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Conference on the European Research Area - 10 October 2016

Welcome to the website for the national conference on the European Research Area


The German national conference on the European Research Area, organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was held on 10 October 2016 in Berlin. The results of the discussions have now been compiled in a brochure (in German only). Photos of the event and the graphic recordings continue to be online. The image video of the conference as well as our video summary of the conference day can be found in the media library of the BMBF.

The conference aimed to make an interim evaluation of the Strategy of the Federal Government on the European Research Area (ERA). In addition, the event generated new impetus for the future development of European research and innovation policies.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, opened the conference. She was joined by a number of high-ranking national and international guests from politics, research and business, among them EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Programme

   
10:00 h Welcome and opening
Moderator: Jan-Martin Wiarda

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
Federal Minister of Education and Research

Carlos Moedas
Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission 

Panel discussion
The European Research Area – Quo vadis?


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ertmer
Vice President of the German Research Foundation

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner
President of the Leibniz Association

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst
President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Reimund Neugebauer
President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Herbert Reul
Member of the European Parliament

Dr. Georg Schütte
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Introduction to the Workshops

MinDir Volker Rieke
Director General European and International Cooperation in Education and Research, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
12:00 h Lunch break
13:30 h Parallel workshops on special topics of the European Research Area:
 
15:15 h Coffee break
16:00 h Presentation of workshop results
16:45 h Panel discussion
The European Research Area: New Topics – New Policy?


Sabine Brünger-Weilandt
President and Chief Executive Officer FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Dr. Christian Ehler
Member of the European Parliament

Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler
President of the German Rectors' Conference

Dr. Stefan Kaufmann
Member of the German Bundestag

MinDir Volker Rieke
Director General European and International Cooperation in Education and Research, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Robert-Jan Smits
Director-General of the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation,
European Commission


Prof. Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler
President of the Helmholtz Association

Conclusion

Susanne Burger
Deputy Director-General Europe, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
18:00 h Evening programme
20:00 h End of conference