november, 2018

28nov09:0011:00Horizon Europe: the future EU Research and Innovation Programme09:00 - 11:00 Event Type:K4I Forum Plenary Conference Session


(Wednesday) 09:00 - 11:00


PHS P5B001, European Parliament

Event Details

Since the arrival of the new Commission, R&I policy has been focused towards open science, open innovation and open to the world but progress in these areas, and in particular international innovation cooperation, is rather slow.

The impact of excellent research can by no means be granted and depends on the ability to turn research results into innovations and the creation of new economic activities. In Horizon Europe the process of turning innovations into economic power is supported by a dedicated pillar on open innovation where the European Commission is entering uncharted waters which raises among other the question on how the Commission will ensure to become a successful actor in a market of ventures full of risks.

Following are some indicators for a new approach in H2020 and the running up to Horizon Europe that will guide the debate during the 10th European Innovation Summit:

  • from programs, to challenges, to missions
  • more room for bottom-up initiatives and for multi-stakeholder initiatives such as PPP’s
  • a slow shift from grants to investment
  • more risk-capital, more start-ups/scale-ups and entrepreneurship
  • from clusters to ecosystems to smart specialization strategies

These developments give direction for future R&I policies that aim to keep the EU innovative and competitive. The speakers and participants in the session on Horizon Europe will take stock and debate what is still needed to finalise the preparations for the adoption of Horizon Europe.



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Co-host: Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP


Speakers for this event

  • de Bruin, Ronald

    de Bruin, Ronald

    Director, COST Association

    Dr Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016. Before joining the Association, Ronald was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). For almost eight years, he played a key role in managing and setting up these European Union agencies from scratch. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of a public-private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands for over three years. His main responsibilities included drafting the annual work programs including public-private partnership projects, managing the implementation of national multi-stakeholder projects, and coordinating EU-funded projects. For almost three years, he worked for a global .COM company with top-100 clients. During his one-year stay as manager at KPMG, he worked on developing e-security services for the growing e-commerce market. He started his career as Policy Advisor for the Dutch national government, where, for three years, he was responsible for developing a national policy on e-security services, and scenarios for introducing digital TV. He is Ambassador to Brussels for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Europe and Founding Director of the Greenleaf Center in Brussels. Dr De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

    Director, COST Association

  • de Graaf, Gerard

    de Graaf, Gerard

    Director, Digital Single Market in Directorate-General \"Communications Networks, Content & Technology\"

    Gerard de Graaf is Director for the Digital Single Market in Directorate-General "Communications Networks, Content & Technology" (DG CONNECT). In this capacity, he is responsible for a number of policies and instruments which are key to the development of the digital economy in Europe. In addition to overall DSM coordination and future digital policies, his directorate is inter alia responsible for e-commerce, digital platforms, standardisation, innovation policies, blockchain, start-up Europe, access to finance, digital skills, ICT reforms as part of the European Semester, competition aspects and economic analysis of the digital economy (through the Digital Economy and Society Index - DESI).

    Director, Digital Single Market in Directorate-General \"Communications Networks, Content & Technology\"

  • Jonker, Willem

    Jonker, Willem

    CEO , EIT Digital

    Prof. Willem Jonker (1962) has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time full professor in computer science at Twente University. Willem Jonker's industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head, and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr. Jonker has served European ICT research in various ways amongst others as project leader, reviewer, and advisor.

    CEO , EIT Digital

  • Malo, Jean-David

    Malo, Jean-David

    Director, DG Research and Innovation, Directorate B – \"Open Innovation and Open Science\"

    Jean-David and his team are currently designing the European Innovation Council (EIC) for top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It currently brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at the cutting edge of innovation. In 2011, Jean-David Malo created a new team in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission to increase private finance and close market gaps for investing in innovation. The team did this mainly by expanding the scope and scale of existing EU innovative financial instruments and by developing new ones in the fields of debt and equity financing, notably in the context of Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation. Jean-David and his team also covered the SME dimension of Horizon 2020. On February 2017, Jean-David was appointed Director of the Directorate in charge of "Open Innovation and Open Science".

    Director, DG Research and Innovation, Directorate B – \"Open Innovation and Open Science\"

  • van Nistelrooij, Lambert

    van Nistelrooij, Lambert

    Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

    Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

    Member of the European Parliament (MEP)



Robbert Fisher, Director JIIP, K4I President

Jean-David Malo, Director, DG Research and Innovation, Directorate B – “Open Innovation and Open Science”

Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital

Ronald de Bruin, Director, COST Association

Ward Mosmuller, Director EU Affairs, DSM

Gerard de Graaf, Director, Digital Single Market in Directorate-General “Communications Networks, Content & Technology”

Jan-Philipp Beck, CEO, EIT Health (tbc)