26novAll Day3010th European Innovation Summit(All Day) Event Type:Summit

 

 

26nov18:0019:3010th EIS Opening Ceremony18:00 - 19:30 Event Type:Opening Ceremony

26nov20:0022:0010 EIS High-Level Anniversary Dinner20:00 - 22:00 Event Type:High-Level Dinner

27nov08:0009:30Unlocking the potential of global research and innovation collaboration08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with EUREKA

27nov08:0009:30Tackling Microplastics with Sustainable Solutions08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate hosted by Henna Virkkunen MEP

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

27nov12:3015:00From Science to Industry to Society: The Synthetic Cell Revolution12:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with TU Delft

27nov13:0014:30The Future of Digital Nutrition and Health13:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate

27nov18:0022:00De-mystifying Blockchain18:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate and Networking Reception in cooperation with IEEE

27nov19:0022:00Chemical industry & innovation partnerships: Impact assured!19:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate in cooperation with CEFIC

28nov08:0009:30Opportunities for innovation and new technology in Electromobility08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

28nov08:0009:30European Elections - Innovations for improving the lives of European Citizens08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate

28nov09:0011:00Horizon Europe: the future EU Research and Innovation Programme09:00 - 11:00 Event Type:K4I Forum Plenary Conference Session

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

28nov12:3015:00Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: the case for Human Control and European Values12:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with TU Delft

28nov13:0014:30Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Entrepreneur and Innovator in Regional Eco-systems in cooperation with EURADA13:00 - 14:30

28nov13:0015:00Making the most of opportunities in Electromobility13:00 - 15:00 Event Type:Plenary Session in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

28nov16:0019:00Future Past: Quo Vadis Innovation – Policy?16:00 - 19:00 Event Type:Joint Institute for Innovation Policy Annual Symposium

28nov19:0022:00SPIRE 2050: Unlocking the Climate Technology GapProcess Industries’ Commitment to Reach a Net-Zero Horizon19:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate in cooperation with SPIRE

26novAll Day27EUTOP50 Founders and Tech Festival(All Day)

Arancio, Paolo

Global Head of Strategic Innovation Partnership, Nestlé Skin Health

Dr. Paolo Arancio is a strategist, an entrepreneur, an innovator that has dedicated the life to the creation of nutrition and health solutions, bringing value to people, business and society.
He has been working in 5 continents and across more than 10 businesses for Nestlé, where he currently is the Global Head of Strategic Innovation - Nestlé Skin Health, and as partner in Innovation Platforms with global foot print.

Over his 20 years of career in innovation, he played a key role connecting businesses, R&D and operations, leading global technology platforms, health programs across food categories and launching in Asia, Africa and South America healthy nutritious products for infant and kids.

His professional career is built on a broad business and scientific education. He holds a PhD in Food Process Engineering (ETH Zurich), an MBA in Innovation (joint venture Nestlé-University of Geneva), Master in Sweden (SIK institute, today part of R.I.S.E) and a degree in Food Science and Technology. Currently he lectures part-time and collaborate with the University of Udine.

26nov20:0022:0010 EIS High-Level Anniversary Dinner20:00 - 22:00 Event Type:High-Level Dinner

27nov13:0014:30The Future of Digital Nutrition and Health13:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate

Audet, Michel

Québec Delegate General in Brussels

Michel Audet took up his duties as Québec Delegate General in Brussels on December 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Audet was Deputy Minister at the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie. He was also the Commissioner General of the French Language World Forum held in Québec City in 2012.

From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Audet was the first Québec Government representative at UNESCO. Earlier, he was a full professor in the Department of Industrial Relations in Université Laval’s Faculty of Social Sciences and served as director of the Francophone Centre for the Computerization of Organizations (CEFRIO), as well as of the Institute for Information technologies and Societies (IITS), and of the Institute for Advanced International Studies (HEI).

27nov08:0009:30Unlocking the potential of global research and innovation collaboration08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with EUREKA

Bell, John

Vice President External Innovation and New Business Models for Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Dr. John Bell is Vice President External Innovation and New Business Models for Johnson & Johnson Consumer. In this role, he is responsible for driving the cooperation with entrepreneurs, strategic suppliers, partner companies and universities to co-create game-changing innovations. His team represents the J&J Consumer Business in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers.

