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European Research Excellence - Impact and Value for Society

Competitiveness Council (COMPET)


European Research Excellence - Impact and Value for Society

The aim of the conference is to demonstrate to policymakers that excellent research is essential to addressing Europe’s challenges and for increasing competitiveness.

The outcome of the Estonian Presidency conference is presented in a final declaration, the Tallinn Call for Action.

In the summer of 2017, Science|Business launched a survey on the impact of research and innovation in partnership with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The report "Research and Innovation: How to get more Impact?" (PDF, 1.2 MB) summarises these responses and served as a background in the development of the Tallinn Call for Action.

The conference is timely, as research is under considerable pressure across Europe. Public expectations for science to solve societal challenges are increasing. At the same time, we observe a decline in political commitment towards funding. Whilst there are expectations on realising the immediate economic benefits of research, it is also vital that we demonstrate the indirect economic and social benefits of public investment.

Truly transformative effects lie in new and unpredictable scientific and technological discoveries, which lay the foundations for new industries, markets and broader social renewal. The conference will demonstrate the value of research, build a case for investing in research and innovation, and aim to strengthen political commitment for ambitious long-term public investment in European research and innovation. It encourages a perspective that goes beyond a short timescale and focuses instead on a long-term vision.

The conference brings together internationally outstanding scientists and policymakers from many EU countries, as well as a range of stakeholders from academia, business, and civil society. It will encourage an open debate on how excellent research generates societal and economic added value and how we nurture the framework post-2020.

By sharing knowledge, best practice and experience, the conference will generate positive and strong messages that speak to the wider audience beyond the auditorium. The conference aims to influence the debate on European research policy in the lead-up to the next Framework Programme. The outcome of the Estonian Presidency conference will be presented in a final declaration, the Tallinn Call for Action.

There will be a live stream of the event. Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

A range of side events will take place in Tallinn the day before and after the main event to complement the conference: 

11 October

  • 13.00-17.00 ERC: Strengthening Europe's science base 

The mission of the European Research Council (ERC) is to raise the level, dynamism, and creativity of the whole European research system by providing competitive funding for investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of science and the humanities. This event will provide insights on the role of the ERC in supporting Europe's research communities and in complementing national research policies. 

Event agenda (PDF, 389 KB)

Organised by Nature Research, this is an intensive round-table event focusing on the role of science communication in increasing the societal impact of research. You can register to the event on the registration website.

13 October

  • 08.45-16.00 Crossing boundaries: new approaches to science for policy in Europe (SAPEA conference)

SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise of fellows from over 100 academies, young academies and learned societies in more than 40 countries across Europe. SAPEA is part of the European Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which provides independent, interdisciplinary and evidence-based scientific advice on policy issues to the European Commission. This SAPEA one-day conference will provide fresh thinking on changing approaches to science for policy. Speakers from SAPEA, the European Commission, the private sector, media and citizens’ organisations will come together to share best practice with a wider audience and to forge a new way forward. 

  • 9.00-12.30 DANDELION workshop on creating impact from social sciences: 'European integration, inequalities and citizens’ participation: How social sciences create value for policy and society' 

The workshop will highlight how research from socio-economic sciences and humanities (SSH) contributes to understanding and coping with rising social inequalities and exclusion, how to foster citizens’ and especially youth participation in democratic processes, and how to promote inclusive visions of EU integration.

In a series of inputs, representatives from academia, policy-making, and the civil society will showcase “what works” in practice in terms of research transfer to other societal stakeholders for the common benefit. In the plenary discussion, we will identify which factors enable the “ripeness” or readiness of research to deliver impact, which barriers need to be overcome, and when, how and whom to engage within the research process in order to generate value for policy and society.

