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Thinking across disciplines - shaping our future welfare together

International conference “Thinking across disciplines - shaping our future welfare together” will address the key challenges facing European R&D and innovation.

6 October 2009

The one-day international conference will bring together a multidisciplinary community of experts in policy, private sector and academia. The discussion will focus on finding the most effective approach for Europe in order to confront the major challenges in today’s society as well as to look at the best policy agenda needed to achieve the best strategic European R&D in the future.

The conference will be divided into two parts, first of which is a plenary session that focuses on how innovation can secure welfare and create more jobs in Europe. A discussion of the key challenges for Europe's competitiveness will follow.

The second part of the conference will explore some of the formative roles played by the social sciences and the humanities in addressing the key challenges to global research. In the six parallel sessions, the contribution of social sciences and humanities to other scientific disciplines will be explored.

For a more detailed programme and the speakers' biographies, please follow this link:

Date and venue:

Tuesday 6 October 2009 at 09:30 – 18:00
at MCE Conference Centre,
Rue de l’Aqueduc 118,
B-1050 Brussels

Interested journalists are kindly invited to take part of the conference. For more information and for arranging interviews with speakers, please contact:

• Mrs Nanna ROSENFELDT, Danish Business Research Academy (DEA), Mob: +4560666252
• Mr Adam MOLNAR, Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation (PLATON+ partner),

The conference is organized by the Danish Business Research Academy ( Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation( Danish Business Advisers Federation ( Danish Service Industries Federation ( EU project PLATON+ ( and European Policy Centre ( information may also be obtained from and info(at)