EABC Forum with DG Jean-Eric Paquet

    01/07/2020 - 17:30
    Australia, Videoconference
    01/07/2020 - 18:30
    European Australian Business Council

EURAXESS Australia and New Zealand was invited to participate in the European Australian Business Council’s Boardroom forum (by Videoconference) with Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation on Wednesday 1 July 2020.

HE Dr Michael Pulch welcomed DG Jean-Eric Paquet on behalf of the EABC Board. Jean-Eric Paquet began with observations on the critical role played by scientists during the pandemic, including in advising political leaders and decision-makers, and on how the crisis contributed to increased visibility and focus on science and research as top policy and fiscal priorities. Research and innovation will be crucial to the EU’s economic recovery, in particular to support the dual digital and climate transformation that the EU will have to undergo in the coming years. 

The DG praised the outstanding mobilisation of the global research community and collaboration efforts deployed since the start of the pandemic, with initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud aiming to provide a transparent and data-driven framework to researchers. He welcomed the ongoing collaboration with Australia and the country’s leading work on tests, treatments and vaccines, while highlighting the importance of international collaboration, in particular for clinical trials. He remarked on the EU’s recently announced Vaccine Strategy and commented on the Union’s ongoing work with industry and global partners.  

The open discussion with DG Paquet covered a number of topics, including metrics and indicators used by the European Commission to measure impact; need for self-sufficiency and research on nuclear technology; changes of perception on R&D; balancing global openness and the pursuit of strategic interests; Australia’s diversification strategy in R&D collaboration; ongoing discussions on Horizon Europe and opportunities for Australia; among other topics. 

Source: European Australian Business Council

Photo Courtesy: Delegation of the European Union to Australia