Welcome to Bayer Life Talks

The Bayer Life Talks series is designed as a platform for open and public discussion on how innovations in life sciences should play a role in modern economies, and the contribution they can make to overcoming societal challenges. 

The first of the sessions took place on 9 September and focused on gene editing, following the European Commission’s recent study on new genomic techniques. The second of the sessions will look at the fault lines and opportunities in the relationship between policymakers, business, and the scientific community. It will take place on 8 December at 15:00 – 16:15 CET.

If you are interested in learning more about the series, please contact us here.

Upcoming Session

The Science of Transparency: Delivering Quality of Life Improvements through Transparent Science & Policymaking

8 December / Online 15:00 - 16:15

A trusted relationship between science, business, and policymaking is essential for the proper functioning of our democracies. Science and academia play a necessary role in policymaking, offering evidence-based research to guide the formulation and direction of the rules that govern. We are, however, living in a period of increased distrust in traditional institutions, with the organisations and experts that were once valued and relied upon, now subject to growing skepticism.

In the context of the recent strengthening of transparency rules for those seeking to influence policymaking in Europe and following the public consultation on developing a fit for purpose European innovation ecosystem to boost innovation cohesion, this second session in the Bayer Life Talks will look at the fault lines and opportunities in the relationship between policymakers, business, and the scientific community. It will debate the role of business in funding academic and scientific research and what tools are available to ensure transparency and accountability in the process. What guard rails currently exist to ensure that evidence-based policymaking can thrive?

With the European Union undertaking several initiatives to reinforce the ambition and global competitiveness of its European Research Area, and while the demand for insight and future proof policymaking increases, how is the business community working to ensure that it continues to play a positive role in science and research, and what are the implications for the innovation agenda in Europe?

Key Themes

Transparency

Quality of Life

Global Competitiveness

Agenda

All session timings are in CET

15:00
Moderator:

Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

15:00 - 15:05
Opening Remarks

Stephan Schraff, Head Public Affairs European Union, Bayer AG

15:05 - 15:20
Keynote Presentation
15:20 - 16:15
Discussion

Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member, European Parliament

Dr Anna-Maija Mertens, Executive Director, Transparency International Germany

Dr. Monika Lessl, SVP, Head Corporate R&D and Social Innovation, Bayer AG

Lidia Borrell-Damián, Secretary-General, Science Europe
16:15
Event Close

Speakers include...

Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Paul
Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe

Maria da Graça Carvalho MEP, Group of the European People’s Party, European Parliament

Maria da Graça
Carvalho

Member, European Parliament

Dr Anna-Maija Mertens, Executive Director, Transparency International
Germany

Dr Anna-Maija
Mertens

Executive Director, Transparency International Germany

Portrait Science Europe, Brussels

Lidia
Borrell-Damián

Secretary-General, Science Europe

Stephan-Schraff-Square.jpg

Stephan Schraff

Head Public Affairs European Union, Bayer AG

Monike Lessl

Monika Lessl

SVP, Head Corporate R&D and Social Innovation, Bayer AG

Event Partners

Previous Session - 9 September 2021

The Bio Revolution - What's in it for Europe?

Get in touch

For more information on any aspect of the Bayer Life Talks series, please contact us using the details below:

James Wilmott

Managing Director | Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 7760 160 618

Email: [email protected]