Sunday, 8 June 2014

First feedback from new €80 billion European innovation framework Horizon 2020 to be presented at Open Innovation conference

Conference will welcome international innovation experts to Dublin on June 12th

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 – 2020), in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.  It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.  The first feedback from the ambitious Horizon 2020 programme will be presented to delegates at the Open Innovation 2.0 conference, being held in Dublin on June 12th.  This major international innovation conference will bring together over 300 high-level decision makers, leading innovation experts and practitioners from across the globe.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.  Delegates at the Open Innovation 2.0 conference will be among the first to hear details of the first feedback from this programme.
The global thought leadership conference Open Innovation 2.0 will be hosted at the Convention Centre Dublin on June 12th 2014, the second year the event will be held in Dublin. This inspiring one day event will  encourage practical innovation adoption with the aim of improving society as a whole.  The 2014 conference will solidify and progress the solutions agreed upon at the 2013 conference, and will discuss new approaches in innovation adoption based on open business models.

Martin Curley Vice President, and Director Intel Labs Europe (ILE) reflected on the refocused value proposition from the programme“Horizon 2020 represents a paradigm shift in European research funding and is a massive opportunity to turbocharge the European Innovation ecosystem. The increased focus on helping accelerate high potential innovations to market will help European industry as well as increase the return on investment for the broader European community. Intel has been significantly engaged in Call 1 and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to supporting this vision for Europe.”

Peter Finnegan from Dublin City Council highlighted the importance of Horizon 2020 to Dublin.; “ In practical terms Dublin has already sought funding for initiatives that will reduce energy costs in public housing and use technology to improve mobility in the city. Horizon 2020 provides a unique funding source to co-innovate in an open way around solving urban challenges. Bringing innovation into the open and out of the closet has already paid dividends for Dublin. A good example is the sensor network being deployed by agreement in Dublin with Intel that will enable co-innovation around environmental quality and citizen engagement.”

Bror Salmelin, Advisor for Innovation Systems at European Commission, Directorate-General Communications Networks, Contents and Technology, commented “One of the most anticipated presentations at the conference is the first feedback on Horizon 2020.  The Horizon 2020 programme is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.”

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.
At the heart of the conference is that the fact that the challenges faced today in Europe and beyond are too large to tackle in isolation. Issues such as healthcare challenges, transportation, climate change, youth unemployment, financial stability, prosperity, sustainability and growth are where a dynamic new kind of approach is needed to solve these complex problems. Open Innovation 2.0 is a new way of coming up with solutions that will work at a local, national and international level, ensuring all sectors of society are involved.

Open Innovation 2.0 Conference is brought to Dublin in collaboration with the European Commission, Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group, Intel Labs Europe and Dublin City Council. The conference will discuss how a more accelerated European economic recovery and societal development can be driven by adoption of Open Innovation policies.

Full details of the event can be found on: http://bit.ly/OI2ConfRegistration for the conference is free and open to all interested parties until 6th of June, 00:00 CET.

Information on the Horizon 2020 programme can be found at:http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en