Event agenda (PDF, 626 KB)



Conference dinner

Estonia Concert Hall

The moderator for the conference is Brian Cox, University of Manchester




Welcome and opening addresses

  • Mailis Reps, Estonian Minister for Education and Research
  • Video message by Commissioner Carlos Moedas


Keynote speech

Mark Ferguson, member of the High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes

Presentation by Mark Ferguson (PDF, 2.28 MB)


Coffee break

Plenary Session I: Expecting the unexpected: frontier research brings the future closer

The aim of the session is to make a case for why Europe needs investment in bottom-up, interdisciplinary and visionary research. Frontier research is still often perceived in terms of "pure science" or "science for science’s sake". Despite the high-potential gain, it can involve significant costs and the risk of failure. Today’s R&D systems are not conducive to frontier research. There is increasing pressure for scientists to show that their research is generating impact and success. New arguments are needed to convince the public and decision-makers that investing in frontier research pays off over time, even if the outcome is unpredictable.

The narrowing of objectives, opportunities and strategies, as well as an obsession with measuring impact in science, reflects an erosion of trust. This has the risk of reducing the effectiveness of scientific discovery, for example, the choice of research topics is becoming more conservative. In a rapidly-changing world, we must take more risks and be more flexible, otherwise we will not be able to respond to the next unexpected challenge we meet. This requires the R&D system to generate new knowledge that we perhaps cannot imagine. By being open and curious, frontier research can bring about truly disruptive innovation, built on radically new ideas. In the light of the upcoming debates on the next EU multiannual financial framework and programmes, it is crucial that bottom-up, high-risk activity is included.



Valeria Nicolosi, Professor of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy, Trinity College Dublin

Presentation by Valeria Nicolosi (PDF, 5.55 MB)


Panel discussion

  • Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology, former Minister for Education and Research
  • Birgitte Nauntofte, CEO, Novo Nordisk Foundation 
  • Valeria Nicolosi, Professor of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Pim Tuyls, CEO, Intrinsic ID 



Plenary Session II: From impact to value of research: providing the rationale for investing in research

Research and innovation lie at the heart of most developed countries’ economic strategies and make a critical contribution to society and culture. Nonetheless, there is a constant challenge to research in the competition for public investment. Recent studies provide evidence that investment in research and innovation provide very high returns but this has not convinced sceptical politicians and the public that research is a sound investment. The second plenary brings together important individuals to discuss the value of research, provide sound arguments for investment in research and innovation, address current issues in approaches to assessment and how to integrate the long-term impact of research investment in economic models.


Panel discussion


  • Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council (ERC)
  • Ola Erstad, Chair of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
  • Luc Soete, Professor of Maastricht University
  • Günter Stock, Chair of the SAPEA Board (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies), ALLEA President, (All-European Academies)
  • Vladimir Šucha, Director-General, Joint Research Centre (JRC)


Coffee break


Plenary Session III: Form and function: design of European research and innovation policies for the benefit of society

In the light of preparations for the next EU framework programme for R&I, the conference aims to promote discussion on how to design a research and innovation system that can capitalise very good research base, advance a knowledge-based society and benefit the society. Europe has set a vision of open science and innovation as the new modus operandi for science. 

The questions are, how can we ensure that research and innovation policies designed today will meet the needs of the next generation of researchers, as well as citizens and policymakers? How can we make Europe an attractive place to do science and innovation, with talent from around the world? What is the role of the framework programme in advancing research and innovation in other EU policies? How can we fund the best research in emerging, fast-growing areas and help improve European competitiveness in relation to technological innovation? In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the session will take stock of the lessons learned, and address the necessary framework conditions for R&I in post-2020 Europe. It will contribute ideas and proposals for the 9th Framework Programme, including synergies with other EU programmes and national strategies.



  • Nicole Grobert, Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford 

Presentation by Nicole Grobert (PDF, 3.6 MB)



  • Dominique Guellec, Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division (STP) of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) of the OECD

Presentation by Dominique Guellec (PDF, 447 KB)


Panel discussion

  • Gemma Galdon Clavell, Founder and Director, Eticas Research & Consulting 
  • Ciara Judge, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Germinaid Innovations, grand prize-winner at the Google Science Fair 2014 
  • Martin Kern, Interim Director, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) 
  • Siim Sikkut, Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications 

Plenary Session IV: Tallinn call for action: next steps in promoting European research excellence

