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4th European Innovation Summit


28 Sep 2012


EU Priorities 2020
Innovation & Enterprise

4th European Innovation Summit

9-10 October 2012 | European Parliament

Brussels (19 September 2012) - Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) and its partners are organising the European Innovation Summit (EIS) for the fourth time. Under the motto “Building Bridges – Creating Synergies” this year’s Summit is taking place on 9 and 10 October in the European Parliament in Brussels. The EIS will provide an excellent opportunity for innovation stakeholders from the public, private and academic sectors to meet with Members of the European Parliament, Commissioners and other high-level EU-officials. This will be the ideal occasion to discuss and debate the main challenges to Europe’s innovation performance and work towards an improved mutual understanding of goals and needs to the benefit of the EU and its citizens.

The European Parliament (EP) has proved to be open for such debates as stated by MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij, President of the Knowledge4Innovation Forum of the European Parliament and key rapporteur for the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 as well as co-negotiator for Horizon 2020:

"Please join us in the 4th European Innovation Summit and share your ideas about Europe’s innovation policies. Give us your thoughts, and we will try to bring this into the on-going political debates. Together with the Council and the Commission, we look forward to discussing and analysing the future of Innovation in Europe, continue to build bridges among the different actors and create synergies between the various programmes and policies."

The Knowledge4Innovation Forum will continue the success story of the last three years, when more than 250 speakers, including the Presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission, and some 2500 innovation stakeholders, from Europe and beyond, discussed how Europe can successfully build and improve its Innovation Ecosystem.

Among others, this year’s high profile speakers include the Commissioner for Innovation and Research Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Chair of the “Friends of the EIT Group” MEP Maria Da Graca Carvalho, Director General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) Dominique Ristori, COST President Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña, IEEE President Gordon Day and K4I President Friedhelm Schmider, ECPA Director General and many of the most innovation conversant Members of the European Parliament.

The debates will bring together innovation practitioners, including those that participated in the ‘Innovation Reality Check’ online survey, and EP Rapporteurs currently dealing with innovation-related Commission proposals including “Horizon2020”, the Cohesion Policy Framework, the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The Closing Reception on Wednesday 10 October will address in particular the “Challenge of Aligning Needs and Means, Policies and Instruments.” This will be a great opportunity to check whether the new instruments really meet the practitioners’ needs.   

The Press Conference will take place on 10 October, 11h30 to 12h00 in the EP Press Conference Room – A separate announcement will follow shortly.

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