International R&D : Horizon Europe and the world

The Science|Business Framework conference

Around the world, cross-border research and development (R&D) deals are on the rise, both in public and private systems. International co-publications, global budgets, industry/university/public partnerships – all have soared in the past decade. Europe, with its Horizon research and innovation (R&I) programmes, is a leader in this trend, but the US, Canada, China, Japan and other big spenders are also on the hunt for ambitious ideas and partners. Important questions are also being raised about the future role of R&D in the UN SDGs, climate change and other international development ambitions.

Against this backdrop, are we entering a new era of global cooperation, a Republic of Science & Technology? This Science|Business Network conference will be an international meeting place to discuss the emerging opportunity landscape, and how this can best be harnessed across sectors and regions through breakthrough science, technologies and policy frameworks.

Featured guests
Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Rémi Quirion
Chief Scientist, Province of Québec
Marie-Noëlle Semeria
Senior Vice President & Group Chief Technology Officer, Total
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
President, European Research Council
Matthias Kleiner
President, Leibniz Association
Rosa María Menéndez López
President, Spanish National Research Council
Otmar Wiestler
President, Helmholtz Association
Anita Krohn Traaseth
CEO, Innovation Norway
Joël Mesot
President, ETH Zurich
Jean Chambaz
President, Sorbonne University
Heide Hackmann
CEO, International Science Council
Philippe Tanguy
President, Polytechnique Montreal
Walter Weigel
Vice President, Huawei European Research Institute
Elisabeth Ling
Managing Director, Researcher Products & Research Metrics, Elsevier
Joanna Newman
Chief Executive and Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Gian-Luca Bona
CEO, Empa; Member of the ETH Board
Leena Pishe Thomas
Director & Principal Consultant, Global Business Inroads
Maria de Kleijn
Senior Vice President, Analytical Services, Elsevier
Nick Jennings
Vice-Provost, Research and Enterprise, Imperial College London
Pekka Soini
Director General, Business Finland
Karin Dahlman-Wright
Vice-President, Karolinska Institutet
Philippe Vanrie
Head, EUREKA Secretariat
Bosun Tijani
Co-founder & CEO, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
Jan Palmowski
Secretary General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
Jaak Aaviksoo
Rector, Tallinn University of Technology
Ronald De Bruin
Director, The COST Association
Preliminary Programme

Public Conference (Webcast will be available)

Please note that the following programme is preliminary and subject to change in the weeks ahead. Asterisks indicate invited speakers, with confirmation pending.


08:15  -  Registration and coffee

09:15  -  Welcome

09:20  -  Horizon World: What’s so hard about international R&D collaboration?

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

Followed by panel discussion, featuring:   

  • Jean Chambaz, President, Sorbonne University
  • Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO, Innovation Norway
  • Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist, Province of Québec
  • Jean-Eric Paquet

Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief and Vice-Chair of the Board, Science|Business

10:30  -  Coffee break

11:00  -  Global Science: European excellence and the world 

Panel discussion, featuring:

  • Jean-Pierre Bourguignon , President, European Research Council 
  • Matthias Kleiner, President, Leibniz Association
  • Otmar Wiestler, President, Helmholtz Association
  • Rosa María Menéndez, President, Spanish National Research Council
  • Karin Dahlman-Wright, Vice-President, Karolinska Institutet

Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

12:00  -  Breakout Sessions

Parallel, 60-minute workshops identifying opportunities and priorities to support international R&D and innovation systems

Digital Infrastructures: Connecting people, platforms and data

  • Michelle Barker, Deputy Executive Director, Australian Research Data Commons
  • Jens Kreisel, Vice Rector (Research), University of Luxembourg
  • Oliver Grau, Chair, Technology Policy Committee, ACM Europe
  • Dieter Fellner, Director Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD), Fraunhofer *

Moderator: Roy Pennings, Senior Advisor, Science|Business

Intelligent Production: The future of manufacturing

  • Marco Waas, Director RD&I and Technology, Nouryon
  • Gian-Luca Bona, CEO, Empa
  • Reinhold Achatz, Group CTO, Thyssen Krupp *
  • Jessica Hofmann, Managing Director, Atos Blockchain Factory *

Moderator: Carlos Härtel, Special Advisor, Science|Business

Freedom of Movement: The prospects for talent mobility

  • Walter Weigel, Vice President, European Research Institute, Huawei
  • Angela Ittel, Vice President for Strategic Development, Junior Scholars, and Teacher Education, TU Berlin
  • Jan Palmowski, Secretary General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
  • Tim Softley, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Transfer), University of Birmingham

Moderator: Monica Dietl, Senior Advisor, Science|Business

Building Bridges: Co-funding research and innovation across borders

  • Sara Medina, Coordinator, ENRICH China
  • Adam Tyson, Head of Cooperation with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Sameena Conning, Director External Affairs, EIT Health *
  • Representative company from the EUREKA Eurostars Programme *

Moderator: Éanna Kelly, News Editor, Science|Business

13:00  -  Networking lunch

14:00  -  Artificial Intelligence: The ultimate domain for global R&D cooperation? 

Opening presentation (10 mins):

  • Maria de Kleijn , Senior Vice President, Analytical Services, Elsevier

 Followed by panel discussion, featuring:

  • Marie-Noëlle Semeria , Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Total
  • Nick Jennings , Vice-Provost (Research & Enterprise), Imperial College
  • Elisabeth Ling , Managing Director, Researcher Products & Research Metrics, Elsevier
  • Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector, Tallinn University of Techology & former Minister for Research & Education, Government of Estonia
  • Roberto Viola, Director General, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology *

Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

15:00  -  Coffee break

15:30  -  International Innovation Partnerships: How to make the leap from rhetoric to reality

Panel discussion, featuring:

  • Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council
  • Pekka SoiniDirector General & CEO, Business Finland
  • Leena Pishe ThomasDirector & Principal Consultant, Global Business Inroads
  • Ronald de Bruin, Director, The COST Association
  • Bosun TijaniCo-founder & CEO, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria

Moderator: Philippe Vanrie, Director, EUREKA

16:30  -  Beyond the Horizon: How can a sustainable implementation of the European Research and Innovation Area be ensured?

Perspectives from Joël Mesot, President, ETH Zurich

16:45  -  Beyond Brexit: What do non-EU countries want from Horizon Europe?

Panel discussion featuring:

  • Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Philippe Tanguy, President, Polytechnique Montreal
  • Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • Alessandro Curioni, Vice President, IBM Europe & Director, IBM Research Lab Zurich *
  • Michael Arthur,  Provost & President, University College London *

Moderator: Simon Pickard, Network Director, Science|Business

17:45  -  Close and networking reception


For information and questions regarding registration, please contact Stefania Gavra (

For general enquiries on this event, please contact Lysiane Pons (