European ISC Members

Annual Meeting 2023

European Members of the International Science Council (ISC) 6th Annual Meeting was held at the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts on 14–15 September 2023, Podgorica

Participants of the annual meeting in front of the building of the Montenegrian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

See more photos from the annual meeting here.


PART I: Business Meeting, Thursday, 14 September 2023

15:00Registration and refreshments
Welcoming remarks, Meeting agenda, Minutes of the 2022 meeting
15:30Opening of the Annual Meeting: Welcoming address – Dragan K. Vukčević,
President of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts
15:40Opening address by Euro-ISC chair & short overview of activities – Tarmo Soomere, President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
An overview of current developments in ISC and foresight for European Members
16:00ISC: update on developments and challenges – Vivi Stavrou, ISC / Salvatore Aricò, ISC
16:40Discussion panel: Topical issues of the ISC European Members (ISC/EM) and contribution to the global ISC
Chair: Tarmo Soomere
Panelists: Geoffrey Boulton, Anna Mauranen, Jürg Pfister, Giselinde Kuipers, Vivi Stavrou
Topics: (a) identify those parts of the current ISC portfolio that resonate in current European settings;
(b) discussion of specific tasks of the EMG – asks the question ‘what?’, would be about ’why?’;
(c) whether the European Members could be the basis for an ISC focal point, analogous to other similar ones in different parts of the world (Item 2, Item 2a).
17:40Issues for the Management group to carry forward – Tarmo Soomere
17:50Science Day teaser: Science in the times of innovation – can we defend the investment in us? – Anna Mauranen
19:00Gala dinner hosted by the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts

PART II: Science Meeting, Friday, 15 September 2023

09:00Registration and refreshments
– Introduction to the Science Day themes – Tarmo Soomere, President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
09:40Challenges for Science in Montenegro
Biljana Šćepanović, Minister of Science and Technological Development, Government of Montenegro
10:00Track 1: Science and democracy
Chair: Giselinde Kuipers, Professor of Sociology, KU Leuven, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
– Ellen Rutten, Professor of Slavonic literature and culture at the University of Amsterdam (online presentation)
Jeroen de Kloet, Professor of globalisation studies, University of Amsterdam
Ralph Weber, Associate Professor for European Global Studies, University of Basel
11:15Coffee break
11:30Track 2: Science in transition
Chair: Geoffrey Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh
Vladimir Crnojevic, Director of the BioSense Institute in Novi Sad, Professor
in Computer Sciences at the University of Novi Sad: “Past, present and future of science, a personal view on evolution”
Luke Drury, Vice President of ALLEA, Royal Irish Academy: “Reforming publishing for a digital age – what can the Euro-ISC group do?”
Mila Popovich, Director General, Government of Montenegro; Founder, EVOLving Leadership:
“Futures Literacy: Global Trends and Montenegro’s Possibilities”
13:00Lunch at the Montenegrin Academy Club
14:00Track 3: What is happening on the continent?
Chair: Jürg Pfister, Secretary General, Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
– Agnieszka Gadzina-Kolodziejska, Deputy Head of the Science for democracy and evidence-informed policymaking Unit, the Joint Research Centre (JRC): “EU perspectives on evidence-informed policymaking in governance and public administrations” 
– Maarja Kruusmaa, European Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor of Biorobotics, Tallinn University of Technology, Center for Biorobotics: “From risk management towards better uncertainty management: recommendations for the future” (online presentation)
– Vivi Stavrou, Executive Secretary of the ISC Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science: “Science in Times of Crisis: experiences and lessons from the ISC”
15:15Coffee break
15:45Track 4: Science and diplomacy
Chair: Anna Mauranen, Professor of English, University of Helsinki
– Jan Marco Müller, Coordinator for Science Diplomacy and Multilateral Relations,
DG Research & Innovation: “A framework for European science diplomacy – and why it matters for science academies and learned societies” (online presentation)
16:30Closing remarks – Tarmo Soomere