Come to UCL's European Politics Series Online Talk

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    04/03/2021 - 03:00
    United Kingdom, London
    04/03/2021 - 04:15
    UCL European Institute

UCL's European Politics Series

21 October 2020–17 March 2021, 6:00 pm–7:15 pm

A series of online talks from the UCL European Institute and the Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy.

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Co-organized by the Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy and the European Institute


This is a series of online talks of leading scholars and practitioners in European affairs that present novel ideas, works and best practices to engage with a broad audience including students, faculty and the general public. Topics range from current election and party politics, Brexit and international trade to democratic backsliding and the EU's foreign policy capabilities. In the keynote format, one speaker gets 45 minutes to present a major idea, insight or method that allows us to better understand or tackle key challenges of contemporary European politics. The presentation is followed by a 30 minutes Q&A session. In the panel format, two to three speakers from academia and practice get 75 minutes to discuss a topic from different perspectives in the search for practical solutions. Audience questions are admitted at any time and will be introduced by a moderator. Moreover, we will use polls to engage the speakers with their audience in both formats.

The series is convened by Drs Christopher Wratil and Nicholas Wright, Department of Political Science, and Drs Uta Staiger and Claudia Sternberg, European Institute.

Most events will take place from 6-7.15 pm GMT. For registration and access details, see each individual entry.

  • 21st October, 2020: Stefanie Walter, Professor for International Relations and Political Economy (University of Zurich)

  • 4th November 2020: David Henig, Director, the UK Trade Policy Project (European Centre for International Political Economy) and Dr Anna Jerzewska, Founder, Trade & Borders international trade consultancy

  • 25th November 2020: Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics (Rutgers University)

  • 16th December 2020: David O'Sullivan, former EU Ambassador to the US and Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service

  • 27th January 2021: Sara Hobolt, Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and professor in Dept of Government and the European Institute (London School of Economics)

  • 10th February 2021: Julia Gross, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy in London

  • 3rd March 2021: Carlos Moedas, Visiting Professor (UCL European Institute), and former European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

  • 17th March 2021: Toni Haastrup, Senior Lecturer in International Politics (University of Stirling)



Europe and the Future of Innovation

03 March 2021, 6:00 pm–7:15 pm

Carlos Moedas, Former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

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Claudia Sternberg


ABSTRACT: Historically, Europe has shaped and was shaped by science and innovation. From the scientific revolution during the Renaissance and Enlightenment to the 19th century industrial revolution, Europe has been a focal point of scientific progress. After the Second World War, however, the US arguably became the centre of the world's scientific and innovation endeavours. In today’s multipolar world, with climate change, novel public health crises and societal transformations bringing new challenges, our collective future depends on science and innovation. The big question is: How can Europe further science and innovation? What are the ingredients of future innovation? What is this new wave of innovation about? What are our particular strengths and weaknesses?

Speaker: Carlos Moedas

A former civil engineer and economist, Carlos Moedas is a well-respected figure in European politics. From 2014-2019, he served as European Commissioner covering the portfolio of Research, Science and Innovation under of the leadership of President Jean-Claude Juncker. In this role, he designed the proposal for the Horizon Europe research and innovation framework.

Prior to this, he served as co-ordinator of Portugal’s Social Democratic Party Economic Research Unit, before being elected to Parliament in 2011. He was quickly appointed as under-Secretary of State in the Portuguese government and oversaw the implementation of key structural reforms.

Chair: Uta Staiger

Find more information on the UCL European Politics Series, including our full preliminary programme, here.