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Access to EU Research funding and innovation support 

Friday 12 March 2004

 09.00 – 10.15 Thematic Session

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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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