This first edition of the Innovation Convention, held in Brussels on 5 and 6 December 2011, gathered world leading experts in research and innovation to share their views on building a global innovation economy. The conference – taking place one year after the adoption of the Innovation Union flagship initiative – was opened by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
In its role as the in-house science service of the European Commission, fully connected to Europe 2020 policy priorities and the Innovation Union strategy, the JRC was present with a selection of its success stories. These included: Plasmore, a JRC spin-off using nanotechnology to develop portable biosensors; Sesamonet, a system to improve the mobility and safety of visually impaired persons; and 3D-reconstructor, a novel 3D software to monitor nuclear installations.
A visually impressive globe displayed JRC unique software, databases and on-line tools in support of the environment and crisis management. These included the European Media Monitor (EMM), the Global Accessibility Map and the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS).
JRC experts in intellectual property could be found on the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Avenue section of the Convention, where the JRC presented the European TTO Circle. The European TTO Circle was officially launched in 2011 to strengthen the technology transfer offices of Public Research Organisations, in line with the commitments of the Innovation Union. With a collaborative spirit, the European TTO Circle aims at creating synergies with other European technology transfer networks to reinforce innovation in Europe.