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Future Horizon 2020 R&I challenges and opportunities

Brainstorming on future Horizon 2020 reearch and innovation challenges and opportunities

Priority setting under Horizon 2020 is based on "sound evidence, analysis and foresight" provided by experts and where appropriate, through civil society engagement (Annex 1.1 "Programming" of the Council Decision establishing the Horizon 2020 Specific Programme).

Based on this, the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) will host this workshop to contribute to future Horizon 2020 strategic choices on topics related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

The workshop will apply exploratory foresight methodologies to better understand the research and innovation challenges related to the following topics:

  1. The path towards singularity. How human-enhancements technologies, human-machine convergence, cyber-physical systems and artificial intelligence will impact humanity, industrial innovation and the society?
  2. The emergent Consumer Internet Economy. How content co-creation, hyper-connectivity and big data are transforming the media sector?
  3. The evolution of learning and education. How advanced ICTs (e.g. mixed reality and presence technologies, gaming, etc.) can improve learning and education, making them more inclusive and delivering the skills of the 21st century?
  4. The path towards new economic models. How can future ICTs experiment with and prototype new economic concepts to help find solutions to the long-tail effects of the systemic crisis?
  5. The evolution of the web's architecture: How will the advent of the Internet of Things impact the evolution of the web (which was conceived to transfer hypertexts between clients and servers)? Could new technological needs generate new opportunities for EU industry?
  6. The prospects of a "do-it-yourself" innovation ecosystem: How will the advent of open hardware and software, and the "commoditization" of 3D printing change manufacturing, innovation and the roles of producers and consumers?
  7. The societal and economic impacts of robotics: what is the impact of advanced robots and automation on economy and society and the related non-technological aspects?
  8. Digital agriculture and food: How can the advent of the Internet of Things, Big Data and cloud computing help improve productivity in agriculture and throughout the whole food value chain?
  9. Digital art and science: How will ICTs transform and benefit from the arts and sciences?
  10. Governance and policy-making: How will the internet and social networks transform governance and policy-making?
Date & Time: 
Thursday, 19 June, 2014 - 13:00 to Friday, 20 June, 2014 - 13:00
Avenue de Beaulieu, 25 0/S1, Brussels (by invitation only)
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