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R&I in recovery: What can Horizon Europe deliver?

Public Science|Business Annual Network Conference (12:00 – 18:00 CET)


Since Commission President Ursula von der Leyen took office in 2019, she has continuously highlighted research and innovation (R&I) as a critical driver of Europe’s green and digital transformations, and central to its global competitiveness. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the value to society of scientific excellence and cooperation – even if member states appeared at times to overlook that during negotiations over the next EU budget and recovery plan.  

Now that the key numbers have finally been agreed, Horizon Europe – the next R&I Framework Programme – is gearing up to launch, supported by €95.5 billion in funding. Yet as it does, important questions remain as to how great an impact Horizon will ultimately have, as a bridge between crisis and recovery and as a foundation for rebuilding Europe’s societies and economies. Can the Commission establish genuine synergies between Horizon and other flagship programmes? Will member states and associated countries align their own resources and programmes with Europe’s R&I ambitions? And in the global context, can Europe realistically expect to achieve its strategic goals – in domains such as climate and AI – without China and the US on board?

By extension, Europe’s R&I communities keenly await news of how Horizon will be implemented. Will the programme ensure that stronger pathways are laid between fundamental science and market competitiveness, a compelling value proposition defined for industry, and citizens actively engaged?  How will the European Green Deal be embedded across every aspect of Horizon’s structure and activities?  Will mission-oriented approaches inspire deep change in science and technology development? And, of equal importance, how will success and impact be determined for the future recipients of Horizon funding?

On February 22 and 23, Science|Business will convene leading figures from across its own Network and the international R&I spectrum to address these issues in more depth.

Speakers
Speakers
Margrethe Vestager
Executive Vice President, European Commission
Mariya Gabriel
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Youth, Education and Culture, European Commission
Stella Kyriakides
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Manuel Heitor
Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Government of Portugal
Simona Kustec Lipicer
Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Government of Slovenia
Patrick Child
Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
Maria Spyraki
Member and Vice Chair, EU-China Delegation, European Parliament
Christian Ehler
Member, European Parliament
Edvard Moser
2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Founding Director, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Michael Houghton
2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine; Director, LKSAVI; Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, University of Alberta
Ernest Moniz
Special Advisor to the President & Emeritus Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Co-Chair & CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Karen Maex
Rector Magnificus, University of Amsterdam
Jean Chambaz
President, Sorbonne University
Jukka Mönkkönen
Rector, University of Eastern Finland
Olivier Charmeil
Executive Vice President, General Medicines, Sanofi
Huiyao Wang
Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)
Pearl Dykstra
Professor, Empirical Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Kimmo Koski
Managing Director & Chair, CSC IT Center for Science
Hagit Schwimmer
Director, Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, (Israel-Europe Research & Innovation Directorate) ISERD
Mathias Rauch
Director, Research Policy and Strategy, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Martin Kern
Director, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
Ilkka Niemelä
President, Aalto University
Tor Grande
Pro-Rector for Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Mikael Östling
Deputy President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Paola Inverardi
Vice Chair, Technology Policy Committee, ACM Europe
Louis Fradette
Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal
Max Dumoulin
Vice-President, Institutional Offerings, Elsevier
Ana Valtonen
Professor, Strategic Design, Aalto University
Hannu Kemppainen
Executive Director, Strategy Performance and Management, Business Finland
Yuko Harayama
Executive Director, RIKEN
Walter Weigel
Vice President, European Research Institute, Huawei
Valeria Nicolosi
Professor, Nanomaterials and Microscopy, Trinity College Dublin
Alfonso Valencia
Director, Life Sciences Department & ICREA Professor, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Klaas Wierenga
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, GEANT
Seán Hand
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Europe, Warwick University
Jacub Drnec
Beamline Scientist, LEAPS & European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Jonathan Wareham
Professor of Information Systems, ESADE Business & Law School; Founder, ESADE Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management; Member, Project Consortium Board, ATTRACT
Jean-Marc Bourez
Managing Director, France, EIT Health
Diane Côté
President and Chief Executive Officer, MEDTEQ+
Programme
Programme

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

DAY ONE – FEBRUARY 22 – AFTERNOON (12:00 – 18:00 CET)

12:00    Science|Business FP Working Group event – Horizon Europe: Implementing the strategic plan

             Participation for Science|Business Network members only, with:

  • Julien Guerrier, Director, Policy and Programming Centre, DG Research & Innovation,  European Commission

13:00    Lunch break

13:30    Welcome

Opening remarks from Simon Pickard - Network Director, Science|Business

13:35    Plenary Session Great expectations: Is European R&I prepared for the next decade?   

             Live Q&A with:  

  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

             Followed by an interactive panel debate with:

  • Karen Maex, Rector Magnificus, University of Amsterdam
  • Mathias Rauch, Director, Research Strategy and Policy, Fraunhofer  
  • Salah-Dine Chibout, Global Head Oncology and Investigative Safety, Novartis (TBC)

Moderated by Gail Cardew - Senior Advisor, Science|Business

14:30    Break

14:45    Horizon Parallel Workshops: Session I

A series of parallel, interactive, expert-led sessions to explore how various cross-cutting themes can best be addressed and integrated into Horizon Europe ahead of its formal launch.

