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.
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.
Registration is closed.