European Research and Innovation Days 2020
European Research and Innovation Days are the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. Last year’s edition attracted more than 4,400 conference participants and 3,200 exhibition visitors. While the format and shape of the event have changed due to COVID-19, the impact of the event will be even more powerful.
It is taking place from 22 to 24 September 2020 in a virtual format – three days of intensive policy co-designing, thought-provoking panels and matchmaking opportunities. All of the sessions and actions showcasing Europe’s best and brightest research, science and innovation will be reimagined as an online happening featuring a high-level Policy Conference and the interactive Science is Wonderful! public exhibition.
The aim of the event is to ensure that the transition to a post-corona society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient, especially with our societies gradually lifting their lockdowns and recovery plans taking shape. Research and innovation will be key to achieve this.
The virtual event will be structured around interactive sessions where participants will be able to 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.
In a crucial year, following an unprecedented global crisis, just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe – the next research and innovation programme starting in 2021 – and an enhanced European Research Area, this event is a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe.
Find out more about the European Research and Innovation Days 2020 by visiting their website. Check the draft programme and follow all the developments around the event on Twitter @EUScienceInnov. Feel free to share your thoughts about how you want to shape future research and innovation policy by using the hashtag #RiDaysEU.