Innovation cohesion: A new approach to support industrial R&D

As the European Commission and rotating EU presidencies are working on the revamped European Research Area, it is time for a change of narrative. To get out of the COVID crisis, research and innovation are the keys to recovery, and that applies to all EU Member states. As Commissioner Mariya Gabriel puts it herself: “The EU no longer aims to bridge the innovation gap in Europe, but to promote “innovation cohesion”. The need to better connect European research and innovation stakeholders is rising on the EU policy agenda. On the ground, turning scientific discoveries into commercial products remains a major challenge in Europe. In parallel, industry players are still under-tapping into the scientific excellence and research infrastructures available across the continent.

The CAROTS project, funded under Interreg Baltic Sea Region, promotes a novel approach to tackle these challenges. Scientific Service Companies aim to support small and large companies through measurements and analysis of scientific data, to push emerging business ideas on the market faster. 

On September 21st, the CAROTS project’s final conference will bring together influential voices from research, industry, governments and EU institutions to showcase the relevance of such intermediary players to guide corporates in the research infrastructures ecosystem, accelerate innovation and help bridge the east-west innovation divide.

10:00 – Welcome and introduction by Maryline Fiaschi, CEO, Science|Business

10:05 – The journey of CAROTS: Achievements to date

A live interview with:

  • Uwe Sassenberg, CAROTS Project Leader

10:15 – The economic impact of Scientific Service Companies

Presentation of the results of a market study presented by:

  • Ron Dekker, Project Leader EOSC Future, Technopolis

10:30 – The new European network of Scientific Service Companies: a value proposition

Presentation by CEOs of Scientific Services Companies:

  • Anna Stenstam, CEO, CR Competence
  • Gerd Datzmann, Founder and CEO, Datzmann interact & innovate GmbH

10:40 – The CAROTS Startup School: An innovation pipeline

Introduction by:

  • Elizabeth HarmstorfProject Manager for market research, innovation & technology transfer, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

Followed by a discussion on case studies of CAROTS Startup School coaches and grantees with:

  • Simon Jacques, CEO, Finden
  • Solange Sanahuja, Crispy AI
  • Bernard Hesse, CEO, Xploraytion
  • Ahmet Bahadir Yildiz, CEO, Scatterin

11:10 – Connecting the dots: Rethinking the role of industrial R&D in innovation ecosystems

A panel discussion with:

  • Ulla EngelmannActing Director, Network & governance, DG Grow, European Commission
  • Anna Stenstam, CEO, CR Competence
  • Magnus Fredriksson, Program Manager, Alfa Laval
  • Sotiris Kokkinos, CEO, FEAC Engineering

11:55 – Conclusion: What’s next for CAROTS?

12:00 – 12:30 – Networking session (topic tables)

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