This event was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Estonian Presidency of the EU. The event took stock of the value and importance of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships for Europe. It also opened the discussion on how to evolve the partnering model of the FET Flagships in order to maximise their impact. The High Level Steering Committee of the Quantum Flagship delivered its final report.

The event gathered representatives from EU institutions, Member States, academia and industry to discuss how the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships could better address grand science and technology challenges in the future.

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, in charge of the Digital Single Market (read a recent blog post he published on the Quantum Flagship), shared his view on the importance of FET Flagships (read his speech). Nobel laureate Konstantin Novoselov delivered a keynote speech on scientific excellence in Europe (see presentation).

The event was organised in two panel discussions, gathering representatives from the Member States, European institutions, academia and industry together with representatives from the Human Brain Project, the Graphene Flagship and from the High Level Steering Committee of the Quantum Flagship

  • Panel 1: Why FET Flagships are important for Europe? 
    The discussion of the first panel focused on the relevance of Flagships, as well as on how they contribute to position Europe as a main player on the global scientific scene. 
  • Panel 2: How to maximise the impact of FET-Flagships?
    In the second panel session, European Commission, Member States and Flagships representatives discussed the potential partnership models for Flagships to further deliver on their objectives and to maximise their impact.  

The event was also the occasion for the expert group on Quantum Technologies to officially hand-over to the European Commission their final report specifying the research priorities and modalities for running the Quantum Technologies Flagship.

Check the agenda to have all the details of the panels composition and the topics that were discussed. Read the report with the main conclusions of the event and a blog post by Thomas Skordas, Director of Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure at the European Commission.

Joining the discussion

People interested in this topic had the opportunity to join the debate online on Twitter, following @FETFlagships and using #FETFlagshipsEU, and taking part in an online poll about Flagships.

The event was webstreammed (watch recorded session). 

FET Flagships

FET Flagships are large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives built around a visionary unifying goal that can only be realised through a federated and sustained effort. They aim to convert scientific advances into concrete innovations with long-term impacts for European economy and society. The first two FET Flagships, Graphene Flagship and the Human Brain Project, started in 2013, the third one on Quantum Technologies will be launched in November, and the calls for preparatory actions for future Flagships will start this year.

The strategic relevance of FET Flagships was confirmed by the FET Flagships Interim Evaluation Panel led by Prof. Carrozza. In their report, they recommend launching new FET Flagships where the concept is applicable.

At the same time, the High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU R&I Programmes chaired by Pascal Lamy recommends in their report to "set research and innovation missions that address global challenges and mobilise researchers, innovators and other stakeholders to realise them", which very much fits the FET Flagship concept.

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