Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

EuroTech Universities Alliance High Level Event – 21 September, Brussels

This year, our High Level Event “Opening up Science, Advancing Innovation” took place on 21 September in the Dinosaur Gallery of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, a stone’s throw from the European Parliament. A flavour of the discussions can be found under Twitter #OpenScienceHLE and in our press release.

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This was our line-up:
  • Interactive high-level panel debate on future directions for Open Science as well as implications for EU policies and programmes, moderated by Jacki Davis
  • Demonstration and showcase of state-of-the-art solutions illustrating different dimensions of Open Science
  • Networking reception in the atmospheric Gallery of the Dinosaurs
These speakers were on stage:
  • WOLFGANG BURTSCHER, Deputy Director-General for Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • JAN MENGELERS, President, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • NICOLA BREUGST, Professor, Entrepreneurship Research Institute, Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • FREDERIC KAPLAN, Tenure Track Professor and Head of Digital Labs, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • SUNE LEHMANN, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark
  • CLAUDIU LEVERENZ, Founder, TUM Start-up Glasschair
  • YUAN LU, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
Browse the Programme.
Background:

Addressing societal challenges requires new ambitious models of research and innovation that are increasingly collaborative, interdisciplinary and enabled by data and digital technologies. With Open Science and the interim evaluation of HORIZON 2020 high on the EU agenda, it is vital to ensure an adequate policy framework and sufficient long-term financial commitment for these models of research that will prepare the ground for the innovations of tomorrow.

Leading universities of science and technology provide the key institutional settings to structure new research communities that transcend disciplinary boundaries, resulting in innovative ICT-enabled collaborations between all technologies and disciplines, including social sciences and humanities. Enriched through strong links with industry and a culture of entrepreneurship, universities of science and technology play a crucial role in bridging research and the market.

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Photo Credit: Eric Berghen