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2016 Science|Business Horizon 2020 Conference

Start date: 16.02.2016

End date: 16.02.2016

Location: Brussels

Country: Belgium

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This year, 2016, marks a turning point for Horizon 2020, the world’s second largest civilian research programme. After a strong start in 2014 with a funding rise and a surge in applications, the €77 billion programme is beset with questions about its future: Will its overall, annual budget be cut in this year’s EU funding review? How can it deal with the continuing tide of grant applications? What can applicants do to increase the odds of success? At the conference, Horizon 2020 experts will deliver tips and advice to perform better.


09.00 – 10:30      What is EIC? An open, pan-European dialogue on the future shape of the European Innovation Council

Q&A with Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation and Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business.

The European Innovation Council, what can it be? Presentation of a Science|Business Network report to the Commissioner  

  • Detlef Günther, Vice President Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich
  • Chris Haenen, Director EU funding, GE  

EIC: does it make sense? An open discussion

  • Patrizia Toia, MEP, Vice Chair of the ITRE Committee, European Parliament (tbc)
  • Christian Ehler, Member of the European Parliament
  • Luc Soete, Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University 

10:30 – 11:00      Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00      The 3 Os: Open Innovation, Open science, Open to the world - Three parallel sessions on the policy priorities set by Commissioner Moedas  

Open Innovation:

Everybody talks about it, but what models for open innovation can really work?

  • Sergio Bertolucci, Director of research and scientific computing, CERN
  • Robert Sorrell, Vice President Public Partnership, BP
  • Bror Salmelin, Adviser for Innovation Systems, DG CNECT, European Commission

Moderator: R. Frederic Henschel, Partner, Foley & Lardner  

Open science:

Can digital technologies and openness propel a new scientific revolution for Europe?

  • Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit, Science Policy and Foresight, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Thomas Lemberger, Chief Editor, Molecular Systems Biology; Deputy Head of Scientific Publications; Manager, SourceData, European Molecular Biology Organisation  
  • Stephane Berghmans, VP Academic Relations EU, Elsevier
  • Howard Chase, Director for Government affairs, The Dow Chemical Company (tbc)

Moderator: Éanna Kelly, News editor, Science|Business

Open to the World:

Can science diplomacy work?

  • Maria Cristina Russo, Director, International Cooperation, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Muriel Desaeger, General Manager, Technology Trends Analysis Division, R&D, Toyota Motor Europe
  • Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science & Technology (tbc)  
  • Ann Katherine Isaacs, Rector’s Delegate, University of Pisa  

Moderator: Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, President, EMUNI   

12:00 – 12:20     What role for the EU’s scientific advisory panel? A Q&A with Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Member, EU Scientific Advice Mechanism; Former Director General, CERN

12:20 – 13:00      ERC = Science²

Plenary session launching the ERC’s outreach campaign with the participation of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council

13:00 – 14:00      Networking lunch

14:00 – 14:45      The Science|Business Lecture by Nathan Myhrvold, Founder & CEO, Intellectual Ventures     

14:45 – 15:45      Stakeholder Dialogues

(Parallel sessions organised by partners)

15:45 – 16:15      Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30      The future of Horizon2020: Budget, politics and survival strategies 

  • Q&A with Robert-Jan Smits, Director General, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission  

Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business

  • 2016/17 work programme and strategies for success
    • Gunnar Bovim, Rector, NTNU
    • Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise), University College London
    • Isabelle Thizon de Gaulle, Vice President European Strategic Relations, Sanofi R&D

Moderator: Roy Pennings, CEO, 3dImpact 

17:30 – 18:30      Networking reception

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