Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner opens the First Innovation Convention Exhibition 2011, and signs RSFF agreement

Commissioner and Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, opening the Innovation Convention Exhibition 2011. Photo © EU, 2011
"It gives me tremendous pleasure to share with you 48 fascinating research and innovation stories, taking place in the 27 Member States of the European Union"

Brussels, 5 December 2011


Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to officially open this exhibition that celebrates the first anniversary of Innovation Union by showcasing the best of innovation in Europe.

I was determined from the start that the first Innovation Convention should not just talk about innovation, but should show innovation in action, and show its real benefits.