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 tomorrows but also of todays
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
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
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,
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
Monday 9 October
8 :30 10 :00 Summing up by the Session Rapporteurs and the General
General Rapporteur: Mr. Giorgio Andrian, University of
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