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The European Research and Innovation Days
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Let's shape the future together

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. This year, it is a fully virtual event, with the Policy conference and the Science is Wonderful! online exhibition.

By creating connections between cutting-edge scientific research and the most pressing challenges of a generation, the European Research and Innovation Days represent a unique opportunity to join the conversation and enact real change. From tackling the climate crisis to building a digital world that works for everyone, we’ll delve into the questions that shape who we are and the future we want to live in: it’s time to get involved!

The event is all about collaboration: bringing together individuals and experts from all areas to build connections and ignite a brighter future.

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The 2020 edition of the European Research & Innovation Days promises to be a fantastic interactive event. With the policy conference covering ten thematic hubs including the Green Deal and Horizon Europe, co-design sessions and as well as prize ceremonies and the Science is Wonderful! exhibition, there is opportunity for everyone to get involved and share their thoughts on the future of European research & innovation.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

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Discover some of our speakers

Cristoforetti Samantha

Astronaut

European Space Agency

Cristoforetti Samantha

Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut. She was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. She joined ESA in September 2009 and completed her basic astronaut training in November 2010. She was then assigned to the role of ESA reserve astronaut, which allowed her to earn her initial qualifications in EVA and robotics, as well as the certification as flight engineer of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. In March 2012 she was assigned to fly as flight engineer on the Soyuz TMA-15M, as part of the crew of Expedition 42/43 on the International Space Station.

On 23 November, 2014 Samantha was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur in Kazakhstan. She returned to Earth on 11 June, 2015 after spending 200 days in space. The mission, which was given the name Futura, was the second long-duration flight opportunity for the Italian Space Agency, the eighth for an ESA astronaut.

After completing her post-flight tasks, while waiting for assignment to a second spaceflight, Samantha has been given technical and management duties at the European Astronaut Centre, which include serving on technical evaluation boards for exploration-related projects. For several years she led the Spaceship EAC initiative, a student-centred team working on the technological challenges of future missions to the Moon. She is now crew representative for ESA in the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway project.

Samantha is also part of a working group tasked with working with Chinese counterparts to define and implement cooperation in the field of astronaut operations. In 2017, together with fellow ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, she participated in a sea survival exercise organised by the Astronaut Center of China in the Yellow Sea. This was the first joint training of Chinese and non-Chinese astronauts in China.

In July 2015 Samantha was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian president.

 

EVP Timmermans Frans

Executive Vice-President

European Commission

EVP Timmermans Frans

Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Frans Timmermans is responsible for the European Green Deal. He began this role in December 2019, having previously served in the Juncker Commission as First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Before becoming a Commissioner, he was a member of the Dutch parliament for the Partij van de Arbeid (Dutch Labour Party), first elected in 1998. He served as first Minister of European Affairs (2007-2010), and subsequently as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2014).

VP Šuica Dubravka

Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

European Commission

VP Šuica Dubravka

Since December 2019, Dubravka Šuica is Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography.

Mrs Šuica a Croatian politician from the city of Dubrovnik, where she served as its first female mayor and was awarded the 2006 World Mayor Award. Dubravka Šuica entered politics in the 1990s as a Member of the Croatian Democratic Union and served as a Member of the Croatian Parliament and Vice-Chair of the EU Integration Committee. Between 2004 and 2009 she was a Board Member of the Union of the Association of Towns and Municipalities of the Republic of Croatia. During ten years she was President of the Croatian Delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

From 2013 to 2019 Dubravka Šuica served as a Member of the European Parliament. In June 2019, Šuica was elected as first Vice-Chair of EPP Group in the European Parliament.

EVP Vestager Margrethe

Executive Vice President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age

European Commission

EVP Vestager Margrethe

Margrethe Vestager, age 52, is EU Executive Vice President-designate for the digital area and Commissioner for Competition. She previously served as Minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior (2011-14) and Minister for Education (1998-2001) of Denmark, and as President of the ECOFIN Council (2012). She was Political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14), and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in Economics (University of Copenhagen).

Bușoi Cristian-Silviu

Member of the European Parliament

European Parliament

Bușoi Cristian-Silviu

Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI, Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament.

