The EIT opened in 2008 – an experiment in helping Europe bridge the gaps among the worlds of research, industry and education. With an initial pilot-phase budget of €309 million, a Governing Board was formed, a headquarters established in Budapest, and the first three big projects begun: Knowledge and Innovation Communities – joining companies, academic researchers and educators – to develop and bring to market new innovations in alternative energy, climate change and ICT. And it began promoting training and support for entrepreneurship in European academia.
Will it get a big budget? Create more KICs? Will EIT expand its role in entrepreneurship, education and other fields? This event will address these questions with some of the key players – at the EIT, the Commission and the Parliament.
14:00. Welcome, Richard L. Hudson and Maria da Graca Carvalho
14:10. Summary: What is proposed for the future of the EIT? What is the consultation period yielding? What are the political realities?
Alexander von Gabain, Chairman-Elect, EIT
Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy Director General, DG Education and Culture
Jiri Burianek, Director for Competitiveness, Industry, Research and Information Society, Council of the European Union
Q&A moderated by Richard L. Hudson
15:00. Reactions and views
All participants may join in this session, which will be structured into three themes:
• On progress and problems to date
• On future KICs, and strategy
• On the budget
Among those participating are:
John Vassallo, Vice President, EU Affairs, Microsoft
Elmar Dorner, Director, SAP Research Karlsruhe
Karin Markides, President & CEO, Chalmers University of Technology
Andrew Sors, Rector, Collegium Budapest
Lucia Recalde Langarica, Head of Unit, DG Education and Culture
Ronald de Bruin, Acting Director, EIT
16:40. Concluding remarks – Maria da Graca Carvalho, Alexander von Gabain, Xavier Prats Monne
This event will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli Building, room
Registration closed on Monday, June 27th.
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