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University of Pisa, Italy

The future of frontier research. Is there a “good way” to open science?

19 Mar 2019

On 19 March 2019, University of Pisa will host a ERC=Science² debate on open science with ERC grantees from University Pisa: Gianlucca Fiori, Benedetta Mennucci and Paola Binda in the presence of Fabio Swirner, Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council and Paolo M. Mancarella, Rector of University of Pisa

 While Europe is pressing to open research and innovation to scientists, industry and citizens, researchers wonder about the “good way” of opening science.

Open to an audience of both specialists and non-specialists, the event will host on the first part a policy panel discussion, hearing from representatives of the European Commission the latest developments of the Horizon Europe R&I programme for 2021-2027 and discussing with institutions opportunities and challenges of a future science open to all.

With the pleasure of hosting in Italy a storytelling event of the ERC=Science² Europe-wide communications campaign, during the second part of the event ERC Grantees will share with the audience their experience and their viewpoint on open science. 

8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome

  • Paolo Maria Mancarella - Rector, University of Pisa
  • Giuseppe Valditara - Head of Department for Higher Education and Research, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
  • Monica Barni - Vice President and Delegate for Culture, University and Research, Tuscany Region

9:30       Keynote

  • Fabio Zwirner - Vice President, European Research Council

 9:45       Open science: What should we aim for?  

Looking at the latest developments of Horizon Europe, key actors in frontier research will discuss on how much transformative science would really benefit from an open access approach.

Panel discussion with:

  • A representative of the upcoming Finland’s EU-Presidency (tbc)
  • Giuseppe Valditara, Head of Department for Higher Education and Research, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
  • Massimo Inguscio - President, Italian National Research Council

10:40     Coffee break

11:10     Open Science: How do we get there?

  • Frederick Fenter - Executive Editor, Frontiers
  • Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi - Vice Rector for European and International Research, University of Pisa
  • Claudio Colaiacomo, Vice President, Global Academic Relations, Elsevier
  • Gianluca Fiori, Professor, University of Pisa; ERC Grantee

12:00     Back to the Future: the impact of frontier research

Short introduction about the ERC=Science² project followed by Inspirational talks on the impact of frontier research on our lives, by 3 ERC grantees:

  • Paola Binda, Assistant Professor, University of Pisa; ERC Grantee
  • Benedetta Menucci, Professor, University of Pisa; ERC Grantee
  • ERC Grantee 5

 12:45 Concluding remarks

  • Fabio Zwirner - Vice President, European Research Council
  • Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi - Vice Rector for European and International Research, University of Pisa

13:00 Lunch time with ERC grantees

While enjoying a light lunch in a relaxing atmosphere, participants will have the chance of further discussing the latest research findings with ERC grantees.

Venue: Palazzo della Sapienza, Pisa

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