Peter Tindemans, Robert-Jan Smits and Lauritz Holm-Nielsen

Robert-Jan Smits recognized for lifetime achievements: some highlights

EuroScience has decided to introduce a new accolade in “Recognition of Lifetime Achievements for European Science and Society” and the first recipient of this award is Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission.

EuroScience presented Mr. Robert-Jan Smits with lifetime membership and recognised his many contributions to an audience of 600 delegates at the “Science and Policy Making: Towards a New Dialogue” conference organised by the European Commission and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) on 30 September 2016.

EuroScience President, Professor Lauritz Holm-Nielsen stated that: “EuroScience is a network organisation, striving to represent the interests and views of our diverse, grass-root research community. The proposal to nominate Robert-Jan Smits for our inaugural recognition of an individual’s Lifetime Achievements for Science and Society is an expression of the high- esteem and reputation he has earned through thick and thin, navigating through often challenging circumstances with a level of professionalism and grace that is second to none”.

Read the full version of the press release for more information.

Browse through the pictures of this memorable event.

  • Robert-Jan Smits, EC DG for Research and Innovation, and Peter Tindemans, Secretary General of EuroScience - Credit: Aidan Gilligan
  • “Science and Policy Making: Towards a New Dialogue” conference - 29/30 September 2016 - Credit: Aidan Gilligan
  • Sealed with a cake: Robert-Jan Smits, EC DG for Research and Innovation, and Peter Tindemans, Secretary General of EuroScience - Credit: Aidan Gilligan
  • Euroscience Recognition Dinner for Robert-Jan Smits - Credit: Aidan Gilligan
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan and European Commissioner Carlos Moedas - Credit: Aidan Gilligan
  • Robert-Jan Smits is the first recipient of the new ‘EuroScience Recognition of Lifetime Achievements for European Science and Society’ - Credit: Bénédicte Maindiaux
  • Robert-Jan Smits is the first recipient of the new ‘EuroScience Recognition of Lifetime Achievements for European Science and Society’ - Credit: Bénédicte Maindiaux
  • EuroScience Secretary General Peter Tindemans' speech - Credit: Aidan Gilligan
  • Robert-Jan Smits with Lauritz Holm-Nielsen and Peter Tindemans
    Robert-Jan Smits with EuroScience President Lauritz Holm-Nielsen and EuroScience Secretary General Peter Tindemans - Credit: Bénédicte Maindiaux
  • “Science and Policy Making: Towards a New Dialogue” conference - 29/30 September 2016 - Credit: Aidan Gilligan