The opening ceremony speech of the 13th European Schools Science Symposium
I would like to say some words about Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property – what is that, and what does it have to do with the Science Symposium?
If you write a poem, it is your poem. You are the author, and you own it. You have copyright to your poem.
If you compose a song, it is your creation. If somebody wants to record it, they have to ask your permission and maybe pay some compensation to you.
If you invent something new, and you present it e.g. as a poster here in the SS, it is your idea and your invention. You have right to have compensation, if somebody would like to profit from it.
Did you know that your poem, song and innovations are protected by Intellectual Property Rights?
IP rights are meant to help ordinary inventors, designers, authors, artists, scientists and innovators to get on with their job of being innovative. IP rights encourage people to be creative.
European schools are rather privileged, because we work in a very close collaboration with the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich and Office of Harmonisation of Internal Markets (OHIM) in Alicante. These organisations are there to help all the creators to register their innovations and secure some profit for their work.
IP is traditionally divided in:
- Industrial property (inventions, patents, trade marks, designs)
- Artistic work protected by copyright (original literary or artistic works, music, TV broadcasting, software..)
- Commercial strategies (trade secrets, know-how)
Intellectual Property Rights-intensive industries as a whole support directly or indirectly 35% of jobs, almost 39% of the EU’s GDP and 90% of external trade.
According to the OHIM Observatory, faked products and counterfeit goods cost legitimate industry in EU approximately €59 billion per year in lost market share. This has an important impact to the jobs in EU. According to the OHIM 650.000 jobs in Europe are involved.
Unfortunately, Intellectual Property Rights are not well understood, or even believed – especially by the younger generations. According to a recent on-line study, the attitudes and behavior of 15-24 years olds show, that there is a lack of information to understand how Intellectual Property really works. It protects the rights of those who innovate and create!
IP education in Europe should promote innovation and creativity and raise IP awareness and support pupils to become responsible consumers – and if possible to become innovators and creators themselves!
European Schools Science Symposium is exactly what Europe needs right now – creative science oriented boys and girls bubbling with new ideas and new innovations!
ESSS gives an excellent opportunity for young scientists to share their ideas with their peers and present them to the larger public. The symposium fosters a close community feeling between pupils from different schools and countries, and gives an ideal setting for networking and social contacts.
I congratulate the organisation team of this event for impressive set up. I express also my high appreciation to the efforts of the teachers who have prepared their students for this event. And I am so proud of all our students who have made such a wonderful range of creative inventions and interesting studies!
Well done! Europe has a bright future with you!
I wish you all a very stimulating and motivating symposium!
You can find here is one of the posters from European School Luxembourg 1 (Catarina Nunes, s5PO)