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Brussels, 13 February 2014
The European Commission at AAAS 2014 in Chicago
A European Commission delegation headed by Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, will take part in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science "Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation", in US city of Chicago, 13-17 February 2014.
The launch of Horizon 2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation, will help make Europe the destination of choice for world-class researchers and creates new opportunities for international cooperation. Commission staff will speak at a number of symposia and promote Destination Europe at an exhibition stand where conference participants can learn more about research opportunities in the EU.
What is AAAS?
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The AAAS annual meeting brings together a broad spectrum of several thousand attendees, who choose the sessions according to their professional profiles. As every year, a large number of policy-makers, lobbyists and journalists will join the usual group of scientists, engineers and educators. In total, there will be several hundreds of symposia during the AAAS Annual meeting in 2014.
More information: AAAS 2014 Online Program
EU Research and Innovation at AAAS
The European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation is organising five symposia each highlighting different aspects and impacts of EU funded research and innovation.
The Commission is hosting a press breakfast where the theme will be Europe is open for business and international cooperation. Special reference will be made to the Destination Europe initiative supported by EU and Member States to highlight research career opportunities in Europe, and the Euraxess - Researchers in motion initiative that provides personalised help and advice to researchers and their families wishing to move to Europe or move within Europe.
The Joint Research Centre at the AAAS
The Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre - JRC is involved in five symposia:
The JRC will also launch: The Soil Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean. The atlas is a result of JRC's collaboration with the worldwide scientific community and illustrates the importance of a vital, non-renewable resource for human life, biodiversity and climate.
The European Research Council at AAAS
The European Research Council (ERC) will be represented by its new President, French mathematician Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and ERC grant holders. Prof. Bourguignon will be a panel speaker in a public policy symposium on Global Excellence: New Drivers and Innovative Solutions. Talking for the first time in the US as ERC President, Prof. Bourguignon will participate in both the European Commission press breakfast and in an ERC press briefing. ERC grantee Prof. Walter Salzburger (Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland) will speak at a scientific symposium on the origins of biodiversity in a family of fish, called cichlids, which live in the East African Great Lakes. ERC grantee Prof. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) will talk about how nanowires could revolutionize solar energy production. The ERC will also organise a workshop together with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Euraxess Links USA. (See programme here)
The Marie-Skłodowska Curie actions at AAAS
Six researchers supported by Marie-Skłodowska Curie actions (MSCA) will present their research at this year’s AAAS meeting at two symposia:
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions award research grants regardless of a researcher's nationality and field of research. In addition to generous fellowships, the programme gives researchers the possibility to gain invaluable experience abroad as well as in the private sector.