february, 2020

05feb10:3012:00Roundtable discussion 'Implementing Horizon Europe: how to achieve a maximum Impact?'10:30 - 12:00 Event Type:K4I Forum Conference Session


(Wednesday) 10:30 - 12:00


ASP 5G1, European Parliament

Event Details

Horizon Europe is to be the largest, most comprehensive and complex R&I programme of its kind globally. It is also highly innovative, exploring new instruments and policies to better address the needs of the stakeholders, create more (measurable) impact and better communicate to the citizens and stakeholders at large. It also aims to better coordinate and streamline between different governance levels and stakeholder types.

The concepts and ideas behind the programme are generally deemed sound, yet there are many challenges when it comes to implementation. It requires commitment and coordination between different silos in and outside the Commission, and not in the least across disciplines and sectors.

The working group on Implementing Horizon Europe aims at identifying and prioritising key Implementation aspects from the different stakeholder perspectives, what Is relevant, how to achieve effective collaboration and communication, and not least what can we learn from implementation and operation of current Instruments and mechanisms, to build upon and ensure continuity. The second part of the work Is to produce recommendations within these priorities, including performance Indicators, monitoring, stakeholder engagement etc.

Key points identified during the conference calls

  • Facilitate the cooperation among Horizon Europe partnerships
  • Enhance the coordination of the partnerships through a centralized approach
  • Advocate for a substantial budget increase in Horizon Europe
  • Financially contributing partners (in JUs) vs open to any (non-paying) participants
  • Reduce bureaucracy, maximise impact, mobilise resources
  • Enable smooth transitions from existing partnerships to potential new ones, thereby re-using existing knowledge and skills
  • Rules and budgeting for associated countries


Marian-Jean Marinescu, MEP, Member of the K4I Forum

Ivars Ījabs, MEP

Speakers for this event

  • Antičić, Tome

    Antičić, Tome

    State Secretary for Science and EU funds at Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia

    Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Experimental Physics, Management, Horizon2020, International Programs, and structural funds. Strong professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University.

    State Secretary for Science and EU funds at Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia

  • Darmendrail, Dominique

    Darmendrail, Dominique

    ANR, Water4ALL JPI

    Since November 2014, she is the coordinator of the EU Water Joint Programming Initiative (www.waterjpi.eu) which aims at increasing coordination in European research, development and innovation (RDI), and address issues such as user participation, attaining targets in the coordinated use of funds and progress in the integration of RDI agendas and activities. She also coordinates the Coordination and Support Actions IC4Water for the development of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in the Water area. Since July 2014, she become programme manager on Environmental technologies at the French Research Agency (ANR). She holds a Doctorate on Hydrogeology and Hydrogeochemistry from the University of Bordeaux (France). She has been the Head of BRGM's Environment and Process Division from 1998 – 2007 and, from May 2010 to July 2014, European Affairs representative within BRGM while being the secretary general of the Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe (www.commonforum.eu), European network of contaminated land policy experts and of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (www.iccl.ch).

    ANR, Water4ALL JPI

  • Ijabs, Ivars

    Ijabs, Ivars


    Ivars Ijabs is a full member of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Delegation for relations with the United States. He is a substitute member of the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community, Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. Ijabs is a member of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology of the European Parliament (formally Science and Technology Options Assessment) and Intergroup on Artificial Intelligence


  • Marinescu, Marian-Jean

    Marinescu, Marian-Jean


    Marian-Jean Marinescu is a Romanian, center-right politician, who's political career fallowed closely the democratic and European evolution of the Romanian political life. Aircraft engineer by profession, Marinescu joined the Romanian Democratic Party in 1992 and has held offices both in local government bodies and in the national Parliament. With Romania's accession to the European Union in 2007, Marinescu was elected to the European Parliament and has since sat on the Committees on Transport and Tourism, on Budgetary Control and on Industry, Research and Energy. Marinescu was Vice-Chair of the EPP Group from 2007 to 2019 and is currently the EPP Group Coordinator for Transport policies. Member of the National Liberal Party, Marian-Jean Marinescu is one of the most active and influential Romanian MEPs.


