Can universities bridge the gaps within Europe?

A high level Science|Business dinner-debate to discuss how higher education institutions can keep people, ideas and innovation moving across the EU – now and into the 2020s. What practical steps can Europe’s leading universities take to ensure academia, industry and NGOs continue to partner and collaborate - to be world-leading in science?

Topics for discussion will include:

  • University – business collaboration: how to ensure that universities’ R&D is focussed on what industry needs.
  • How to overcome regional disparities across European countries where “innovation cold spots” exist. What role
    for the EIC?
  • How to maintain the mobility of Europe’s most talented researchers and teachers to realise the true goals of
    innovation, i.e. productivity leading to real improvements in wellbeing and living standards.
  • Many researchers are not focussed on delivering innovation per se. How do we recognise their work through greater public and policy engagement?


Supported by



David Bohmert

Secretary General, Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER)

Hélène Chraye

Head of Unit, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies, DG Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission

Stuart Croft

Vice Chancellor and President , University of Warwikck

Anders Flodström

Education Director, EIT Digital

Nina Salden

Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Brussels office

Luc Soete

Chair, EU’s Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts committee; former Rector Magnificus, University of Maastricht

Adam Tyson

Head of Unit, Higher Education, Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission