This event will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the main policy drivers of the digital transformation of European industry and society and how the EU research and innovation agenda can best contribute to these objectives. The event will also present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, and serve as a unique networking platform for ICT enthusiasts and professionals.

Poster of the event Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers' Day 2019, featuring the Helsinki skyline


The programme

The Digital Excellence Forum started with a plenary debate on “Partnering for Digital Excellence”. Partnerships are a strategic implementation mechanism to align research agendas, leverage investments at European and National levels, and mobilise private co-investment from industry. This plenary session has been an opportunity to listen to European leaders debating about key challenges that Europe will face in the coming decade and how European programmes catalyse investments in shared R&I goals.

The event had a separate track of open dialogue sessions on the upcoming Digital Europe Programme, which main objective is to boost Europe's sustainable digital transformation for the benefit of citizens and businesses. These sessions provided a unique opportunity for participants to get an insight of the Commission proposal for the first two years of the programme and to share their views and ideas for programme investments focus in the next two years.

ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 tracks focussed on the upcoming calls of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme in the field of Information & Communication TechnologiesFuture and Emerging Technologies (FET), and Societal Challenges. The event offered an exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.

See Villages and Tracks

Commission officials were at the participants' disposal to reply to their questions on ICT-related topics of the 2018-20 work programme and the content of the next calls for proposals. Networking stands served as meeting points to facilitate interactions between people interested in the same research topics.

Information sessions were designed to present the main features of the work programme and to assist participants on how to prepare and submit a proposal to answer a Horizon 2020 call.


Watch again Day 1 and Day 2 on YouTube and the highlights . The recordings of the parallel sessions of the Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers Day 2019 are also available under each session of the agenda.

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Access the photo gallery of ICT Proposers Day 2019

Networking and Information

On the one hand the ICT Proposers' Day 2019 tracks included an introduction of upcoming Horizon 2020 calls by Commission officials, and presentations of projects ideas by potential proposers. 

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On the other hand, sessions in the Digital Europe track, after a brief introduction of the plans illustrated in the draft Orientations by Commission officials and some key statements from invited stakeholders, gave the audience the opportunity to actively contribute to the discussion around the priorities of the new programme for the first two years.

Site visits

On 18 September, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland organised site visits to the ICT innovation ecosystem in the city of Espoo, home to VTT, Aalto University, and CSC IT Center for Science. Four different visits, ranging from Microelectronics to 5G to Digital Innovation Hubs for Factories, were offered to show the diverse ICT research and innovation infrastructures and to connect with ICT experts.

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Face2Face Brokerage event

Run by Ideal-Ist in cooperation with Enterprise Europe Network, participants were able to meet potential partners in pre-arranged bilateral meetings.

Face2Face Brokerage event

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