High Level Group

High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes

In September 2016 the European Commission set up a High Level Group of experts, following an online call for expression of interest to which over 350 candidates responded. In the context of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Group's mandate is to provide advice on how to maximise the impact of the EU's investment in research and innovation. The group is chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. It consists of 12 personalities appointed in a personal capacity. The group started its work in December 2016.

The High Level Group report was published on 3rd July 2017, on the occasion of the 'Research & Innovation – Shaping our Future' conference in Brussels.

LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European future we want  PDF icon 400 KB

Speech by Pascal Lamy presenting the High Level Group report, 3 July 2017  PDF icon 89 KB


The members of the High Level Group

  • Chair: Pascal Lamy – President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute
  • Martin Brudermüller – Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF SE
  • Mark Ferguson – Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Lykke Friis – Prorector for Education, University of Copenhagen
  • Cristina Garmendia – Chair, Fundación Cotec
  • Iain Gray – Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
  • Jan Gulliksen – Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • Harri Kulmala – CEO of DIMECC Ltd, Tampere
  • Nevenka Maher – former dean, Faculty of Business & Management Sciences Novo mesto
  • Maya Plentz Fagundes – Managing Director, 50More Ventures
  • Lucyna A. Woźniak – Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations, Medical University of Łódź
  • Milena Žic Fuchs – Professor, University of Zagreb and Fellow, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

CVs of the High Level Group members  PDF icon 649 KB



Meeting Documents

  • Follow-up meeting, 10-11 January 2018:
    Agenda  PDF icon 523 KB | Report  PDF icon 456 KB
  • 4th Meeting, 6-7 June 2017:
    Agenda  PDF icon 536 KB | Report  PDF icon 464 KB
  • 3rd Meeting, 4-5 April 2017:
    Agenda  PDF icon 467 KB | Report  PDF icon 543 KB
  • 2nd Meeting, 8 February 2017:
    Agenda  PDF icon 437 KB | Report  PDF icon 480 KB
  • 1st Meeting, 7 December 2016:
    Agenda  PDF icon 258 KB | Report  PDF icon 474 KB