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Access to EU reserach funding and innovation support 

Thursday 11 March 2004

 08.15 – 09.15 Registration

 09.15 – 10.15 Thematic Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

Technologies for better and safer food: Where can Europe take the lead?

  • What are society’s major “food safety” challenges?
  • How can biotechnology meet these challenges?
  • How to build public trust in biotechnology What policies are required to exploit the research opportunities?

Speakers

 09.15 – 10.15 Thematic Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

Creating, protecting and exploiting intellectual property rights 

  • How can Intellectual Property Protection encourage R&D in new areas?
  • The IP challenge for SMEs: is small always beautiful?
  • Higher returns from public research through patenting and licensing
  • Community patent: pipedream or achievable goal?

Speakers

 10.30 – 11.45 Plenary Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities

Financial and fiscal incentives: Abrasive or lubricant for innovation? 

  • Do financial incentives reach the right target?
  • How to improve the venture capital market
  • Tax competition or harmonisation across Europe?
  • Which mix of incentives provides the greatest stimulus?

Speakers

  • Francis Carpenter, Chief Executive European Investment Fund
  • Didier Reynders, Federal Minister of Finance of Belgium
  • Jean Stephenne, President and General Manager GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals 
  • Ken Guy, Managing Director Wise Guys
  • Henryka Bochniarz, President Polish Confederation of Private Employers
  • Moderator: Rudy Aernoudt, Head of Cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister for Economy, Foreign Trade and Science Policy

 12.00 – 13.00 Plenary Opening Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

Research and innovation in Europe: A European strategy for more growth and jobs

Speakers

13.00 – 14.00 Networking lunch 

 14.00 – 15.30 Plenary Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

Energising economic growth with better energy 

  • Rational energy use: real solutions and new horizons
  • Hydrogen, fusion and renewables: when will research deliver?
  • How to stimulate innovative energy solutions
  • Kyoto and nuclear energy: friends or foes?

Speakers

 15.45 – 16.45 Thematic Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

Nanotechnology: Huge opportunity to revitalise the European economy? 

  • Capturing a leadership position for Europe
  • From the lab into reality: when and where?
  • How to attract public interest and support

Speakers

 15.45 – 16.45 Thematic Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

Environmental technologies: How to exert leverage on Europe’s leadership worldwide 

  • Promising European technologies to solve global environmental problems
  • Does local environment policy jeopardise Europe’s global leadership position?
  • How to attract public interest and support

Speakers

 17.00 – 18.30 Plenary Session

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Boosting innovation through people management 

  • How to prevent a brain drain and relocation out of Europe
  • Making Europe more attractive for scientists and entrepreneurs
  • Changing the culture by adapting regulation
  • Making scientists and engineers think innovation

Speakers 

19.30 Gala Evening (On invitation only)

Friday 12 March 2004

 09.00 – 10.15 Thematic Session

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology: Can Europe regain its leadership? 

  • What are society’s major “life” challenges?
  • How can life sciences meet these challenges (stem cells, generic medecines,..)?
  • How to build public trust in life sciences research
  • What policies are required to exploit the research opportunities?

Speakers

 09.00 – 10.15 Thematic Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

European Regions: Key partners in research and innovation 

  • The regional approach to competitiveness
  • How to turn European Regions into attractive places to do business
  • European policies stimulating regional development: Structural policies, enterprise policy, research and innovation

Speakers

 10.30 – 11.30 Thematic Session

Defence and security: How to work better together for a secure Europe 

  • How to bridge the gap between military and civil research
  • Enhancing EU’s scientific and technological capabilities for ensuring a secure Europe
  • How to improve the capability and utility of aerospace research
  • How to tap the expertise of SMEs better

Speakers

 10.30 – 11.30 Thematic Session

Euractiv : Eu News and Policy Positions Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities 

The ICT challenge: Getting connected to an e-Europe

  • Progress made on e-Europe 2005 (e-government, e-business, digital divide and broadband infrastructures)
  • Information Society Technology and ICT approach to R&D
  • Partnerships as driving force in ICT innovation

Speakers

 

 11.45 – 13.00 Plenary Session

Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities

Re-appraising Europe’s approach to innovation and research 

Keynote Speech

  • Mary Harney, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment of Ireland and President of the EU Competitiveness Council in the first half of 2004

Speakers

With a special business message to the EU Spring Summit by:

 13.00 – 14.00 Networking lunch

14.00 – 14.45 Thematic Session

Cordis Services : EU research funding and innovation activities

Innovate for a competitive Europe: A new Action Plan for Innovation

Speakers

  • David White, Director of Enterprise Policy,  European Commission Enterprise Directorate-General
  • George JM Hersbach, President and Chief Executive Officer Heartstream Group 
  • Jan Fagerberg, Professor of Economics, University of Oslo

 

 14.45 – 15.45 Thematic Session

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How can SMEs benefit from the 6th Framework Programme? A hands-on guide: Most important opportunities for SMEs to participate in:

General overview of the financial instruments 

  • Thomas Arnold, Head of Unit Research and SMEs, Directorate-General for Research 

The role of the National Contact Points/Innovation Relay Centers

  • Serafin de la Concha, National Contact Point, Madrid
  • Jacques Evrard, National Contact Point and Innovation Relay Center, Brussels

SME experiences in the 6th Framework Programme

Technological Intelligence Measures (ETI)

  • Siobhan McQuaid, European Business and Innovation Network, Brussels

Integrated Projects

  • Paolo Pedrazolli, Technology Transfer Systems, Milan

Collective Research

  • Federico Brugnoli, Conciaricerca Italia, Milan

Cooperative Research

  • Carsten Buehrer, Trithor, Rheinbach

15.45 End

 

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