Science & Society Round Table: New trends in science policy in Europe

Wednesday 3 September

15:00-16:30, Salle Maillot, Level 2

Moderator: Gottfried Schatz, CH

Discussants: Helga Nowotny, AT and Daniel Louvard, FR

One of the‚ hot issues‘ in research and innovation policy in the years to come is connected to Big Data. This is of particular relevance for the life sciences. Questions to be dealt with range from assuring the curation of data, their interoperability  and  making them fit for re-use to moving towards a new culture of sharing of data within the scientific community. But the dramatic increase in sequencing of whole genomes due to falling economic costs and the opening of new opportunities this brings also entails new challenges for engaging with and involving society. In my contribution I will highlight some of these issues and link them wherever possible to policy measures in the making at European level.


Helga Nowotny, AT


Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice President and from March 2010 until December 2013 President of the ERC. Recently, she has been appointed Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria.
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, NY. and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna. Among other, Helga Nowotny is Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and continues to serve on many international advisory boards throughout Europe. She received doctorates honoris causa from several European universities and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Helga Nowotny has published widely in social studies of science and technology and on social time. Her latest books include “Naked Genes, Reinventing the human in the molecular age”, (with Giuseppe Testa), MIT Press, 2011, “Insatiable Curiosity, Innovation in a Fragile Future”, MIT Press, 2008.

Daniel Louvard, Institut Curie, FR


D. Louvard is biochemist and  molecular cell biologist. His basic research is focused on the functions of  epithelia, especially on the membrane  vesicular trafficking, intercellular junctions and on  the actin cytoskeleton of the polarized epithelium cells. He pursues his research on the molecular basis of the  cell polarity, cell  motility and  cellular plasticity. More recently he developed new research on  transgenic mice .  These genetically modified animal models harbouring transgenes expressed  only in the gut under tight  conditional control, allowed his group to study  the molecular basis of carcinogenesis of the digestive epithelium with the goals to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of  malignant metastasis .
Daniel LOUVARD received numerous awards including FEBS Prize (1983), Alexandre Joannidès Prize of  the French Academy of Sciences (1987), Lounsbery Prize of French and American Academy of Sciences (1996), Grand Prix Claude Bernard  of the City of Paris (2008),Prix d'Honneur de l'INSERM 2013 …
He has published 342 publications (16137 citations – H-index 76). He is author of 20 patents.