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Horizon Europe: New Parliament, new Commission, new agenda

A public Science|Business conference

The autumn brings a major transition period in Brussels, between a new Parliament taking office in July and the next Commission to be appointed by year end. In the research and innovation (R&I) domain, budget discussions and strategic planning will inevitably headline the agenda. Yet beyond the legislative processes, a range of public dialogues will address the impact targets for Horizon Europe in line with long-term EU goals and global challenges.   

This Science|Business conference - ahead of DG Research's major stakeholder event in late September - offers an opportunity for the wider European R&I community to debate the right strategy and ambitions for Horizon Europe. On one level, it will invite reflection on the legacy of and lessons learned from Horizon 2020. More importantly, however, it will look to the future and gather high level recommendations for the incoming Parliament  and Commission on what Horizon Europe might realistically be expected to deliver through to 2030.

Carlos Moedas
Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission
Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General, Research and Innovation, European Commission
Jyrki Katainen
Vice President, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission
Maria da Graça Carvalho
Member, European Parliament
Daria Tataj
Chair, Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts, European Commission
Gunnar Bovim
Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Michael Arthur
President & Provost, University College London
Yaffa Zilbershats
Chair, Planning and Budgeting Committee, Israeli Council for Higher Education
Antoine Petit
President, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Katrin Rehak-Nitsche
Senior Vice President of Science and Research, Robert Bosch Stiftung
Ignasio Lopez Verdeguer
Director Research and Innovation, La Caixa Foundation
Christine Muzel
Vice-Chair, COCIR Value-Based Healthcare Focus Group; Director, Health Economics and Market Access, EMEA, Philips Healthcare
Dominika Sarecka-Tuncer
Senior Vice-President; Head of External Affairs Europe, Sanofi
Frédéric Kaplan
Digital Humanities Chair and Project Manager, Time Machine, EPFL
Shiva Dustdar
Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank
Peter Lacy
Global Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Accenture
Maria del Mar Vivanco
Principal Investigator, CIC bioGUNE
Aart de Geus
Chairman of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Jukka Häyrynen
Director, Työ- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland; Development Manager, Business Finland
Draft Programme

08:00 - Registration and coffee

09:00 - Welcome

09:05 - Taking stock, looking forward: The legacy of Horizon 2020

Perspectives from Carlos MoedasCommissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission

Followed by panel discussion

10:15 -  Coffee break

10:45 - Regenerating Europe: Can circular economy be achieved by 2030?

Perspectives from Jyrki Katainen, Vice President, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission and Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Growth and Strategy & Global Sustainability Lead, Accenture

Followed by panel discussion

11:45 - Roadmaps to success: R&I agendas for the next decade

 Sponsored platforms and/or workshops on cross-cutting themes (tbc) such as:

  • How can AI help universities and researchers in Europe?
  • EIC and bridging the innovation investment gap
  • New actors: the prospects for regions, cities and foundations to engage in HE
  • Accelerating the energy transition

13:00 -  Networking lunch

14:00 - From Brussels to the moon: What can R&I deliver for Europe by 2030?

Presentation of key perspectives from the Science|Business Network by Gunnar Bovim, Rector, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Followed by an interactive audience debate, moderated by Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief and Vice Chair, Science|Business

14:40 -  Value-based healthcare: How technologies can improve care across the EU

Fast evolution in care is driven by artificial intelligence, personalised or targeted therapies, health apps and remote patient monitoring. This panel will bring voices from research, patients, industry and policy to take stock of the inexorable progress of medical technologies over the years, assess their added-value for patients, clinicians and researchers and draw recommendations on how Horizon Europe can accelerate research and innovation for these technologies to save more lives.

Opening presentation by Christine Muzel, Vice Chair, Value-Based Healthcare, COCIR and Head of Health Economics and Market Access EMEA, Royal Philips

Followed by a panel discussion based on a Science|Business special report supported by COCIR

15:40 - Coffee break

16:10 - Europe 2024: A new health agenda

16:30 - Strategic planning: Co-creating Horizon Europe

Q&A with Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Followed by panel discussion

17:30 - Close of conference, followed by networking reception

Practical Information

In the framework of this event, a limited number of rooms are available at a preferential price at the Hôtel Métropole.

Booking is possible through this link, please enter the code GRP23041 before check out.

This offer will be available until all rooms are booked or until August 27th at the latest.

For more information, please contact Lysiane Pons (

Practical Information

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