Science and education driven events during the Presidency of the Council of the EU

Science and education driven events during the Presidency of the Council of the EU

23 Aug 2019

There are several meetings, seminars and conferences organised during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The events welcome researchers, research administration experts and partners working with research. The Council Presidency offers a unique chance for international networking; an opportunity you should not pass.

Benefit from the wide range of events and their international guests by building up your network and establishing new contacts.


Science Europe High Level Workshop: The Role of Competitive Funding in Supporting Research and Innovation Competence Clusters and Ecosystems, 10–11 September, Helsinki

The aim of the 2019 Science Europe High Level Workshop is to discuss the concept and rationale of competence clusters, but also the role of competitive funding and research performing organisations in establishing and operating them.

By invitation / Closed meeting.


ESFRI Forum Meeting, 19–20 September 2019, Helsinki

The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) organises its 70th meeting. The Forum Meeting is held in Finland for the first time. The second day of the meeting is reserved for presenting Finnish research infrastructures, flagships and research centres of excellence. The meeting is a part of the official programme of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The local hosts are the Finnish Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the Academy of Finland.

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Graphene Week, 23–27 September, Helsinki

Graphene Week is Europe´s leading graphene conference. It brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology and research on graphene from more than 190 experts related to industry and academia, who meet to explore the hottest topics influencing the field.

The 14th edition of Graphene Week will be held at the Marina Congress Centre, in Helsinki, Finland, 23–27 September 2019.

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EAIE Conference: Encompassing all Voices, 24–27 September 2019, Helsinki

The conference by the European Association for International Education (EAIE) is Europe’s largest and the world’s second largest international higher education conference. Please register 6 September at the latest.

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Quantum Flagship Event, 17–18 October, Helsinki

The Finnish Presidency Quantum Flagship event will take place 17-18 October in Helsinki. The two-day event will be dedicated to the Quantum Technology community, the Quantum Flagship as well as setting the Strategic Research Agenda, which will be presented and discussed among the community attending the event.

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Research and Innovation Excellence Through Gender Equality: New Pathways and Challenges, 23–24 October, Helsinki

Equality leads to enhanced excellence in science, research and innovation. We need all genders and minorities on board to make sure we can tackle the grand challenges of our time.

Research and Innovation Excellence through gender equality: New pathways and challenges conference at the Marina Congress Center in Helsinki in October 2019 brings together Europe’s top speakers and thinkers working towards that goal.

The conference is aimed at researchers in the field as well as research funding agencies and actors in research and innovation policy. The conference is funded by the European Commission.

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The Finnish Presidency Event: European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy, 30 September–1 October, Helsinki

The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This flagship event will be held 30 September–1 October in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will consist of three parallel conferences:

  • CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base
  • Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
  • SI 2019 Conference – Sustainable innovation

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Demographic Change, Equality and Wellbeing: Good Examples of Integration of Policy Related to Ageing, 30 October 2019, Helsinki

More Years, better lives – The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change is an initiative concentrating on the effects of an ageing society. Researchers, stakeholders and policy makers from JPI MYBL's 17 member countries gather in Helsinki to discuss policy integration. The event discusses good examples of integration of policy related to an ageing society across government departments and agencies at national, regional and local levels, especially in social care and health.

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SAPEA: The future of science advice in Europe, 13 December 2019, Helsinki

This one-day event in Helsinki brings together leading practitioners and scholars from around Europe to provide expert input as Finland develops its next-generation science advice capabilities, and to send a clear message to the new European Commission about the role of science in policymaking.

Today's world faces an increasingly complex and interconnected policy environment. This has prompted the EU and national governments to rethink existing tools and structures for designing policy, and to seek innovative ways to govern.

This rethinking extends also to science advice at both an EU and a national level. Many key policy challenges of the twenty-first century depend on scientific fields where the evidence is complex, uncertain or rapidly evolving, or where there is controversy both within and outside the scientific community.

In this context, some 200 expert delegates will gather in Helsinki to discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities for the future of science advice in Europe. Heikki Mannila, president of the Academy of Finland, is joining the panel discussion.

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