18 - 19 November 2020

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

11:00 - 13:00 Registration & Exhibition - Guided Tours

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 Plenary

14:30 - 15:00 Exhibition - Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:15 Parallel Sessions

The European Green Deal - Future Energy Infrastructure

Energy represents around 80% of carbon emissions in Europe. Whether it is to generate electricity, enable the mobility, heat homes or power the industry, it is a major contributor to climate change. Research and technology organisations (RTOs) can contribute to the success of the Green Deal through their innovations and the technical advice they provide to the economy and society at large. This session will discuss the scientific and technical solution pathways to decarbonise energy.

A Europe Fit for the Digital Age - Cybersecurity in the Digital Age

Digitalization has changed the rules of our economy and society at an impressive pace. Recent developments offer a huge potential for creating new applications, businesses and value streams. However, the threats to our digital systems have also radically changed and intensified, and the functioning of our economy is becoming strongly dependent on cybersecurity. This Cybersecurity Breakout Session will bring together relevant stakeholders of the cybersecurity eco-system in order to come up with a joint view on what remains to be done to make Europe secure and fit for the Digital Age.

Industrial Competitiveness - Sustainable Manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing, i.e. managing production-related operations in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, is a must for the future of the planet, its inhabitants and businesses. Businesses can no longer create products without considering how the manufacturing process will impact the environment and society; it is no longer just "nice to have", but a business imperative. Companies across the world face increased costs of materials and energy, and compliance. They also need to comply with higher expectations from customers, investors, regulations and local communities.

Pursuing sustainability means increasing operational efficiency by reducing cost and waste, increasing competitive advantage, protecting and strengthening the company brand and reputation, building long-term business viability and success and responding to regulatory constraints and opportunities.

Europe has the potential to take the lead and develop innovative solutions in sustainable manufacturing innovations based on cross-sectorial idea generation, technological development through open innovation and demos, technology hybridization, industrial symbiosis and new business models.

16:15 - 17:00 Exhibition - Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:15 Parallel Sessions

The European Green Deal - The Biobased Side of Circular Economy

The bioeconomy is central to achieve the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement. Bioeconomy is also well suited for a circular economy to a reduced environmental footprint. The transition to a biobased, circular economy requires collaborations along the value chain and policies to be adopted to allow for circulation of materials. This session will discuss how RTOs support different industries in their transition towards a biobased and circular approach and demonstrate solutions that are actually already in place.

A Europe fit for the Digital Age - Artificial Intelligence – from Theory to Good Practice

Big dreams, big possibilities,  ... and big challenges. That’s the state of artificial intelligence today: Colossal data sets are pumped into gigantic cloud data centers to be analyzed by endless algorithms leading to game-changing insights. In the field, autonomous AI systems analyze real-time situations to provide seamless mobility, security and productivity. The aim of this session is not only to show the improvements brought by AI today and in the future but mainly on how to put AI into good practice: autonomous objects, artificial communication, artificial reasoning and trustworthiness of AI will be in the focus.

Industrial Competitiveness - Quantum Technology - The Future Is Now

The time for quantum science to be translated into functional quantum computing and communication technologies is now. To win the global competition for dominance in the realm of quantum technology, Europe needs to collectively invest in the next steps that take it from being a big quantum science player to the global leader in the QT industry. During this session we will discuss the next steps needed. The discussion will be fostered by a white paper which the RTOs will prepare and which will be open to comments from registered participants. Input collected during the session will feed into the final version of the paper, which will be shared with the European Institutions when finalised.

Roundtable - Transition to a Carbon-Neutral and Competitive European Industry (by invitation only)

In the view of climate change threat and global economic turbulences, a sustainable and resilient transformation of European industry is key for a strong strategic positioning of Europe in the geopolitical arena. The Green Deal for Europe is an ambitious and pragmatic plan to decarbonize and maintain Europe’s industry in a frontrunner position. The objective of this high-level roundtable is to discuss on a strategic level current challenges, technological drivers and policy needs to ensure coherence between industrial, environmental, climate and energy pathways and thus creating an optimal business environment for sustainable development.

