ASSET project final conference


ASSET (Action plan on Science in Society in Epidemics and Total pandemics) project is now approaching its end, after working for 4 years on joining forces between science and society in order to better tackle Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC), like epidemics and pandemics.

Its outputs will be presented in an open discussion with leading experts in the field at the

ASSET Final Conference and Brokerage event in Rome,

at the hotel NH Roma Leonardo Da Vinci, on October 30-31.

A lesson learnt by 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic is that societal issues are not any less relevant than practical measures of containment to stop the spread of an infectious disease. Therefore, in the wake of that crisis, the European Commission decided to fund several projects, among which ASSET, to study the impact of Science-in-Society issues in pandemic and epidemic preparedness and response, in the line of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Recent infectious threats, such as Ebola in Western Africa and Zika in America, have confirmed the relevance of risk communication, biosecurity, ethical and gender implications, open access in science and science education, a transparent policy and a participatory governance of the crisis, with an active engagement of every stakeholder, included the public.

All these issues will be dealt with during the Conference, whose detailed programme is linked here.

The meeting will be opened on Monday, October 30th h 2:00 pm by

Walter Ricciardi, president of the Italian National Health Institute (ISS, Istituto Superiore di Sanità).

Other guest speakers, in addition to ASSET partners, will be:

  • Massimo Ciotti, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Stockolm, Sweden
  • Paolo Fortunato D’Ancona, Ministry of Health. Rome, Italy
  • Jacques de Haller, Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens, CPME. Brussels, Belgium
  • Giorgio Guzzetta, Bruno Kessler Foundation. Trento, Italy
  • Stefania Iannazzo, Italian Ministry of Health. Rome, Italy
  • Stefano Merler, Bruno Kessler Foundation. Trento, Italy
  • Daniela Ovadia, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Alberto Perra, Local Health Unit Rome 5, Italy
  • Antonio Scala, Institute for Complex Systems (ISC), CNR. University “La Sapienza”. Rome, Italy
  • Michael Sulzner, European Commission, Luxembourg
  • Alberto Tozzi, Bambino Gesù Hospital. Rome, Italy.

Concurrently, in a brokerage event on the same premises, ASSET partners and 10 other EU-funded projects will present themselves by poster sessions, videos, interviews, interactive seminars and social media corners.

About the ASSET project:

ASSET (Action plan in Science in Society in Epidemics and Total pandemics), is a 48 month European Union co-funded transdisciplinary, Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan project involving 14 consortium partners from 11 countries.

Among its main outputs, ASSET produced:

 - An Action Plan with practical tools targeted to different stakeholders: international, national and local authorities and organizations; healthcare professionals, scientific community, industry, media and public;

- A one-day Citizen Consultation, in the line of Deliberative Democracy, engaging 400 people, previously well informed, in a discussion on Science-in-Society issues about infectious threats, in 8 European countries;

- Several means of interaction among stakeholders by features and interviews on ASSET website, social media, bulletins, newsletters, a glossary and a Paper Series (ISSN: 2532-3784);

- Several e-mail exchanges and three personal meetings of a High Level Policy Forum, involving 15 members from different countries (Norway, Sweden, Italy, UK, Denmark, France, Israel, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Romania, Ireland and Greece);

- Three editions of an Annual Summer School in Rome targeted to professionals and PhD students in several fields (medicine, public health, philosophy, social science, communication, healthcare, health economics, and administration);

- A platform that gathered Good and Best Practices and one focused on Gender issues contents on the ASSET website;

- Local Initiatives in Rome, Milan Malpensa Airport, Paris, Lyon, Dublin, London, Brussels, Oslo, Sofia, Bucharest, Geneva, Haifa.

- Data Visualizations for analysing some relevant points of the debate (compulsoriness of vaccination, gender in trials, ethical issues in pandemic plans, immunization of healthcare workers in Europe).

Anyone can register online as well as at the conference venue.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact

Roberta Villa, Zadig
Tel: 0039 3398182219

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Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation
Engaging all of Europe in shaping a desirable and sustainable future
Expect the unexpected and know how to respond
Driving innovation in crisis management for European resilience
Effective communication in outbreak management: development of an evidence-based tool for Europe
Solutions to improve CBRNe resilience
Network for Communicable Disease Control in Southern Europe and Mediterranean Countries
Developing the framework for an epidemic forecast infrastructure
Strengthening of the national surveillance system for communicable diseases
Surveillance of vaccine preventable hepatitis
European monitoring of excess mortality for public health action
European network for highly infectious disease
Dedicated surveillance network for surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases in the EU
Modelling the spread of pandemic influenza and strategies for its containment and mitigation
Cost-effectiveness assessment of european influenza human pandemic alert and response strategies
Bridging the gap between science, stakeholders and policy makers
Promotion of immunization for health professionals in Europe
Towards inclusive research programming for sustainable food innovations
Addressing chronic diseases and healthy ageing across the life cycle
Medical ecosystem – personalized event-based surveillance
Studying the many and varied economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of the recent developments on the Internet, and their consequences for the individual and society at large
Get involved in the responsible marine research and innovation
Knowledge-based policy-making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, mainly based upon the practices in Parliamentary Technology Assessment
Assessment of the current pandemic preparedness and response tools, systems and practice at national, EU and global level in priority areas
Analysis of innovative public engagement tools and instruments for dynamic governance in the field of Science in Society
Public Engagement with Research And Research Engagement with Society
Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data
Providing infrastructure, co-ordination and integration of existing clinical research networks on epidemics and pandemics
Promote vaccinations among migrant population in Europe
Creating mechanisms for effectively tackling the scientific and technology related challenges faced by society
Improve the quality of indoor air, keeping it free from radon
Improving respect of ethics principles and laws in research and innovation, in line with the evolution of technologies and societal concerns
Investigating how cities in the West securitise against global pandemics
Creating a structured dialogue and mutual learning with citizens and urban actors by setting up National Networks in 10 countries across Europe
Identifying how children can be change agents in the Science and Society relationship
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