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The 2016 Science|Business Horizon 2020 Conference - 4th Edition

This year, 2016, marks a turning point for Horizon 2020, the world’s second largest civilian research programme. After a strong start in 2014 with a funding rise and a surge in applications, the €77 billion programme is beset with questions about its future: Will its overall, annual budget be cut in this year’s EU funding review? How can it deal with the continuing tide of grant applications? What can applicants do to increase the odds of success? At the conference, Horizon 2020 experts will deliver tips and advice to perform better.


For more information, please contact Isabel Ortega at [email protected]


09:00 - 10:20 What is the EIC? An open, pan-European dialogue on the future shape of the European Innovation Council

Q&A with Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Richard L.Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business 

The European Innovation Council, what can it be? Presentation of a Science|Business Network report to the Commissioner

  • Chris Haenen, Director EU funding, GE

EIC: does it make sense? An open discussion

  • Sergio Bertolucci, Chair of the Scientific Committee, ATTRACT; Associate Professor
  • Christian Ehler, Member of the European Parliament
  • Detlef Gunther, Vice President Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich
  • Chris Haenen, Director EU funding, GE
  • Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation
  • Tuula Teeri, President, Aalto University 

10:20 - 10:50 Coffee Break 

10:50 - 11:50 The 3 Os: Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World 

Three parallel sessions on the policy priorities set by Commissioner Moedas

  • Open Innovation: Everybody talks about it, but what models for open innovation can really work?
  • Open Science: Can digital technologies and openness propel a new scientific revolution for Europe?
  • Open to the World: Can science diplomacy work?

11:50 - 12:20 Scientific advice in policy

A conversation with Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Member of the Scientific Advisory Mechanism; former Director General, CERN

Host: Luc Soete, Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University 

12:20 - 13:00 ERC=Science² 

Plenary session launching the ERC's outreach campaign with the participation of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council, and 3 ERC grantees:

  • Jennifer Gabrys, Reader in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Luc van Gool, Professor, KU Leuven and ETH Zurich 
  • Bastian Leibe, Associate Professor, Aachen University (RWTH)

Moderator: Shane McCollam, Project Leader, Science|Business 

13:00 - 14:00 Networking lunch

14:00 - 14:45 The Science|Business Lecture by Nathan Myhrvold, Founder & CEO, Intellectual Ventures

Introduced by Tuula Teeri, President, Aalto University 

14:45 - 15:45 Stakeholder Dialogues (parallel sessions) 

  • Scaling-up European SMEs
  • Who owns it? The problem of IP in publicly-funded projects
  • Horizon 2020 funding: Sharing good practices to make it happen

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 - 17:30 The future of Horizon2020: Budget, politics and survival strategies 

Q&A with Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General, DG RTD European Commission 

  • Gunnar Bovim, Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Monica Dietl, Director, COST Association 
  • Roy Pennings, Director, Science|Business
  • Walter Weigel, Vice President, Huawei European Research Institute

Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

17:30 - 18:30 Networking reception 


The 2016 Horizon 2020 Conference - 4th Edition, Brussels, 16 February 2016

Carlos Moedas
EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Chris Haenen
Director EU funding, GE
Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Member of the Scientific Advisory Mechanism; former Director General, CERN
Tuula Teeri
President, Aalto University
Robert-Jan Smits
Director-General, DG RTD, European Commission
Stephane Berghmans
Vice President Academic Relations EU, Elsevier
Sergio Bertolucci
Chair of the Scientific Committee, ATTRACT; Associate Professor, University of Bologna
Lidia Borell-Damian
Director for Research and Innovation, European University Association (EUA)
Event pack