Registration for the Symposium ‘Transforming Science’ Is Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the registration for the symposium ‘Transforming Science: Pathways Towards Sustainability and Trustworthiness’ is now open. The event will take place in Brussels and online on 11-12 May 2022. Scientists, policymakers and professionals from across Europe will join to discuss current trends pressing science in light of the transformations occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The symposium is part of the ALLEA General Assembly and hosted by ALLEA’s Member Academies, the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. Speakers include Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Marion Koopmans, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Erasmus MC, and Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council, among others.

The event will explore how scientific institutions can transform research cultures, trust-building strategies and science advice mechanisms. The consequences of this transformation can be seen as two-sided: from an inspiration to tackle complex global emergencies such as climate change or future pandemics, to a rise of societal expectations and demands towards research. The symposium will tackle the central question: Are we ready to transform science for the future?

The full programme and further details can be found on our symposium website. The symposium is expected to be held in person. The organisers will fully implement the official Covid-19 measures and follow current best practices for public events and international travel. The symposium will also be livestreamed for those who wish to participate digitally. Register now to not miss your spot!

About the ALLEA General Assembly

The General Assembly annually convenes academies of sciences and humanities from 40 countries across the Council of Europe region. General Assemblies are hosted by ALLEA Member Academies and the programme typically consists of the internal business meeting of academy delegates, and a scientific symposium open to the public.

The symposium explores pressing topics from the fields of science, society and policy, and provides a platform for international, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral debate.

The business meeting addresses governance, strategy and policy matters and is restricted to Member Academies’ delegates.