12.10.2016 | Brussels, Belgium

Science|Business Network Conference 'Research Strategies: Europe 2030 and the next Framework Programme'

As the European Commission is just now beginning to draft its next Framework Programme, this conference is designed as a dialogue platform to plan corporate, academic and government R&D strategies for the future: What will Europe, and its science and technology, be like in 2030 and beyond? How are companies, universities and governments preparing for a better future? What should the EU do to help them?

This event is organised by Science|Business Publishing Ltd., a UK media and communications company with a Brussels branch office that is specialised in innovation. The company was founded in 2004 by two leading science and technology journalists. Core activities include a daily electronic news service; conferences; policy research; and services to help university, industry and policy members connect. The Science|Business Network brings together 24 academic members, including TU Berlin, Imperial College London, Karolinska, ESADE, Aalto, KTH and INSEAD; as well as multinational technology companies and government agencies.

The upcoming Science|Business Network conference will bring together corporate executives, university administrators and policy leaders from all over Europe and from all sectors/disciplines to:

  1. Debate how will Brexit – who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’? – affect research strategies, for the public and private sector?
  2. Discuss among peers the Commission's newly prepared scenarios for the future
  3. Analyse how they will affect R&D strategies of companies, universities and governments
  4. Deliver recommendations on how the EU should shape its own R&I programmes for the future

Strategy workshops:

Workshops pooling expertise from the Commission, academia and industry to discuss scenarios for Security, Health, Energy, ICT. How should companies, universities and government prepare for the future? What main challenges will R&D managers, university administrators, R&I policy makers have to deal with?

Topics* for this first round of workshops:

  • Health: Can we live healthier, longer?
  • Energy: Can we power our economies without killing our planet?
  • Defence: Can we make Europe safer?
  • Digital: Can we control the cyber-world, or will it control us?

Policy workshops:

How should the EU shape its own R&I programmes for the future? What will be the consequences from Brexit? How can FP9 support research and technology breakthroughs for a brighter future? This second round of workshops will focus on cross-cutting issues on which groups will compare notes from the morning discussions and draft a comprehensive set of recommendations.

Topics* could include:

  • How can we strengthen Europe’s enabling technologies?
  • How can we get economic benefit from our research?
  • How can we get the balance right between regional, national and EU programmes?

* Titles of the workshops are subject to change

Source and full event information: Science|Business