Expert Roundtable Session – Connecting European researchers for a more competitive Europe


Europe 2020 puts research and innovation at the centre of the European strategy for growth and jobs. Europe has some of the world’s leading universities, competitive companies and authoritative media however the system is inefficient due to doubling of efforts and lack of communication across disciplines, sectors and borders.

Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy, bringing together some of Europe’s leading research universities, media and businesses, proposed a pilot project for the development of an e-infrastructure (e-infrastructures can be defined as networked tools, data and resources that support a community of researchers, broadly including all those who participate in and benefit from research) based on the concepts of social networks, to promote a direct communication between researchers, create virtual clusters (defined as co-operations that bring researchers from different disciplines and key stakeholders together to work on various topics) and to implement an interdisciplinary exchange of data and information between academia, businesses and media within the European Research Area.


The roundtable presented REIsearch – Research Excellence Innovation Network that was proposed as a Pilot Project in order to address the need for Europe to critically assess how social networks could be better used to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the European Research Area.

Preliminary Programme

16:00-16:05     Welcome Address

Mr Oldřich Vlasák, Vice-President of the European Parliament

16:05-16:15     The strategic importance of communication for a more competitive European Research Area

Mr Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Former President of France, Honorary President of Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy

16:15-16:20     Introduction to REIsearch  

Mr Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, President of Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy

16:20-16:30     REIsearch – Strengthening the European Research Area with the power of social networks

Prof. Massimo Marchiori, Chief Technology Officer of Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), World Wide Web Consortium, University of Padova

16:30-17:00     Discussion with the invited MEPs and key stakeholders

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