In the final session, the conference declaration, the Tallinn call for action, will be handed over to stakeholders. It includes the main messages of the conference, emphasising the role of excellent research in the context of a changing research environment and a changing Europe. The concluding panel discussions will involve representatives from civil society, policymakers, business, science and innovation, and regional and local authorities - all stakeholders targeted by the call for action. The session focuses on steps to implement the messages of the call for action


Handing over of the Tallinn call for action


Concluding panel discussion


  • Janusz Bujnicki, Member of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism 
  • Stefan Deix (Director of European Council for Automotive R&D - EUCAR)
  • Marina Huzvarova, Vice-President of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA) 
  • Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission 
  • Sven Stafström, Director-General, Swedish Research Council 


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia


Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

President of the European Research Council

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994 till 2013. This international research institute located near Paris, France, was built as the European counterpart of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

A mathematician by training, specialising in differential geometry and mathematical aspects of theoretical physics, he spent his entire career as a fellow of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). He held a professor position at École Polytechnique from 1986 to 2012. From 1990 to 1992, he was the president of the Société Mathématique de France and the president of the European Mathematical Society from 1995 to 1998. He is a former member of the board of the EuroScience association (2002-2006) and served on EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) committees from 2004 to 2013.

He received the Prix Paul Langevin in 1987 and the Prix du Rayonnement Français in mathematical sciences and physics from the Académie des Sciences of Paris in 1997. He is a foreign member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he was elected an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society and has been the secretary of the mathematics section of the Academia Europaea. In 2008, he was made doctor honoris causa of Keio University, Japan, and, in 2011, doctor honoris causa of Nankai University, China.

Janusz Marek Bujnicki

Janusz Marek Bujnicki

Member of High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism

Janusz Marek Bujnicki is a professor of biology, and research group head at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Warsaw and at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Born in Kraków in 1975, he graduated from the Faculty of Biology at the University of Warsaw in 1998, defended his PhD in 2001, obtained habilitation in 2005, and the professor title in 2009, and in 2016 he was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Bujnicki's scientific research combines bioinformatics, structural biology and synthetic biology and his main achievements include the development and practical application of computational methods for modeling of 3D protein and RNA structures. His publications have been cited by other researchers over 6 700 times. Bujnicki has also been active in the area of science and policy, including membership in the Scientific Policy Committee - an advisory body of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland, and in the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism.

Stefan Deix

Stefan Deix

Director of EUCAR

Stefan Deix graduated as a physicist at the University of Vienna. Since 2013 he was Director for Research and Innovation at CLEPA, a member of the ERTRAC steering group and a member of the iMobility steering group. He previously worked at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in the Department of Mobility. He was appointed research coordinator for Austria, research area leader for road safety and elected Chairman of the research coordinators at FEHRL (Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories). He has also been a member of the ERTRAC WG on road safety, iMobility WG on Automated Driving and a member of the EARPA task force safety.

Ola Erstad

Ola Erstad

Chair of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

Professor and Education Department Head at the University of Oslo, Norway. Erstad is an internationally leading researcher with a focus on digital literacy, but firmly rooted in the wider social and cultural context of learning beyond the technological aspects. His areas of teaching expertise are learning, technology and education, children and youth in modern society. He has led several national and international research projects and is part of several international networks and committees. He is the vice chair of COST Action and is a board member of several international journals. In 2016 he was elected as the chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Science Europe.

Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Mark Ferguson started as the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012. Previously he was a professor of life sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and the co-founder, CEO and chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011).

He is the recipient of numerous international research awards including the 2002 Körber European Science Prize (jointly), and is the author of 327 research papers and book chapters, 60 patent families, and has been the author/editor of 8 books. Mark graduated from Queen's University Belfast with degrees in dentistry (BDS 1st class honours), anatomy and embryology (BSc 1st class honours, PhD) and medical sciences (DMedSc), and holds fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FFD), and Edinburgh (FDS) and is a founding fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK (FMedSci). He is a member or fellow of a number of learned societies, and was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen in 1999 for his services to health and life Sciences.

