Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Conference on governance for international science co-operation: the example of Health research

Dr. Silke Beck from the
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.
There was a follow up conference to the OECD STIG project on February 11 and 12 this year in Paris.

The conference, titled "Science diplomacy in action, Governance for international science co-operation:
the example of Health research", was arranged by the German and British embassies in Paris in collaboration with the French organisation AVRIST (Association de valorisation des relations internationales scientifiques et technologiques).

The agenda included many very interesting presentations from the border area between policy making and research, with a focus on international R&D collaboration in the area of health.

The participants were welcomed by Alice Dautry, Directrice générale of Institut Pasteur, who hosted the conference.  Sir Peter Ricketts, British Ambassador to France  and Susanne Wasum-Rainer, German Ambassador to France opened the event.

I have included a few of the presentations below to give you an idea of the kind of topics and arguments the conference covered.

All presentations can be found at the AVRIST site.
The conference programme is available here.

This is the Powerpoint-presentation made by Zafar Mirza,  WHO, who presented the WHO perspective on global health research:

Hugh Laverty of the Innovative Medicines Initiative discussed the challenges facing the development of  new medicines:


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