Working Together to Strengthen Research in Europe: European Research Area Conference October 21-23, 2009 in Brussels

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The European Research Area (ERA) will host, "Working Together to Strengthen Research in Europe," ERA Conference this month in Brussels.  This is the first major conference since the 2007 ERA Green Paper consultation. The conference aims to contribute to the development of key ERA policy initiatives dealing with researchers, joint programming, knowledge transfer, infrastructures and international cooperation. It will also address issues such as open access, S&T specialization, funding of research institutions, progress indicators, etc. as well consider how to strengthen research and research policies in the medium to long-term.

In keeping with the new partnership approach to EU research policy, the conference will engage a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, industry, foundations, universities, other research institutions and researchers associations - in open, focused and action-orientated debate. The expected outcomes of the conference are:

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·    Conference proceedings including the presentations and conclusions of the sessions

·    Inputs for a European Commission report on ERA planned for 2010

·    A deeper engagement of stakeholders in the efforts to realize ERA.

Conference Venue
Charlemagne Building
170 Rue de la Loi/
B-1049 Brussels

European Commission
Directorate-General for Research
European Research Area Policy
1049 Brussels
E-mail: RTD-ERA-2009(at)

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