10th European Innovation Summit – Key Messages

Ivana Maletić
MEP, Chairwomen of the K4I forum in the European Parliament
  • You showed constantly that innovation it is important for the citizens, because we are talking about very concrete thinks, such as health and improvement of the environment, food for everybody, agriculture, thinks that are visible in the daily life.
  • It is extremely important that what we are doing in the European Institutions, really serves to the entrepreneurs and to the citizens.
  • I’m thankful to all of you because you are showing how working together and engaging, we can, and we are really making progress; I’m looking forward to the next summit.
  • We have closed the 10th European Innovation Summit with common determination to fight for modernised policy and regulation, more action, more visibility of results and improvements of citizens’ daily life. Congratulations and I am looking forward to our future events.
    are essential elements of Europe’s industrial policy and need to be maintained in the next FP9.
Jerzy Buzek
  • Research and innovation, both, are absolutely necessary in the internal and external dimension of the European Union. We know very well that without that we cannot move forward and let me remember you a very simply true: none of us is as smart as all of us. That`s the main slogan of our forum, K4I and of the European Innovation Summit, we should remember that bringing all of us together we are much smarter.
  • We must avoid trade wars and work together towards suistanable future.
  • 10 years… we have repeated almost the same each year, that`s true, but it`s still not enough.All oil based resources should be transformed to sustainable biobased resources.
Robbert Fisher
Managing Director of JIIP, President of K4I
  • We should not forget that innovation is not a goal in itself, but the goal is to help us as Europe, to keep our place in the World, to create a society we want, to have money enough to have social cohesion, to have all kinds of wealth’s programmes that we cherish very much.
  • One of the thinks that we really need to address is the ever-widening gap between the member states.
  • We have all kinds of policies to bring it closer, we see that speeds are differing more and more and more, and I think there is also a log term danger for the overall cohesion of Europe.
Lambert van Nistelrooij 
  • This initiative in the parliament was not directly about decision-making, it`s more about the mindset. We offered a platform where people from different countries, from different sectors, with different backgrounds, academia, companies, regions and cities could come together to give advice and information to be used in our work, in policies and all kind of other official frameworks.
  • In the beginning innovation was like a very undefined concept and we hampered every year to say it is not just a fundamental science; the way we bring it to the market, the way that we have products and services is extremely important, because other parts of the wheels make their speed and we have to adapt.
Michal Boni
  • In a new world of AI and Robotics, it is important to explain it to the people. We need to have accountability and transparency.
  • We need to understand that probably in a perspective of ten years everything will be changed, because the impact of artificial intelligence will be in all areas from industries to our private live, from education to health care.
    I think that this is a new era, a new phase of digital literacy and education, we need to start understand that we should not only give young people possibilities but also the elderly, if we want to create an inclusive new artificial intelligence world.
Eva Kaili
  • Besides the work of my colleagues in the European Parliament, there are people that will be there to make sure and secure that we are gonna be and remain innovation friendly in Europe, and that we gonna have a high-quality environment for blockchain, AI and all the exponential technologies.
  • It`s really important to support innovation, be innovation friendly, protect citizens with smart legislation, have these kinds of forums because we are all learning from each other.
Lieve Wierinck
  • We will have three different types of partnerships within Horizon Europe: the institutionalized partnerships, the co-funded partnerships, the co-programmed partnerships.
  • There are many challenges, bur also opportunities. Therefore, I support the Commission in it`s idea to be firm in its communication about the future partnerships. The existing and the new ones should have clear conditions, which will be in the benefit of the EU and it`s competitiveness in the long term.
Brando Benifei
  • It is crucial to consider the ethical side, the security risk, so it`s important to accompany the evolution of the data driven innovation using a coordinated ecosystem set of policies and legislations to govern the process and finding an appropriate balance.
  • At the European level it crucial to ensure a comprehensive and coherent approach to the free movement of data, also from a transatlantic and global perspective, the most important initiatives in the field being the general data protection regulations and the regulation on framework for the free flow of non-personal data.
  • To utilise the full potential of the digital single market and the data driven economy the best choice is to use the structures that promote open data.
Marietje Schaake
  • The question is how we demystify blockchain: I guess the best solution is always by showing how it can work in practice, beyond bitcoin, because bitcoin has really dominated a lot of the information about blockchain.
  • In order to be more competitive and to give room for innovation we have to remove unnecessary barriers in what some people call the digital single market and, of course, we have to preserve the rule of law online, make sure that core principles, core values are not disrupted by technology.
Caroline Nagtegaal
  • Robots can bring benefits not only to the employers but also to the employees and the competitiveness of Europe as a whole.
  • Actually, robots do not make jobs disappear, they just change the job and I believe in a future where humans cooperate with robots.

Dan Nica

Industrial partnerships should play an important role to achieve global challenges such as: climate change or circularity. The R&D activities will be implemented in and across the clusters and the cluster, climate, energy and mobility will particularly address fighting climate change by better understanding it`s causes, evolution, risks, impact and opportunities.

Henna Virkunnen

Europe was waking up very late. If we are looking at the decarbonization process in the other sectors we can see that we have been very successful, we have been cutting emissions in all the sectors, but not in transport. Transport is the only sector where the emissions have been increasing and we know that the challenge is huge. We must find smart and new solutions to have, in the same time, an active mobility and transport sector, but very low emissions.

Jean David Malo
Director, DG Research and Innovation, Directorate B – “Open Innovation and Open Science”
  • We cannot continue only to make research or technical developments without linking it to the needs of our citizens on a daily basis.
  • We want to continue to strengthen and develop the open research area, but not only around the key objectives of the European research area but also via more efficient use of the available resources not only in Horizon Europe but also in other programmes.

Roberto Viola
Director general of DG CONNECT

We have to remember that without technical excellence in Europe, we will not be able to deliver the benefits of what we are discussing to the citizens.

Viviane Hoffman
Deputy Director-General Departments Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
  • The European Commission has proposed to position the EIT at core of Horizon Europe in the open innovation pillow alongside and in complementarity with the future European Innovation Council. Therefore, in future, the EIT is very well placed to play a stronger and more central role in the European Union strategy to foster innovation, address societal challenges and strengthen Europe’s position as a global innovation player in the world.
  • Innovation happens when talented people are offered the right framework conditions to turn their knowledge and creativity into actions, into new products and services.
  • Knowledge does not always bring concrete benefits to society and citizens because there is still an innovation deficit and investments made in education, research and infrastructure do not translate well enough into new products and services or into more venture capital investment.
  • The EIT community has founded over 300 start-ups and supported many more, it operates over a network of over 40 innovation hubs, which are run by the kicks.
  • One of the strengths of the EIS is the fact that is in anchored in the regions, in cities, at the local level, where innovation really happens, where solutions can be developed in cooperation with the actors active on the ground, universities, research organisation, companies and regional and local authorities. All this through an approach which is centred on citizens and society.
Marko Delimar 
  • Besides creating technologies, we believe that is equally important to consider its ethical and social implications.
  • In Europe, where 60.000 IEE members are located we are also placing a great emphasis on contacting the global work to the set of policy and technologies issues identified by the European institutions and the member states.
  • It is our belief that forward-facing technologies and the related policies should come from policy makers and technologist discussing possibilities together, sharing their perspectives and finding a common path forward: together we are smarter that each.

Claudio Lima
Chair of the IEEE Blockchain in Energy Standards, IEEE

Blockchain can be consider as a model for you to make money, you deal with transactive energy, but also, blockchain is a way to secure access from the grid part.

