23rd November 2010
The Square, Brussels, Belgium
The European Commission’s innovation action plan will look at what can be done to help Europe compete with the US, China, India and Japan. Greater partnerships, research collaborations and private investment can help convert leading research and development into marketable products. One of the stumbling blocks is a more risk adverse private sector investment strategy in Europe. Institutional investors in Europe have tended to have less venture capital than their US counterpart pension and insurance companies and are less inclined to back high-risk, high-reward emerging science enterprises. How can we deliver a strong European venture capital market to help turn innovation into commercial success?
By creating innovation networks and facilitating knowledge exchange across Europe we can create a greener and healthier future. It is integral to economic growth that we work together to link skills, pool resources and help create the foundations of new enterprises and innovations.
Our second annual SciTech Europe conference will help promote breakthrough research, successful innovation networks and potential investment opportunities. We aim to bring together some of the leading figures in science, engineering and technology across Europe for a high level meeting on how we can turn science into commerce. Read more…
Key speakers include:
Professor Helga Nowotny, President, European Research Council
How to successfully manage the skills, knowledge and resources to develop vibrant knowledge-based industries.
Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO (Invited)
How can we create an influx of venture capital to turn Europe’s world leading research and development into commercial success?
Professor Sir Tim Hunt, Nobel Prize Laureate, Cancer Research UK (Invited)
What Europe can do to make itself more attractive to investors and how can excellence in research be best supported?
Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chair Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC (Invited)
Discussing the role that science, technology and engineering have to play in helping communities adapt to climate change and developing a European green economy.
Full details of the programme can be found online.
The day will conclude with a lively panel debate titled ‘The Innovation Union’ discussing how we can develop cooperation between the public and private sector so that innovative solutions are commercialised in Europe, what the long term aims of our research base should be and how do we deliver a more cohesive approach?
Participants in this debate will include:
Dr. John Smith, Deputy Secretary General, European University Association (EUA)
Professor Dr. Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General, League of European Research Universities (LERU)
Marja Makarow, Chief Executive, European Science Foundation (Invited)
There will be a series of masterclasses carried out through out the day, these are 45 minute workshops carried out by various organisations with the aim of providing you more information and developments and services within their specific area. The topics that these masterclasses will cover are:
Future Technologies: Developing the latest world-class innovations for successful science, engineering and technology projects.
Environment and Energy: The vital role of science and research in providing long term renewable energy solutions in the fight against climate change.
Health: Considering the latest technology, innovations and market led research in the health sector.
Science to Wealth: Highlighting excellence in commercialisation, bringing products to market and building industry partnerships.
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