Before he joined J&J, John was VP of Strategy and New Business Development at Philips Research. Prior to that, he was responsible for Strategic Alliances in Philips and also worked as Strategy Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. John has a strong background in open innovation, new business creation, partnerships and strategy. John has a track record of creating new emerging businesses, setting up an internal Incubator, driving the cultural change towards Open Innovation and managing alliances. He is also responsible for strategy and business development in a promising high-tech hardware start-up.

John has a degree in business economics and a Ph.D. on Joint Ventures from Tilburg University. Currently, he is part-time professor at Tilburg University.

27nov13:0014:30The Future of Digital Nutrition and Health13:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate

Benifei, Brando

Member of the European Parliament

Brando Benifei, 31, European Federalist, is one of the youngest MEPs and is from La Spezia, Italy. He has been chair of European affairs for the Young Democrats and Vice-President of ECOSY (youth organization of PES) for 4 years and was part of the PES working group which originally drafted the European Youth Guarantee. His main fields of legislative work in the EP are Employment and social affairs and Foreign affairs. He is co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup. Among his parliamentary activities in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs, he was responsible for key legislative and non-legislative reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market; youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative; digitalisation and rights of persons with disability.

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Bergkvist, Erik

Chair of the Executive Committee, Region Västerbotten

Dr. Erik Bergkvist, Chair of the Executive Committee, Region Västerbotten. PhD in Economics, Umeå University 2001. Member of the Social Democratic Party since 1981. Priority policy areas are regional development, child and youth policy, international relations and welfare financing. Member of the Social Democrats party board. Vice-chairman of the Norrland Trust Fund (Norrlandsfonden), vice-chairman of Almi Nord, as well as member of the Västerbotten County Council.

Dr. Erik Bergkvist has been very active in the European policy debate. Among other issues, he has emphasized the need for a stronger cohesion policy in Europe to tackle social, economic and environmental challenges. As well as championing the position of regions in policy-making, building partnerships and promoting solidarity within Europe and between regions, especially in the European part of the Arctic. He is member of the Executive Committee of the Baltic Sea Commission and member of the CPMR (Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions) political bureau.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Bogovič, Franc

Member of the European Parliament

Born on 2nd February 1963 in Koprivnica, Slovenia, Franc Bogovič graduated from the Agronomy College in 1984 and became an Agricultural Engineer. His professional career constitutes of several different posts, such as agricultural extension expert, agricultural trade entrepreneur, Mayor of Krško Municipality, member of Slovenian National Assembly and Minister of Agriculture and Environment. On 2 March 2013, Bogovič was elected President of the Slovene People’s Party, the position he held until 6th December 2014. Bogovič is currently serving his second term as a Member of the European Parliament, where he is engaged in topics related to agriculture, rural and regional development, cohesion policy, as well as environment and energy. Bogovič is also leading the Smart Villages initiative in the European Parliament. With ensuring EU funding of pilot projects and preparatory actions on Smart villages in the last few years, Bogovič is working closely with the European Commission so that Smart Villages are going to become a significant part of the future EU regional and rural development policy.

28nov19:0022:00SPIRE 2050: Unlocking the Climate Technology GapProcess Industries’ Commitment to Reach a Net-Zero Horizon19:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate in cooperation with SPIRE

Boni, Michał

Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

A graduate of the University of Warsaw, where for many years he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture History. Involved in "Solidarity" underground movement since 1980, since 1987 its leader on University of Warsaw and from march 1983 till 1989 editor in chief of underground weekly newspaper "Wola". Since 1989 a member of the national authorities of "Solidarity", in 1990 – chairman of the "Mazowsze" Region Managing Board.
In 1991, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, from 1992 to 1993 he held the position of the Secretary of State in the same ministry, where he was responsible, inter alia, for labor market policy. Member of Parliament of the first tenure. From 1998 to 2001, the chief advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. Key expert cooperating in shaping of the National Development Plan and the National Action Plan for 2007-2013.
Since January 2008, the Secretary of State in the Prime Minister's Office. In 2009 appointed to the office of the Minister – a member of the Council of Ministers and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. Since 2008 he was the Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister.
The Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland from 2011 till 2013. The host of the Congress of Freedom on the Internet, the organizer of the consultation on digital privacy and data protection, creator of the Governmental Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020.
Since 2014 the Member of the European Parliament active in LIBE and ITRE Committees. The member of Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Vice-chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. The co-founder of the Intergroup Digital Agenda for Europe.

