The Knowledge4Innovation Forum
in the European Parliament

The Place for Debate on a Sustainable Future
Innovation for Purpose - Innovations for Good

The K4I Forum

In the European Parliament

As the leading EU-level innovation network, the K4I Forum has organised more than 500 debates and 16 European Innovation Summit events since 2008 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The European Commission President, many Commissioners, hundreds of Members of the European Parliament and thousands of innovation stakeholder actively participated, networked, started collaborations and created new businesses.

More recently we launched the European Innovation Area to reach out and link innovators from across Europe and provide a platform for collaboration. To better support Europe’s flagship economic programme, the European Green Deal, we reoriented our focus towards ‘Innovation for Purpose - Innovations for Good’.

Together with European Partnerships, EIT, EIC, Technical Universities, incubators and accelerators, entrepreneurship centres and impact investors as well as leading clean energy businesses, we gather Europe’s driving forces behind the green and digital transition in discussion with policy makers from EU institutions, member states and regions.

Our Mission is to empower Europe's actors of the green economy providing access to sustainable finance, innovation and technology support and advocate for a favourable legal framework based on our vision for Europe to become a global leader in the green and circular economy.

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The main objective of the European Innovation Area initiative is to build and support pan-European ecosystems that drive the green and digital transition.
Connecting regional and local innovation ecosystems, urban innovation and innovators from all corners in Europe in pan-European innovation ecosystems will enable all actors to cooperate and leave no one behind.

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Sustainable Future

Climate Emergency

Our key topics are directed towards a Sustainable Future including Climate Change, Clean Energy, Circular Economy and Natural Resources, Environment and Biodiversity, Food and Agriculture and Health as well as Deep Tech and Digital Solutions.

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K4I Forum Events

From the 1st European Innovation Summit with then Commission President Barroso in 2009 to our latest AI & Big Data for Innovation Summit in March 2023, our events enjoy contributions by thought leaders from governments, academia, innovative businesses and funding experts.
Organizing events about sustainability, we are eager to make our own events more environmentally-friendly. There are many possibilities that we will explore, partner with the most sustainable vendors, discuss about eco-friendly venues, offer online participation whenever this is possible and more. But also, our in person attendees can contribute in many ways.

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The K4I Forum Community

Our European-level innovation ecosystem with Members of the European Parliament, Commission and Member States representatives is keen to enrol relevant actors from the regional and local levels as well as international cooperation partners.
Our aim is to offer a space to the ecosystem actors where they can meet, build networks and discuss on how sustainable technologies can accelerate the green and digital transition.

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What EU leaders say about Knowledge4Innovation

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Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

The European Commission is eager to work with the Knowledge4Innovation Forum on strategic areas, where research and innovation acts as a powerful catalyst of Europe’s recovery.

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Roberta Metsola

President of the European Parliament

I know that the work that you accomplish with the European Commission, multiple Members of the European Parliament and a host of academics, associations, industries and researchers is remarkable.
You form a unique group that manages to effectively advocate for solutions that will help our entrepreneurs and academics work on cutting-edge technologies.
You help to give European Union companies the impetus to make a global impact. Your work in this sphere is impressive. I have full confidence that the great effort of Knowledge4innovation to encourage innovation and creative thinking will ultimately bring benefits to EU citizens.

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Mariya Gabriel

Former European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

That’s the atmosphere that Knowledge4Innovation Forum is always creating, it’s really to feel like we are a family. During the past one and a half years, you accompanied me, you inspired us to make decisions.
And finally, we have the new European Innovation Agenda and you were in the driving seat from the very beginning of this journey. Thank you very much, we count on you to continue with us.

The K4I Forum in the European Parliament Leadership

Maria da Graça Carvalho

President of the k4i forum in the european parliament

Lambert van Nistelrooij

Former president and honorary President of the k4i forum in the european parliament

Ivana Maletić

former President of the k4i forum in the european parliament

Jerzy Buzek

former vice President and honorary president of the k4i forum in the european parliament

K4I in the media

K4I New Year Reception - Innovators Magazine Handover to Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

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