European Forum of Young Scientists

(Conference on Science and Technology -Prospects for the 21st Century)

Organised by


Marie Curie Fellowship Association (MCFA)


in association with

Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe

Technical University of Gdansk

Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales
(AIESEC Poland)


Technical University of Gdansk
Gdansk (Poland)

 7-9 October 2000



One of the major conclusions of the International Forum of Young Scientists and the World Conference on Science (Budapest 1999) is the importance of the involvement of the younger generation of scientists in the design of Science Policy.

Not only as members of tomorrow’s but also of today’s European scientific community, young scientists have a role to play in the redefinition of European science and technology policies.

  • What is the present and future situation of young scientists in Europe ?
  • What are the opportunities, as well the constraints they encounter in their education?
  • What perspectives in their careers ?
  • What strategies have to be identified for the future ?
  • How to involve young scientists in a new agenda of science policies in Europe?.

These are the key questions that will be addressed by the participants to the European Young Scientists Forum in the context of the Conference on Science and Technology, organised by the Committee on Science and Technology of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.


The objectives of the Forum are:

  • to give European young scientists the opportunity to discuss present and future issues concerning science and technology in Europe, in particular the situation and the role of young scientists with regard to the profound changes which the 90s brought about, major scientific and technological achievements, structural changes in many European countries, and new perspectives for European scientific co-operation.
  • to reinforce recognition of the need to involve young scientists in the science and technology policy process, introducing the active role of young scientists as agents of change in Science Policy.
  • to contribute to the incorporation of European young scientists’ needs and perspectives in the Science Policy agenda.
  • to make future-oriented recommendations to decision-makers, scientific institutions etc.
  • to launch a European Forum of Young Scientists which will constitute the European section of the International Forum of Young Scientists established in Budapest in the context of the World Conference on Science.

Keynotes, Working Sessions, Debates

The Forum will have plenary sessions with keynote speakers on selected topics followed by workshops with a limited number of papers for oral presentation, plus discussions. Results, conclusions and recommendations for future activities will be presented and discussed in plenary sessions. Parliamentarians will also be invited to participate in these sessions so as to place the debate in a larger policy context.

A report from the Forum will put forward concrete proposals and will form the basis of a contribution in the main conference.

A social programme is also included to maximise exchanges between participants.


The Forum will be attended by about 50/70 young scientists (i.e. under 35 years of age).The Forum aims to have an equal number of female and male participants and have an even European geographical distribution.


Saturday 7 October

13 :00 - 18 :00 Registration

14 :30-16 :00 OPENING CEREMONY

Introduction and Welcome

Prof. Alicja Konczakowska, Vice Rector for Education, Politechnika Gdanska, Gdansk

Mr. Anatoliy Rakhanskiy, Chairman, Committee on Science and Technology, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Ms. Zofia Lapniewska, President, LCP AIESEC Gdansk PG

Ms. Laure Ledoux, President, Marie Curie fellowship Association (MCFA)

Mr. Howard Moore, Director, Unit for International Partnership in Science, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO



Prof. Edmund Wittbrodt, Senator R. P.
1) The situation of young scientists in Europe : constraints, opportunities and challenges.

Prof. Claude Kordon, President, Euroscience
2) New models of knowledge production: an opportunity for young scientists.

16 :00-16 :30 Break

16 :30-18 :00 SESSION 1

New knowledge-based professions-new training requirements

Speaker: Mr. Campbell Warden, Chairman, European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA)

Chair: Mr.Pierre Lasserre, Director, UNESCO Venice Office

20:00  Dinner offered by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and UNESCO.


Sunday 8 October

9 :30-11 :00 SESSION 2

Employment and funding opportunities.

Speaker: Mr. Pearson, Director, the Institute for Employment Studies, Brighton, UK

Chair: Mr. Campbell Warden, Chairman EARMA

 11:00 11:30 Break

11:30 13 :00 SESSION 3

Mobility and the exchange of knowledge : present situation and future perspectives.

Speaker: Mr. Sami Mahroum, Research Leader, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, Institute for Strategy, Technology & Policy

Chair: Mr. Giorgio Andrian, University of Padua, Italy


13 :00 14 :30 Lunch

14 :30 16 :00 SESSION 4

New research needs, transdisciplinarity  and the organisation of knowledge

Speaker: Mr. Thierry Gaudin, President, Prospective 2100, France

Chair: Ms. Fabienne Goux-Baudiment, Director, proGective, France

16 :00 16 :30 Break

 16 :30 18 :00 SESSION 5

Young scientists: new partners for science and technology policy at national and European levels

Speaker: Mr. Eric Banda, Secretary General, European Science Foundation (ESF)

Chair Ms. Laure Ledoux, President, Marie Curie Fellowship Association


Monday 9 October


8 :30 10 :00 Summing up by the Session Rapporteurs and the General Rapporteur.

General Rapporteur: Mr. Giorgio Andrian, University of Padua, Italy

10 :00 10 :30 Break

10 :30 12 :30 Open debate with parliamentarians

Conclusions and recommendations

Presented by the General Rapporteur: Dr Giorgio Andrian, University of Padua, Italy

Discussion panel :     Rapporteurs from the five sessions

Facilitators: - Mr Halvor Lervik, Secretary, Committee on Science and Technology, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

- Ms. Diana Malpede, UNESCO consultant

12 :30 13 :00 Closing addresses

13 :00 End of the Forum