28nov12:3015:00Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: the case for Human Control and European Values12:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with TU Delft

Burgelman, Jean Claude

Head of Unit Open Data Policy & Science Cloud, DG RTD, European Commission

Jean-Claude Burgelman is Head of Unit Open Science at DG RTD. He joined the European Commission in 1999 as a Visiting Scientist in the Joint Research Centre (the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies - IPTS), where he became Head of the Information Society Unit in 2005. In January 2008, he moved to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (attached to the president of the EC) as adviser for innovation policy. Since 1-10-2008, he joined DG RTD, as advisor and then Head of Unit in charge of top level advisory boards like the European Research and Innovation Area Board, the Innovation for Growth Group and the European Forum for Forward Looking Activities.
Till 2000 he was full professor of communication technology policy at the Free University of Brussels, as well as director of the Centre for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication and was involved in science and technology assessment. He has been visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, the European College of Brughes and the University of South Africa and sits on several academic journals. He chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Innovation and was a member of its Science Advisory Committee.

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Buzek, Jerzy

Member of the European Parliament

Polish politician and university professor, Jerzy Buzek is a former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament. A member of the European Parliament since 2004, he currently chairs European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He is the chairman of the European Energy Forum, a platform for discussion between European energy stakeholders and policymakers.
Presently, he lead's EP's work on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, being formerly responsible for, inter alia, the Security of Gas Supply legislation, the EU Internal Energy Market, European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. In 2010, together with Jacques Delors, he proposed the creation of a “European Energy Community”, a strategy to strengthen energy legislation and cooperation within and outside the EU which laid foundations for EU's Energy Union. He has received honorary doctorates from numerous universities and is an honorary citizen of more than a dozen cities in Poland.

26nov18:0019:3010th EIS Opening Ceremony18:00 - 19:30 Event Type:Opening Ceremony

28nov16:0019:00Future Past: Quo Vadis Innovation – Policy?16:00 - 19:00 Event Type:Joint Institute for Innovation Policy Annual Symposium

Citroën, Philippe

Director General, UNIFE - The European Rail Industry

Philippe Citroën joined UNIFE in 2011 as Director General. He began his career as Transport Advisor at the French Permanent Representation to the EU and then became Member of the Cabinet of the French Transport Minister. In 1993 he became Manager and Chief of Staff at RATP Paris, and joined the SNCF as Strategy Director in 1999. Prior to assuming his position at UNIFE, he served for 8 years as CEO of Systra, one of the world’s leading public transport engineering companies.
P. Citroën is a graduate of Paris II University in Public Law, holds a Diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and also studied at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), where he also lectured about Rail and Urban Transport.

28nov13:0015:00Making the most of opportunities in Electromobility13:00 - 15:00 Event Type:Plenary Session in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

Coyle, Seamus

Chairman, Irish Northern and Western Regional Assembly

Councilor Seamus Coyle is an elected Member of Monaghan County Council and a regional representative sitting on the Northern and Western Regional Assembly.
For 2018 Seamus was elected as Cathaoirleach (Chairperson) for the region overseeing the introduction of the first Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies in Ireland and providing the oversight on our BMW Regional Operational Programme. His area of focus for 2018 is the continued delivery of EU structural funds 'to the regions; and by the regions in Ireland'. As an elected member representing border communities Brexit plays a considerable role in the Chairpersons strategic priorities. Seamus is also a full-time farmer.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Cré, Ivo

POLIS Network, Poland

Ivo is involved in Polis’ policy coordination and activities of EU project development. He leads Polis' thematic pillar Access and coordinates the Polis working groups on parking and Access.
He is currently working on the European Projects Future Radar, CIVITAS SATELLITE, PARK4SUMP and SUNRISE. Ivo has extensive experience in city networks and policy in the field of mobility.

28nov13:0015:00Making the most of opportunities in Electromobility13:00 - 15:00 Event Type:Plenary Session in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

De Nichilo Rizzoli, Melania

Regional Minister for Education, Training and Employment, Lombardy Region Government

Melania De Nichilo Rizzoli is Regional Minister for Education, Training and Employment of Lombardy.
She was born on May 31st, 1956 in Rome. She is a surgeon.
As a Member of the Italian Parliament (Chamber) from 2008 to 2013, she was involved in the Social Affairs Committee as well as in the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on mistakes in the health field and on the causes of regional health deficits.
She is author of several informative texts on health and social matters.
In the current Regional Legislature, on March 29th, 2018, President Attilio Fontana appointed her as Regional Minister for Education, Training and Employment.
In the Lombardy Region Government, she is in charge of these subjects: education, training, work, employment and corporate crises, training tools for job placement.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Delimar, Marko

