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News article7 June 2021Directorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

"Riding the next wave of research data" workshop co-organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union Council and the European Commission

Workshop Date: The workshop was jointly organized on Monday 7 June 2021, 10h30-16h30 CEST by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) on behalf of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, together with the European Commission and the Portuguese Agency for Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation (AICIB).

Venue: LNEC –  National Laboratory for Civil Engineering, Lisbon (PT)

Resulting Declaration: “Riding the next wave of research data


The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of global collaboration and early sharing of well-documented data and knowledge. Achieving data interoperability becomes imperative in public emergencies when proper responses have to be rapidly identified like the development of vaccines or therapies for COVID19, which rely heavily on the capacity to integrate different data types originating from laboratory, hospital or industrial settings.

Workshop Objectives

The aim of this workshop was to review lessons learnt at national, European and community levels regarding data exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss how they could feed into more inclusive interoperability frameworks for scientific data exchange across domains and countries.


  • Session 1: Data sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic (45’). Reflection on data sharing issues and the first anniversary of the European COVID-19 data platform. This session did involve Commissioner Gabriel, Minister Heitor for the PT Presidency, Minister Simona Kustec (Slovenia), State Secretary Michael Meister (DE, recorded message) and Prof Edith Heard (Director General EMBL).
  • Session 2: Scientific data exchange in public health emergencies: what we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Session 3: Challenges towards a more inclusive interoperability framework for scientific data (120’)
  • Session 4: Presentation and adoption of the declaration and concluding remarks by the Portuguese Presidency and the European Commission.

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Event recording

Recording is available from here


Publication date
7 June 2021
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation