Bucharest Leaders’ Summit: Licence for a Better World Topics

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3 April 2024

 

Official Opening

 

 

4 April 2024

 

Sustainable Development

 
„The pathway to sustainability: Directions and challenges for sustainable development in Romania”
 

„Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Romania” – Discussing the current state of implementation of the SDGs in Romania, identifying priority areas and challenges in aligning national policies with the global sustainability goals.

„Green economy and energy transition” – Exploring the opportunities and challenges of the transition to a green economy, including the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable job creation.

„Biodiversity conservation and environmental protection” – Assessing the efforts to conserve biodiversity and protect natural habitats in Romania, discussing effective strategies to combat climate change and pollution.

„Sustainable urban development and urban mobility” – Discussing sustainable urban planning and urban mobility solutions to reduce congestion, pollution and improve the quality of life in Romanian cities.

„Social inclusion and reducing inequalities” – Discussing ways to ensure social and economic inclusion in the context of sustainable development, with a focus on reducing inequalities and ensuring equal access to resources and services for all segments of society.

 

 

 

5 April 2024

 

Cardiology

 

„The heart of society: Modern cardiology approaches for a healthier life”

 

„Cardiovascular disease prevention: Strategies and campaigns” – Discussing the importance of prevention in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease and effective strategies to promote a healthy lifestyle. The role of awareness campaigns and regular screening in the early detection of risk factors.

„Innovations and advances in the treatment of heart disease” – Exploring the latest innovations in the treatment of heart disease, including advanced therapies, minimally invasive procedures and emerging technologies for diagnosis and treatment. Their impact on improving patients’ prognosis and quality of life.

„The management of chronic heart disease” – Assessing multidisciplinary approaches for the management of patients with chronic heart disease, highlighting the importance of a close cooperation between cardiologists, family physicians and other medical specialties to ensure integrated and personalized care.

„Access to quality cardiology care” – Discussing the challenges of access to quality cardiology services in Romania, including regional disparities in the distribution of resources and specialists, and solutions to improve access to care for all patients.

„Cardiology and digital technology” – Discussing the impact of digital technology in cardiology, including telemedicine, mobile apps for heart health monitoring and the use of big data to improve patient care and clinical research. 

 

Agriculture

 

„Sowing the future: Sustainable strategies for the Romanian agriculture”

 

„Adapting agriculture to climate change: Sustainable solutions and practices” – Discussing the impact of climate change on the Romanian agriculture and identifying the most effective practices and technologies for adaptation and risk mitigation. This includes techniques for conservation agriculture, water and soil management and growing species resistant to extreme climate conditions.

„Technology and innovation serving farmers” – Exploring the role of emerging technologies (such as artificial intelligence, robotics and precision agriculture) in transforming the agriculture sector. Discussing farmers’ access to such technologies and their impact on increasing productivity and efficiency.

„Agricultural policies and support for farmers” – Reviewing national and European agricultural policies, with a focus on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and how they support rural development and sustainable agriculture in Romania. Addressing topics such as subsidies, access to finance and support measures for young farmers.

„Food security and access to international markets” – Discussing how Romania can ensure food security for the population and increase agricultural exports. This includes quality standards, certifications and adapting to the requirements of foreign markets.

„Agriculture and rural development: Social and economic integration” – Focusing on the link between agriculture and rural development, discussing how innovations in the agricultural sector can help improve living conditions in rural areas. Discussing job creation, rural infrastructure and social services for farming communities.

 

 

8 April 2024

 

Energy

 
„The energy of the future: Redesigning the energy paradigm for a sustainable world”
 

„Energy balancing: Navigating between security and sustainability” – This topic invites an in-depth discussion on how we can maintain the balance between the need for energy security and the imperative of sustainability, exploring solutions for a stable and green energy future.

„Green innovation: Catalysts for change in the clean energy age” – Looking at the role of emerging and innovative technologies in transforming the energy sector, promoting renewables and efficiency as pillars of sustainable development.

„Green finance: Driver of energy transition” – Discussing financial mechanisms and investments that can accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system, from government funding to private investment and public-private partnerships.

„Nuclear vs. renewable: Complementarity or confrontation?” – Examining the place of nuclear power in the energy mix of the future, assessing how it can co-exist with renewable sources to achieve the decarbonisation goals without compromising energy security.

„Energy policy for humanity: Beyond technology” – This topic delves into the impact of policy decisions and regulations on the future of energy, highlighting the need for a vision that puts the well-being of communities and equity of access to energy at its heart.

 

Natural Gas

 
„Energy of the future: Challenges and opportunities for the natural gas area”
 

„Natural gas exploration and exploitation”: Discussing the current status and prospects of natural gas exploration and exploitation in Romania, including the offshore resources existing in the Black Sea. Technical, economic and environmental challenges related to gas extraction.

„The role of natural gas in Romania’s energy security”: Exploring the importance of natural gas in ensuring Romania’s energy security and the diversification of energy sources. Discussing import dependency and strategies to reduce it.

„Energy transition and natural gas”: Assessing the role of natural gas in the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy. Discussing the use of natural gas as a transition technology and its potential to support the integration of renewable sources.

„Sustainability and environmental impact”: Reviewing the challenges related to the sustainability and environmental impact of natural gas exploitation and use, including greenhouse gas emissions and solutions to reduce environmental impacts.

„Innovations and technologies in the gas sector”: Assessing the technological innovations and new developments in the gas sector, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, biogas and hydrogen from natural gas, and their impact on energy efficiency and emission reductions.


In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

 
„New hopes, new lives: Optimisation and accessibility of IVF in Romania”
 

„Innovations and advances in IVF technology” – Reviewing the latest technological advances in IVF, including embryo selection techniques, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and methods to optimise implantation success. The impact of such innovations on the IVF success rates.

„Addressing the challenges of infertility” – Exploring the diverse and increasingly common causes of infertility in the contemporary society and ways in which IVF treatments can provide solutions tailored to the specific needs of each couple.

„Accessibility and financing of IVF treatments” – Discussing the significant costs of IVF treatments and solutions to improve access, including financing options, health insurance and government support programmes.

„Psychological support for couples undergoing IVF treatments” – Assessing the importance of psychological support during IVF treatments, addressing the emotional stress, pressure and expectations associated with these procedures. The role of counselling and support groups.

„Ethics and regulations in IVF” – Discussing the ethical challenges and the need for clear regulations in IVF, including the management of surplus embryos, egg and sperm donation, and other issues related to medically assisted reproduction.

 

 

9 April 2024

 

Finance, Banking and Insurance

 
„Slaloming between changes: Challenges and innovations in the Romanian finance-banking and insurance sector”
 

„The impact of technology on the financial and banking sector” – Discussing how digital technology, including fintech, blockchain and artificial intelligence, is transforming the way banks and financial institutions interact with customers, deliver services and manage risks.

„Trends and innovations in the insurance industry” – Exploring innovations in the insurance industry, such as personalised insurance, telematics and the use of big data to improve risk assessment and tailor offers to customers.

„Regulatory and supervisory challenges” – Reviewing the challenges and opportunities arising from the need for effective regulation and supervision in a rapidly evolving industry to ensure financial stability and consumer protection.

„Adapting to changing consumer behaviour” – Discussing how banks, financial institutions and insurance companies are adapting to changing consumer expectations and behaviour, including the demand for digital services, transparency and social responsibility.

„Sustainability and green finance” – Assessing the role and impact of green finance and sustainable investment in the financial sector, and the challenges and opportunities related to the transition to a greener and more environmentally responsible economy.

 

Vaccination

 
„Immunisation is part of the present for a healthy future: Strategies and challenges in vaccination campaigns in Romania”
 

„The current status of vaccination coverage in Romania” – Examining the vaccination rates for different age groups and vaccines, identifying the areas and groups with insufficient coverage and discussing the factors that create the gaps.

„Combating vaccine hesitancy” – Exploring the causes of vaccine hesitancy, including misinformation and lack of trust in the health authorities, and effective strategies to increase public confidence in vaccines through education, awareness campaigns and transparent communication.

„Adapting vaccination strategies to new challenges” – Discussing the need to adapt vaccination strategies to emerging challenges, such as the emergence of new infectious diseases and viral strains, and the importance of continued research to develop effective vaccines.

„The role of technology and innovation in vaccination campaigns” – Assessing the impact of technology and innovation on the efficiency of vaccination campaigns, including IT systems for monitoring vaccinations, vaccine batch tracking technologies and digital information campaigns.

„Partnerships and cooperation in vaccination promotion” – Discussing the importance of partnerships between public health authorities, health professionals, non-governmental organisations and communities to increase vaccination coverage and promote a common message on the benefits of vaccination.

 

 

10 April 2024

 

Education

 
„Redefining education: Challenges and solutions for the Romanian education system”

„Curriculum modernisation: Education between tradition and innovation” – Examining the need to renew the school curriculum to include skills relevant to the 21st century, such as critical thinking, creativity, digital skills and global awareness. Discussing the balance between preserving valuable educational traditions and integrating new teaching approaches.

„Access to quality education: Bridging the gap” – Discussing effective strategies to ensure equal access to quality education for all students, regardless of their socio-economic or geographical background. Identifying solutions to tackle school drop-out and functional illiteracy.

„Educational technologies and the future of education” – Exploring the potential of educational technologies to transform learning and teaching. Ways to integrate digital tools and online platforms to facilitate access to education and personalise the learning experience for students.

„The professional development of teachers” – Emphasising the importance of continuous development of teachers’ competences to meet the dynamic demands of modern education. Initiatives and programmes for the professional training and psychological support of teachers.

„Educational partnerships and the role of the community” – Discussing the importance of cooperation between schools, families and the community in supporting the educational process. The role of educational partnerships in promoting inclusive education and actively involving parents and other social actors in school life.

 

 

11 April 2024

 

Dermatology

 
„The skin under the magnifying glass: Dermatology innovations and challenges in Romania”
 

„Prevention in dermatology: education and awareness” – Discussing the importance of skin health education and awareness campaigns to prevent dermatological diseases, including sun protection and early detection of skin cancer.

„Innovations and advances in dermatological treatments” – Exploring the latest innovations and treatments in dermatology, from biological therapies for psoriasis and eczema to advanced technologies for scar treatment and skin ageing.

„Addressing chronic dermatological conditions” – Assessing long-term management strategies for patients with chronic dermatological conditions, emphasising the importance of a multidisciplinary approach and psychological support.

„Dermatology and digital technology” – Discussing the impact of digital technology in dermatology, including telemedicine, mobile apps for monitoring skin conditions and the use of artificial intelligence in dermatological diagnosis.

„Access to quality dermatology care” – Reviewing the challenges and solutions to improve access to quality dermatology services in Romania, from the uneven distribution of specialists to the costs of advanced treatments.

 

 

12 April 2024

 

Healthcare

 
„The future of healthcare in Romania: Innovation and access for all”
 

„Innovation in healthcare: Emerging technologies and practices” – Exploring the potential of emerging technologies (telemedicine, artificial intelligence, biotechnology) to change the delivery of healthcare. Discussing how such innovations can improve patient diagnosis, treatment and monitoring.

„Universal access to quality healthcare services” – Discussing effective strategies to ensure equal access to healthcare services for all segments of the population. The focus will be on reducing regional disparities and improving healthcare infrastructure in rural and disadvantaged areas.

„Prevention and health promotion” – Stressing the importance of prevention and health education in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases and other conditions. Initiatives and public awareness campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle and regular screenings.

„The healthcare system and pandemic resilience” – Reviewing the lessons learned from the situation management during the COVID-19 pandemic and strategies for strengthening the healthcare system resilience to future health crises. Discussing the importance of planning and rapid responses, as well as international cooperation in public healthcare.

„Financing the healthcare system: Sustainability and efficiency” – Exploring innovative financing ways for sustainability and quality improvement of healthcare services. Discussing ways of balancing public and private financing and optimising resource allocation to meet the needs of the population.

 

 

15 April 2024

 

Demographics and Population

 
„Navigating through demographic changes: Challenges and opportunities for Romania”
 

„Current trends in Romania’s demography” – Examining the recent trends and developments in Romania’s demographic structure, including population ageing, internal and international migration, and birth and death rates. The impact of the trends on social and economic policy.

„The impact of migration on society and the economy” – Discussing the consequences of labour migration on the labour market and the economy and the challenges of integrating immigrants. Strategies to attract and retain talent and encourage return migration.

„Policies to support families and the birth rate” – Assessing the effectiveness of current policies to support families and stimulate the birth rate. Innovative initiatives and programmes that can encourage higher birth rates and support young families.

„Challenges of an ageing population” – Addressing the challenges of an ageing population, including the sustainability of the pension and healthcare systems and the need for long-term care services. Strategies to promote active and healthy ageing.

„Adapting infrastructure and public services to demographic change” – Discussing the need to adapt infrastructure and public services (education, healthcare, transport) to the needs of a changing population. Initiatives to increase accessibility and quality of services for all age groups.

 

Social Challenges and Citizen Safety

 
„Between protection and progress: Social challenges and citizen safety in Romania”
 

„Challenges to social cohesion in the modern context” – Reviewing the factors that affect social cohesion in Romania, including economic disparities, urban and rural segregation and the impact of migration. Strategies to promote social inclusion and integration in a diverse society.

„Tackling exclusion and marginalisation” – Discussing the measures required in order to combat the exclusion and marginalisation of vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and the homeless. The role of social policies and assistance programmes in ensuring equal access to opportunities and resources.

„Promoting citizen safety” – Exploring approaches and initiatives to increase citizen safety in public spaces, online and at home. The importance of cooperation between local authorities, law enforcement agencies and communities in preventing and combating crime and violence.

„The impact of technology on safety and social cohesion” – Assessing the potential of technology to contribute to citizen safety and social cohesion, including through smart crime monitoring and prevention solutions and digital platforms that facilitate citizen involvement and access to social services.

„Combating human trafficking: Strategies to prevent and protect the victims” – This topic addresses challenges and the strategies needed in order to combat human trafficking, a serious phenomenon affecting the rights and safety of individuals in Romania and beyond. Discussions will focus on identifying the most effective ways to prevent trafficking in human beings, on improving mechanisms to identify and protect the victims and on strengthening inter-institutional and cross-border cooperation. Other key discussion points will be the role of education in raising public awareness and the importance of an integrated response involving authorities, the civil society and communities.

„Efforts and challenges in the fight against drug trafficking” – This topic focuses on assessing current efforts and the challenges encountered in the fight against drug trafficking in Romania. It will explore national and international strategies to deter this dangerous phenomenon, the impact on citizens’ safety and public health, and innovative approaches to drug prevention and addiction treatment. An important point of discussion will be the need for effective cooperation between law enforcement agencies, judicial institutions and public health organisations in order to comprehensively address both the supply and the demand of illicit drugs.

 

Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality

 
”Building bridges: The evolution of equal opportunities and gender equality in the Romanian society”
 

„Barriers to equal opportunities” – Examining the obstacles to achieving equal opportunities in education, employment and participation in public life. Discussing discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, disability or other criteria and its impact on society.

„Strategies to promote gender equality” – Exploring effective initiatives and policies to promote gender equality, including measures to improve women’s representation in leadership positions, to combat gender-based violence and ensure equal access to resources and opportunities.

„The importance of education for equality” – Assessing the role of education in promoting the values of equality and diversity from an early age. Strategies to integrate the principles of equal opportunities and gender equality into school curricula and training programmes.

„Diversity and inclusion in business” – Discussing the benefits of diversity and inclusion for business, including increased innovation, performance and employee satisfaction. Examples of best practices and challenges in implementing diversity and inclusion strategies in companies.

„Intersectoral cooperation for equality” – Discussing the importance of cooperation between government, the private sector, civil society organisations and communities to advance gender equality and equal opportunities. The role of partnerships and support networks in promoting positive change.

 

 

16 April 2024

 

Euro-Atlantic Security

 
„Strengthening the pillars of Euro-Atlantic security: Challenges and strategic directions for Romania”
 

„Assessing the Euro-Atlantic security landscape” – Examining the current and emerging challenges to Euro-Atlantic security, including hybrid threats, cybersecurity and the impact of new technologies on regional security. The role of NATO and the EU in managing such challenges.

„Romania’s contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security” – Discussing Romania’s strategic contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security, including the participation in collective defence missions and operations, hosting security infrastructure elements and bilateral cooperation with the allies.

„Strengthening transatlantic partnerships” – Exploring ways to strengthen the transatlantic ties and the strategic partnership between NATO and the EU. The importance of dialogue and cooperation between alliance members to jointly address security challenges.

„Adapting to the new security challenges” – Assessing the need to adapt security strategies to the changing global and regional dynamics. The role of innovation and technology in enhancing the defence capabilities and the response to security threats.

„Civil society and private sector involvement in the Euro-Atlantic security” – Discussing the importance of civil society and private sector involvement in strengthening the Euro-Atlantic security. Their contribution to societal resilience, cybersecurity and innovation in the area of security.

 

Immunology

 
„Frontiers of immunity: Challenges and innovations in immunology in Romania”
 

„Understanding the complexity of the immune system”: Discussing the latest research and breakthroughs in immunology that provide a deeper understanding of the complex mechanisms of the human immune system. The impact of such knowledge on the development of new therapeutic strategies.

„Innovations in immunological therapies”: Exploring advances in the development of immunological therapies, including immunotherapy for cancer, biological therapies for autoimmune diseases and innovative approaches to the treatment of allergies. Reviewing the challenges and opportunities related to these treatments.

„Addressing autoimmune and inflammatory diseases”: Assessing current and future strategies for the diagnosis, treatment and management of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The role of research in identifying more effective and personalised therapeutic approaches.

„Vaccines and immunology: Current challenges”: Discussing the role of immunology in vaccine development and improvement, including challenges related to vaccination in the context of emerging and re-emerging diseases. The importance of immunological research in the pandemic response.

„Education and public awareness in immunology”: Discussing the need for education and public awareness in the area of immunology in order to improve the understanding of immune-mediated diseases and the importance of vaccination. Strategies to combat misinformation and to promote public health through scientific knowledge.

 

 

17 April 2024

 

Mental Health

 
„Opening the dialogue: Prioritising mental health in Romania”
 

„Understanding the mental health context in Romania” – Examining the current state of the mental health area, including the prevalence of mental disorders, the access to services and available resources. The impact of stigma on seeking professional help.

„Promoting mental health awareness and education” – Discussing the importance of mental health awareness and education campaigns to reduce stigma and encourage help seeking. The role of schools, universities and workplaces in promoting mental health.

„Improving access to mental health services” – Exploring solutions for improving access to mental health services, including expanding the network of services, increasing funding and using technology such as telemedicine to reach isolated communities.

„Mental health at the workplace” – Assessing the importance of mental health in the work context and what employers can do to support employee wellbeing. Initiatives to create a work environment that promotes mental health.

„Strategies and policies to improve mental health” – Discussing the need for a strategic approach and effective policies on mental health in Romania. Exploring how mental health services can be integrated into primary care and how different sectors can work together to support mental health.

 

 

18 April 2024

 
 Industry
 
„The reindustrialisation of Romania: Challenges and opportunities in the digital age”
 

„Adapting the industry to the digital age”: Discussing the importance of digitisation in the industrial sector and how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) can help increase efficiency and competitiveness.

„Sustainability in the industrial sector”: Exploring sustainability strategies and practices in the industry, including energy efficiency, carbon emission reduction and the circular economy. Their impact on the environment and on competitiveness in the global marketplace.

„Challenges of reindustrialisation”: Assessing the challenges and barriers to Romania’s reindustrialisation process, from the need for investment in technology and infrastructure to the training and retention of skilled labour.

„Policies and incentives to revitalise the industry”: Discussing the role of government policies and economic incentives in supporting industrial development, attracting investment and promoting exports. Examples of best practices and lessons learned.

„Public-private cooperation”: Discussing the importance of partnerships between the government, the private sector and research institutions for innovation and development in the industry. The role of industrial clusters and collaborative initiatives in boosting innovation and economic growth.

 

Rare Diseases

 
„Light in the dark: Addressing the challenges of rare diseases in Romania”
 

„The challenges of diagnosing rare diseases”: Reviewing the difficulties of early diagnosis of rare diseases, including limitations in medical knowledge, availability of genetic testing and recognition of symptoms by health professionals.

„Access to treatment and care for rare diseases”: Exploring the challenges of access to specific treatments and therapies for patients with rare diseases in Romania, including the high costs of orphan drugs and the lack of specialised centres.

„Support for patients with rare diseases and their families”: Assessing the need for and ways of providing psychosocial and financial support for patients with rare diseases and their families, including through counselling services, support groups and community initiatives.

„The role of research and international cooperation”: Discussing the importance of research in the understanding and treatment of rare diseases, including the international cooperation for clinical trials, data exchange and the development of new therapies.

„Raising awareness and advocacy for rare diseases”: Reviewing effective strategies for raising public awareness and advocacy for rare diseases, including the role of patient organisations, information campaigns and partnerships with policy makers to improve health policies.

 

 

19 April 2024

 

Oncology

 
„Advances and challenges in the fight against cancer in Romania”
 

„Innovations in cancer diagnosis and treatment” – Reviewing the latest advances in early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including targeted therapies, immunotherapy and advances in radiation therapy and cancer surgery. The impact of such innovations on the patients’ survival rates and quality of life.

„Multidisciplinary approaches in cancer care” – Exploring the importance of multidisciplinary approaches in cancer treatment, including the cooperation between oncologists, surgeons, radiotherapists and palliative care specialists in order to provide the best patient care.

„Challenges of access to cancer treatment in Romania” – Discussing regional disparities and difficulties of access to advanced cancer treatments and specialised care. Solutions to improve accessibility and reduce inequalities in cancer care.

„Psychological support and the quality of life of cancer patients” – Assessing the role of psychological support in cancer management and approaches to improve the quality of life of patients and their families, including the management of treatment side effects and the emotional impact of diagnosis.

„International research and cooperation in oncology” – Discussing the state of oncology research in Romania and the importance of international cooperation in accelerating progress in cancer treatments and sharing knowledge and best practices.

 

Digitisation and Cybersecurity

 
„Connecting the future: The digitisation and cybersecurity of Romania”
 

„National strategies for digitisation: The pathway to a connected society” – Exploring strategic directions and government initiatives to accelerate digitisation in key sectors: public administration, education, healthcare and business. Discussing digital infrastructure, internet access and the digitisation of public services to improve efficiency and accessibility.

„Cybersecurity facing digital threats” – Addressing challenges and solutions in protecting critical infrastructures and personal data against cyber attacks. Discussing the cooperation between the public and private sectors to strengthen Romania’s cyber defence.

„Education and awareness in the digital age” – Stressing the importance of digital education and cyber security awareness for all age groups. Initiatives and programmes to develop digital skills and promote a culture of online security.

„Innovation and technology: Driving digital transformation” – Discussing the role of technological innovation (AI, blockchain, IoT) in promoting digitisation and new business models. Exploring how start-ups and tech companies can contribute to Romania’s digital economy.

„Public-private partnerships for successful digitisation” – Examining the model of cooperation between government, the private sector and education institutions to accelerate digitisation and improve cybersecurity. Best practice examples and case studies that can serve as a model for future initiatives.

 

 

22 April 2024

 

Romanian Armed Forces

 
„Forward to the future: Modernising and adapting the Romanian Armed Forces to the challenges of the 21st century”
 

„Modernising the defence capabilities” – Examining the progress and plans to modernise the military equipment, including procurement of new techniques and technology. The importance of aligning to NATO standards and improving interoperability with the allies.

„Training of the military personnel” – Discussing the training and professional development programmes for the military personnel to increase operational effectiveness and adapt to new forms of threats. The role of multinational exercises and training partnerships.

„Romania’s contribution to international missions” – Exploring the impact and contribution of the Romanian Armed Forces to international missions and peacekeeping operations. The importance of such missions for Romania’s international image and for strengthening regional and global security.

„Strengthening resilience and cybersecurity” – Assessing strategies and measures adopted to strengthen resilience to hybrid threats and cyber attacks. The importance of information security and critical infrastructure protection.

„Strategic partnerships and international cooperation” – Discussing the role and importance of strategic partnerships and international cooperation in strengthening national defence and the Euro-Atlantic security. Prospects for enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the allies and partners.

 

Research and Innovation

 
„New horizons: Catalysing progress through research and innovation in Romania”
 

„Stimulating investment in research and development” – Discussing strategies for increasing public and private investment in R&D. Exploring the importance of an innovation-friendly legislative and fiscal framework and partnerships between universities, research institutes, the private sector and government.