Chair of the IEEE European Public Policy Committee, IEEE

Professor Marko Delimar is an electrical engineer, educator and researcher. He holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Management. At present, he is Vice Dean of Education and Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, where he has been with the Department of Energy and Power Systems since 1997. His interests include electric power and energy systems, simulations and modelling, intelligent systems, and engineering education. His current research focuses on analysis and design of smart grid architectures and large-scale integration of renewables. An IEEE volunteer since 1994, he previously served as IEEE Secretary and IEEE Region 8 Director and is known as a co-creator of IEEEXtreme. In 2018, he serves as Director (Member of the Board) of the IEEE Foundation.

27nov18:0022:00De-mystifying Blockchain18:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate and Networking Reception in cooperation with IEEE

Demski, Patryk

LOTOS Group, Poland

Mr Demski has held the position of Vice President of the Management Board of Grupa LOTOS S.A. of the 10th term since May 22nd 2018 as a Chief Investment and Innovation Officer.
Mr Demski is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 2014 - 2018 he served as Mayor of the Pelplin Municipality. Member of the council of the Polish Tourist Organisation since 2018, and member of the Supervisory Board of the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk since 2017. From 2006 to 2014, Mr Demski was Deputy Branch Manager, acting Deputy Branch Manager, and Chief Specialist at the Gdańsk field branch of the Agricultural Property Agency. In 2011-2014, he served on the Supervisory Board of Zakład Gospodarki Mieszkaniowej Sp. z o.o. in Tczew. In 2006, Mr Demski was Deputy Director of the Pomeranian Governor's Office in Gdańsk.

28nov08:0009:30Opportunities for innovation and new technology in Electromobility08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

28nov13:0015:00Making the most of opportunities in Electromobility13:00 - 15:00 Event Type:Plenary Session in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

Dr. Hewitt, Ted

President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee

Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. Dr. Hewitt was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. A leading authority on Brazil, in 2018, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco—one of the highest levels of merit—for the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada.
Dr. Hewitt’s current research focuses on national and international innovation systems, with emphasis on the roles of universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity in Latin America and beyond. He is co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, and a member of the board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
He holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.

27nov08:0009:30Unlocking the potential of global research and innovation collaboration08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with EUREKA

Dr.-Ing. Neugebauer, Stephan

Director Global Research Cooperation, BMW Group and Chairman of European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC)

Stephan Neugebauer is Director Global Research Cooperation at BMW Group and Chairman of European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) since 2015.
He completed his university studies in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich. He was a scholarship holder of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. After this, while being research assistant at the “Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Vehicles”, he completed his doctorate by obtaining the title of Dr.-Ing..
Stephan Neugebauer started at BMW in the diesel engine development department in Steyr (Austria). In 1998, he returned to Munich in different functions in the development of BMW Gasoline Engines.
In 2005, he was transferred to the total vehicle development, taking over a new function as Head of the Energy Management Department and later as Head of the Thermal Management Department.
From 2012 to 2015, Stephan Neugebauer was Head of Vehicle Project, current BMW 3 series and 4 series.

28nov13:0015:00Making the most of opportunities in Electromobility13:00 - 15:00 Event Type:Plenary Session in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

Droba, Juraj

President of the Bratislava Region

Juraj Droba is a Slovak politician, entrepreneur and businessman, who was elected as a President of Bratislava Region in 2017. He was a Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic from 2010 to 2017, serving as a Vice-chairman of the Mandate and Immunity Committee as well as a Member of the Permanent Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Prior to his political career, Juraj was a Director of External Affairs and a Member of Executive Management Board in T-Mobile Slovakia. Juraj graduated as a Master of Political Management from the George Washington University in Washington D. C. and holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. His passions are languages and sport, which he studied at Comenius University in Bratislava and Rijksuniversiteit in Gent. Juraj lives in Bratislava with his son.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Eichtinger, Martin

