Abstract

Science is at a crossroads. New scientific challenges can only be faced by multidisciplinary teams in environments that promote creativity and empower researchers in their careers. However, scientists encounter a lot of obstacles regarding limitation of funding and operational hurdles. EU-LIFE focuses on improving and designing conditions (operational, cultural, financial, political) to do the best possible research for the benefit of humankind. Our partner institutes strive for excellence not only by identifying and optimising best practices, but also by encouraging discussion and putting new ideas into action.

To celebrate our 10 years of existence and successes we conceive a conference in which we exercise and tease our ability to explore beyond what we can already foresee as the new state-of-the-art for science. We want to rise to the challenge of imagining how the future places of science should be to promote the most ground-breaking discoveries and a stronger engagement with society. We want to think bigger and go beyond best practice into aspired best practice.

At least at the inspirational level, this conference provides the opportunity to imagine an ideal place for research and science. It will also be a space to think about how to be better researchers, more creative, sustainable, fair, compassionate, bold, inclusive, equitable, happy. We expect that the exercise will give us insight into the characteristics and values of such ideal places, and some of strategies to design and implement them.

We invite the scientific community, including researchers, professionals at the interface of science and scientific leaders, as well as policy makers, to dream up the research places of the future with us.

 

Confirmed speakers

Maria Leptin, President of ERC

Maria Leptin
President of European Research Council (ERC)

 
Anna Panagopoulou, Director of European Research Area & Innovation at the European Commission (DG RTD)

Anna Panagopoulou
Director of European Research Area (ERA) & Innovation, European Commission
 
Edith Heard, Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Edith Heard
Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
 
Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal

Elvira Fortunato
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal
 
Rick Klausner, Chief Scientist and Founder MD of Altos Lab

Rick Klausner
Chief Scientist and Founder MD of Altos Lab

 
Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Kurt Deketelaere
Secretary General of League of European Research Universities (LERU)
 
Henrique Leitão, Senior Researcher and Head of Department for the History & Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon

Henrique Leitão
Senior Researcher and Provost (Pro-Reitor) of the University of Lisbon
 
Ana Botella, Deputy Director, Centro de Arte Moderna (CAM) Gulbenkian

Ana Botella
Deputy Director of the Centro de Arte Moderno (CAM) Gulbenkian
 
Amos Abolaji, Associate Professorat University of Ibadan and Funder, Drosophila Research & Training Centre

Amos Abolaji
Associate Professor at University of Ibadan and Founder of Drosophila Research & Training Centre
 
António M. Feijó, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

António M. Feijó
President of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

 
Mónica Bettencourt-Dias, Chair of EU-LIFE and Director of IGC

Mónica Bettencourt-Dias
Chair of EU-LIFE and Director of Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência (IGC)
 
Giulio Superti Furga, Co-Chair of EU-LIFE and Scientific Director of CeMM

Giulio Superti Furga
Co-Chair of EU-LIFE and Director of Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (CeMM)
 
Luis Serrano, Director of CRG

Luis Serrano
Founding Chair of EU-LIFE and Director of Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
 
Jo Bury, Managing Director of VIB

Jo Bury
Founding Chair of EU-LIFE and Former Managing Director of Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB)
 
Marta Agostinho, Executive Director of EU-LIFE

Marta Agostinho
Executive Director of EU-LIFE

 
Envisioning the research centres of the future @ Iris Joval


The 'Envisioning the research centres of the future' conference will be held on 6-7 June 2023 at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference is part of the EU-LIFE 10th anniversary celebrations.

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Call for posters

Call for posters

Take this opportunity to showcase your work and your ideas for enhancing research organisations. This call is addressed to all professionals promoting and working on science in research institutes, universities, national agencies, funding agencies, NGOs, etc.

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Essay contest: Utopia Institute of Research © Iris Joval

EU-LIFE / Nature Essay contest: Utopia Institute of Research

With the goal to encourage reflection and generate new ideas, EU-LIFE has joined forces with the prestigious journal Nature to launch the essay contest ‘Utopia Institute of Research’. The objective is to give everybody the chance to share their vision of how the places where research is conducted should be. The authors of the three best stories will obtain a cash prize and will be invited to present their essays at the EU-LIFE Conference 'Envisioning the research centres of the future' in Lisbon. Share your vision with us!

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