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Science Business Annual Network Conference
February 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CET
NOTE: this is based on an article that was originally published 9 May 2023 on the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’s website.
The Science Business Annual Network Conference took place in Brussels and online on 7 February, 2023, under the theme “Sustainable horizons: Does our future depend on science?”
The event aimed to bring together EU policymakers, academia, researchers, and the IT ecosystem to discuss the importance of upscaling international cooperation and resources to address climate change and extreme weather events.
During the conference’s opening panel, Peter Bauer emphasized the need for improved understanding of climate change through research and science, advocating for investments in both fundamental questions and actionable solutions. The event also featured Robert-Jan Smits, who highlighted the vast untapped potential of big data and digital technology in transforming production processes and society.
A significant focus of the conference was the European Union’s funded initiative, Destination Earth, which aims to build a digital replica of the Earth system by 2030. This initiative involves collaboration between the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).
The Science Business Annual Network Conference provided valuable insights into the current state of the European science and technology ecosystem, the progress of the EU’s Horizon Europe program, and the importance of science, research, and policy in shaping a sustainable future.
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