october, 2021

12oct09:0010:30Virtual EventFostering Innovation Cohesion09:00 - 10:30

Time

(Tuesday) 09:00 - 10:30

Event Details

The K4I Forum invites you to attend the EIA online event series: Fostering Innovation Cohesion

Data shows that in the EU the capacity for research and innovation differs greatly between Member States. This innovation divide between top performing and underperforming countries poses a threat to the economic efficiency, cohesion and social stability of the EU. 

Europe has for a long time focused on science and research resulting in a globally leading knowledge portfolio in the form of scientific publications, patents, and key enabling technologies. A major challenge for the completion of a European Innovation area is to overcome the innovation divide between member states and regions. Commissioner Mariya Gabriel stressed that Europe still has difficulties turning all the good ideas and knowledge into innovations, economic activities, and productivity gains. Big potentials, in particular in new member states remain untapped. At the same time there is a great opportunity through better-linking education and entrepreneurship. There are more and more universities that build innovation ecosystems around their campuses sometimes referred to as ‘University Valleys’.

Several programmes have been designed to increase the innovation performance of less innovative countries and regions. The Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence actions contribute to building research and innovation capacity specifically for countries lagging behind. With the support of the European Innovation Ecosystems Programme and the synergies with the Structural Funds Programmes, innovation actors will be able to upgrade their research and innovation systems, making them stronger and allowing the EU as a whole to advance together. A particular role is played by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with links to the Smart Specialisation Strategies and extended Regional Innovation Schemes.

In addition to the MFF instruments, the NGEU funds will finance the transition towards a digital and green future where the development of new technologies and impact innovations are the main drivers.

Improved innovation cohesion is one of the 8 Focus Areas of the European Innovation Area (EIA) initiative that will help connect innovators and ecosystems across Europe and provide great opportunities for cooperation and improved cohesion.

The overall objective of this debate is to provide a platform for policy makers and stakeholders to have an in-depth discussion about shortcomings and actions needed to foster innovation cohesion. What opportunities are presented through the various EU funding instruments (MFF) and what can we expect from the “Next Generation EU” funds to overcome the innovation gap between member states? What can be learned from high performers? What is the role of governance, infrastructure, and innovation support organizations?

 Agenda: 

  •  Opening

 Roland Strauss, K4I Managing Director, Moderator

  • Welcome and Introduction

Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum, EPP, Portugal

  • Keynote

Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth

  • World Bank Report: Public Expenditure Reviews on Science, Technology, and Innovation 

Natasha Kapil, Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness, and   Innovation Global Practice, in the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank Group 

  • EIT RawMaterials Innovation Ecosystem in support of the European Innovation Area

Bernd Schäfer, CEO, EIT Raw Materials

  • University Innovation Valleys

Servaas Duterloo, Head of the EU Research Funding & International Programmes    

Unit of the Directorate of Strategic Development at TU Delft

  • Contributions from Innovation Ecosystem Actors

Responses from Members of the European Parliament, moderated by Lambert van Nistelrooij, Honorary Chair of the K4I Forum, former MEP

  • Closing Remarks and next steps 

Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum, EPP, Portugal

 

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Speakers for this event

  • Bernd Schäfer

    Bernd Schäfer

    CEO, EIT RawMaterials

    Bernd Schäfer has extensive business experience. Prior to his recent role as CEO/Managing Director at apt Group, leading European supplier of extruded, anodised and processed aluminium products, he was the VP Commercial, Global Commercial Transportation and Industrial in Alcoa. His area of accountability included global market responsibility as well as execution of the innovation and technology roadmap in close cooperation with R&D. Mr Schäfer was a Board Member with the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (the trade association of the aluminium industry) and the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (the umbrella of metal producing companies in Germany) until 2020.

    CEO, EIT RawMaterials

  • Lambert van Nistelrooij

    Lambert van Nistelrooij

    Former MEP and Chair of the K4I Forum

    Lambert van Nistelrooij was Member of the European Parliament from 2004 till 2019. He has been focusing on regional policy, research, innovation, energy and the Digital Agenda. In 1978 Lambert was elected member of the local council and member of Dutch region of Noord-Brabant from 1991-2004. He became vice-governor of Noord-Brabant. He initiated Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) and is its honorary president. Currently Lambert is self-employed : www.vannistelrooijregional.nl He is member of the Noord-Brabant Hydrogen Coalition, Advisor to the Regional Stars Awards Jury (DG Regio), Advisor to the EIT on synergies between EU Funds, Participant in the Americas Competitiveness Exchange (OAS), Guest professor Normal University Beijing and member of the Board of Health Care institutions in the Netherlands. Activities as Member of the European Parliament: 2017: RAPPORTEUR on the Regulation for the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) Shadow RAPPORTEUR on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) 2016: RAPPORTEUR on the report on investing in jobs and growth - maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds: an evaluation of the report under Article 16(3) of the CPR October 2013: REPORT European Joint Technology Undertaking Biobased Industry. July 2011: FIRST RAPPORTEUR on EP and Council Regulation on the General Regulation; European Investment Funds (ESIF), (325 Billion Euros). Lambert van Nistelrooij was - Member, EPP Coordinator and EPP Speaker in the Committee on Regional Development; - Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection; - Member of the Delegation for relations with Brazil; - Member of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur; - Member of the Delegation in the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly; - Co-president of the AGE and URBAN-intergroups; - President of the Knowledge for Innovation (K4I) Forum in the European Parliament;

