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Past Seminars

Seminar on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation - Madrid, Monday 16 March 2009.


This thematic seminar "Shaping the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation" was held in Madrid on the 16th of March 2009. The seminar focused on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation as a KIC theme, as well as the synergies with the other two themes.

This event was intended as a crystallization point for such discussion and attracted 150 high level experts from the worlds of academia, business, research and entrepreneurship.

The Seminar

Final Agenda

Resumés of Keynote Speakers

Seminar Presentations:

- Prof. Julia King (EIT Governing Board Member)

Presentation on "A Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation - Introduction"

Presentation on "Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness through Innovation: KIC in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation"

- Prof. Sir Brian Hoskins (Climate Change Committee member and Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London)

Presentation on "Climate Change - the scale and urgency of the challenge"

 - Esko Kivisaari (Federation of Finnish Financial Services)

Presentation on "Adaptation - preparing for the new conditions"

- Patrick Oliva (Executive Vice-President, Michelin)

Presentation on "Mitigation - a renaissance lies ahead"

- Pat Burtis (Investment Manager, Amadeus Capital Partners)

Presentation on " 'Clean Tech' - climate change and new business opportunities"


Seminar on Sustainable Energy - Vienna, Monday 16 February 2009.


Chaired by Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann, Member of the EIT Governing Board and Executive Committee, this EIT seminar focused on one of the thematic areas designated for the first two to three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs): Sustainable Energy.

The EIT seminar on "Sustainable Energy" was the second in a series of three seminars on the themes of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities. Interest in the subject was extremely high, with demand for participation heavily exceeding places available. The final audience of just under 200 participants from over 20 countries reflected very well the variety of actors involved in the knowledge triangle, with representatives from higher education, research, technology transfer, government and business. The latter made up about one quarter of the audience, thereby confirming a very positive trend of stable interest in the EIT from the private sector.

During the first part of the seminar , Prof. Herrmann presented the views of the Governing Board on the KICs and on 'Sustainable energy' as a KIC theme. He stressed the idea of co-location centres, which will have to be an intrinsic feature of the KIC fabric. Colocation centres are meant to be four to six major 'nodes' within a KIC, where staff from different stakeholders come to work together, face-to-face and which link other partners, such as local clusters of SMEs. Furthermore, each co-location centre should encompass a significant part of the innovation chain.

As regards the 'sustainable energy' topic, Prof. Herrmann pointed out that there were significant areas of synergies with the KIC topic of 'climate change adaptation and mitigation', e.g. carbon capture and storage; energy efficiency; alternative fuels; energy storage; the electric economy: heating vehicles etc; or the hydrogen economy. He stressed that such overlap was not only expected, but seen as a positive element of having KICs on these two critical topics. For the sake of focus and for the purpose of the assessment process, KIC applicants will however need to identify the central topic area (sustainable energy or climate change adaptation and mitigation) for their application.

During the second part of the seminar , an open discussion with EIT Governing Board Members (chair: Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann, cochairs: Dr. Gołębiowska-Tataj, Dr. Peter Tropschuh) addressed key features of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities, and helped to clarify several questions from the audience in relation to the preparations for the KIC partnerships.

The Seminar



Seminar Report

Resumés of Keynote Speakers 

 Seminar Presentations:

- Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann- EIT Governing Board

Presentation on "The EIT Governing Board's View on Sustainable Energy" 

- Dr. Henrik Bindslev - Director: Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark

 Presentation on "Sustainable Energy Generation, Storage and Distribution: Challenges, Limitations and scope of New Technologies"

- Prof. Wolfgang Palz - Chairman of the World Council on Renewable Energies (WCRE)

Presentation on"Energy Based on Renewable Resources"

- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Steiger - External Relations: Head of Future Technology, Volkswagen AG

Presentation on "Energy Efficient Mobility: Challenging Technologies for Tomorrow's Transportation Systems"

- Dr. Stefano Carosio - Head of Research and Innovation Unit, D'Appolonia SpA

Presentation on "Energy Efficient Buildings: Sustainable Technologies for Avant-garde Housing Systems"

- Dr. Jan M. van der Eijk - Chief Technology Officer, Royal Dutch Shell

Presentation on "Energy Efficient Chemical Conversion and Production: Technologies towwards efficient use of Resources"


Seminar on Future Information and Communication Society - Budapest, Friday 23 January 2009.


Chaired by Prof. Yrjö Neuvo, Member of the EIT Governing Board and Executive Committee, this EIT seminar focused on one of the thematic areas designated for the first two to three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs): The Future Information and Communication Society.

Having generated high interest from across Europe and beyond with a 98% turnout rate and over 190 participants, the EIT seminar on "Shaping the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) – Future Information and Communication Society" stimulated an active discussion among interested parties. Attendance was well balanced from all sides of the "knowledge triangle", including a very active participation from the business community (approximately 1/3 of all participants) – thereby effectively reflecting the EIT's objective of bringing together all parts of the innovation chain.

Discussions were very lively and constructive, showing the high and active level of interest of many participants in the EIT – and in interaction with the Governing Board for that matter. Contributions from the audience clearly showed that there was a broad acceptance and appreciation of the KIC concept, and that efforts were now geared towards putting forward proposals for the first KICs.

Some participants highlighted the cross-cutting nature of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), stressing that ICT will also have a role to play in those KICs addressing primarily sustainable energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The seminar was perceived as a very timely initiative both by participants and Governing Board members. Apart from fruitful discussions, the meeting also provided a much utilised opportunity for networking and partnering activities in view of the formation of future KICs.

The Seminar


Dr Yrjö Neuvo - EIT Governing Board

Presentation on "Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness"

Seminar Report 

Resumés of Keynote Speakers 


Seminar on "Shaping the Knowledge and Innovation Communities" - Bratislava, Monday 24 November 2008.

The EIT has the goal of capitalizing on Europe's excellent research, entrepreneurial education and business to boost Europe's innovation capacity. In order to do so the shape of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) needs to be defined; and the seminar addressed two pressing questions relating to the launch of the KICs in 2010.

The first question addressed the format of the KICs and more specifically the interaction between the various forces within a KIC. Issues relating to co-allocation and to how KICs will give rise to new value chains beyond the immediate interests of individual partners were also discussed.

Secondly, the KIC selection criteria, enablers and performance measures were measured. Discussion revolved around what the key selection criteria should be, how the long-term commitment of industry can be ensured and how KICs' performances should be measured.

Europa Press Release (IP/08/1759) 

The Seminar


Resumés of Keynote Speaker and Rapporteurs



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KIC Selection Criteria Published today

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Chairman presents latest developments to the Council of Ministers and European Parliament

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EIT launching recruitment of the Director

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EIT seminar launches discussion on shape of KICs

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EIT Governing Board elects its Executive Committee

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European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) begins its work

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Official appointment of the EIT Governing Board

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EIT headquarters to be located in Budapest

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