia Vargas President, Ciência Viva, Portugal
Sieglinde Sumper Director, Mitmach Museum, Austria
Simon K. Posch Director, Haus Der Musik BetriebsgesmbH, Austria
Simonetta di Pippo Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Teresa Riesgo Alcaide General Director of Research, Development and Innovation, Spain
Teresa Riera University of the Balaric Islands. Member of the RISE (Research, Innovation, Experts on Scientific Policies) HL-Group, EC. Former MEP, rapporteur for Horizon 2020
Thomas Koenig Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna, Austria
Ulises Cortés High Performance Artificial Intelligence Group Manager, Barcelona Super Computing Center, Spain
Ulrik Ringborg Director , Cancer Center Karolinska, Sweden
Vasilis Koulaidis Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Wilfried Ellmeier Professor of Immunobiology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; President Elect of the BioMed Alliance
Wilfried Sihn Managing Director Fraunhofer-Austria Research, Austria


Austrian Federal
Economic Chamber


Level/Area C
Conference Room 5

Address:
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63
1045 Vienna


TRAVEL INFO

Public Transport:


  • Tram lines: 62, 1, Badner Bahn

  • Bus line: 13A

  • Underground: U1 Taubstummengasse Stop, Exit Mayerhofgasse

  • Taxi Stand: just in front of the building


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