Parallel workshops

April 28, 2022 from 09:45 to 11:15

On the second day of the conference, a series of parallel workshops will be hosted by external partner organisations. The workshops will explore different dimensions of the theme ‘Science advice under pressure’.

Discover best practices from city leaders and policymakers in a context where timely and direct science advice is needed, while sociopolitical processes are increasingly complex. Understand opportunities in cooperation on subnational science advice and push for greater EU-supported cooperation.

Organised by SciTech DiploHub

Discover how urban actors provide insights to the debate over science advice in an uncertain and fast-paced world. How do urban regions face the disjuncture between timely and complex science advice? ‘Scaling up urban science advice in Europe: a view from practitioners’ will present leading examples on urban science advice from Chief Science Officers from EU cities and regions, combining it with the experience and leadership from the EU Commission and EU city networks. The workshop aims at building on the experience of the EU’s City Science Initiative to share best practices, explore potential support programs and push for greater EU-wide cooperation. In addition to the speakers’ interactive discussion with fellow participants, the workshop will include a short activity that will conclude with policy recommendations on how the European Commission could best use the CSI and what further initiatives it could consider to scale up urban science advice across Europe.

Speakers: Alexis Roig (SciTech DiploHub); Caroline Nevejan (City of Amsterdam); Alessandro Rainoldi (Joint Research Centre)
Not only science must deliver fast, but so does policy in a society under pressure. An exploration of pressure pathways and ways to mutually deal with this pressure.

Organised by departments of the Flemish government (Chancellery & Foreign Office; Environment and Spatial Development; Economy, Science & Innovation) with the Young Academy of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts

In times of crisis or (media) pressure, society pressures policy to address societal challenges quickly and thoroughly. Policy therefore requires solid and clear evidence to create or at least back these solutions, equally quickly and thoroughly, hence putting pressure on research to provide this evidence. However, reality isn’t that linear. Starting from two case studies of Flemish policy – one regarding monitoring(-tools) for steering the recovery plan of the Flemish government, the other regarding enhancing the impact of science advice on policy – and one Finnish case study regarding  a science-policy interaction model for policy-drafting that builds on the idea of “red teaming”, attempting to cope with urgent needs for evidence to inform policymaking, we’ll try to shed light on how we can jointly tackle issues quickly and thoroughly without pressuring each other (too much).

Speakers: Peter De Smedt (Department Chancellery & Foreign Office, Flemish Government); Jaakko Kuosmanen (Finnish Academy of Science and Letters); Jacek Kolanowski (Young Academy of Poland); Moniek Tromp (Young Academies Science Advice Structure); Helena Bieseman and Fatma Kamas (Department of Environment & Spatial Development, Flemish Government)
Science Diplomacy is a “new” policy tool for application in times of urgency. What can Science Diplomacy really achieve and can it help us anticipate advancements to create better futures? Come discuss policy, geopolitical, organizational, thematic and anticipatory angles with practitioners.

Organised by DLR-PT, European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance and InsSciDE

The recent pandemic and a myriad of global challenges have demonstrated the need for universal approaches and coordinated national remedies, and they have set science at centre stage of policy ecosystems. In this complex environment, science diplomacy has become a “new” old tool to tackle cross-border and cross-cutting challenges. With the “utility” of science diplomacy currently being discussed at different European and national policy levels, we propose a closer look at various Science Diplomacy arenas and approaches (science for diplomacy/in diplomacy/diplomacy for science) in the overall context of global urgency. Practitioners and scholars wise to geopolitical, organizational, thematic and other dimensions of Science Diplomacy will share their views on the interest paradoxes – ‘competition/openness’, ‘reciprocity/compromise’ and the value of anticipatory Science Diplomacy in times of increased pressure and scrutiny. The panellists will elaborate on opportunities and challenges, limitations and needs for improvement in Science Diplomacy approaches. Interaction between the panellists and participants will be facilitated by e.g. fish bowl techniques and SLIDO.

Speakers: Jan Marco Müller (EU External Action Service); Anna Åberg (InsSciDE); Angela Liberatore (ERC); Martin Müller (GESDA); Yuriy Kostyuchenko (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
Moderators: Claire Mays (European Union Science Diplomacy Alliance); Stella Reschke (DLR-PT)
This workshop explores how EU scientific advisory actors can optimise their production of timely and relevant knowledge to EU policy makers in times of uncertainty and rapid change. In this situation, the current pandemic has challenged EU agencies and their stakeholders, providing scientific advice based on timely and robust evidence, to mutualise efforts, delivery and communication at both national and European levels.  What can we learn from the past years and how can it help shape the future of scientific advice by EU agencies, their partners and networks.

Organised by EU-ANSA


The findings from a survey carried out by the EU-ANSA members (agencies providing scientific advice) will be presented and discussed. The findings displayed a rapid response to the change in the external environment and adaptation of work programmes and working methods. It also displayed the added value of better coordination between agencies and host DGs, and interactions with countries.  The workshop will explore the main findings of the survey, providing concrete examples of science advice and its impact, and will engage the audience in finding a path forward for preparedness among agencies by seeking the experience of the audience as well as future expectations thereby strengthening science-policy interface and helping research to deliver actionable knowledge (having an impact).

Speakers: Milen Georgiev (EFSA); Mike Catchpole (ECDC); Guy Van den Eede (JRC); Ralf Herold (European Medicines Agency); Hanna Nohynek (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
Moderators: Maria Jepsen (Eurofound)

Attending in person

If you will attend the conference in person, you must choose in advance which workshop you want to attend. This is because space in the conference venue is limited, and we need to know which rooms to allocate to which workshops.

You should have received an email with instructions about how to choose a workshop. If you have lost the email or need more information, please contact us.

The deadline for choosing a workshop is 11 April. If you do not let us know your choice by this date, we will assign you one at random.

Attending online

If you will join the conference online, you do not have to choose a workshop in advance. You will be able to select which workshop to join during the programme itself.

These parallel workshops are organised by external organisations.