This conference is organized under the auspices of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in the framework of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The construction of the European Research Area is a special process in the European research policy subsequently realized and strengthened by various tools – i.e. Commission´s Green Paper on “The ERA: New Perspectives”or by Council conclusions as recently launched Ljubljana process followed by five identified initiatives for underpinning of the ERA.
Moreover, the end of 2008 widened all these initiatives by “Vision 2020 for the ERA” and underlined importance of the creation of an area of freedom and exchange for researchers and therefore to contribute to the Europe without barriers.
To add to this introduction, there are several issues and aspects of the European science policy and the conference aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion on them with regards to the new perspectives of the ERA. The target participants are from the European and international community of research stakeholders – research performing organizations, science foundations, European Commission and other relevant policy makers.