18:15- 19:00 Exhibition

19:00 - 21:00 Walking Dinner

19:15 - 20:30 Roundtable - European Defence Fund (by invitation only)

A key question for the success of the new European Defence Fund (EDF) is how research activities can effectively be coupled to development activities. This is also a question about how Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) can best collaborate with industry in this new programme and what role both should play in the programming process. In this Roundtable we will bring together the experience of RTOs and our industry partners with European policy makers to discuss how we can make EDF a success.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

08:45 - 09:15 Exhibition - Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:45 Plenary

Bridging the Divide: Investing in European Innovation Ecosystems to accelerate progress on SDG’s targets

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Yet, progress on the SDG’s remains uneven.  There is an urgent need to leverage research, technology and innovation to fast-track progress towards achieving ambitious targets set for 2030.

Reaching health-related SDG targets are a poignant example: Diseases and disabilities pose a major societal and economic burden on citizens and health systems of the EU and worldwide. New technologies and digital solutions can provide significant gains in health outcomes and address unmet medical needs. While research and new solutions for health are emerging, these do not always get developed into viable products or adapted on scale to deliver impact. There is a disconnect between research, innovators, industry and implementers that needs to be bridged.

UNAIDS Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx) addresses the disconnect by identifying concrete challenges faced by implementers and connecting them to solutions with high potential for impact and enhancing innovation ecosystems and networks. EU stakeholders and the Horizon Eu-rope Strategy are key to strengthen impact of research and innovation within Europe as well as addressing global health challenges to unlock the full potential of new technologies and digital solutions for Europe and global health challenges. Research and Technology Organizations play a critical role for establishing and maintaining a functioning innovation network between academia, industry and the public sector.



09:45 - 11:00 Parallel Sessions

The European Green Deal - Sustainable and Smart Mobility

Mobility drives development, links people, connects local communities, builds markets and facilitates trade. Mobility challenges need knowledge-based, technology driven solutions, that drive sustainable development. At this session, leading European researchers provide future visions, a Scenario 2050, for sustainable and smart mobility. Together with industry they document best practice programs that will accelerate the shift towards a new mobility system. A focal point will be the process towards a new EU strategy for sustainable and smart mobility in 2020.

A Europe Fit for The Digital Age - Digital Transformation – Making it work in the European industry

Advanced Robotics, Internet of Things, trusted clouds and Artificial Intelligence: these are just a few of the new technologies pushing the Fourth Industrial Revolution forward and rapidly disrupting the European industrial landscape. European RTOs play a key role in making the digital transformation work in the industry by ensuring that 1) the new technologies are developed, tested and adapted to the industrial applications; 2) the businesses, and particularly their employees, have the necessary skills to adopt the technologies; and 3) the business models evolve alongside with the new technologies being implemented. This session will depict how the digital transformation affects many aspects of businesses from the skills of their workforce to their client/supplier relationships. Through a series of cases the session will discuss what is needed to best face these challenges in terms of technology development, business impact and associated public policies.


Industrial Competitiveness - Solving Health Challenges with New Technological Innovations

How do we take care of Europeans when facing challenges of demographic change and the rising cost of healthcare? How can we actually achieve preventive and participatory care? Research and innovation are crucial in developing new approaches and applications to promote public health. In this session, the focus will be on two subjects - medical devices and health data. How to create impact with more effective use of medical devices? How to improve efficient, secure and responsible exploitation of health data? These issues are also high on the European Commission's agenda. Join the session to discuss future visions for a Europe that has solved these crucial questions!

Roundtable - Digitalization of the European Industry to Ensure Competitiveness (by invitation only)

Despite large EU public and private investments, many European businesses are still lagging behind in their digitalization process and the digital skills gap in the European workforce is widening. Within the framework of the Digital Europe Programme (2021-2027) European RTOs expect to play a key role in closing the digitalization gap by upscaling and speeding up support for digital skills development in the industry (particularly SMEs) and by collaborating on providing access to digital technology infrastructures.

11:00 - 11:30 Exhibition - Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 Plenary & Conclusions



13:00 - 14:00 Lunch & Farewell