7th EIS | Outcome

The 7th European Innovation Summit: Launching the "Pact for Innovation"

Today, perhaps more than ever, Europe is torn between several priorities, all of which are equally high. Challenges we face become only more complex and grandeur with time. To some of them - innovation is able to respond. Europe has a strong commitment to innovation. It sees the crucial role innovation can play in its economy on the long run. To celebrate and manifest this commitment 7th European Innovation Summit took place from 7-10 December 2015 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

At the heart of this summit was the launch of the Pact for Innovation: a brave initiative of the knowledge4innovation, supported by key innovation stakeholders and European Institutions. The goal of the Pact for Innovation is to support and enhance a direct collaboration between stakeholders and policy makers.

The signatories of the Pact share a common vision of a globally competitive, agile Europe, supported by success of its industry, academia and entrepreneurship. They have an ambition to create a healthy, innovation-driven economy, able to take risks and win, thus bringing a long-term prosperity to this continent.

The Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, welcomed the Pact and invited Knowledge4Innovation for a close cooperation.

The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula commented on the Pact for Innovation: "As President of the European Committee of the Regions, the EU assembly of 350 regional and local political representatives, I welcome initiatives like the Pact on Innovation which is today proposed by members of the European Parliament. I am also glad that the Pact takes on board the need to work at EU and national but also at regional and local level in order to achieve growth and jobs. For this to happen we need to effectively orchestrate innovation ecosystems at all levels. We need to move from strategies and planning into concrete action to boost innovation policies on the ground. I will pass on this message to all members of the European Committee of the Regions and propose them to support this initiative."

The Chair of the K4i Forum Governing Board Lambert van Nistelrooij explained that ‘The Pact for Innovation’ embodies the concept for a bottom-up entrepreneurial spirit in European regions and cities. According to him "The initiative of the 'Pact for Innovation' will lead to a stronger EU wide commitment and a closer cooperation in the field of innovation in the European Union. We focus on the achievements at all levels in the EU. We will work on a targeted revision on the EU 2020 strategy in 2016, together with strong performance based programmes for innovation in the years to come."

A special focus of the Summit was on youth involvement in order to spark a debate which provided constructive, sustainable and precise contributions to future EU-policy making. Young innovators from all over Europe actively engaged with policy-makers and innovation leaders. The Summit served these young innovators as a unique platform to enhance cross-border networking.

The Summit was covered extensively via social media providing everyone with the possibility to participate in the debates. Follow us on Facebook (Knowledge4Innovation) and Twitter (@k4innovation), and join the conversation by using the hashtags #7EIS or #inpact.

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JIIP Annual Symposium: "Open Innovation and Knowledge Transfer"
in cooperation with the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy
15:00 - 19:00
EP, ASP 3G2
Slides Photos
"Energy Union – the Remaining Challenges"
15:00 - 18:00
CoR | Room VM3
Slides Photos
Summit Opening Ceremony: Launching "A Pact for Innovation"

19:00 - 20:00
EP, Members' Restaurant
Photos
Press Point 20:00 - 20:30
EP, Members' Salon
Special Event: "Innovation, Internet, Industrialization: An Integrated Highway to Growth" 20:30 - 22:00
EP, Member's Salon
Photos

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Breakfast Debate: "The Power of Leverage in the
Process of Innovation"
,
in cooperation with the COST Association
08:00 - 09:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Breakfast Debate: "Advanced Materials and breakthrough opportunities for the energy transition",
in cooperation with Cefic

08:00 - 09:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Breakfast Debate: "European Free Flow of Massive
Earth Observation Data - a Game Changer for European Innovation"
,
in cooperation with the European Space Agency

08:00 - 09:30
EP, Members' Restaurant

Photos

Press Breakfast : "Press Breakfast: Joint Undertakings – Innovation in Action",
in cooperation with the Joint Undertakings
(BBI JU, Clean Sky, ECSEL JU , FCH JU, SESAR JU and IMI)

08:30 - 09:30
EP, Members' Salon

Photos

Getting the right framework:"Policies and Instruments for Innovation"
09:30 - 11:00
EP, PHS 4B001
Slides Photos
"The Next Generation – Mobility, Jobs and Entrepreneurship",
in cooperation with the COST Association
11:00 - 12:30
EP, PHS 4B001
Slides Photos
Lunch Debate: "Quantum Technologies - Entangling Europe for Innovation" (upon invitation only),
in cooperation with the Delft University of Technology and QUTech
12:45 - 14:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Lunch Debate: "Who Benefits from Patents on Plant-related Inventions?"
in cooperation with EuropaBio
12:45 - 14:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Lunch Debate: "Digitisation of Industry",
in cooperation with Photonics 21, EFFRA and A.SPIRE
12:45 - 14:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Exhibition Opening

12:45
EP, ASP 1G Balcony Area

Photos

"eHealth Services in the Nursing & Social Care Ecosystem",
in cooperation with EFN
15:00 - 17:00
EP, ASP 5E2
Slides Photos
Innovation at all levels:"Smart Regions, Smart Cities",
in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions
15:00 - 17:00
CoR, Room VM3
Slides Photos
"EU Research on Safety and Security to Address
Terrorism, Societal Resilience and Geopolitical Divergencies"

17:00 - 18:30
EP, Member's restaurant
Slides Photos
"Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Networking reception: Safety and Security " (Upon Invitation only) 18:30 - 19:30
EP, Member's Restaurant
"What is the Socio-economic Impact of the Pan-
European Joint Undertakings?"

in cooperation with the Joint Undertakings
(BBI JU, Clean Sky, ECSEL JU , FCH JU, SESAR JU and IMI)

17:00 - 19:00
EP, PHS 5B001
Slides Photos
Dinner Debate: "Safety and Security" (Upon Invitation only),
in cooperation with the Delft University of Technology

19:30 - 22:00
EP, Members' Salon

Photos

Dinner Debate: “Share your talent: move the world!”,
in cooperation with Hanze University of Applied Sciences
19:30 - 22:00
EP, Members' Salon

Photos

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Breakfast Debate: "Does the EU Need an Industrial Policy Focused on Innovation?",
in cooperation with i24c

08:00 - 09:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Breakfast Debate "Hazardous Regulation or Risky business?" in cooperation with ECPA

08:00 - 09:30
EP, Members' Restaurant

Photos

Breakfast Debate: "Is Horizon 2020 Fit for Purpose? The Example of Global Health R&D",
in cooperation with DSW
08:00 - 09:30
EP, Members' Salon
Slides Photos
Breakfast Debate: "EIT and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities: Making Innovation happen"
in cooperation with the EIT
08:00 - 09:00
EP, Members' Salon

Photos

"Innovation Ecosystems Part I: Start-ups, Incubators and Venture Capital in Europe"
09:30 - 11:00
CoR | Room VM3
Slides Photos
"Innovation Ecosystems Part II: Working across sectors"
11:00 - 13:00
CoR | Room VM3
Slides Photos
"Smart Regulation & Innovation for EU Agriculture"
15:00 - 17:00
EP, PHS 4B001
Slides Photos
Accelerating market uptake of innovation for active and healthy ageing across Europe
(9-10 December 2015)
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in cooperaration with DG Connect
15:00 - 20:00
ASP 5G 3, PHS 1A002, EP

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EU added value from Innovation: "Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World"

16:00 - 18:00
JAN 6Q1
Slides Photos
Reception: "Summit Conclusions" : The way Forward 18:15 - 19:00
EP, Members’ Restaurant

Photos

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Conference “Internationalised Domain Names
and online multilingualism: the next Internet frontier"

15:00 - 17:00
EP, PHS 5 B001
Slides Photos