From the 4th to the 9th of March, the European parliament hosts the EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration conference aimed at policymakers, scientists and industry representatives. The conference aims to enhance European collaboration in research and development, particularly within the framework of the new European Horizon 2020 funding instrument. Apart from seminars and a networking platform, the conference also provides training sessions for Horizon 2020 project proposals. The conference will be headed by the Irish Council presidency.