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In the European Council conclusions of 4 February 2011, the Heads of State and Government called on the EU to rapidly address remaining obstacles to complete the European Research Area by 2014. In response, the Commission intends to propose a European Research Area (ERA) Framework in 2012.
The conference is an important milestone in the ongoing preparations of the ERA Framework. In it, the responses to public consultation and their implications will be presented and discussed. The event will provide a platform for prominent stakeholders to testify and discuss further where they see major bottlenecks and help to mobilise a broad consensus and support for the way forward via the ERA Framework.
The Conference will be opened by the Research and Innovation Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn. It will gather around 400 participants from the broader research stakeholder community.
The event will start with two plenary sessions, one giving prominence to the perspectives of different research stakeholders â€“ researchers, research performing organisations, funders, etc., and one aimed at assessing the economic implications of completing ERA in terms of growth and innovation.
The deadline for registration is 20 January 2012.
The language of the conference is English. No translation facilities are foreseen.
For more information and the draft programme, please visit the event website.