„Innovation and technology: Pillars of the knowledge economy” – Reviewing the role of emerging technologies and innovation in Romania’s economic and social transformation. Identifying key areas where innovation can have a significant impact, such as the IT&C, biotechnologies, green energy and smart manufacturing.

„Interdisciplinary cooperation for innovative solutions” – Emphasising the need for interdisciplinary research cooperation to address complex societal challenges. Discussing how cooperation between different areas and sectors can be facilitated to generate innovative and sustainable solutions.

„Technology transfer and the marketing of innovations” – Exploring effective mechanisms and strategies for technology transfer from research to market. Discussing the role of business incubators, science parks and other initiatives supporting research-based start-ups and spin-offs.

„Education for innovation: Shaping future generations” – Discussing the importance of integrating education for innovation and entrepreneurship into education systems. Initiatives and programmes to encourage creative thinking, scientific curiosity and entrepreneurial skills from an early age.

 

Stomatology

 
„Healthy smiles, bright future: Challenges and innovations in Romanian stomatology”
 

„The importance of prevention in oral health” – Discussing the crucial role of prevention in maintaining oral health and effective strategies to educate the general public on proper oral hygiene, regular check-ups and prevention of dental diseases.

„Emerging innovations and technologies in stomatology” – Reviewing recent technological innovations in dentistry, such as 3D printing for prosthodontics, advanced imaging techniques and minimally invasive treatments, and their impact on the quality of dental care.

„The management of complex oral conditions” – Assessing multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of complex oral conditions, including orthodontic, periodontal and reconstructive management, and the importance of the cooperation between different stomatology specialties to provide the best outcomes for patients.

„Access to quality dental care” – Discussing the challenges of patient access to quality dental care, including treatment costs, geographical distribution of dental clinics and solutions to improve accessibility such as public funding or health insurance.

„Oral health and its impact on general health” – Discussing the connections between oral health and general health, including the impact of dental and periodontal conditions on systemic diseases. The importance of an integrated approach to health including oral care.

 

 

25 April 2024

 

Diplomacy and International Relations

 
„Modern diplomacy: Romania in the global dialogue”
 

„Reconfiguring international relations: Challenges and opportunities for Romania” – Reviewing the recent changes in global geopolitics and their impact on Romania. This topic will explore how Romania can effectively navigate and position itself in the new context, seizing opportunities and addressing emerging challenges.

„Strengthening Romania’s role in the EU and NATO: Strategies and perspectives” – Discussing strategies whereby Romania can strengthen its position and influence within the European Union and NATO. Assessing ways to contribute to regional and European security and to the development of common policies.

„Economic diplomacy: Opening up to new markets and partnerships” – Focusing on the role of economic diplomacy in promoting Romania’s trade interests, attracting foreign investment and accessing new markets. This topic will cover strategies for strengthening bilateral and multilateral economic relations.

„Promoting Romanian culture and identity internationally” – Exploring ways in which Romania can use cultural diplomacy to promote its values, culture and identity worldwide. This includes cultural, educational and research initiatives to increase Romania’s visibility and cultural influence.

„Diplomacy for sustainable development: Romania’s contribution to global goals” – Discussing Romania’s involvement in promoting sustainable development and environmental goals internationally. This includes commitments to global agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, and contributing to international efforts to combat climate change.

 

Retail

 
„Innovation and adaptability in Romanian retail: Lessons from market leaders”

 

„Innovation in the shopping experience” – Discussing how technological and digital innovations are changing the in-store and online shopping experience. The importance of quick adaptation to consumer expectations.

„Sustainability and corporate responsibility” – Exploring sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives and their impact on customer loyalty and the environment.

„Branding and market positioning strategies” – Assessing successful approaches to branding and market positioning, and the importance of continuous innovation in products and services in order to remain relevant in a competitive sector.

„Supply chain management and logistics challenges” – Reviewing challenges and innovative solutions in the supply chain management and logistics in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and globalisation, highlighting the importance of operational agility and flexibility.

„Adapting to consumer behaviour in the digital age” – Discussing strategies to adapt to changes in consumer behaviour, with a focus on the growth of online commerce and omnichannel integration, as well as the importance of data analytics for a tailored offer.

