What are the European Research and Innovation Days?
European Research and Innovation Days are an annual policy event that will bring together world leaders from industry, finance, academia and business to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape.
Speakers will include ministers, commissioners, members of European Parliament, researchers, as well as surprise guests each day.
Aim of the event
At the same time, the days aim to mobilise EU citizens and increase awareness and understanding of how important research and innovation are in addressing the challenges that face society. It will be a celebration of the very best EU research and innovation has to offer.
A key challenge for Europe is delivering the next great transition of our economy, society and planet to secure a sustainable future that ensures the wellbeing of citizens.
The event will be central to finding research and innovation solutions for this great transition by working across polices, setting the direction, spurring innovation, triggering investment, and mobilising citizens and end-users.
Setting priorities for the future of EU research and innovation
Engaging stakeholders to co-create and build the strategic priorities for the first 4 years of Horizon Europe, will be at the heart of the 2019 European Research and Innovation Days.
Horizon Europe, beginning in 2021, is the successor to the current research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 2020.
Mobilising and engaging different stakeholders will result in work programmes for Horizon Europe that will better reflect the views and needs of citizens. These are then more likely to yield results in line with their values and expectations.
The 2019 European Research and innovation Days will provide opportunities for stakeholders to come together, deepen the dialogue and work across sectors and disciplines to help plan Horizon Europe.
The EU’s support for science and technological research
Research and innovation are at the core of Europe’s economy and are vital for a sustainable and successful society.
Europe is renowned for the excellent quality of its scientific and technological research and it has always been one of the EU’s top priorities.
The figures speak for themselves – around €200 billion has been invested in EU research and innovation over the last 30 years.
The EU’s main funding instruments for research and innovation in Europe are the successive multiannual framework programmes.
The current framework programme Horizon 2020 will be succeeded by Horizon Europe (2021-2027).
The success of these programmes has grown over the years. Every euro invested by Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe can potentially generate a return of up to €11 of GDP.