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Informal Meeting of CREST and Council's Joint WP on Research/Atomic Questions

Informal Meeting of CREST and Council's Joint WP on Research/Atomic Questions
Date: 07.02. - 08.02.2008
Venue: Brdo
Policy area: Competitiveness
Type of event: Conferences and Expert Meetings

CREST (the Scientific and Technical Research Committee) is an advisory body whose function is to assist the Council and the Commission in performing the tasks incumbent on them in the sphere of RTD. CREST meetings are chaired by the European Commission, represented by the Director-General of the Research Directorate-General, or his deputy.

On 7 February 2008, CREST Committee members participating in the meeting and the members of the Joint Research and Atomic Questions Working Party will also visit the Jožef Štefan Institute and the Scientific and Research Centre (Znanstveno-raziskovalni center SAZU) in Slovenia.

On 8 February there will be a workshop on “Family-friendly scientific careers – towards an integrated model”, devoted to discussions on setting up appropriate conditions for the development of scientific careers. Special emphasis will be given to the young and to women, and their opportunities for getting involved in research activities. The European Commission will present its visions and plans for creating favourable conditions for the development of family-friendly scientific careers within the European Union. This will be followed by a presentation of the recently-concluded European Commission study on Women in Research Decision-Making in Europe prepared by a group of 16 experts (the Expert group on women in research decision making - WIRDEM). There will then be a presentation of examples of good practice from the UK, Sweden and Slovenia, in which individuals are enabled to successfully reconcile an excellent scientific career and family life.

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Date: 01.02.2008