HYBRID EVENT (presential and online possible)

LOCATION (presential): Av. d’Auderghem 45 (4th floor), 1040 Brussels, Belgium

13h00 Open indoors and registration

13h30 – 14h00 Institutional welcome

  • Spanish permanent representation in the European Union (REPER)
  • Spanish Embassy in Belgium
  • Fundación Ramón Areces
  • Science and Technology Spanish Foundation (FECYT)
  • Spanish researchers abroad associations’ network (RAICEX)

14h00 – 15h30 Round table I – Policy for Science: The contribution of scientific networks to the European Union


  • Fernanda Bajanca, president of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA)
  • Dario Capezzuto, policy officer at DG RTD, R&I actors and research careers, European Commission
  • Agnieszka Gawda, vice-president and CBO from Polonium Foundation
  • Javier Pardo, representative from CONNECTS-UK (CONNecting European Communities Through Science in the UK)
  • Francisco Vilaplana, president of RAICEX

Moderator: Lorenzo Melchor, policy analyst at the Joint Research Centre (JRC)

15h30 – 16h00 Coffee break

16h00 – 17h30 Round table II – Science for Policy: The contribution of scientific networks to evidence-informed policymaking 


  • Izaskun Lacunza, head coordinator of the Science and Technology Office of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, part of the EPTA network
  • Ettore Marchesoni, Officer, Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, NATO
  • Lluis Montoliu – president of the Association of Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing (ARRIGE) and member of the Ethics panel of the European Research Council in Brussels
  • Marcus Scheuren, head of Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA)
  • Sarah Verhulst, board member of the Young Academies Science Advice Structure (YASAS)

Moderator: Mónica Vara-Pérez, president of Spanish Scientists in Belgium (CEBE)

17h30 – 17h45 –  Session I conclusions (Eva Ortega-Paíno, RAICEX secretary-general)
17h45h – 20h30 – Reception