Horizon 2050: Towards a greener, smarter world

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.

Alice P. Gast
President, Imperial College London
Håkon Haugli
CEO, Innovation Norway
Nina Kopola
Director General, Business Finland
Clara De La Torre
Deputy Director-General, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Rutger Engels
Rector Magnificus, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Michel van der Bel
President, Microsoft EMEA
Preliminary Agenda

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

Prospective themes:

  1. Green shoots: Unearthing scientific potential before the age of 21
  2. Building blocks: Developing the human foundations of industry 5.0
  3. That’s the spirit: Training the next generation of green, smart entrepreneurs
  4. Science in motion: Optimizing R&I talent development through international mobility  

16:20 - Transition

16:30 - Plenary IIIEvent Horizon: Charting a new course    

17:30 - Conference close & networking reception



For more information on this event, please contact Lysiane Pons (lysiane.pons@sciencebusiness.net)