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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?

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 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

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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

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 17.00 – 18.30 Plenary Session

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

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

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19.30 Gala Evening (On invitation only)

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