The Science against Poverty Conference will raise the issue of the role of scientific research (particularly of social sciences) and innovation in alleviating poverty and social exclusion to the ministerial political agenda.
The event will take place in 8th and 9th of April 2010 in La Granja, Segovia, Spain. It will bring together 200 international experts from the academia, research organisations and policy makers to come out with high level recommendations which are to be translated as Council Conclusions during the 2nd Competitiveness Council of May 2010. The outcomes of the conference will be presented by the Spanish Minister of Science and Innovation, Ms Cristina Garmendia at the Competitiveness Council meeting on 26th of May 2010 in Brussels. Also, they will be disseminated to European and international RTD stakeholders.
Prof. Eliana la Ferrara (Bocconi University, RISE partner) will give a presentation at the thematic parallel session "Knowing Poverty (Social Sciences Perspective)".
The Conference will focus on what can RTD&I do to fight poverty in the World, and will pay special attention on how European and National RTD an Innovation policies should be designed and adapted so that they reflect a responsible compromise of Science Programmes towards fighting poverty and exclusion. The role of Socio-economic sciences in understanding the poverty dynamics and in proposing plausible remedies will also be a focal point of the Conference.