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Planetary robots: exploring the new frontier
    Thursday July 12, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Ecocem Room

    Planetary robots are the current explorers of the Solar System. They can be instruments in their own right, investigating planetary surfaces or atmospheres, or deployment devices for instruments or sample collectors. They can be static, like the Huygens probe that landed on Titan, or mobile like the Mars Exploration Rovers. This is a challenging time for Europe as it develops its planetary exploration plans.

    In this interactive round table session, scientists and engineers involved in planetary robotics will discuss current and planned missions, demonstrate hardware and look to the future of planetary exploration. The latest images and animations will be used to illustrate. Audience members will have the opportunity to test their engineering skills with a LEGO model of the Rosetta Lander.

    Austrian Space Forum, Austria

    CNRS/LPC2E, France

    European Space Agency, The Netherlands

    Type Science Programme, Reshaping the Frontiers of Knowledge
    Host Organization Europlanet Research Infrastructure
  • Organiser Anita Heward
  • Tags SP4


Can we use genomic tools to select healthier livestock?
    Thursday July 12, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Ecocem Room

    Recent and rapid advances in genomic tools and statistical methods, together with the increasing amount of genetic and phenotypic data recorded now allow us to accurately define the genomic regions associated with disease resistance in livestock. The identification of animals 'resistant' to a specific disease can then be used in selection schemes, with the aim to develop a more robust, healthier livestock population. This would be followed by a reduction in the use of veterinary medicines such as antibiotics or anthelminthics, slowing down the development of resistance to these drugs.

    There are nevertheless limitations to breeding for improved livestock robustness. For example antagonist interactions between the resistances to different diseases, as well as interactions with some production traits are expected. Another problem is the fast evolution of pathogen genomes to overcome host resistance making this kind of breeding selection programme sometimes unsustainable. Future research should help to develop accurate and low-cost biomarkers, unravel the mechanisms of the infections and produce effective vaccines and prophylactic treatments.

    University of Liège, Belgium

    European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

    Teagasc, Ireland

    European Commission, Belgium

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

    The Roslin Institute, UK

    Type Science Programme, Reshaping the Frontiers of Knowledge
    Host Organization European Commission
  • Organiser Anne-Sophie Lequarre
  • Tags SP11


Atlantic ocean literacy: a grand challenge
    Thursday July 12, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    Building on ocean literacy efforts in the USA and Europe, this session will present some of the science, education and policy facts and challenges to create an Atlantic Ocean literate public, and encourage interdisciplinary contribution, participation, engagement and energy from the session participants. Using the examples of creatures and features of the Atlantic, this session will present Atlantic literacy and the work to define concepts and issues that are important for all persons connected to the Atlantic Ocean to know and understand.

    University of Bremen, Germany

    Ciência Viva, Portugal

    Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium

     Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), Belgium

    College of Exploration, USA

    Type Science Programme, Communicating Science
    Host Organization University of Bremen - Germany
  • Organiser Albert Gerdes
  • Tags SP17


A gallery of monsters: fractals in finance, biology and engineering
    Thursday July 12, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Ecocem Room

    What is the shape of a mountain? A tree? The coast of Britain? A stock chart? A computer file? Thirty years ago, a book appeared that linked all these seemingly disparate phenomena by a common mathematics, called fractal geometry. It brought together a wide range of old and new mathematical phenomena previously regarded as, in the words of physicist Freeman Dyson, 'a gallery of monsters'. Since then, fractals have spread into nearly every field of research: geology, economics, biology, information technology, hydrology, and even cosmology.
    This session, with some of the leading proponents of the field, explores the present and future development of fractals on the 30th anniversary of its founding. Mandelbrot died in October 2010, but research in the field continues. The panel includes some of the key students and colleagues of Mandelbrot, in an entertaining and provocative tour horizon of the discipline and its future prospects. A background briefing document on fractals, with links to more information, will be available for participants.