  • Panagopoulou, Anna

    Panagopoulou, Anna

    Director, Common Implementation Centre - DG Research and Innovation, EC

    Ms Anna Panagopoulou joined the European Commission from the private sector in 1997. Between 1999 and 2009, she was policy officer in DG MOVE/ENER, where she worked on EU transport and energy infrastructure policy, research policy, and international cooperation. She then joined the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), initially as Head of Unit and, from 2014, as Head of Department for Programme Support and Resources. Since July 2016, she has been the Director of the Common Implementation Centre in DG Research and Innovation. The directorate designs the strategy and provides the framework for coherent and simplified implementation of the EU R&I programmes. It provides comprehensive services and advice on legal, audit, business process and IT issues. As the one-stop-shop for data, reporting, and monitoring of the framework programmes, it provides knowledge to support policy-making and to stimulate the exploitation of results. Recently she undertook also the responsibility as acting Director of DG R&I Directorate G “Research and Innovation Outreach”. Directorate G reinforces at crosscutting level the engagement with citizens & society, with academic and research organisations and with research and industrial infrastructures. It helps ensure that researchers, knowledge and technology circulate freely within a revitalised and reinforced European Research Area (ERA), which generates investment, national reforms and EU policies to create critical mass within a coherent R&I policy framework.

    Director, Common Implementation Centre - DG Research and Innovation, EC

  • Robbert Fisher

    Robbert Fisher

    President, Knowledge4Innovation

    Robbert Fisher specializes in strategy and policy in the fields of R&D, technology transfer and innovation in general. His key focus is on ICT policy. Since 1st January 2020 he is principal associate investigator at the University de las Campinas in Sao Paolo Brazil, where he focuses on the further development of Big Data and AI for policy analysis, development and monitoring. Robbert is on the board of several start up companies, a trusted expert for the European Commission in the field of big data and AI, and since 2017 the president of K4I. From 2011 to 2019 Robbert was the managing director of the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, a Brussels based think tank of four renowned RTO’s (TNO, VTT, Tecanalia and Joanneum Research). Prior to that he has founded two companies, from 1989 until 2000 he was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1991-1995 Robbert was seconded as an expert to the European Commission DG XIII (now DG CONNECT) in Luxembourg. Robbert received a Master’s degree Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands with special subjects Intellectual property, Information Systems and Business economics. He holds degrees in marketing and public relations. In addition, he is an alumnus of the PwC International Management Development Programme, and has followed executive courses at Darden Business School and Oxford Said Business School.

    President, Knowledge4Innovation

  • Seitz, Peter

    Seitz, Peter

    Peter Seitz is a member of the Executive Board of Photonics21, he is ‘Senior Technologist Europe’ of Hamamatsu Photonics, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, he is adjunct professor of optoelectronics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, and he is the co-founder and past Managing Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH. Earlier in his career, he was “Head, Science & Technology” at swissnex in San Francisco, Annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland, doing innovation scouting in Silicon Valley. As a serial entrepreneur, he has co-created 10 high-tech startups. Peter Seitz has published about 200 scientific papers, he has authored more than 60 patents, and he has won 20 national and international awards together with his teams, of which the most prestigious is the IST Grand Prize 2004 of the European Commission.



Robbert Fisher, K4I President

Louis Lapidaire, Member of the K4I Management Board



Peter Seitz, Photonics21 Executive Board member

Anna Panagopoulou, Director, Common Implementation Centre – DG Research and Innovation, EC

Tome Antičić, State Secretary for Science and EU funds at Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia

Dominique Darmendrail, ANR, Water4ALL JPI

Louis Lapidaire, United Academics, Member of the K4I Management Board

Eunika Laurent-Mercier, Chair of TC12 IFIP (Artificial Intelligence)

Duncan Jarvis, Secretary General, Euramet (tbc)

Michael Vogtländer, Perm. Rep. Germany, (tbc)

K4I Members and representatives of European Partnerships