Mr. Buşoi graduated in medicine at the “Carol Davila” University in Bucharest, in law at the “Titu Maiorescu” University in Bucharest, and in diplomacy at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest.

His political career started in 1996 when, as a young student, he became a member of the National Liberal Party. Eight years later, he entered the Romanian Parliament as Member of the Committee for Health and Family and in 2013 became President of the Romanian National Health Insurance House. His dedication in the Romanian Parliament, convinced electors to vote him in 2007 as their representative in the European Parliament. Mr. Busoi is Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He is also substitute Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP).

Mr. Buşoi was a Member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2013, a position he regained in 2014 becoming chair of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee.

Prof. Doudna Jennifer

Founder

Innovative Genomics Institute

Prof. Doudna Jennifer

Ms. Jennifer Doudna’s co-discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology, has changed human and agricultural genomics research forever. Doudna is a leader in public discussion of the ethical and other implications of genome editing for human biology and societies, and advocates for thoughtful approaches to the development of policies around the use of CRISPR-Cas9.

Sir Ratcliffe Peter

Physiology Nobel Prize winner 2019

Oxford University ; the Francis Crick Institute

Sir Ratcliffe Peter

Peter J. Ratcliffe, M.D. is a physician scientist who trained as a nephrologist, before founding the hypoxia biology laboratory at Oxford. His laboratory elucidated mechanisms by which human and animal cells sense oxygen levels and transduce these signals to direct adaptive changes in gene expression.  He was knighted for his services to medicine in 2014, and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2019. He is the Director of Clinical Research at the Francis Crick Institute, London, Director of the Target Discovery Institute at the University of Oxford and is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

Yousef Yousef

CEO /Advisory Board Member

LG Sonic / European Innovation Council

Yousef Yousef

Mr. Yousef Yousef, EIC Advisory Board Member and CEO of LG Sonic, is an innovator with a strong vision on environmental technologies driven by big data. Mr. Yousef’s passion lies with green scaleups - from developing solutions to coaching innovative SMEs. His belief is that Europe's value proposition is highest in deep tech and sustainability, which will let Europe take the lead in the global economy.

Raworth Kate

Co-Founder

Doughnut Economic Action Lab

Raworth Kate

Ms. Kate Raworth is an economist focused on making economics fit for the 21st century. Her book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is an international bestseller that has been translated into 18 languages. She is co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab, which works with change-makers to turn Doughnut Economics from a radical idea into transformative action.

Giannini Stefania

Assistant Director-General for Education

UNESCO

Giannini Stefania

Ms. Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Skipper Magdalena

Editor in Chief

Nature

Skipper Magdalena

Dr. Magdalena Skipper is Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for Nature Research. She did her doctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and holds a PhD in genetics from University of Cambridge, UK, and an honorary doctorate from University of Nottingham, her alma mater. Ms. Skipper is the editorial champion of diversity, equity and inclusion at Nature Research.

Lamy Pascal

Chair

Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters

Lamy Pascal

Mr. Pascal Lamy (Former European Commissioner for Trade and Director General of the World Trade Organisation from 2005-2013) chairs the Mission Board Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and inland Waters. He shares his other activities between the Presidency of the Paris Peace Forum, the Jacques Delors Network (Paris, Berlin, Bruxelles).

Hedegaard Connie

Chair

Mission Board on Adaptation to Climate Change – European Commission

Hedegaard Connie

Ms. Connie Hedegaard is a Danish politician and public intellectual. Ms. Hedegaard is the Chair of the Mission Board on Adaptation to Climate Change, including societal transformation. She was European Commissioner for Climate Action in the European Commission from 10 February 2010 through 31 October 2014, during which she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Framework.

Gabriel Mariya

European Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth

European Commission

Gabriel Mariya

Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth. She is responsible for key EU programmes as Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and Creative Europe.  She was Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society from 2017 to 2019.  She has been elected to the European Parliament in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Mariya Gabriel is Vice-President of the European People's Party and Vice-President of EPP Women.

European Research and Innovation Days 2019

The first annual European Research and Innovation Days took place in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019. The event brought together stakeholders, policy makers and thought leaders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape. See the videos, pictures and speakers to get a flavour of the event.