Minister for Housing, Labour and International Relations, Lower Austria

Martin Eichtinger received his J.D. from the University of Graz in 1983 and went on to acquire a Diploma in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center. He joined the Austrian Foreign Service in 1986 and served as personal secretary to the Foreign Minister. His diplomatic assignments included Mexico and Washington, D.C., where he headed the Austrian Press and Information Service from 1992-1999. Between 1999 and 2007, he was Chief of Cabinet of the Austrian Special Representative for Payments to Former Forced and Slave Laborers of the NaziRegime, Director for International Affairs at the Austrian Federation of Industry, manager in a private company, Chief of Staff and later Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Austrian Ambassador to Romania and the Republic of Moldova. From July 2010 to January 2015, he was Director General for Cultural Policy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. From 2015 until 2018 Martin Eichtinger served as Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Since January 2018, he is a Member of the Government of Lower Austria, responsible for Housing, Labour and International Relations.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Gauthier, Daniel

Chairman, A.SPIRE

Daniel Gauthier serves as a President of CBR SA, European Cement Research Association and ISF (Ingénieurs sans Frontières). He is a Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Heidelberg Cement. He serves as a Member of the Management Board at Carmeuse Holding S.A., Genlis-Metal and Adial, Miema, Laserco and the University of Mons and as a Member of the Global Advisory Group of Birdlife International.
Mr. Gauthier has more than 30 years’ experience in various operational positions in the cement sector. He received his graduate degree in Civil Engineer Mining from the Mons University, a graduate degree in Management from the UCL and a graduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Liège.

28nov19:0022:00SPIRE 2050: Unlocking the Climate Technology GapProcess Industries’ Commitment to Reach a Net-Zero Horizon19:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate in cooperation with SPIRE

Charlotte Geerdink

Founder of Charly Speaks

Charlotte is the founder of Charly Speaks. By coincidence, she started moderating high level events and found out that she loved doing it. Voilà, her own business case was born. Although she commenced her moderations in the EU science and innovation area in which she worked for more than 8 years, she has meanwhile taken on moderation jobs in different areas as well.
Charlotte is a Dutch national, fluent in English, German and with a good command of French. Her style of moderating can best be described as informal, relaxed, and witty. It is her aim to bring across complex material in an understandable way. Making the speakers, panellists and audience feel at ease is what she always strive for. Her life motto ‘sharing is caring’ is well applicable to both my character and moderation style.
More info: https://cgeerdink.wixsite.com/charlyspeaks

27nov08:0009:30Unlocking the potential of global research and innovation collaboration08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with EUREKA

Golding, David

EUREKA UK Deputy High Level Group Chairman

David is Deputy Chair of EUREKA during the UK Chairmanship - 1ST July 2018 to 30th June 2019. EUREKA facilitates global collaboration on innovation enabling businesses and research organisations to innovate with the best partners regardless of where they are in the world. It brings together the world’s largest grouping of national innovation funding ministries and agencies from 45 countries, including the European Commission. EUREKA provides a common framework through which countries can work together.
David works for Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency and is also a UK representative of the European Commission’s SME and Risk Finance Programme Committee, the UK Board member for TAFTIE (the Association of European Innovation Agencies), and the UK representative on the Enterprise Europe Network Steering and Advisory Group.

27nov08:0009:30Unlocking the potential of global research and innovation collaboration08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with EUREKA

Granger, Richard

President, European Office, Technology Partners Foundation Consulting

Richard Granger is president of the Brussels office of Technology Partners, the association of Poland’s leading applied R&D institutes, and an independent consultant with 40 years’ experience in managing research, development and innovation. He directed the recent SINTRAS project, advising the European Commission on future transport policy. His chief interests include technology strategy; the management and commercial exploitation of R&D; and the organisational and cultural issues involved in technology transfer and in stimulating innovation. He has worked in these areas worldwide, for leading corporations in many industries and for public sector bodies. He also teaches technology and innovation management on MBA, MSc and executive programmes at several business schools.

28nov08:0009:30Opportunities for innovation and new technology in Electromobility08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

28nov13:0015:00Making the most of opportunities in Electromobility13:00 - 15:00 Event Type:Plenary Session in cooperation with the TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS FOUNDATION (TPF)

Halme, Esa

Region Mayor of Tampere Region

Mr Esa Halme is the region mayor of the Council of Tampere Region since 2010. He is an architect specialised in landscape architecture by education. Prior to starting at the Regional Council of Tampere Region he worked as an executive director at the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme. He has worked at engineering and architecture companies, Regional Planning Authority of Provincial Vaasa and Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).
Mr Halme has either chaired or been a member of numerous regional development and planning related committees and working groups on European, national and regional level. In addition he has published papers on European structural funds and urban planning.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Heinen, Brian

Founder, Local Producer

Topic: Agriculture and Food Value Chain
Brian is an advocate and strategic director drawing on 15 years of collaborating with an extensive network of multinational influencers and professional resources in Blockchain, Crypto, Fintech, Procurement/ Supply Chain, Agriculture/ Food Value Chain, Open Innovation and Tech – helping brands and organizations with business community development. Producer of Bitcoin Foundation's Bitcoin2014 Initiative and Founder of Blockchain in Europe.
Brian believes the best opportunities for integrating blockchain are within the food value chain, as well as, the greatest rewards.

