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Room L7, 05/12/2018 (17:30-18:15)

The "Digital Age" is like no other than has been before it. The possibility of disruption, the speed of innovation and the global nature of the business provide unparalleled opportunities, and challenges. Europe needs to participate fully in all aspects of this change, and collaborative R, D&I is an essential component of making this happen - in the context of the full value chain that the technology serves.

Most of the funding support programmes and related processes derive from a different pace and range of innovation. In the future they must transform to meet the requirements of the new digital environment. They must capture ideas from talented innovators and organisations of all sizes and types and rapidly bring them to the point of commercial exploitation. They must adapt rapidly to changing technologies and applications and be flexible to the needs of the innovators. And they must do all of this, at speed, in a global context.

Europe’s natural strength of collaborative innovation must therefore be radically updated to suit the needs of the digital age, and this session is designed to debate these issues to help guide the direction of future National, Trans-National and European funding initiatives. Collaborative R,D&I programmes must result in functioning ecosystems that can rapidly exploit innovation in Europe.

In the context of FP9, all funding instruments need to re-evaluate their purpose and structure to ensure that they are “fit for purpose” in the digital world.

Organised by: Peter CONNOCK (AENEAS, PENTA, France)

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