7th European Innovation Summit | 7 - 10 December 2015

The 7th European Innovation Summit will set the stage for the future of innovation in Europe. Taking place from 7-10 December 2015 in the European Parliament in Brussels, the 4-days event will call for a “Pact for Innovation”. The objective of the “Pact for Innovation” is to develop an ambitious vision of what innovation can do for the EU economy and society. The future-oriented bottom-up approach of the Pact will unite a group of local, regional, national and EU innovation stakeholders.

The programme of the 7th EIS focuses on key-challenges and opportunities in the field of innovation. The Summit will host numerous sessions and events on Europe’s grand challenges in the innovation sector- including pivotal topics such as energy, industry, environment, agriculture, bio-economy, health, transport, safety and security, quantum computing, and the role of regions and cities. The Summit will provide a platform for leaders in various sectors to discuss the policies and instrument required to promote innovation throughout the economy.

A special focus of the Summit will be placed on youth involvement. In order to spark a debate that provides constructive, sustainable and concrete contributions to future EU-policy making, young innovators from all over Europe will actively engage with policy-makers and innovation leaders. In addition, the Summit will serve young innovators as a unique platform to enhance cross-border networking.

Conference Sessions Time & Venue Hosting MEP
Summit Opening Ceremony: Launching "A Pact for Innovation" Mon, 7-Dec
19:00 - 20:00
EP, Members' Restaurant
Lambert van Nistelrooij
Getting the right framework:
"Policies and Instruments for Innovation"

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Tues, 8-Dec
09:30 - 11:00
EP, PHS 4B001
Jerzy Buzek (tbc)
"The Next Generation – Mobility, Jobs and Entrepreneurship",
in cooperation with the COST Association
Tues, 8-Dec
11:00 - 12:30
EP, PHS 4B001
Victor Negrescu
Innovation at all levels: "Smart Regions, Smart Cities",
in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions
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Tues, 8-Dec
15:00 - 18:00
CoR, Room VM3
Lambert van Nistelrooij
"Innovation Ecosystems Part I: Start-ups, Incubators and Venture Capital in Europe"
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Wed, 9-Dec
09:00 - 11:00
CoR, Room VM3
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
"Innovation Ecosystems Part II: Working across sectors"
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Wed, 9-Dec
11:00 - 13:00
CoR, Room VM3
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
EU added value from Innovation
"Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World"

Wed, 9-Dec
17:00 - 19:00
EP, Tbc
Eva Kaili
Reception: "Summit Conclusions" - The way forward Wed, 9-Dec
19:00 - 20:00
EP, Members’ Restaurant
Lambert van Nistelrooij

The Summit will take place in multiple venues in the European Parliament in Brussels:

  • Conference rooms
  • Members' Restaurant and Members' Salons
  • Exhibition Spaces

6 reasons to become a partner at the 7th EIS

  • A unique chance to meet the MEPs and learn about their plans for the future of Innovation in Europe
  • Organise your own event as part of the Summit agenda
  • Speak alongside Commissioners and MEPs
  • Demonstrate your innovative and technological achievements and solutions at the EIS Exhibition Space
  • Unique Audience – EU’s political, business, academic and scientific elite under one roof
  • Network and share experience with other innovative organisations and high level EU policy makers