2020 and the future of European research. Thursday, 21st June 2012 International Auditorium, Brussels.
After years of anticipation, the Commission’s proposal for Horizon 2020, the follow-up to Framework 7, is finally out. This document will define the direction, scope and financing of research in Europe for the next decade. However, the controversies are already starting. Should the EU fund basic research or innovation? Can innovation be stimulated effectively with EU funds? How can the funding process be simple for applicants, yet accountable to taxpayers? And will Horizon 2020 help Europe get out of the economic crisis and remain internationally competitive in science? This conference will take a critical look at all these issues, and distinguished speakers will give the audience an inside view of developments as Europe’s research world prepares for Horizon 2020.
Welcome and introduction - Colin Macilwain, Editor, Research Europe
PLENARY SESSION ONE: Horizon 2020 – stepping up the process

Chairman: Colin Macilwain, Editor, Research Europe
Keynote address
Horizon 2020: unleashing Europe’s full potential

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, European Commission
How Horizon 2020 compares to Framework 7
• Evolution of the Framework Programme – from research to nurturing innovation
• How innovation fits into the Framework Programme
• Addressing the most relevant needs, or just trying to please everybody? Christopher Hull, Secretary General, EARTO
How will Horizon 2020 be structured?
• Is Horizon 2020 ambitious enough to deliver what it promises?
• How to ensure that the three pillars of Horizon 2020 compliment each other in delivering solutions to defined targets
• How can Structural Funds and Horizon 2020 work together to give all regions a fair chance, without eroding quality? Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member, European Parliament, Industry, Research and Energy Committee
PLENARY SESSION TWO: Horizon 2020 and your institution

Chairman: William Cullerne Bown, Founder, Research
Horizon 2020 – around the corner
• What will the new framework look like, and how will it be simpler for researchers to
• How will Horizon 2020 affect the European research landscape?
• How will Horizon 2020 affect innovation? Dr Jack Metthey, Director, Framework Programme – Inter-institutional relations, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission Grand societal challenges – defining European needs?
• How can research and innovation be best aligned to address grand societal challenges?
• How can different sectors and stakeholders work together to ensure “Responsible Research and Innovation”?
• How to ensure European support for interdisciplinary research. Professor Gunnel Gustafsson, Director, NordForsk
Organising Horizon 2020 efficiently and effectively
• Governing boards and bureaucracy – should Horizon 2020 be coordinated differently?
• Joint initiatives – how to make them work
• Member states in the new Framework Programme. Klaus Uckel, Director and Head of EU research policy, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
PARALLEL SESSIONS: Horizon 2020 and addressing the needs of key sectors

These sessions offer the opportunity for delegates to interact with industry representatives in discussion groups. Each group will address sectorial issues such as the role of industry-academic technology transfer, the role of SMEs, public-private partnerships, and lessons learnt from collaboration under the previous Framework Programmes. After a brief introduction presenters will open the floor for discussion on the above, and other key areas as defined in pre-submitted questions from group attendees. These sessions are open to all conference participants; please note pre-booking for these groups is required. Group places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Stream 1: Health
Chairman: Colin Macilwain, Editor, Research Europe
Dr Peter Andersen, Senior Vice President, Lundbeck S/A
David Shima, Rothes Professor of Translational Vision Research, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Stream 2: Energy and the Environment

Chairman: Professor Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General, League of European Research Universities
Professor Harry Thomason, Member of Council, Lancaster University
Edward Bell, Managing Director, Crown Bio Technology Ltd
Stream 3: ICT

Chairwoman: Inga Vesper, News Editor, Research Europe
Jose Jimenes, Director of Innovation, Telefonica
Dr Terttu Luukkonen, Head of Unit, ETLA and former Chief Research Scientist and Director, VTT Group for Technology Studies
PLENARY SESSION THREE: Identifying and addressing Europe’s future research needs

Chairman: Ehsan Masood, Editor, Research Fortnight
Identifying and addressing Europe’s future research
• Global competition and enhancing the pool of available resources
• Unleashing Europe’s full research potential
• Assessing which fields Horizon 2020 should support. Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor, European Commission
Social sciences – where do they fit in future research programmes?
• Are social sciences and humanities being squeezed out of Horizon 2020?
• How can Europe maintain a lead in social sciences and humanities?
• Bringing social sciences and humanities to address the grand challenges. Professor Sir Roderick Floud, Provost, Gresham College, Chairperson, Standing Committee for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation and President Emeritus, London Metropolitan University
Can Horizon 2020 help define the European dream?
• Adapting Horizon 2020 to address new challenges
• What will be Europe’s role – facilitator, gateway or leader for innovation?
• Can Europe compete effectively on the global stage? Professor Jerzy Langer, Foreign Secretary, Academia Europaea, Member, Polish Academy of Sciences.