European Science Open Forum - ESOF2020 Trieste

Several activities with ZSI involvement planned for ESOF 2020 - join us, physically or virtually!

Section: Institut, Research Policy & Development

Date: 2. - 6. September 2020

To attend any session you need to register for ESOF 2020 first. Find all information here.

ZSI recommends several sessions in which we are involved as co-organisers or moderators:

2 sessions on Western Balkans research and innovation

co-organised by Desiree Pecarz (ZSI).

Advancing R&I ecosystems in the Western Balkans with regard to their ERA integration

4. September 2020, 12.00 - 13.30

This interactive roundtable intends to support the EU Western Balkans Strategy, and especially the Action Plan in Support of the transformation of the Western Balkans under supporting socio-economic development. Themes for the debate will range from regional cooperation and mobility of researchers in view of integration into a true European Research Area as recently mentioned by new President-elect of European Commission, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen. Further key discussion points will include the increasing and attracting of human resources and capacity building in the R&I system, as well as the inclusion of Open Science in WB policies and of Centres of Excellence, flagship initiatives (like SEEIIST) and research infrastructures into strategies. Finally, the roundtable will allow for discussions on the most effective way to use the widening approach in the upcoming Framework Programme and instruments such as S3 strategies, and in their initial actions to improve infrastructure and R&I capacity.

Moderated by: Stefan Weiers, ERA & Country Intelligence, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Speakers: Vedran Šimunović,  Intera Technology park; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Branka Zizic, General Director for Innovation and Technology Development, Ministry of Science of Montenegro; Ales Gnamus, S3 Platform, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission; Ognjen Prnjat, Director of European Infrastructures and Projects, Greek Research and Technology Network

Link on the ESOF website: here; on the website: here. Learn more about the speakers here.

Networking Western Balkans R&I community towards success

4. September 2020, 14.30 - 16.00

This virtual networking session aims at generally showcasing WB excellences and to support collaboration between research organisations and different research communities. The objective is also to foster interconnections between regional ecosystems. The networking shall contribute to increasing reputation of WB scientific potential as well as awareness of the achievements of the WBC R&I community towards European interested stakeholders.

Moderated by: Klaus Schuch, Executive Director, ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation, Austria

Speakers: Marjana Brkic, Advisor, Center for The Promotion of Science, Serbia; Nena Nikolovska, Associate, Economic Chamber of Macedonia, North Macedonia; Vladimir Atanasovski, Managing Director Innofeit, North Macedonia; Jana Kolar, Executive Director, CERIC- ERIC

Link on the ESOF website: here; on the website: here. Learn more about the speakers here.


Beyond the Lab: Career Paths between Science and Policy

4 September 2020, 18.00-19.30

A session co-organised by the S4D4C project and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with Lorenzo Melchor, McGrath Peter, Cristina Alonso Andicoberry, PhD., Andrea Terron, and Elke Dall (ZSI).

The purpose of the session is to trigger a discussion on alternative career opportunities for professionals with a scientific academic background. The aim is to raise awareness for interesting career paths on the interfaces between the areas of Science and Policy. How diverse can be the job portfolio for the scientists? What are the challenges for each career path? Are there intersections in these paths? Which is the social and scientific impact of each career opportunity? Addressing global challenges needs creative professionals with scientific background and complementary skills to bridge towards the social spheres of policy making and delivery. Professionals need to make sure that the scientific evidence reaches the right stakeholders in the right format. The partners of the S4D4C Horizon 2020 project analysed several cases where science diplomacy was crucial. Together with EFSA, the EU Regulatory Authority for Food Safety, the session will present interesting cases of scientific career paths which bring together Diplomacy, Policy and Academia. How each of them and all of them together can promote Science? Which is the impact to the Society? The working environment is changing fast and everybody in the job market has to adapt to acknowledging that; • The expectations of the employees have changed. People want to have a portfolio of experiences and to satisfy their inner need for creativity. • The salary is not per se the highest motive when selecting an employer. On the contrary, the attractiveness of the company, its brand, its social impact can influence more the final choice. • Organisations cannot be the unique owner of the knowledge so they need to look for partners and to better use their network. • Keeping employees satisfied and offering them an opportunity to contribute to their science and to the society is a key element for keeping also productivity high. • Career paths inside as well as outside academia are insecure and changing, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity are needed and on the interfaces to other areas new job profiles that have not existed a few years ago open up. Join the session and learn more for interesting career paths!


Type: Collaborative event (ZSI as co-organiser)

Organizer: Euroscience

Location: Trieste and virtual


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Tags: Balkan, innovation systems analysis, open science, science diplomacy