Gemma Galdon-Clavell

Gemma Galdon-Clavell

Founder and Director of Eticas Research & Consulting

Gemma Galdon-Clavell is a policy analyst working on the social, ethical and legal impact of data-intensive technologies. She is the founder and director of Eticas Research and Consulting, an organisation currently employing over 50 social scientists, computer scientists and IT experts, and has ongoing research contracts and grants from the European Commission (FP7 and H2020 programs), the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and Open Society Foundations, among others. Galdon-Clavell has led research as a principal investigator in numerous large projects. She is a scientific and ethics expert at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission and sits on the board of Privacy International and Data & Ethics.

Her work is focused on building socio-technical data architecture that incorporates legal, social and ethical concerns in their conception, production and implementation. She is a policy analyst by training and has worked on projects relating to surveillance, human rights and values, as well as the societal impact of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. Her recent academic publications tackle issues related to the proliferation of data-intensive technologies in urban settings, urban security policy and community safety, security and mega-events, in addition to the relationship between privacy, ethics and technology, and smart cities.

Nicole Grobert

Nicole Grobert

Professor of Nanomaterials at University of Oxford

Nicole Grobert is a professor of Nanomaterials and Royal Society Industry fellow at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford and Williams Advanced Engineering, a fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Toyo University, Japan. Her work focuses on the focuses on the synthesis, processing, up-scaling, and characterisation of novel carbon and non-carbon based nanomaterials, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nano rods, and 2D nanomaterials. Close collaboration with internationally leading industries enables her to develop multifunctional hierarchical nanostructures for their implementation in healthcare sectors and for their use in energy and structural applications.
Besides holding four ERC and numerous grants from the European Commission, she’s been the first who received all three Royal Society Research Fellowships and she serves on the a number of high-level advisory committees including the UK Government’s No 10 Round Table on Advanced Materials, the World Economic Forum Future Technology Pioneers Programme Committee, Ministerial Nanotechnology Committee, DEFRA, and various European Commission and Royal Society Panels. Moreover, she is a founding member of the Young Academy of Europe – a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy providing input and advice from a younger generation’s perspective – a vital requirement to shape EU-wide Science Policy for the prospering of science in Europe for future generations.

Dominique Guellec

Dominique Guellec

Head of the Science and Technology Policy (STP) division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Science and Technology Policy division in OECD covers, notably, innovation policies, science policies, biotechnology and nanotechnology issues, national innovation studies, innovation for development, the science, technology and innovation (STI) Outlook, the Innovation Policy Platform, and the Space Forum.

Dominique Guellec joined the OECD in 1995 and has worked on statistics and quantitative economic analysis of science, innovation and growth. In 2004-2005, he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (Munich). He has authored several books and many articles on patents, innovation and economic growth. His (co-) publications in English include The Economics of the European Patent System (Oxford University Press, 2007); From R&D to Productivity Growth: the Sources of Knowledge Spillovers and their Interaction (Oxford Review of Economics and Statistics, 2004).
Of French nationality, Dominique Guellec is a graduate from the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE, Paris).

Marina Huzvarova

Marina Huzvarova

EUSJA Vice President and Czech Science Journalists Club President

Marina Huzvarova studied journalism at Charles University in Prague and started her career at Czechoslovak Radio in Prague. After the Velvet Revolution she started to cooperate closely with the magazine, Czech Dialogue, which focused mainly on Czechs living abroad – dozens of scientists are among them. She has been a science journalist since 2000, and worked for 15 years as the editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Czech Academy of Sciences (in printed magazine and daily web pages). She was awarded by the Czech International Club for spreading the good name of Czech science and increasing its reputation.

She has been involved in several books (Stars of the Scientific Sky (2013), Say it… on Paper (2012), The Villa Lanna in Prague (2014), Homines Scientiarum (2015), and more). She is currently she a freelance science journalist.

