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, the event was fully online and took place on 22-24 September 2020.

It offered 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?

Attendees were able to participate in the European Research and Innovation Days from their own computer through the online platform on this website.

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

Interactive sessions offered attendees 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 was our fully virtual policy conference.

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

The rest of the conference was 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

The "Science is Wonderful!" exhibition was a unique opportunity to see science in action.

Attendees were able to experience the future of science online from their living rooms with ground-breaking science through hands-on experiments, live demonstrations and chats with European and international researchers.

Who can participate?

The European Research and Innovation Days were open to all, and registration was 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