    Ecole Polytechnique, France

    University College London, UK

    Science|Business Publishing, Belgium  

    Olsen Ltd., Switzerland

    Type Science Programme, Reshaping the Frontiers of Knowledge
    Host Organization Science Business Publishing
  • Organiser Richard Hudson
  • Tags SP22



Urban sustainability: Homo urbanis and crucibles of the future
    Friday July 13, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Ecocem Room

    For the first time we have entered an urban age in which most of our species now live in cities. By 2050 it is predicted that 75% of us will live in cities. These cities are home to 'homo urbanis' and are the crucibles of the future. The number of 'smart cities' that seek to address sustainability goals is increasing, but what can be missing is a comprehensive, systematic and holistic approach to the challenge. The focus of this session will be on climate change and resource depletion. We will review what we have learned about the challenges associated with urban sustainability to-date and apply that learning to the sustainability challenges facing us.

    Participants will be challenged to focus on the practical implementation issues surrounding urban sustainability initiatives, the challenges associated with diverse stakeholder engagement and the emerging technologies that hold the promise of breakthroughs in sustainability and better quality lives for all.

    National University of Ireland, Maynooth Brian Donnellan is Co-Director...

    Intel Labs Europe   David Boundy is the Director of the SAP...

    Dublin City Council, Ireland   Dr. John Tierney is the Dublin...

    Lisa Wälitalo is an energy expert, working at an energy agency...

    Director of NIRSA   Prof. Rob Kitchin is Director of NIRSA...

    Type Science Programme, Energy Environment & Climate
    Host Organization Innovation Value Institute, NUI Maynooth
  • Organiser Brian Donnellan
  • Tags SP30


Exploring promises and timescales in research and policy
    Friday July 13, 2012 10:45am - 12:15pm @ Ecocem Room

    Research and innovation policy today strongly relies on promises of a better future created through new techno scientific developments in areas such as genomics and nanotechnology. To succeed in competitive funding, scientists have to envision how their research might contribute to socio-economic goals.

    This session will explore what characterises contemporary techno scientific promises and how they are linked with normative imaginations of the future. This also includes reflecting on who should participate in defining these futures and how they might be reached.

    Secondly, the session addresses the question of how time horizons of promises impinge on the science system itself. Temporalities of scientists' current work structures often do not match with far-reaching promises, e.g. projects need to be completed in short time frames, careers are fragmented and even funding schemes shift their focus continually. We thus aim to discuss how scientists and policy makers experience and engage with promissory rhetoric, diverging temporalities and time horizons.

    American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA

    University of Vienna, Austria

    Aachen University RWTH, Germany

    President of the European Research Council, Belgium

    University of Vienna, Austria

    Department of Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna...

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization University of Vienna
  • Organiser Claudia Schwarz
  • Tags SP31


Responsible Research and Innovation
    Friday July 13, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    Responsible Research and Innovation is an emergent policy discourse with potentially widespread implications for the practices, norms and cultures of science. This session will explore what responsible innovation is, how it is being defined in different contexts and for different audiences, and the ways in which the issue is being differentially configured and implemented across European, UK and US contexts.
    How are societal and ethical goals and concerns to be defined? What role should public and stakeholder engagement play in this process? How should responsibilities and accountabilities be organised between researchers, universities and funders of research and innovation?

    Arizona State University, USA

    University of Tromsø, Norway

    Exeter University, UK

    Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    European Commission, Belgium

    Exeter University, UK

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization Durham University
  • Organiser Phil Macnaghten
  • Tags SP42


Time to simplify the representation of European research
    Friday July 13, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Ecocem Room

