Programme - Overview
The Innovation Convention is all about interaction. Throughout the various debates, Master Classes, Round Tables, and lectures, exclusive key note speakers will stimulate a dialogue between participants. In the debates, global business leaders and well renowned academics will discuss how research and innovation contribute to sustainable growth, and offer solutions to global challenges. During the Master Classes, selected pupils and the audience will learn how to turn ideas into a thriving business "doing innovation", in a practical way. The other class will focus on "how to" communicate science. Round Table discussions will give further insight on dedicated themes in innovation relating to society: healthcare, science, risk and the media, and inclusive and social innovation. We will also have the opportunity to hear from an eminent Nobel Prize Laureate on why science matters and from some of the world's leading authorities on the economic and social aspect of innovation.
In parallel to the main programme, so-called "fringe" sessions will be organised by stakeholders. These are smaller workshops where one can participate in lively debates, ask questions and network with peers. The sessions will focus on themes closely linked to the priorities of the Innovation Union Initiative. They will concentrate on various subjects such as how to support young innovative SMEs, how to create successful partnerships between universities, industry and the public sector and how to ensure more women are included in the innovation cycle.