Innovative Europe? Time for a new EU innovation strategy

The Annual Science|Business Framework conference

Europe’s economy is picking up – but what about its engine for future growth: Research and innovation? This conference debates the policies and programmes Europe will need for long-term prosperity – across all sectors: health, ICT, manufacturing, energy, regional development and more. Highlights include:

  • Devising a broad, cross-sectoral innovation policy – energising industry large and small
  • How to finance innovation – from Juncker Plan to European Innovation Council?
  • What mission for the next EU Framework Programme?
  • Workshops on removing barriers to innovation – in artificial intelligence, defence R&D, regional development and other areas


Featured guests
Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Mariana Mazzucato
Special Advisor on Mission Driven Science and Innovation to Commissioner Moedas, European Commission
Vytenis Andiukaitis
European Commissioner, Health and Food Safety
Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj
Chair, Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (RISE), European Commission; CEO, Tataj Innovation
Ilkka Niemelä
President, Aalto University
Christian Ehler
Member, European Parliament
Pekka Soini
Director General, Business Finland
Hermann Hauser
Chair, High Level Group of Innovators, European Commission; Co-founder, Amadeus Capital Partners
Karen Maex
Rector Magnificus, University of Amsterdam
Jacques Volckmann
Associate Vice-President, Global R&D sites, hubs and scientific support, Sanofi Pasteur; CEO, Sanofi Vaccine technologies SAS
Patrick Prendergast
President and Provost, Trinity College Dublin
Ronald de Bruin
Director, COST
Sauli Eloranta
Head of Innovation and Technology, Rolls-Royce Marine
Tim Softley
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Birmingham
Phil Mjwara
Director-General, Department of Technology, Government of South Africa


  • 4 June – By invitation only: S|B Network

16:30 - Planning meeting of the Science|Business Network

A members-only brainstorming session on possible activities for the 12 months ahead

  • Chairs: Maryline Fiaschi & Richard L. Hudson, Science|Business

17:30 - Innovation hub: Starting out, scaling up

Pitches and debate about how to energise and fund Europe’s most promising innovators

  • Welcome and chair: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

Proving the concept: 5 short pitches from ERC Proof of Concept grantees

The policy options – panel debate

19:00 – Science|Business Network reception


  • 5 June  - Public Conference (Webcast will be available)

09:00 –The next Multiannual Financial Framework

09:30 – Stepping up financing for innovation

09:50 -  Research and innovation in the next financial framework

10:20 – Breaking the silos: Getting research into every policy area – around the world

11:15 – Coffee break

11:45 – Workshops: Unblocking the innovation pipeline

Parallel, 75-minute workshops to develop conclusions to speed innovation across the economy

Artificial Intelligence in the workplace

Follow the money: How to finance Europe’s cash-starved innovators

City Innovation hubs: How to strengthen regional innovation in Europe’s fast-growing cities

Defence and security: What technologies? Whose budget?

(More to be announced)

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 – Innovation: Can it save our health systems?

14:50 – The next Framework Programme: Who needs industry?  

15:45 - Coffee break

16:15 - What’s our mission? What goals should we set for the next Framework Programme?

17:15 - Networking reception


Please register here for June 5th. Please note that June 4th is by invitation only.


For more information on June 4th, please contact Natalia Grzomba at 

For more information on June 5th, please contact Stefania Gavra at