    European countries invest less than America and Asia; organising and funding research at the European level is clumsy and complex. National funding agencies look for a higher profile in European policy discussions as the biggest providers of flexible money, but face challenges: position vis-à-vis the ERC; joint responsibilities e.g. in providing mid-level European research infrastructures. Key performing agencies are central in defining major European research efforts: easy for big players (e.g. CNRS, MPG, TNO, major aerospace labs), but the tens of thousands universities and research institutions, or individual enterprises? At grass-roots level Euroscience aims to provide a platform and shared services for individual scientists and institutions. ScienceEurope defines itself as new European lobbyist representing many national funding agencies and some performing organisations. The European Science Foundation looks for its most effective added value. Horizon2020 presents major organisational and funding challenges: research and funding institutions must position themselves to ensure that solutions for major European research and innovation efforts are not largely politically inspired. European researchers and institutions need to unite to make their voice better heard and help find structures fit for purpose in the 21st century.

    President of Euroscience

    Director of the European Research Area

    President of Science Europe

    Secretary General of Euroscience

    Type Science Programme, Policy
    Host Organization Euroscience
  • Organiser Raymond Seltz
  • Tags SP50



The virtual future of healthcare
    Saturday July 14, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Ecocem Room

    A virtual world (VW) is a 3D immersive, computer-simulated environment where users are represented by avatars through which they interact in real time with other avatars, objects and the environment. Due to the fast growth of broadband internet access and computing power, individuals and organizations throughout the healthcare ecosystem are 'stepping into the internet' and using VWs in areas such as research and development, hospital construction, medical training, sales and marketing, and patient care. The objective of this panel is to introduce VWs and showcase a variety of healthcare applications with the purpose of engaging the audience in a discussion of how VWs can be used in a meaningful manner.
    In an effort to generate lively debate with the audience and to facilitate an understanding of the topic, the panel will be a mixed reality event, ie the panellists will be located physically in the US and Europe and will present through their avatars in the VW of Second Life. Additionally, we will take the audience on a guided tour of relevant sites in Second Life and other VWs, thus providing a live demonstration of immersive virtual worlds.

    Merck Research Laboratories, USA

    Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

    Innovation in Learning Inc., USA

    Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

    Type Science Programme, The Future of Medicine & Health
    Host Organization Stockholm School of Economics
  • Organiser Robin Teigland
  • Tags SP52


International Consortium of Research Staff Associations
    Saturday July 14, 2012 10:45am - 12:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    The public ESOF2012 session will provide a platform for discussion of challenges shared in common by a mobile, international research workforce, best practices for addressing these common challenges, and the effects that these challenges have upon the global research enterprise. Until recently, national associations were relatively isolated and rarely communicated with one another. The past two years have seen increasing communication between national associations in Ireland (IRSA www.irsa.ie ), the United Kingdom (UKRSA www.ukrsa.org.uk), the United States (NPA www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), Canada, and South Africa, ultimately leading to the development of an international consortium. The international consortiums will be collaboration between national associations and include reciprocal arrangements with other researcher associations such as the Global Young Academy (GYA), Eurodoc, and the World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS).

    The session will discuss plans for making the nascent European Research Staff Association (EURSA) and the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICORSA).

    Two core themes will be addressed:

    Panel 1: What are research staff associations and their value to their countries? What are researchers and their value to the community?     

    Panel 2: What are the policy issues that research staff associations address? How can ICoRSA offer guidance to international policy bodies?

    Dr Gordon Dalton is the International chair of the Irish Research...

    Type Events
    Host Organization Irish Research Staff Association
  • Organiser Gordon Dalton
  • Tags EP5


Science and the protection of cultural heritage
    Saturday July 14, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    Human activities, including industrialisation, urbanisation, war and tourism are major causes of deterioration of heritage materials. Examples include the deterioration of the Lascaux caves in France, the Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico, and Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex in Milan, Italy.

    In recent years the application of modern scientific analysis has led to major advances in both our understanding of deterioration processes, and in the development of methods used for the conservation of heritage materials. These materials have benefited from the interface with modern physical, chemical, and biological analytic techniques.
    Conservation scientists are using molecular methods in the early detection of mould in ancient wall paintings and manuscripts, modern chemical analysis to detect the effect of pollution on historic buildings and archaeological sites, and non-destructive methods to detect degradation of easel paintings.
    In this session the panel will discuss the role of modern scientific techniques to both analyze and preserve the world's important cultural heritage materials.

    Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) of the Italian...

    University of Delaware, USA

    Tate Gallery, UK

    Harvard University, USA

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Type Science Programme, Science & Culture
    Host Organization Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Organiser Susan Bioletti
  • Tags SP67


South Eastern Europe Facing the Knowledge Society
    Saturday July 14, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Ecocem Room

    The main goal of this session is to initiate discussions among different generations of researchers on the challenges of transforming economies and societies in Southeast-European countries.
    In this context, two challenging domains will be particularly discussed:

    1. Perspectives for career development within Science and Technology (S&T)
    2. Intra- and interregional collaborations.

    The expected results are to:

    1. Challenge the Governments in Southeast Europe to respond with more clear and concrete statements on their policies in the field of S&T;
    2. Open new vistas for scientific and technological co-operations in the European Research Area.

    The session will include short reports (5 min.) of pre-ESOF meetings in different countries followed by a discussion.

    Ion Mincu University Bucharest, Romania

    University Belgrade, Serbia

    CNRS, France

    Euroscience, France

    Type Careers Programme, The Global Researcher
    Host Organization Euroscience
  • Organiser Raymond Seltz
  • Tags CP15



From smart homes to intelligent electrical grids
    Sunday July 15, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am @ Ecocem Room

    Energy production and consumption must always be in precise balance to maintain a stable electrical grid. Today this is mainly done by letting the energy production follow the energy demand. This is becoming an increasingly inefficient solution as renewable energy becomes more widely used. Energy production from renewables cannot be influenced, and future energy consumption will have to adapt to energy production. This is very challenging because demand is often very distributed and unlinked.

    Currently smart meters are being installed in private homes within Europe. This will help people to have a better overview about their energy consumption but it won’t help to let energy demand follow energy production. This might be achieved by smart homes, which are thinking houses integrating control functions overseeing devices and appliances.
    The workshop will discuss the potential of smart homes for load following. Furthermore it will present the conditions (technical, economical and administrative) for smart homes to become integrated into a smart and intelligent electric grid, which can efficiently incorporate a high amount of renewable energy at acceptable cost.

    European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Belgium

    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ireland

    EDP Distribuição - Energia, S.A., Inovgrid

    Power Plus Communications AG, Germany

    Type Science Programme, Energy Environment & Climate
    Host Organization European Commission - Joint Research Centre
  • Organiser Geraldine Barry
  • Tags SP77


Sustainable green infrastructure: in seas and forests, from fields to cities
    Sunday July 15, 2012 1:15pm - 2:45pm @ Ecocem Room

    Green infrastructure links natural, semi-natural and urban features, areas and spaces together. It provides both ecological as well as societal well being, and resilience against dramatic changes. It provides us with cultural ecosystem services such as possibilities for recreation, inspiration, learning and spiritual gains.
    But where can we find green infrastructure that supports sustainability and maintains its cultural ecosystem services? Can energy production from forests be sustainable and support recreational purposes? Which green infrastructure tolerates climate change and helps to forward positive transformations to cultural ecosystem services?
    Through contributions debate from different disciplinary angles, this session will introduce novel ways of conceptualising the nature-human relationship by linking ecological theories of sustainability into everyday life of human societies. The session elucidates the future´s orientation of conservation and sustainability research and provides food for thought to the policy forum on the governance of European green infrastructure.

    Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland

     University of Helsinki, Finland

    Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Portugal

    Expertise Centre for Nature Conservation, The Netherlands

    Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

    Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

    Member European Parliament

    Type Science Programme, Energy Environment & Climate
    Host Organization PEER, ALTER-Net
  • Organiser Eeva Rebekka Furman
  • Tags SP89


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