 

 

26 April 2024

 

Transport

 
„Reinventing mobility: Visions and solutions for the Romanian transport”
 

„Modernising transport infrastructure” – Examining the current state of transport infrastructure in Romania and discussing plans and projects to modernise the road, rail, port and airport network. The importance of strategic investments for economic development and regional connectivity.

„Sustainable transport: Towards green mobility” – Exploring strategies and solutions to promote sustainable transport, including developing green public transport, encouraging cycling and walking, and implementing green technologies in vehicles.

„Technology and innovation in transport” – Discussing the impact of emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, intelligent transport systems (ITS) and mobile apps to improve transport efficiency and safety. The role of innovation in shaping the future of mobility.

„Transport safety and security” – Assessing the current and necessary measures to improve safety and security in all modes of transport. Initiatives to reduce accidents and the risks related to passenger and freight transport.

„Integration and accessibility of transport services” – Discussing the importance of integrating transport services to provide a seamless and accessible user experience. Solutions to improve connectivity between the various transport modes and facilitating access to mobility for all population segments.

 

Justice and the Rule of Law

 
„The path to the absolute supremacy of the law in order to guarantee individual freedoms and rights”

Current challenges for the judiciary – reviewing the challenges that the judiciary faces in Romania, including judicial independence, efficiency of judicial processes and access to justice. Discussing the impact of such challenges on the public confidence in the judicial system.

The importance of the rule of law for democracy – exploring the fundamental link between the rule of law, democracy and the protection of human rights. The role of the rule of law in preventing abuse of power and ensuring a safe and fair environment for all citizens.

Strategies to strengthen the rule of law – assessing the strategies and measures needed in order to strengthen the rule of law in Romania, including legislative and institutional reforms, improving the capacity of the judiciary and promoting transparency and accountability.

Fighting corruption and promoting integrity – discussing the efforts to fight corruption and promote integrity in the public and private sector. The impact of corruption on the rule of law and on the economic and social development.

 

 

8 May 2024

 

Constructions

 
„Building the future: Innovation and sustainability in the Romanian construction sector”
 

„Trends and innovations in constructions” – Exploring the latest trends and technological innovations in the construction sector, including green building materials, digital technologies (BIM – Building Information Modelling) and automation solutions. The impact of such innovations on the efficiency and sustainability of construction projects.

„Energy efficiency and green buildings” – Discussing the importance and implementation of energy efficiency standards and green building practices. The role of sustainable certifications (LEED, BREEAM) in promoting an environmentally responsible built environment.

„Legislation and regulations in constructions” – Assessing the impact of current legislation and regulations on the construction industry. Discussing how the legal framework and the regulations can be improved to support innovation and sustainability in constructions.

„Challenges of urbanisation and infrastructure development” – Examining the challenges of accelerated urbanisation and the need for smart and sustainable urban planning. Strategies for urban infrastructure development to meet the growing needs of the population without compromising the environment.

„Training and education in the area of constructions” – Emphasising the importance of professional training and continuing education in constructions to keep pace with technological innovations and sustainable practices. Initiatives and programmes to develop the skills of workers and professionals in the area of constructions.

 

 

14 May 2024

 

Wellbeing

 
„Cultivating wellbeing: Strategies and initiatives for a healthier future in Romania”
 

„The importance of wellbeing in the contemporary society” – Exploring the concept of wellbeing and its importance for individual and collective health. The impact of wellbeing on productivity, creativity and social cohesion.

„Strategies to promote mental and physical health” – Reviewing holistic approaches to health promotion, including nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and emotional support. The role of public policies and health programmes in facilitating access to wellbeing resources and services.

„Wellbeing at the workplace” – Assessing practices and policies that promote wellbeing at the workplace, including flexible working hours, mental health support, and corporate wellness programs. The impact of such initiatives on employee satisfaction and loyalty.

„Education and wellbeing” – The importance of integrating wellbeing education into school and university curricula. Initiatives and methods to encourage healthy lifestyles and emotional resilience among young people.

„Sustainable communities and wellbeing” – Discussing how communities can promote and support the wellbeing of their members through infrastructure, green spaces, access to social and cultural services and community engagement programmes. Examples of successful community initiatives in Romania.

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