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
Speakers
Günther Oettinger
Commissioner, Budget and Human Resources, European Commission
Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Werner Hoyer
President, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Mariana Mazzucato
Professor, University College London; Special Advisor on Mission Driven Science and Innovation to Commissioner Moedas, European Commission
Daria 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
Isabelle Thizon-de-Gaulle
Vice President, European Strategic Initiatives and Scientific Relations, Sanofi
Patrick Prendergast
President and Provost, Trinity College Dublin; Member of the EIT Governing Board
Delilah Al Khudhairy
Director, Strategy and Work Programme Coordination, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Ronald de Bruin
Director, COST
Shiva Dustdar
Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, ‎European Investment Bank (EIB)
Tim Softley
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Birmingham
Phil Mjwara
Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, Government of South Africa
Signe Ratso
Deputy Director-General , DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Peter Olesen
Chairman, Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Philippe Tanguy
President, Ecole Polytechnique Montréal
Lucilla Sioli
Director, Digital Industry, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
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Programme
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Public Conference (Webcast will be available)

Please note that the following programme is preliminary and still subjected to changes.

08:30 Welcome coffee and registration

09:00 – Welcome

  • Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief, Science|Business

09:05 –  Research and innovation in the new EU budget

  • Günter Oettinger, Commissioner, Budget and Human Resources, European Commission

09:30 – Financing innovation

  • Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

10:00 –  The Horizon Europe ‘clusters’: How can EU research help the UN’s development goals?

  • Delilah Al Khudhairy, Director, Strategy and Work Programme Coordination, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Karen Maex, Rector Magnificus, University of Amsterdam
  • Phil Mjwara, Director General, South African Department of Science and Technology
  • Philippe Tanguy, President, École Polytechnique Montréal
  • Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

11:00 – Coffee break

11:30 – Workshops: Unblocking the innovation pipeline

Parallel, 90-minute workshops developing conclusions to speed innovation across the economy

How artificial intelligence will change working life

  • Pekka Sivonen, Director, Digitalization Strategy and Programs, Business Finland
  • Lucilla Sioli, Director, Digital Industry, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Antonio Rotolo, Vice-Rector, Research, University of Bologna
  • Petri Myllymäki, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
  • Raphäel Fabian, EU Affairs Officer, Rolls-Royce 
  • Moderator: David Pringle, Senior Advisor, Science|Business

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

  • Hermann Hauser, Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners and Chair, High Level Group on the European Innovation Council
  • Shiva Dustdar, Head, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank
  • Tim Softley, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham
  • Philippe Vanrie, Head, EUREKA Secretariat
  • Jean-David Malo, Director, Open Innovation and Open Science, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission (tbc)
  • Moderator: Éanna Kelly, News Editor, Science|Business

Innovation hubs: How to strengthen regional innovation

  • Rudolf Niessler, Director, Smart and Sustainable Growth and Programme Implementation IV, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Peter Olesen, Chairman, Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Sandra Rey, Founder and CEO, Glowee
  • Jacques De Chilly, Director General, Economic Development and Job Creation, Lyon Metropolis
  • Maria Alajõe, Director, Innovation and Business Relations, Tallinn University of Technology 
  • Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

Open to the World? How to make Horizon Europe more international

  • Ronald de Bruin, Director, COST Association
  • Michael Makanga, CEO, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
  • Alexander Cooke, Counsellor Europe, Industry, Innovation and Science Australian Embassy to Belgium, Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO
  • Diego Fernandez Prieto, Head, Research and Development, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes European Space Agency
  • Maryline Maillard, Counsellor, Science and Technology, Mission of Switzerland to the EU
  • Andrew Cherry, ‎Senior Scientific Officer, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Michael Leskiw, International Senior Contract Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs, International Coordinating Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Signe Ratso, Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission 
  • Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief, Science|Business

The patient in the system: Innovating for a more comprehensive health care

  • Lydia Makaroff, Director, European Cancer Patients Coalition
  • Vincent Clay, Senior Manager, EU Government Affairs, Pfizer
  • Boris Dimitrov, CEO and Founder, Checkpoint Cardio 
  • Enric Banda, Senior Adviser, Barcelona Supercomputing Center 
  • Frédéric Destrebecq, Executive Director, European Brain Council
  • Simone Boselli, Public Affairs Director, EURORDIS (tbc)
  • Moderator: Monica Dietl, Senior Adviser, Science|Business

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – How do you grow an idea? The EU’s role in protecting and promoting innovation

  • Opening View: Hermann Hauser, Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners and Chair, High Level Group on the European Innovation Council

       Panel:

  • Richard Buckley, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca
  • Pekka Soini, Director General, Business Finland
  • Paola Ceroni, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Bologna
  • Daria Tataj, Chair, RISE Advisory Group to Commissioner Moedas; CEO, Tataj Innovation
  • Moderator: John Wyles, Member of the Board, Science|Business

15:00 – R&I in the next EU budget framework

  • Q&A with Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission

      Panel:

  • Patrick Prendergast, President and Provost, Trinity College Dublin
  • Isabelle Thizon-de-Gaulle, Vice President, European Strategic Initiatives and Scientific Relations, Sanofi
  • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief, Science|Business

15:45 – Coffee

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

  • Opening View: Mariana Mazzucato, Professor, University College London; Special Advisor on Mission Driven Science and Innovation to Commissioner Moedas, European Commission

Panel:

  • Christian Ehler, Member of the European Parliament
  • Michael Makanga, CEO, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
  • Ilkka Niemelä, President, Aalto University
  • Heinz Seyringer, CEO, V-Research
  • Mariana Mazzucato, Professor, University College London; Special Advisor on Mission Driven Science and Innovation to Commissioner Moedas, European Commission
  • Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

17:15 - Close and networking reception

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