Research & Innovation: Towards a new EU strategy

The Annual Science|Business Framework conference

In the past year, political support has risen in Brussels and beyond for research & innovation – but how to translate that into effective policy and programmes? For years, research has been siloed in most EU capitals into narrow policy categories, in dedicated ministries and directorate-generals. But now, as EU budget pressures rise with the likely departure of Britain, there’s more support for broadening the role of research & innovation – to build Europe’s future: in agriculture, regional development, security, defence, energy, environment, health, climate, transport, and international relations.
This Science|Business conference, to follow the Commission’s May 30 publication of its long-term budget plan, will examine how to implement more research and innovation across broad policy areas. Topics of discussion will include:

  • How the next Framework Programme could accelerate R&I across all sectors
  • How to boost R&I in agriculture and regional development programmes
  • Using R&I for international relations and development
  • How the ‘science cloud’ could accelerate Europe’s science and technology development – across all sectors
  • In depth looks at the likely impact, across sectors, of AI, quantum computing, autonomous vehicles, health data and other technologies

Registration will open soon
For more details, please contact Lysiane Pons at


Featured speakers
Robert-Jan Smits
Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Ilkka Niemelä
President, Aalto University
Daria Gołębiowska-Tataj
Chair, Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts (RISE), European Commission; CEO, Tataj Innovation
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
Ronald de Bruin
Director, COST
Tim Softley
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Birmingham
Michael Makanga
Chief Executive Officer, EDCTP Association Secretariat