MEPs to Welcome Scientists
STOA will host, on 8 November 2016, the second ‘Science meets Parliaments’ event, in cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).
This annual event aims at promoting evidence-based policy-making and enables open and direct communication between MEPs and scientists, so that they can better understand each other’s needs and the challenges they face.
This year’s event will also see the launch of the 5th round of STOA’s MEPScientist Pairing Scheme, led by the First STOA Vice-Chair Eva Kaili. Last year, the event brought together over 150 participants, including 31 MEP-Scientist pairs, to discuss pressing issues facing policy-makers and scientists, such as the circular economy, resource efficiency, Digital Single Market and Industry 4.0.
As in previous rounds of the Pairing Scheme organised by STOA, the scientists were given the opportunity to better understand the work of the EP by shadowing MEPs in their daily parliamentary activities. Some MEPs followed up with visits to see their paired scientists at work. These exchanges are essential for the two sides to find out how they can profit from each other’s knowledge and experience and establish lasting links to mutual benefit.