    Former MEP and Chair of the K4I Forum

  • Maria da Graça Carvalho

    Maria da Graça Carvalho

    Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Portugal

    Maria da Graça Carvalho is currently member of the European Parliament (2019-2024). In the European Parliament she is a full Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and a substitute Member on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and substitute member on Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). She follows as well the parliamentary Delegations for relations with the United States, for relations with the countries of Central America and Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. As a MEP, she was appointed rapporteur of the Specific Programme Implementing HORIZON 2020 and of the report on Simplification of the Rules of Participation in the European Programs for Research and Innovation. In 2011, she was awarded the Prize for the best MEP in the area of Research and Innovation.

    Member of the European Parliament, EPP, Portugal

  • Mariya Gabriel

    Mariya Gabriel

    EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth

    Mariya Ivanova Gabriel is a Bulgarian politician and a member of the GERB party serving as European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth since 2019. She was previously a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2009 to 2017. In the European Parliament, she served as Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, Vice-President of EPP Women, and head of the Bulgarian EPP delegation. She was first appointed to the European Commission in 2017 as European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society to fill a spot left vacant by the departure of Kristalina Georgieva.

    EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth

  • Natasha Kapil

    Natasha Kapil

    Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice, in the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank Group (WBG)

    Natasha brings nearly two decades of global experience in firm competitiveness, research modernization, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem analytics and programming. Natasha has supported national and regional governments, national agencies, and entrepreneurship ecosystem enablers, including in East Asia, Latin America, South Asia, and Africa. Based in Brussels, she serves as Competitiveness and Innovation Lead for the EU, focusing on Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania. Currently, she leads the operationalization of the World Bank flagship “Europe 4.0: Addressing the Digital Dilemma”, the design of a flagship pilot program with DG REGIO on digitization and managerial practices upgrading for the EU recovery; implementation of DG REFORM initiative supporting "Romania's Startup Ecosystem Strategy". She is deeply passionate about addressing climate change and leveraging her background to design mechanisms that stimulate private sector ingenuity to accelerate the green transition. Ms. Kapil will present an overview of the Public Expenditure Reviews on Science, Technology, and Innovation (PER STI). The PER methodology was developed by the World Bank, with support from the European Commission’s DG Employment. The modular PER tool was designed with the view to support EU countries at each step of the programming process, with special focus on issues of program design, implementation and governance. The presentation will provide insights into the 4-phased instrument, including the policy and instrument mapping, functional analysis, efficiency, and effectiveness analysis. It will also include key highlights from recent and ongoing analytics in Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania. An understanding of some of these broad trends can provide insights to all member states keen on strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of innovation programming with the view to support a speedy recovery and bridge the global innovation divide.

    Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice, in the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank Group (WBG)

  • Roland Strauss

    Roland Strauss

    Managing Director, Knowledge4Innovation

    Managing Director, Knowledge4Innovation

  • Servaas Duterloo

    Servaas Duterloo

    Head of Unit Research Funding EU and International Programmes at Delft university of Technology

    Servaas Duterloo is the Head of the EU Research Funding & International Programmes Unit of the Directorate of Strategic Development at TU Delft, since 2012. Next to his job he is a member of Crowd Helix Network Advisory Board. Servaas has studied as a Fulbright Undergraduate Scholar at Allegheny College, PA, (USA) 1983-1984, completed a Master Degree EU Law & International Relations, University of Groningen 1984-1990. He did a traineeship at the European Commission Task Force PHARE, 1990, and obtained a Master Degree Adv. European Studies, College of Europe Bruges/Natolin 1992-1993. Previously he was the Manager of the Netherlands Network of Innovation (Science & Technology) Attaches of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2004-2012, the National Contact Point for EU’s FP6 RTD programme 2001-2004, Consultant with KPMG Consulting 1994-2001 and completed his National Service as an Officer with the Royal Netherlands Navy (Admiralty’s Office) 1991-1992.

    Head of Unit Research Funding EU and International Programmes at Delft university of Technology

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