The future of non-university research institutions and research infrastructures, their further development and society-wide roles were the main themes of the international conference, which took place on 8 March 2017 at the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague in honour of Professor Jiri Drahos in recognition of his service to the Czech Academy of Sciences and under the auspices of Dr. Pavel Belobradek, Deputy Prime Minister for the Science, Research and Innovation.
Prague Forum was an occasion for the meeting of the representatives of the European academic and university institutions allowing an exchange of opinions and experiences, mainly within the following three thematic circles:
• Scientific excellence and the Widening concept
• Open science as a New paradigm of the European Research Area
• Science – Policy – Society Dialogue
President of the CAS prof. Jiri Drahos acquainted the participants of the conference with the structure and conception of the CAS. „Non-university research has a long tradition in continentál Europe, especially in Germany, France, Italy, but also in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, its importance is growing with the construction of the large European research infrastructures. Therefore, there is no doubt that the role and importance of peak non-university institutions, including their cooperation with university, will grow also after 2020”, says prof. Ji?í Drahoš.
The meeting at the roundtable was attended by the elite of European science – Martin Stratmann, President of the most significant German scientific institution the Max Planck Society, Maive Rute, Deputy Director General of the Joint Research Centre, Guenter Stock, President of the European Federation of National Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Michael Matlosz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the French National Research Agency for the Support of Research and other representatives of European science.
You can also find more details and pictures from the event here: http://www.avcr.cz/en/media/news-archive/Prague-Forum-Prospects-of-European-Non-University-Research-after-2020-00001/.