Ciara Judge

Ciara Judge

Co-founder and co-director of Germinaid Innovations, grand-prize winner in Google Science Fair 2014

Ciara Judge is a nineteen-year-old scientist and entrepreneur from Kinsale, Ireland. In the past she has won the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, the EU Contest for Young Scientists, and the global Google Science Fair with two teammates for their scientific agricultural research. In 2014 TIME Magazine named her as being one of the 25 most influential teens worldwide, and she is currently a Global Teen Leader with the We Are Family Foundation. She has co-founded two start-ups, Germinaid Innovations, and PurchaseMate, and is on the board of directors for the United Nations' YouthCorp. Ciara is a co-author of the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers, issued under the Slovak Presidency of the EU. In November of 2016 Ciara was named by Junior Chamber International as being one of the ten most Outstanding Young People in the World.

Martin Kern

Martin Kern

Interim Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Martin Kern has been the interim director and COO at the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) since 1 August 2014. Prior to joining the EIT, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy, having started his career with a short stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Working for the EU he has held a variety of positions, the latest being head of operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia, where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU ascension. Previously, he worked as the country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in DG Enlargement. He started his career in the EU in Lithuania and Estonia, working in EU Delegations and helping the two countries join the EU.

Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Carlos Moedas was born in Beja, Portugal in 1970. He graduated from civil engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in 1993 and completed the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France. He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998 and obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London. He returned to Portugal in 2004 as the managing director of Aguirre Newman and member of the executive board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company, Crimson Investment Management.

In 2011, he was elected for National Parliament and was called to the government as the Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal in charge of the Portuguese Adjustment Programme. In 2014, he became Member of the European Commission, as Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation.

Birgitte Nauntofte

Birgitte Nauntofte

Director of the Novo Nordisk Foundation

Birgitte Nauntofte has been the CEO of the Novo Nordisk Foundation since 2009. She has obtained her DDS (1982), PhD (1985 ), and Dr. Odont. (1993).

In 2000 she became professor of clinical oral physiology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and alongside her academic career, Birgitte Nauntofte has held a number of positions related to research, both in Denmark and internationally. These include, among others, university leadership positions and research council memberships. Presently she is member the Danish Committee for Good Governance of Foundations.

Valeria Nicolosi

Valeria Nicolosi

Professor of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy at Trinity College Dublin

Nicolosi received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Catania, Italy in 2001 and a PhD in physics in 2006 from Trinity College Dublin. In 2008 she moved to the University of Oxford with a RAEng/EPSRC Fellowship. In 2012 she returned to Trinity College Dublin as a research professor. Currently, she is the chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy in Trinity College Dublin, and a PI in the SFI AMBER Centre.

She has published more than 150 high-impact papers and won numerous awards: RDS/Intel 2012 Prize for Nanoscience, the 2013 World Economic Forum Young Scientist, the 2013 WMB Woman in Technology Award, the 2014 SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award, the 2016 SFI Irish Early Stage Researcher, and was the 2017 TCD ERC Awardee.

Nicolosi has been awarded six European Research Council Awards, including a €1.5m starting grant in 2011, three proof-of-concept top-up grants to bring frontier research results closer to market, and a €2.5m consolidator grant in 2016, bringing her total research funding awarded in the past five years to over €12 million.

Siim Sikkut

Siim Sikkut

Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as the Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policy required to launch and steer strategic initiatives for the development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia’s groundbreaking e-Residency programme.

Previously, he worked as Digital Policy Adviser in the Government Office of Estonia - coordinating digital policy planning and execution across the government. He also served role as an adviser to three consecutive Prime Ministers in this role on digital matters. Siim’s prior experience includes his work in the Estonian Development Fund, a public venture capital fund and foresight think tank, and the Estonian Ministry of Finance, in areas of national strategic planning and public financial management.

Siim Sikkut graduated from Princeton University, USA, in 2005 with a BA in public and international affairs. He also holds a MSc in International Management from the University of London.

Robert-Jan Smits

Robert-Jan Smits

Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Robert-Jan Smits has been the Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission since 2010. In this capacity he is responsible for defining and implementing the EU policies and programmes in the field of research and innovation (with an average annual budget of 8 billion euros). He has degrees from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du développement in Switzerland and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States of America.

