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Date: 10/04/2018 (09:30-11:00)

Investments in HPC, ubiquitous connectivity and data infrastructures are necessary for the EU to be at the forefront of innovation. These technologies can enable the digital transformation of economy and society in general. The gain from these investments will only materialise if there will be a sufficient number of digitally skilled people to develop, roll-out and use these new technologies.

The objective of this session is to highlight the need for EU investment in digital capacities in areas such as HPC, Artificial intelligence, Cybersecurity, 5G and Connected and Automated Mobility, and advanced digital skills to ensure European socio-economic progress and leadership. The session will emphasize the importance of innovation in industrial tissues, in particular SMEs, that need to embrace innovation and take advantage of technological developments to remain competitive. It will underscore that the objectives of building a common European digital future cannot be achieved without a digitally competent workforce.

The session is of interest to all in particular to relevant constituencies for HPC, Digitizing European Industry, Digital Skills and 5G/CAD.

Opening speech by Roberto Viola, Director General of the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

The panel discussion will be moderated by Francesco Profumo and will consist of prominent speakers such as:

Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Martina Dlabajova, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control

Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria

Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Mario Buisán, Director General of Industry and SMEs, Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Spain

The session will close with the signature of a Letter of Intent between Portugal and Spain for Cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving with:

Jaime Moreno, Deputy-Director General for Mobility, Directorate General for Traffic, Spain

Guilherme W. D’Oliveira Martins, Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Portugal

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