Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

UCloud presented in Brussels

How to bridge the gap between science and decision making?


From the agora inside the European Parliament to the digital agora of “Ucloud – Connecting Knowledge”, with the same aim: address the gap between science and policy making to overcome the most important challenges of our time.


Reconnecting policy making and science: How do we do it? This was the topic of the meeting, organized by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore  in Brussels the 11th of December in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Union. The event gathered together MEPs and representatives of the EU Parliament, the European Commission, the Italian Permanent Representation, Researchers, industry and relevant associations.


The guests were welcomed by Patrizia Toia, the vice chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament. Key note speeches were addressed by Riccardo Ribera d’Alcala, Director General of the European Parliament; and Mario Melazzini, Regional Minister for research and innovation of the Lombardy Region. Rector Franco Anelli specifically addressed contribution that scientific research can offer to policy makers in improving society. Lorenzo Morelli, coordinator of the Committee on the Research Strategy of the University and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science presented UCloud – Connecting Knowledge , the tool developed to foster dialogue between academia and society in Europe and worldwide.

The first theme that Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has brought to the attention of the European policy makers has been on active ageing and healthy living, a challenge brought by demographic change that society must address and at the same time an opportunity to encourage social innovation and promote global well-being in an ageing society.
Here you can find some of the materials presented during the event. If you want to continue the discussion, write to us  and visit the Agora section of the website.


>> GALLERY View the photos of the event in Brussels


>> FOCUS 1/ Rector Franco Anelli’s speech

>> FOCUS 2/ Presenting UCloud, Lorenzo Morelli

>> FOCUS 3/ The European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing’s approach to promoting healthy nutrition for healthy ageing, Jorge Pinto Antunes

>> FOCUS 4/ Reconnecting policy making and science: How do we do it? Study case. Active Ageing & Healthy Living, Rafael De Andres Medina

>> FOCUS 5/ Demographic change: an opportunity to promote healthy nutrition for healthy ageing, Francesco Landi

>> FOCUS 6/ Active and healthy ageing - Silver Economy, Peter Wintlev-Jensen

>> FOCUS 7/ Presenting JPI HDHL, Rafael De Andres Medina
>> FOCUS 8/ The European innovation partnership o active and healthy ageing's approach to promote healthy nutrition for healthy ageing, Jorge Pinto Antunes


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