Luc Soete

Luc Soete

Professor of Maastricht University

Luc Soete is honorary professor of International Economic Relations at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He was the rector magnificus of Maastricht University from 2012 until 1 September 2016, before this he was the director of the United Nations University research and training institute, UNU-MERIT, located in Maastricht, and the dean of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) at Maastricht University.

Luc Soete graduated from economics in Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained a DPhil in economics from Sussex University where he worked as senior research fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit in the late 70s and 80s. From 1984 to 1985 he was a visiting associate professor at the Department of Economics at Stanford University, USA. In 1986 he joined the new Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (now called the School of Business and Economics) at Maastricht University as a professor of International Economics Relations. In 1988 he founded the MERIT (Maastricht Economic Research institute on Innovation and Technology) research institute, which merged under his direction in 2005 with UNU-INTECH to become UNU-MERIT. In 2010 he became Director-Dean of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance of Maastricht University.

Over the last 30 years, Luc Soete has contributed as (co-)author and (co-)editor to some 11 books, 50 refereed articles and some 100 book chapters. In 2002, he received the MSM Honorary Fellow Award, the Belgian reward Commandeur in de Kroonorde in 2007, a doctor honoris causa from his Alma Mater, the University of Ghent in 2010, from the University of Liege in 2013 and from the University of Sussex in 2016. He is a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and a member of the supervisory board of the Delft University of Technology. He has been the chair of the Research, Innovation and Science Expert (RISE) group for Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Sven Stafström

Sven Stafström

Director General of the Swedish Research Council

Sven Stafström received his PhD in theoretical physics from Linköping University in Sweden. In 2000 he became a professor of Computational Physics at Linköping University, a position he still holds.

Sven Stafström has served as acting dean at Linköping's Institute of Technology, the director of the National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) and the head of the Department of Science and Technology at Linköping University. In 2010 he became the Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for natural and engineering sciences and has been the acting Director General of the Swedish Research Council since December 2014.

Günter Stock

Günter Stock

President of All European Academies (ALLEA)

Günter Stock has been serving as ALLEA President since 2012, and was re-elected in 2015 to continue his presidency until 2018. In 2016 he became the chair of the academy networks consortium Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA), which provides support to the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). A physiologist by training, Günter Stock has held many positions in the field of academia and was responsible for research and development in the pharmaceutical company Schering AG in Germany. Between 2006 and 2015, he was the president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Additionally, between 2008 and 2015, he served as the president of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. In his career as a scientist and science manager, Günter Stock has authored, edited, and co-edited numerous scientific publications and has been involved in the production of over 370 scientific and science-policy papers as well as in the creation of several patents in the medical field.

Vladimir Šucha

Vladimir Šucha

Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Vladimir Šucha is the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission for its in-house scientific services. He was Deputy Director-General of the JRC between 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions in the area of European and international affairs. Between 2005 and 2006, he was the director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, a national body responsible for funding research. He was the principal advisor for European affairs to the Minister for Education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005), and he worked at the Slovak representation to the EU in Brussels as a research, education and culture counselor (2000-2004). In parallel, he has had a long-term academic and research career as a full professor in Slovakia and a visiting professor/scientist at different academic institutions in many countries. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

Pim Tuyls

Pim Tuyls

CEO of Intrinsic ID

Pim Tuyls is the founder and CEO of Intrinsic ID. He started the work on physical unclonable functions (PUFs) that form the basis of Intrinsic ID’s silicon fingerprinting technology. The original work on PUFs was carried out at Philips Research, where Pim was the principal scientist and managed the cryptography cluster. In 2008 he founded Intrinsic ID and led its technology development. Pim has headed the company since 2010 and in 2012 he raised new funding to address the growing mobile and IoT security market. In 2015 he moved the headquarters from the Netherlands to Silicon Valley. Pim Tuyls holds a PhD in mathematical physics from the University of Leuven, holds over 50 patents and is widely accepted for his work in the field of SRAM PUFs and security for embedded applications.





Kristin Kraav

Kristin Kraav

Estonian Research Council

+372 5013482 kristin.kraav@etag.ee

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