Innovation matters: Debating priorities for a competitive Europe

A Science|Business conference, 6 September 2017, Brussels

The conference is an important step in the increasingly difficult debate about the EU’s future budget debate. Pascal Lamy recently released an influential report proposing a doubling of EU research and innovation funding – a potential challenge to other budget lines, such as agriculture and regions. This conference is intended to pick up the debate again at the very start of the Autumn political season in Brussels. It will hear arguments on budget priorities from various quarters, and flesh out some ideas on how the research budget might get spent – and what’s needed to make a true single market in innovation across Europe.


15:00 - How research and innovation can make Europe more competitive

Q&A with:

  • Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Interviewed by Richard L. Hudson,Science|Business


15:20 - Setting EU priorities. How to rebalance the budget priorities in Brussels

The old assumptions are gone: Farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, regional development authorities – all is now in play.


16:15 - To the moon: The Lamy report urged the EU to inspire us with moon-shot missions – in health, energy, and other fields. What should they be?

A few concrete proposals from various sectors and dreamers. 


16:45 - Stepping up: How to build a real innovation marketplace across Europe.

If Europe is to succeed, it must build integrated, seamless market for innovation, across the entire continent, in health, energy, transport, IP, finance and more.


17:30 -  Reception


Contact person

For more information please contact Lysiane Pons at



Featured guests

Carlos Moedas

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission

Karin Dahlman-Wright

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Karolinska Institutet

Markku Markkula

President, European Committee of the Regions

Karen Maex

Rector Magnificus, University of Amsterdam

Michael Arthur

President & Provost, University College London

Luc Soete

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