JRC to create permanent forum on science needs of industry
The JRC has decided to create a permanent Forum to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on the science needs of industry in key sectors for European competitiveness.
The initiative was launched following the roundtable "Scientific Support to European Industrial Competitiveness", organised by the JRC on 15 February. The event brought together for the first time chief science representatives from top R&D investor companies, industry associations, the scientific community and the European Commission.
According to the participants the sectors which have the most potential to create jobs and economic growth are, for example, energy, transport and ICT (clean energy, electro-mobility, renewables, smart grid, cyber security) as well as health, food and nutrition (nanotechnology, GMO, chemicals, medical devices).
One of the conclusions of the roundtable was that European industry needs stronger collaboration between different disciplines and continuous dialogue with the public sector, as well as support in areas such as patents and infrastructure for clean transport, new energy grids and information and communication technologies.