EuroScience teamed up with GB member Aidan Gilligan’s SciCom – Making Sense of Science, Julian Kinderlerer, the chair of the European Group on Ethics, and Michel Kazatchkine, UN SG Ban Ki-moon’s special Envoy on HIV/AAIDS for Central Asia and East and Central Europe for a high-level reception and dinner in Brussels on June 17, 2015. For EuroScience this was an opportunity to celebrate our partnership with Johnson&Johnson and five European Foundations. The picture shows Dr. Frederik Wittock and Dr. Ludo Lauwers from J&J, and Treasurer Tony Mayer and Secretary General Peter Tindemans.
Johnson&Johnson who have been longstanding supporters of ESOF, the EuroScience Open Forum, and EuroScience extended this in 2014 into a longer-term relationship revolving around our common interests in improving health and the general well-being through vibrant science and science-based medicines, and an open and transparent dialogue between science, business, policy and the general public. Similarly we have had since 2009 strong partnerships with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Riksbanken Jubileumsfonds, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Cariplo and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft who helped us create the permanent base for ESOF at the EuroScience office in Strasbourg.
A large number of Brussels-based science stakeholders, among whom the president of the European Research Council and international thought-leaders gathered, many of them attending the next day a High-Level Consultation Event on “Addictions; Regulating Risks”. Among those present were prof Luke Georghiou, co-champion of ESOF 2016 in Manchester and the director of Manchester’s local organization, Ms. Vicky Rosin, and, looking further ahead, the Champion fo ESOF 2018 in Toulouse, Prof Anne Cambon-Thomsen. In view of our strong relations with global science organisations we welcomed very much the presence of key persons from Science Agora Tokyo 2015 and the South African Science Forum 2015. In fact, South Africa has had a high-profile presence at the last ESOFs. The consultation event itself, the report of which EuroScience is glad to publish on its website too when available, is about a theme close to our heart: scientific evidence and evidence-base policies. So much is known about harm related to various addictions, but also about harm reduction options, that much better policies are possible beyond simple prohibition schemes. The presentation EuroScience President Prof. Lauritz Holm-Nielsen held at the end of the Consultation Event will also be available at the SciCom website as well as the EuroScience website. Look below for pictures of the dinner and the consultation event.
Peter Tindemans, Secretary General, 25 June 2015