National launch event “Horizon Europe: opportunities for Lithuania”

Date - 30/03/2021 - 31/03/2021
All day

On March 30-31st, 2021 the online conference “Horizon Europe: opportunities for Lithuania” will mark the national launch of Horizon Europe (HEU) in Lithuania. The main objective of this national conference is to provide information to the Lithuanian stakeholders on various opportunities under the HEU. For this reason, the first day (30 March, time EEST: 12:00-14:40) will bring together politicians and policy makers from the European Commission, Lithuania and other Members States to debate Horizon Europe as an opportunity to implement ambitious policy agenda. The second day of the conference (31 March) will focus on the HEU content and will highlight the main targets, novelties and the structure of the HEU.

The event is free of charge. Working language of the event is English.

You may watch livestreaming of the 1st day of the event here and the 2nd day here.



DAY 1.  Horizon Europe as an Opportunity to Implement Ambitious Policy Agenda

March 30, 2021; Time: 12:00-14:40 EEST (11:00-13:40 CET)

Moderator: Dr Agnė Paliokaitė

12:00 – 12:10 Opening and welcome addresses

Address by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda

Address by Dr Jurgita Šiugždinienė, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport

Address by Ms Aušrinė Armonaitė, the Minister of Economy and Innovation

12:10 – 12:30 Horizon Europe for better future of Europe and the world

Ms Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

12:30 – 13:00 Horizon Europe as a tool to deliver on common European goals

Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

13:00 – 13:30 How Horizon Europe can help strengthen national agenda

13:30 – 14:30 How green and digital transitions of Lithuania could be accelerated by using Horizon Europe platform

Panel discussion:

  • Prof Artūras Žukauskas, Member of the Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Education and Science
  • Mr Gintautas Jakštas, Vice-Minister of Education, Science and Sport
  • Mr Darius Kvedaravičius, Vice-Minister of Environment
  • Prof Romas Baronas, Chair of the Research Council of Lithuania
  • Mr Vidmantas Janulevičius, President of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
  • Mr Ričardas Valančiauskas, Director of the Innovation and Industry Department at the Ministry of Economy and Innovation

Reflection and comments:

  • Dr Anu Noorma, Director General Elect, Estonian Research Council
  • Mr Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian Member of European Parliament

14:30-14:40 Closing remarks


DAY 2. Decoding Horizon Europe: Opportunities for the Applicants 

March 31, 2021; Time: 10:00-12:40 EEST (09:00-11:40 CET)

Moderator: Mr Arminas Varanauskas

10:00 – 10:10  Opening and Welcome Addresses

Prof Romas Baronas, Chair of the Research Council of Lithuania

Mr Gintas Kimtys, Deputy director of the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology

10:10 – 10:30  Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area

Dr Karina Firkavičiūtė, Policy Officer in DG R&I, European Commission

10:30 – 11:00  Pillar 1 – Excellent Science

Mr Massimiliano Esposito, Deputy Head of Unit in DG R&I, European Commission

11:00 – 11:50 Pillar 2 – Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness (Missions, Partnerships, Clusters)

Mr Massimiliano Esposito, Deputy Head of Unit in DG R&I, European Commission

11:50 – 12:20  Pillar 3 – Innovative Europe

Mr Vygandas Jankūnas, Policy Officer in DG R&I, European Commission

12:20 – 12:30 National support for the applicants

Dr Zita Duchovskienė, Head of Technology and Innovation Division, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

12:30 – 12:40 Conclusions and closing remarks


14:00 – 15:00 Meetings with NCPs in the thematic rooms: Informal discussions on different Horizon Europe parts, advice and Q&A sessions with relevant NCPs

The working language of the meetings will be Lithuanian.

The links to the virtual meetings will be sent to the registered participants.

Organizers: Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; Research Council of Lithuania (LINO LT project)


Partners: Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA)


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