The annual Science|Business Network conference
The incoming European Commission’s policy agenda is arguably its most ambitious to date. During its five year term, the Commission will seek legally binding commitments to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, unlock €1 trillion in green transition financing by 2030, and take a global leadership role in the governance of artificial intelligence, among other headline goals. It will also launch Horizon Europe, its largest ever research and innovation programme, with a clearly defined range of impact targets.
In February, the Science|Business Annual Framework Conference will bring together over 300 senior stakeholders for two main purposes: first, to take stock of latest developments around the key pillars of the new agenda; and second, to explore their implications for the science, technology and innovation communities that will have a critical role to play in driving progress. By extension, it will address the challenge of developing the next generation(s) of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs who will have a leading role to play in delivering a climate-neutral, sustainable Europe by 2050.
09:00 - Welcome
09:05 - Plenary I: Quo vadis? Europe’s new agenda and the implications for science and technology
10:15 - Coffee
10:45 - Parallel Sessions I - Defining pathways for future action
2 cross-cutting panel debates on climate- and AI-related themes:
A1 – Green dreams: Can breakthrough technologies deliver climate neutrality?
A2 – AI for bad: Can the world agree on how to regulate artificial intelligence?
11:40 - Transition
11:50 - Parallel Sessions II - Defining pathways for future action
B1 – Race to the top: Will the Green Deal inspire a new era of international cooperation?
B2 – AI for good: Can future applications deliver universal benefits?
12:45 - Networking lunch
13:45 - Parallel Sessions III – Transforming Europe through science & technology
C1 – Blue skies ahead: How will frontier research respond to Europe’s new ambitions?
C2 – Radical innovation: Is industry ready to redefine the future?
14:40 - Coffee
15:00 - Workshop Sessions - Next Gen Europe: Towards a more sustainable future through research, innovation and youth
In-depth workshop discussions focused on developing the pool of talent for visionary science, innovation and entrepreneurship / commercialisation in years to come.
Additional criterion = inclusion of young scientists & innovators in each session
- Green shoots: Unearthing scientific potential before the age of 21
- Building blocks: Developing the human foundations of industry 5.0
- That’s the spirit: Training the next generation of green, smart entrepreneurs
- Science in motion: Optimizing R&I talent development through international mobility
16:20 - Transition
16:30 - Plenary III - Event Horizon: Charting a new course
17:30 - Conference close & networking reception
For more information on this event, please contact Lysiane Pons (firstname.lastname@example.org)