A virtual event

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic this year, the event will be fully online and takes place on 22-24 September 2020.

It’s a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe just ahead of the 2021 launch of Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation programme - and a revitalised European Research Area.

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what does it mean?

You’ll be able to participate in the European Research and Innovation Days from your own computer through the online platform on this website.

There will be 3 days of intensive policy co-designing, thought-provoking panels and matchmaking opportunities.

Interactive sessions will offer you the opportunity to provide input on how research and innovation policy and funding can help pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future.

The policy conference

At the heart of the European Research and Innovation Days is our fully virtual policy conference.

Wide-reaching plenary sessions situate pivotal issues on the international stage and explore the vital links between them.

The rest of the conference is divided into 10 central hubs, each covering a central theme in EU research and innovation policy, from the European Green Deal to digitalisation and smart implementation.

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The Science is Wonderful! exhibition

Want to see some science in action? Invite your friends, family, classmates and teachers to join us virtually for fun activities at "Science is Wonderful!"

Experience the future of science online from your living room with ground-breaking science through hands-on experiments, live demonstrations and chats with European and international researchers.

The registration is taking place via the same form as the EU Research and Innovation Days Policy conference. Stay tuned for more information on the programme.

The European Research and Innovation Days are open to all, and registration is free of charge.

The value of this virtual event comes from building connections and encouraging fruitful exchange between diverse participants, in order to arrive at creative and impactful solutions.

Everyone has something to offer, and ways to benefit:

  • Students – gain access to new knowledge and enjoy the chance to meet experts in your field
  • Researchers – share your ideas and connect with future collaborators and funding opportunities
  • Start-ups – discover what’s going on in the field and find inspiration
  • Research administrators – whether you represent academia or other institutions, boost research and grant applications thanks to insights into the current state of play
  • Policy experts – learn how your field is changing and adapting, help shape what happens next
  • Citizens – a chance to shape your future and be part of vital conversations
  • Teachers and pupils – get inspired by the work of 40 teams of researchers in all fields of Research and Innovation, at the Science is Wonderful! online exhibition