During EU Industry Days, experts from the European Commission will lead discussions and Q&A sessions about specialist areas that impact industry such as intellectual property, corporate social responsibility, block chain, the Enterprise Europe Network, public procurement and the aeronautic sector.

The sessions will take place in room R3 at The Egg and anyone registered for the conference can attend. 

Full session details are available in the downloadable programme (at the bottom of the page).

Day 1 expert sessions

  • 10.00 - 11.30

    Public procurement: Supplying innovation and sustainability to the public sector

    In this interactive session, European Commission staff responsible for innovative, green and social procurement will explain how strategic public procurement presents new opportunities to businesses. The session will be an occasion for industry to provide feedback on the Commission's public procurement policy and to understand how they can play a major role in influencing and improving procurement practices across the EU.

  • 11.45 - 13.15

    The Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the world’s largest support network for SMEs. With more than 600 organisations in 65 countries, EEN helps businesses to grow faster through tailored support, new business and technology partnerships, and access to finance. Get to know more about EEN and discover how the network helps businesses. European entrepreneurs can also discover the opportunities that 'Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs' offers.

  • 14.30 - 16.00

    #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for industrial transformations

    This session will focus on prospective exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on blockchain and other 'distributed ledger technologies' for industrial/non-financial sectors. Experts will present key blockchain features and challenges and will explore potential use cases in 9 industrial sectors. You will also discover 5 speculative blockchain prototypes co-created with stakeholders on energy, transports and logistics, creative industries, advanced manufacturing, and health sectors. In the end, we will map out key insights for industry, SMEs and other business stakeholders, and you will have the opportunity to give recommendations to policy makers.

  • 16.15 - 17.45

    Intellectual property (IP) for innovation - Get up to speed on smart IP and innovation strategies

    IP-intensive industries generated more than 42% of EU GDP and are the most resilient to economic crises. IP can help you become an influential business player - join our session to learn how.

    Smart, open innovation strategies and intangible assets, including data, have undoubtedly become key for market success and competitiveness. In our session, innovators of smart glasses, energy storage and wearable medical devices will share with you how they used IP to promote their business. IP specialists will be there to give you first hand information and advice. The future depends on the choices you make: choose to build upon your intangible assets!

Day 2 expert sessions

  • 9.00 - 10.30

    European aviation industry – a key economic and strategic contributor

    The global economic impact of the aviation industry is estimated at €2.34 trillion annually. A number of European Commission initiatives aim to maintain industrial European leadership in aviation. This session will pay particular attention to European aviation research and innovation policy, and present showcases and funding opportunities for perspective industrial participants.

  • 10.45 - 12.15

    The role of corporate social responsibility in the industry of tomorrow

    This session will give an overview of the main EU measures on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business and human rights. CSR experts will present the existing assessment and benchmarking tools and how they can help your company towards more sustainable management. You will also learn how to do the due diligence in your enterprise, how to fulfil the non-financial reporting requirements and how to use an online CSR risk assessment tool developed for the textile and clothing industry.

  • 12.30 - 14.00

    Innovative storage solutions to provide communities with access to clean energy

    For the transition to a sustainable energy system we need greater storage capacity. Hundreds of different stakeholder groups work on energy storage. How to know which solution is feasible and scalable? What obstacles do they face? What will be the economic and social impact? We believe the answer lies in joint development. Ideas from Europe is a Commission-funded project to accelerate the deployment and scaling of innovative solutions in the energy sector, amongst others.

  • 14.30 - 16.00

    EU funding for innovators – European Innovation Council

    The European Innovation Council (EIC) supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale-up internationally. Commission experts will share information on currently available funding for innovators through the EIC pilot, and discuss the Commission’s ideas for the future of innovation funding.


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