1. Clean environment: Embedding the Green Deal across pillars, partnerships and projects

  • Hagit Schwimmer, Director, Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw MaterialsIsrael-Europe Research & Innovation Directorate (ISERD)   
  • Jakub Drnec, Beamline Scientist, League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources (LEAPS) & European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
  • Hideki Takamatsu, General Manager, Toyota Motors Europe
  • Louis Fradette, Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal
  • Karin Pfeffer, Full Professor and Chair, Infrastructuring Urban Futures Division, University of Twente

Moderated by Antoine Rayroux - Special Advisor, Science|Business

2. Research & technology infrastructures: How to build closer ties between excellence, industry and society?

  • Pearl Dykstra, Professor of Empirical Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Max Dumoulin, Vice-President, Institutional Offerings, Elsevier
  • Tor Grande, Pro-Rector for Research, NTNU
  • Mikael Östling, Deputy President, KTH Stockholm
  • Antti Vasala - CEO, VTT and President, EARTO 

Moderated by Carlos Haertel - Director and Member of the Board, Science|Business

3. What a kick: Empowering Europe’s creative and cultural industries and sectors (supported by EIT)

  • Martin Kern, Director, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
  • Christian Ehler, Member, European Parliament
  • Ana Valtonen, Vice President, Art and Creative Practices & Professor, Strategic Design, Aalto University

Moderated by Diane Jeanblanc - Director of Consultancy, Science|Business

4. Breakthroughs 101: How to train Europe’s next generation of deeptech entrepreneurs (supported by ATTRACT)

  • Jonathan Wareham, Professor of Information Systems, ESADE Business & Law School; Founder, ESADE Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management; Member, Project Consortium Board, ATTRACT
  • More speakers TBC

Moderated by Richard L. Hudson - Editor-in-Chief and Vice Chair of the Board, Science|Businesss

16:15    Break

16:30    Horizon Parallel Workshops: Session II

5. Basic vs. applied: Getting the balance right between early-and late-stage R&D in Horizon  

  • Valeria Nicolosi, Professor of Nanomaterials & Microscopy, Trinity College Dublin
  • Paola Inverardi, Vice Chair, Technology Policy Committee, ACM Europe
  • Hannu Kemppainen, Executive Director, Strategic Performance Management, Business Finland
  • Walter Weigel, Vice President, European Research Institute, Huawei

Moderated by Florin Zubașcu - EU News Editor, Science|Business 

6. World in motion: Managing research talent mobility in an age of pandemics

  • Klaas Wierenga, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, GEANT
  • Séan Hand, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Europe, Warwick University
  • Jukka Mönkkönen, Rector, University of Eastern Finland
  • Yuko Harayama, Executive Director, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)

Moderated by Éanna Kelly - International News Editor, Science|Business

7. Life support: Delivering the data, access and structures for health R&D to flourish in Horizon 

  • Alfonso Valencia,  Director, Life Sciences Department & ICREA Professor, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Jean-Marc Bourez, Managing Director, France, EIT Health 
  • DianeCôté, President and Chief Executive Officer, MEDTEQ+

Moderated by Simon Pickard - Network Director, Science|Business

8. Science in policy: Delivering trustworthy communication in a world of misinformation (supported by TRESCA)

  • Renzo Tomellini, Head of Unit, Scientific Advice Mechanism, European Commission
  • Sara Degli Esposti, Scientific Director, TRESCA; Research Fellow, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
  • Other speakers TBC

Moderated by Goda Naujokaitytė - EU News Reporter, Science|Business

18:00    Workshops close – End of Day 1 proceedings

 

DAY TWO – FEBRUARY 23 – AFTERNOON (13:30 – 18:00 CET)

13:30   Welcome

Opening remarks from Maryline Fiaschi - Managing Director, Science|Business  

Plenary – Building back better: Will R&I be the catalyst for a brave new world?

Keynote speech and live Q&A with:

  • Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President (for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age), European Commission

Followed by a live panel debate with:

  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Research and Higher Education, Government of Portugal
  • Simona Kustec Lipicer, Minister for Education, Science and Sport, Government of Slovenia

Moderated by Maryline Fiaschi - Managing Director, Science|Business  

14:30    Helicopter view – Energy conversion: How can the sustainable transition be achieved?

              An interview with:

  • Ernest Moniz, Emeritus Professor and Special Advisor to the President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative

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

14:45    Plenary Global challenges: Will competition or cooperation define the future of science and technology?

Opening remarks from:

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Director-General, World Health Organisation

Followed by live panel debate featuring:

  • Sinan Atlig - Regional President, Vaccines, International Developed Markets (Europe, Japan, Korea Aus/NZ), Pfizer (TBC)
  • Maria Spyraki, Member, ITRE Committee & Vice Chair, EU-China Delegation, European Parliament
  • Huiyao (Henry) Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization

Moderated by Gail Cardew - Senior Advisor, Science|Business

15:30    Plenary – Talent show-down: Do we have the innovators we need to solve global problems? (supported by ATTRACT)

Live panel debate featuring:

  • Ilkka Niemelä, President, Aalto University
  • More speakers TBC

Moderated by Carlos Haertel - Director and Member of the Board, Science|Business

16:15    Science for Society:  Reflections from Nobel laureates

Pre-recorded interviews with:

  • Edvard Moser, 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine and Director, Kavli Centre for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Michael Houghton, 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine and Li Ka Shing Professor of Virology, University of Alberta

16:30     Plenary – Joining forces: How COVID-19 has given Europe a new blueprint for health R&I policy (supported by Sanofi)

Opening remarks by:

  • Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission (TBC)

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Olivier Charmeil, Executive Vice President, General Medicines, Sanofi
  • Other speakers TBC

Moderated by Maryline Fiaschi - Managing Director, Science|Business

17:30   Closing Session – One for all: Can Horizon deliver on its promises, for Europe and the world?

Opening remarks by:

  • Mona Nemer - Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada

Followed by a live panel discussion featuring: 

  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Kimmo Koski, Chief Executive Officer, CSC – IT Center for Science
  • Jean Chambaz, President, Sorbonne University
  • Mona Nemer - Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada (TBC)

Moderated by Simon Pickard - Network Director, Science|Business

18:30 – End of Event

 

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