Andreas Klossek 
Chief Operations Officer, Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials
  • I think we can make a difference in Europe because we are focusing on the people and that is what matter most especially when looking at ideas. 
  • Looking at the technology and innovation communities you can find exactly what European integration means, kicks are Europe in smaller, that`s why we really like to contribute to this important event. 
  • We should really make full use of the capacities that we have in Europe in terms of innovation and in terms of new and bright ideas and we should look whose is behind those ideas, the people.
  • We are addressing citizens, we have a targeted outreached method for pupils, for example we go to schools and, in our case, we talk about raw materials in schools, because the knowledge about the raw materials and minerals has been a little bit turned down, forgotten.
Willem Jonker
CEO, EIT Digital
  • If you look at the EIT you look into the future of innovation.
  • We are about attracting talent in Europe, make sure they stay, make them resist the temptation of the american dollar and help them to build their future with strong digital businesses in Europe. That`s what we need, the talent and the business.
  • We need to educate and attract talent, entrepreneurial talent in Europe. We need to invest more in software in Europe and we need to make sure that our education system is really adapted to the digital reality.
Yannick Legré
Director, EGI Foundation
  • The European Open Science Cloud will provide space for researchers and innovators to find data, analytical tools, computing and storage resources, but also to perform their research or to provide the framework necessary to nourish the innovation.
  • We have to make sure that whatever money we spend to create data or knowledge, we preserve it, we keep it for the future generation of innovators, of researchers. This is one of the most important thinks because nowadays, about 70 to 80% of what we produce is lost within 5 years.
Ronald de Bruin
Director, COST Association
  • Why it`s so attractive and interesting for the business to participate in the COST actions? Because it is not about research or innovation, it is an open environment where they can meet with pierce to get inspiration, where knowledge can circulate freely without bothered about IPR.
  • In the end, it`s not about research or not even about innovation, it`s about people and that I think that`s the core of our focus and our strength in Europe.
Tim van der Hagen
Rector Magnificus & President Delft University of Technology.
  • Artificial intelligence, in general, will change the world, it will influence and will involve everyone, everybody and everything.
  • In the future, I`m sure that we will have something like personalised education, so, via machine learning, we will know the best way to teach the individual, based on his ideal and his ambitious.
Daniel Gauthier
President, A.SPIRE
We have agreed that we need for the process industry, three major transformation
  • One would be to have a smart integrated process industry, we need to build bridges, physically, between the industries and digitally as well. We need to get a better information and optimized synergies and flows between the industries.
  • The second one would be to bridge the gap of climate change. We have understood that if we keep the silo approach and ask each sector to deliver solutions, if we cumulate this, we don`t reach the goal. So, we need to find new ways, new area, new solutions where we could cooperate.
  • The third one is related to the effort to have a better management of the natural resources, by doing a circular economy.
Pierre Barthelemy
Executive Director Innovation, Cefic
  • There is a link, a triangle, between innovation, competitiveness and sustainability.
  • We believe in the fact that industry is kind of a unique part in the innovation ecosystem that can basically glue different stakeholders together.
  • The challenges that we have in front of us (climate change, plastics in the oceans, circularity) are very difficult. Indeed, there is not a single company, a single university, a single SME that can solve these challenges, I think that is really about putting the different partners together, structure the innovation ecosystem in such a way that together we can find solutions to these complex challenges.
Johanna Mikl-Leitner
Governar Lower Austria
Europe is once again confronted with major challenges. Europe unity has become more fragile, firstly because of the painful Brexit and secondly due to the migration crisis. I strongly believe that we need Europe’s unity more than ever. Nowadays not only regions and countries, but the entire continent compete, Asia is catching up, the USA it`s going it`s own way and enterprises have the same budget as states used to have. We will carry on being successful if we continue focusing on regions and small unities, if we make sure that the regions have enough means at their disposal in the future.Information is an asset that can be managed with a Blockchain.
Michel Audet
Québec Delegate General in BrusselsThe Québec government deems international partnerships to be essential to the development of research and innovation, both for universities and research centres and for businesses. We must rely on research and innovation to meet the major international challenges in the 21st century.
Ted Hewitt
President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee  In the 21st century the importance of true interdisciplinary research in response to the various wicked problems our societies face collectively and individually is no longer in question. In Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council and the Canada Foundation for Innovation are working together to harness our individual strengths to better facilitate interdisciplinary and international research that responds to current and emerging challenges.
Roland Strauss
Managing Director K4IFor Europe to remain globally competitive, we must always be a world capital of innovation, so let’s take another important step in this ongoing pursuit by delivering Europe’s Single Market for Innovation. To do that we must create better synergies between our knowledge, human capital and financial assets. We must also support Europe’s innovation leaders to scale-up quickly at the global level. The challenge is not only to develop world class technologies but also keep the business and talent in Europe. The European Innovation Summit has always been an occasion to progress these ideas.