European science and innovation policy are in transition. As Horizon 2020 draws to a close, the European institutions are putting the final touches to the next budgeting cycle and the new-look program Horizon Europe. Global lines are being redrawn in the EU’s research relationships with its competitors and collaborators including the U.K., China and the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward calls for Europe to regain “technological sovereignty” and restore its industries.
Key questions to address:
- Is Europe on the right track in fostering research and innovation?
- What’s the added value of European research? Can that value be realized with the current allocated budget?
- How can we ensure that European research and innovation initiatives translate into tangible results for European citizens and industry?
- How can Horizon Europe’s industrial programs including the missions and flagships help to boost the bloc’s technological sovereignty?
- How should the EU approach other global powers in research and innovation and what’s the right balance between competition and collaboration?
- Is Europe getting the right balance between supporting innovation and basic research?
This POLITICO event will bring together policymakers, scientific experts, industry leaders to discuss what’s on the horizon for European research and innovation.