About two-thirds of Europe’s economic growth over the last decades has been driven by innovation. The European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation have played a crucial part in this development. Only a few weeks ago the Commission put forward the proposal for the next Framework Programme “Horizon Europe”, setting very ambitious goals for the European research agenda. Horizon Europe is expected to generate a greater number of new discoveries and technologies, promote scientific excellence, and have positive effects on growth, trade and investment as well as a significant social and environmental impact.
Against this background, our Lunch Debate will focus on the impact of R&I in Europe. We will consider a number of questions: How can we bridge the gap between academia and industry? How can we reduce the divide between European regions, between technological leaders and non-frontier firms? And what are the enabling factors for encouraging the diffusion of innovations?
The empirical basis for the Lunch Debate will be initial findings from the H2020 project FRAME, which aims to develop a toolkit to better assess the economic impact of R&I in Europe. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No. 727073.
Diego Comin is professor of economics at Dartmouth College and a Research Fellow at CEPR. He has advised the Malaysian, Danish and Japanese governments, among others, and has consulted for the European Commission, the ECB, World Bank and IMF. His research interests include macroeconomics, the process of technological change and technology diffusion, economic development, and the evolution of firm dynamics.
Marja Makarow is Director of Biocenter Finland, and former Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation (Strasbourg, France) and Vice-President of the University of Helsinki. She has advised the Finnish Government in the Prime Minister’s Research and Innovation Council and the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation in ERAB. Marja is in the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and chairs Technology Academy Finland awarding the global Millennium Technology Prize for radical innovations.
Luc Soete is honorary professor of economics at Maastricht University and a fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, former rector of Maastricht University and former director of UNU-MERIT. Having previously served as chairman of the RISE group under Commissioner Moedas, he currently chairs the ESIR group providing economic evidence on R&I funding to the Commission. Soete has published widely on the theoretical, empirical and policy analysis of innovation and technological change.
Kurt Vandenberghe is Director for Policy Development and Coordination at the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation since 1st February 2016. Before that, he was Director for “Climate action and resource efficiency” at DG Research and Innovation since July 2013. He served in the Cabinet of Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin (1999-2004) and as Head of the Cabinet of Janez Potocnik, who was Commissioner for Research and Innovation (2004-2009) and subsequently for Environment (from 2010). Kurt joined the European Commission in 1996 as co-ordinator of the Commission’s Intermodal Transport Task Force and of the Transport Research Programme. Before entering the Commission, Kurt worked for 4 years as a manager at Ernst & Young Association Management, where he set up, managed and represented international trade associations. After reading French and Italian literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and obtaining a degree in Public and International Affairs at the University Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Kurt gained a Master of Arts degree in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C., US. Kurt is co-founder and board member of Journalismfund.eu and the VZW Scriptieprijs.
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ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels: Europe Needs an Innovation Policy More Oriented Towards Diffusion
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