Programme

Against the backdrop of the Commission's White Paper on the future of Europe, the conference will bring together policymakers from EU institutions, nearly 700 stakeholders and interested actors to discuss the role of research and innovation for Europe's future.

3 July - Charlemagne building
09:00 - 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:40 Opening session: Maximising the impact of Research & Innovation
  • Commissioner Carlos Moedas
  • Pascal Lamy, Chair of the High Level Group (HLG) on maximising impact of EU R&I Programmes
10:40 - 10:55 Glimpse of the future: Showcase n.1
10:55 - 11:45 Vision for the future: reaction to the HLG Report
  • Mailis Reps (Estonian Minister for Education and Research)
  • Soledad Cabezon Ruiz (MEP, EP Rapporteur on H2020 Interim Evaluation)
  • Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (CEO Solvay)
  • Serge Haroche (Professor Emeritus at Collège de France)
11:45 - 11:55 Glimpse of the future: Showcase n.2
11:55 - 12:45 Conversations: Shaping the future for and with our citizens
  • Robbert Dijkgraaf (Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
  • Carlo Ratti (Director, MIT Senseable City Lab Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati)
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 14:45 Short talks: Success stories
  • Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General DG RTD
  • Vladimir Sucha, Director-General DG JRC
  • Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General DG CNET
  • Lowri Evans, Director-General DG GROW
  • Marc Lemaitre, Director-General DG REGIO
14:45 - 14:55 Glimpse of the future: Showcase n.3
14:55 - 15:40 Conversations: Innovating and creating future solutions
  • Michela Magas (2017 Women Innovators 1st Prize)
  • Bertrand Piccard (Explorer and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation)
  • Kinga Stanislawska (Managing Partner and Founder of Experior Venture Fund)
15:40 - 16:10 Coffee break
16:10 - 16:35 Short talks: Youth response
  • Sarah Glück (Zeppelin University Research Fellow)
  • Shane Bergin (School of Education, University College Dublin - UCD)
  • Kaltrina Nuredini & Willi Scholz (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics)
  • Diva Sharma (student/developer at Stanford University)
16:35 - 17:20 Conversations: Maintaining world class scientific excellence
  • Kamila Markram (CEO, Frontiers - Open Science Platform)
  • Jeremy Farrar (Director Wellcome Trust)
  • Fabiola Gianotti (Director-General of CERN)
17:20 - 17:40 Closing keynote speech by Commissioner Moedas
17:40 - 19:30 Networking & Cocktails