27nov18:0022:00De-mystifying Blockchain18:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate and Networking Reception in cooperation with IEEE

Herczog, Edith

former MEP, Advisor at the Research Data Alliance

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Herczog, Edit

Director, Vision & Values

Edit Herczog is the Director of her company Vision & Values situated in Brussels and is member of the Research Data Alliance Global Council since April 2017, where she is Co-Chair of the Financial Subcommittee. She is appointed Senior EU Liaison Adviser for GÉANT. She sits on the Administrative Board of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and is Member of the Board at the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN).
Prior to establishing her company, she served two consecutive terms in the European Parliament as MEP (2004-2014). She was member of the ITRE, IMCO, BUDG and CONT committees. As MEP she served as Member of the K4I governing board, was one of the governors of the European Internet Foundation and was vice-president of the Kangaroo Group and the European Energy Forum.
Prior to her election to the EP she was member of the Hungarian Parliament in which role she was delegate to the Council of Europe as well as active member of the Committee for European Integration. Before her public career, she worked for the private sector as a regional sales and technical manager for a specialty chemicals company called National Starch & Chemical (belonging to Unilever and later to ICI)
She has an MSc in food conservation engineering. She was research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor’s assistant at the University of Horticulture. Edit holds a Certificate of Company Direction for strategic marketing, financial management and company law from the Institute of Directors at Pall Mall, London.

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Hijmans, Hielke

Expert on EU law, the GDPR and governance of privacy

I work from Brussels as independent legal advisor and researcher in the domains of fundamental rights, EU law, privacy and data protection. My current focus is on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in all its aspects. I was closely involved in the legislative process and am now working in various national, EU and global contexts on its implementation.
I have special interest in the interaction between national and EU jurisdictions and in the roles of supervisory authorities. Another key domain is ethics and accountability. In my practice, not only substance and legal quality, but also communicative and organisational aspects play an essential role.

28nov16:0019:00Future Past: Quo Vadis Innovation – Policy?16:00 - 19:00 Event Type:Joint Institute for Innovation Policy Annual Symposium

Hollman, Susanne

Scientific Manager, University of Potsdam

Susanne Hollmann is chemist and biochemist by training. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and used to work as a postdoc for both- industry and academia. Dr. Hollmann was one of the managers for the first German funding program FORSYS on systems biology and participated in the development of a business concept for a European infrastructure on systems biology. Dr. Hollmann is member of the ISO TC 276 on “Standardization in Biotechnology” and has long-term expertise in the development of standard operating procedures (SOP), which form the prerequisite for subsequent translation of research results into application. Dr. Hollmann is initiator and coordinator of the COST Action CHARME bringing together 30 countries to work on the harmonization of standards in the life sciences. She has long-term and outstanding expertise in the development and management of scientific projects, especially in EC programs and German funding initiatives. Dr. Hollmann does work as scientific manager for the Potsdam Research centre for Plant genomics and Systems Biology. In addition she works at her company SB-ScienceManagement UG, a spin-off of Potsdam University, founded in 2014.

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Kaili, Eva

Member of the European Parliament

Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, elected in 2014.
In her capacity as the Chair of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA) she has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been particularly active in the fields of blockchain technology, m/eHealth, big data, fintech, AI and cybersecurity.
Since her election, she has also been very active in the field of taxation, where she has been the Rapporteur of the ECON committee's annual tax report. As a member of the ECON committee, she has been focusing on EU's financial integration and the management of the financial crisis in the Eurozone.
Prior to her position in the European Parliament, she has been elected two times in the Greek Parliament (serving between 2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Postgraduate degree in European Politics. Currently, she is conducting her PhD in International Political Economy.

