Science Against Poverty Conference
During two days on 8-9 April 2010, Science against Poverty conference created a space for debate within the European Union, open to the world, regarding the role played by European science and innovation in the fight against poverty and inequality. It was considered as a starting point of a future series of world class conferences.
The conference counted with the participation of 200 people attending the conference, 30 press journalists, in addition to the 230 interested ones who followed the conference live via web-streaming. The participants came from 46 countries across the five continents, while the speakers were from 25 nationalities representing enterprises, organisations, institutions and governments.
The contributions of research and innovation were presented in 12 parallel sessions that dealt with thematic and cross cutting issues of poverty and social exclusion. A vivid debate took place among experts, which brought to conclusions and recommendations that will be given below.
The results of this conference were taken to the Competitiveness Council of Ministers on 26 May, and were adopted a common position, hence the Council Conclusions on the Social Dimension of the European Research Area.
Science against Poverty Conference Booklet