Shaping EU Missions: bridging the gap between geoscience and policy
The ‘Shaping EU Missions’ event brought together geoscientists and policymakers to discuss how the major challenges within the EU Missions can be addressed and what role the geosciences should play to enable each Mission to reach its full potential.
The EU Missions will be funded by the upcoming research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe and involve a portfolio of actions which aim to achieve bold, inspirational and measurable goals. This event focused on the EU Missions listed below:
- Adapting to climate change, including societal transformation
- Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters
- Climate-neutral and smart cities
- Soil health and food
Encompassing a large number of scientific disciplines, the geosciences play an important role in all of the EU Missions as well as many policy decisions, including but not limited to, those related to climate change, natural hazards, energy, agriculture and ocean health. This event was therefore not only an opportunity for researchers and policymakers to discuss the specific issues within each of the Missions, but also to assess how greater collaboration between the two communities can be achieved to overcome societies biggest challenges.
A participant-driven approach
A high-level panel focusing on the importance of science-policy collaboration kicked-off the event and was followed by roundtables allowing participants to select their EU Mission topic of interest, network with other participants and discuss specific issues.
Confirmed high-level speakers
- Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council
- Gesine Meißner, Member of the Mission Board for ‘Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters’, former Member of the European Parliament
- Constantin Ciupagea, Head of Land Resources Unit, Joint Research Centre
About the European Geosciences Union
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research in Europe. With our partner organisations worldwide, we foster fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges. Our vision is to realise a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet. Our 20,000 members span many key scientific areas that can enhance the policy-making process including, but not limited to, natural hazards, energy resources, climate change, soil science, and raw-material sourcing.
If you would like more information about this event, please contact the EGU Policy Officer Chloe Hill via firstname.lastname@example.org.