With the European Commission poised to begin the mid-term evaluation of the Horizon 2020 programme in Autumn 2016 and as the mobility-focused element of the European Research Area (ERA) nears completion, it's the perfect time to consider the next stages for progressing both the ERA and the Innovation Union initiatives.
This conference provides an opportunity for all those involved and interested in the twin topics of boosting commercialisation of science and better utilising science to solve societal problems, within the EU and more widely, to come together with policymakers and leading thinkers to network, pose questions and debate the future direction of EU science and innovation policy at this important juncture in the policy development process.
In addition to discussing the impact and effectiveness of Horizon 2020 so far, key discussion points will centre around the Commissioner's priorities for the coming years, namely:
- Developing a European Innovation Council and improving the flow of venture capital to innovative firms across the EU
- Furthering open access and open data as well as introducing a Research Integrity Initiative
- Improving links between EU and non-EU communities including the development of Horizon 2020 Association Agreements with non-EU states.
Also on the agenda: an update on progress towards the introduction of the proposed Unitary Patent for the EU and the effect this new multinational system may have on the Europe's competitiveness as a place to commercialise research and invest in innovation.
Currently, confirmed speakers include:
Dr Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General (Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World), Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission
Professor Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, European Patent Office
Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General, LERU & Professor of Law, KU Leuven
Dr Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director for Research and Innovation, European Universities Association
Professor Jerzy Langer, Chair, Future and Emerging Technologies Advisory Group, European Commission & Professor of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
Dr Elena Simperl, Director, ODINE & Associate Professor, Web and Internet Science Group, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton
Magda Chlebus, Director, Science Policy, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
Wouter Haak, Vice-President, Research Data Management Solutions, Elsevier
Dr Nicole Foeger, Chair, European Network of Research Integrity Offices and Head of Administrative Office, Austrian Agency for Research Integrity
Plus, an especially prepared video message from Jerzy Buzek MEP, Chair, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001)
Further speakers are currently being approached.
Please find the latest agenda here.