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Annual lecture on “Biomedical and health research: developing a vision for Europe” – 21 March 2018, Brussels

Annual lecture: “Biomedical and health research: developing a vision for Europe”

21 March 2018

Hotel Steigenberger Wiltcher’s, Avenue Louise 71

Brussels (Belgium)

About the annual lecture

The current debate on the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) offers the opportunity to articulate a long-term vision for biomedical and health research, and to address current gaps in support of excellent science. Developing such a vision for Europe is important to make sure that future research will continue to improve citizens’ health and quality of life.

To contribute to this debate, the FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum’s annual lecture brought together policy-makers and high-level representatives from across different biomedical sectors to present their vision for the future of biomedical and health research in Europe, and how the European Union’s funding programmes could help achieving this. In particular, the following topics were addressed:

  • Thematic priorities for future biomedical and health research, in particular: i) What should be the research ‘moonshot’ missions in the health/biomedical area?; ii) How to link future research priorities with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • Current gaps in the support of biomedical and health research in Europe;
  • How to improve coordination and consolidation of biomedical research across Europe.


A summary report of the discussion was produced and can be accessed by clicking on the picture here below.

Final agenda and keynote presentation

Final agenda

Keynote lecture by Line Matthiessen – Acting Director, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Health Directorate



See how the event unfolded on Twitter by using the hashtag #FEAMForum2018



About the FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum

The FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum provides a platform for discussion on key policy issues for the biomedical community.

The Forum is an initiative from the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM). It aims to bring together representatives from academia, research charities, industry, European and national trade associations and professional bodies, regulators, public health bodies, and patient and consumers groups.

If you have any questions about the event, please send an e-mail to: Silvia Bottaro, FEAM Forum Policy Officer silvia.bottaro@zl31wxaln.preview.infomaniak.website

To learn more about the FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum, please consult the FEAM Forum page.


This annual lecture was funded by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences using a grant from the UK’s Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
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