H2020 open to the world event
Type: Complete speech
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 11 December 2013, the European Commission submitted the first calls for projects within the context of Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme with a budget of 80 billion euros. This funding, over 15 billion euros of which are earmarked for the first two years, must contribute to giving fresh impetus to the knowledge-based economy in Europe and respond to the issues at the heart of the citizens’ lives. On 12 December, Maria-Cristina Russo, Director of the EC’s DG for Research and Innovation, and Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General in charge of the divisions A, M and R of the EC’s DG for Research and Innovation, presented Horizon 2020 at an event to launch the programme hosted in Brussels. Furthermore, three grant recipients under the 7th framework programme of the EU were invited to give their testimonies.
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||Welcome address by Maria-Cristina Russo, Director of the EC’s DG for Research and Innovation, (in ENGLISH) that Horizon 2020 is now open to the world and aims to increase international participation in important fields; welcoming everyone on behalf of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Innovation and Science.
||Research and Innovation framework programme, its objectives, its 3 essential pillars: scientific excellence (Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships for young scientists), industrial primacy (to support the industrial primacy of Europe in fields such as ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced manufacturing techniques, robotics, biotechnology and the space industry), societal challenges (innovative projects relating to the seven societal challenges defined in the Horizon 2020 programme: health, agriculture, maritime activities and the bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; reflective societies; security).
||Testimonies (in ENGLISH) from grant recipients under the 7th framework programme of the EU: Brian Wong, Canadian researcher, Marie Curie fellow at the University of Louvain; Zeinab El-Sadr, Executive Director of the Research, Development and Innovation Programme of the Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research; Eddy Moors, Dutch hydro-meteorologist.