We are happy to announce that our annual Spring Meeting will take place on 14 May in Brussels.

We hope that you will join us for discussions on the European elections, on Plan S (the promotion of open access publishing), and on our ongoing and upcoming activities.

BioMed Alliance Spring Meeting

Tuesday 14 May 2019


BioMed Alliance Office Building (Square de Meeûs, 29), 2nd floor

  • The aim of this meeting is to allow you to exchange views on EU policy, to stay up to date and to provide input on BioMed Alliance activities.
  • The meeting will take place in our office and starts at 10:00 and ends at 16.30. 
  • Please note that a Policy Officers meeting will take place on 13 May. You will receive a separate invitation for this meeting.

Programme Spring meeting


2nd floor

Welcome Coffee


Introduction & Tour de table  

Axel Pries


European elections: what's at stake?

Richard Steel, Head of Parliamentary Intelligence Unit at Interel


Challenges and Opportunities of the EU’s open access plan

Moderators: Wilfried Ellmeier & Chantal Mathieu


Plan S is a proposal of the European Commission, Science Europe, and National Research Funding organisations stating that scientific publications that receive funding from its members must be made freely accessible immediately upon publication. This means that researchers who receive public funding from participating organisations will no longer be able to publish in paid, non-open access journals. Plan S thus has substantial consequences for researchers in Europe, but also for health associations that publish in scientific journals.


Outline: panel discussions


Keynote: Robert Kiley, Head of Open Science, Wellcome Trust

Brief introductory interventions (10 min each):


  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Open data Policies and Science Cloud, European Commission
  • Thomas F. Lüscher, editor in Chief of the European Heart Journal and Valentina Tursini, Scientific Publications Director, ESC
  • Prof. Laszlo Fesus, Chair of the FEBS Publications Committee
  • Jan Cools, editor-in-chief of the HemaSphere journal, EHA


4th Floor

Networking lunch



Gunhild Waldemar and Michel Ballieu

  • Accounts 2018
  • BioMed Alliance Membership

Update on ongoing activities

Influencing Horizon Europe: Steering Board for Health, cooperation with EU based stakeholders to boost health research


Axel Pries and Wilfried Ellmeier

CME Experts Standing Committee


David Vodušek

Task Force on Regulatory and Medical Devices


Alan Fraser

Task Force on Academic Clinical Trials – what’s next


Colm O’Morain
 15.20-16.00    Future directions

Proposal for a regulation on Health Technology Assessment and research community involvement


Piotr Szymański
 BioMed Alliance – key player in Brussels ecosystem:  relevant stakeholder for EMA, the next Public Private Partnership and the existing Steering mechanisms in the EC


Axel Pries and Wilfried Ellmeier
 BioMed Alliance position on impact of the GDPR on health research

Berthold Koletzko TBC
 16.00  Conclusions


The morning session will be dedicated to topics that are of relevance to all member organisations including for instance the upcoming European Elections and Plan S (the European initiative that promotes open access publishing). We will invite both external speakers (such as representatives of Wellcome Trust and Science Europe) and member organisations to discuss their views on Plan S. This session will showcase key insights on how to cope with the increased push for open access publishing. 

The afternoon session will allow members to discuss ongoing and upcoming BioMed Alliance activities and provide input. The agenda and related documents will be circulated shortly. 

Your presence will be highly appreciated and of major significance to all member societies and to the BioMed Alliance. We hope many of you can attend the meeting and kindly ask you to confirm your participation.

  • Please confirm your participation to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 15 April

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