Europe is faced with a number of major societal challenges such as an ageing population, the effects of climate change, and reduced availability of resources. The European Commission in its Europe 2020 Strategy announced, that it will launch, as part of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, European Innovation Partnerships. These Partnerships will test a new approach to EU research and innovation aiming to bring together all Europe’s major players. It is proposed to launch the first European Partnership on active and healthy ageing. Smart cities, water‐efficient Europe, sustainable supply of non‐energy raw materials for a modern society and smartmobility for Europe’s citizens and businesses are future potential candidates.

The K4I Forum dinner debate will be a first opportunity to discuss in the European Parliament with representatives from various EU Institutions, member states and stakeholders how the ambitious goal of putting in place European Innovation Partnerships can be set‐up and successfully implemented.