Anàlisi i Desenvolupament Global

The European Missions and their Implications for Scientific Research

This workshop is part of the project (ECT2020-000666), funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033) and European Union “NextGenerationEU”/PRTR”

9:15 - 13.30 CET (Barcelona)
Charles Darwin Room, PRBB, Barcelona & online (hybrid format)
Several speakers

EU Missions are a new way to fund and generate concrete solutions to some of our greatest societal challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver concrete results by 2030. EU Missions are a coordinated effort by the European Commission to pool the necessary resources in terms of funding programmes, policies and regulations, as well as other activities. They also aim to mobilise and activate public and private actors, such as EU Member States, regional and local authorities, research institutes, farmers and land managers, entrepreneurs and investors to create real and lasting impact. Missions will engage with citizens to boost societal uptake of new solutions and approaches.

At least three out of the five missions fall within ISGlobal’s scope of activities. The Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, has been particularly active in the Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, participating in the mirror group of the Mission in Spain through the Cities Communities of El Dia Despues. Opportunities for great links to this and other Missions among research organisations are emerging. 

The objective of this session is to understand how civil society and research and academic institutions can contribute to the objectives of the Missions during their formulation and especially in the last stage of implementation, where the Missions would mobilise dedicated Horizon Europe competitive calls.

Provisional Agenda

Charles Darwin Room, PRBB. Barcelona and online / 13 May 2022

  Presentations and speakers Objective of session
9:25-9:30 Presentation of the workshop  

The EU missions: inspiration, execution and mobilisation of research — Friday Seminar

Presentation by Manuel Szapiro, Director of the European Commission's Office in Barcelona


General context of the
European Missions, what’s their inspiration, goals and functioning? How do they differ from traditional scientific financing structures? What can we learn from other countries'
10:15- 10:30

 Coffee pause


EU Mission: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

Presentation by Julio Lembreras, PhD industrial engineer, professor at the UPM, coordinator of Cities Community in El Dia Despues and former member of the Mission Board for the Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities


Presentation of the EU
Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, selection process, awarded cities and Work Programme 2023-2024.
Is the mission implementation ambitious
enough to transform cities
from an integral perspective? What’s the role of scientific
research institutes? What are mechanisms for its implementation in Spain?

The cities perspective: Lessons
from the process

Presentation by 

Ramón Canal Oliveras, Director of the Technical Programming Office, 2030 Agenda Management, Digital Transition, Territorial Coordination and Sports, Barcelona City Council


Discuss the challenges the
application for the EU
Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities has posed to the applicant cities and how scientific and academic institutions can contribute to the implementation of the mission and the dissemination of the results.
11:50-12:00 Coffee pause  

EU Mission: Adaptation

Presentation by Lydia González, Spanish
delegate for Cluster 5. Climate and Mission Climate.


What’s the approach to
Adaptation from the EU
Mission? Is it sufficient to
address all health and environmental risks from
climate change?

EU Mission: Cancer

Presentation by Alex Piris, Head of Scientific Coordination Area at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology.


Introduction of the EU Mission on Cancer, reasons for the Mission, objectives and scope. How to ensure continuity on the goals of the mission? What are the roles and opportunities for the research community?
13:20-13:30 Closure  



Language: English

Streaming: For ISGlobalians it will be available as a friday seminar, for external attendees registration will be needed.

Free admission. Previous online registration highly encouraged for on-site participation. Limited capacity.

Participation of early career researchers is encouraged.