EPP Helsinki Congress in Finland, 7-8 November 2018, Source: Mariya Gabriel speaking at the EPP Helsinki Congress in Finland, 7-8 November 2018 / EPP on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The European Research and Innovation Days return in a virtual format

The European Research and Innovation Days return in a virtual format

This makes the annual event accessible to an even larger audience

This year’s edition of the EU’s flagship innovation event – the European Research and Innovation Days – will be even more accessible than previous years. Due to the epidemic situation related to Covid-19, the Days will take place online from 22 to 24 September 2020. This was announced by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, whose team is in charge of the organisation.

The programme timetable is now public, and registration is expected to open at the beginning of September.

Everyone can contribute to the debate

The event gives the opportunity to politicians, citizens, researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss ideas and solutions on how to get EU economies back on track in a sustainable and inclusive way. Albeit virtually, this year’s format will provide an opportunity to connect, take stock of research and innovation achievements in the global response to the pandemic and build on the EU’s response. Commissioner Gabriel believes that the virtual format will grant even more opportunities for participation this year.

It will also be possible to get to know more about the achievements of European young talents, such as scientists and innovators who can get together to draw up projects and plans. In order to make this possible, the Bulgarian Commissioner called for active participation in the numerous thought-provoking discussions.

European research and innovation days 2020Make sure not to miss this year’s European Research and Innovation Days which will take place online. Image: European Commission

Research and Innovation against Covid-19

Even if the event registration is not open yet, the programme highlights are already clear. They all revolve around the idea that research and innovation will be essential to the successful transition to a post-corona society. The interactive sessions will let participants provide input on how research and innovation policy and funding can help propel Europe's recovery and pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future.

Topics like robotics, artificial intelligence, deep tech and breakthrough innovation, the European Green Deal and Just Transition, Horizon Europe are but a few examples of what will be discussed. The programme will also see the handing out of the Horizon Impact Award, iCapital, Women Innovators, the Affordable High-Tech on Humanitarian Aid, European Research Council & The Kavli Prize.

Last but not least, special attention will be paid to cities with the participation of local representatives and urban development experts.

Stay tuned for more information on how and when to register for the event!



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