27nov18:0022:00De-mystifying Blockchain18:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate and Networking Reception in cooperation with IEEE

Harri Kalimo

Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Professor Harri Kalimo is a Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute for European Studies in the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is the Director of IES’s post-graduate programme in European and international law (“PILC”). Harri works in the IES research clusters on European Economic Governance, and on the Environment and Sustainable Development. His research focuses on areas where European, American and/or international economic and environmental laws and policies interact, notably in the areas of the circular economy (in particular Extended Producer Responsibility, WEEE and renewable energy), environment-and-trade issues and policy instruments. He collaborates closely with the University of Eastern Finland on these themes.

27nov08:0009:30Tackling Microplastics with Sustainable Solutions08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate hosted by Henna Virkkunen MEP

Kauermann, Göran

Head of Chair of Statistics, Department of Statistics, LMU Munich

Göran Kauermann is an acknowledged expert in the field of applied statistics. After his degree in mathematics and doctorate in statistics at the TU Berlin in 1994 he was postdoc at the University of Chicago, USA. He completed his habilitation in 2000 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich and took a position as senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
In 2003 he became full professor of statistics at the University of Bielefeld and since 2011 he is professor at LMU Munich. Kauermann has numerous publications in the field of applied statistics. From 2005 to 2013 he was chairman of the German consortium of statistical societies (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik - DAGStat). Since 2016 he is speaker of the international elite graduate program ‘Data Science’ at LMU Munich and grant holder of COSTNET (COST action CA15109).

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Kober, Jens

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Robotics department, TU Delft

Jens Kober is an associate professor at the TU Delft, Netherlands. He worked as a postdoctoral scholar jointly at the CoR-Lab, Bielefeld University, Germany and at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany. He graduated in 2012 with a PhD Degree in Engineering from TU Darmstadt and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. For his research he received the annually awarded Georges Giralt PhD Award for the best PhD thesis in robotics in Europe and the 2018 IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award. Jens was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant in 2018.
His research interests include robotics, machine learning, and control.

28nov12:3015:00Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: the case for Human Control and European Values12:30 - 15:00 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with TU Delft

Arto Koistinen

Research Director of University of Eastern Finland

Arto Koistinen works as a Research Director at the University of Eastern Finland. He is an expert on biomaterial science, especially on material interactions and chemical analysis.
He received his doctoral degree in Physics (material science) in 2012 and was awarded by docentship (adjunct professorship) in biomaterial characterization in 2014. Thereafter, he worked as laboratory head and research manager at the University of Eastern Finland.
Currently, he is a department director and a research director, leading research related to material science, surface chemistry, and especially microplastics. He utilizes e.g. modern microscopic and spectroscopic techniques in his research to understand materials’ interaction and their effects at molecular level.

27nov08:0009:30Tackling Microplastics with Sustainable Solutions08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate hosted by Henna Virkkunen MEP

Koureas, Dimitris

Programme Director, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden

Dimitris is the Director for the International Biodiversity Research Infrastructures programme at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and head of Department. Coordinator of the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) Research Infrastructure. He also serves as a chair of the executive committee of the international organisation for Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). Dimitris has a PhD in biosystematics and post-doctoral expertise in biodiversity informatics

27nov12:0014:30Data Driven Innovation in a Connected World12:00 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with COST

Maija Lahtela-Kakkonen

Adjunct professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Docent Maija Lahtela-Kakkonen has a versatile experience in computational chemistry. She started as a graduate student in 1992 at University of Joensuu in Finland. She received her doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry in year 1997. After that she was working at the Finnish supercomputing center (CSC-ICT solutions for brilliant minds) in Espoo until 2004. This time gave her solid background in computational techniques in biosciences and chemistry.
Since 2004 docent Maija Lahtela-Kakkonen has been working at School of Pharmacy in the University of Eastern Finland. She has long term experience in many aspects of the drug development on several different targets. She is the head of the sirtuin research group at School of Pharmacy in Kuopio. She has published over 60 scientific articles and supervised 8 doctoral theses.

27nov08:0009:30Tackling Microplastics with Sustainable Solutions08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate hosted by Henna Virkkunen MEP

Lambertz, Karl-Heinz

President, European Committee of the Regions

Karl-Heinz Lambertz was elected as President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in July 2017 after serving a two and a half year term as First Vice-President. He is also a member of the Belgian Senate representing the German-Speaking Community.
Born on 4 June 1952 in Schoppen, Karl-Heinz's interest in politics came early in his career having served as President of the German-speaking Youth Council (1975-1980). After a number of functions linked to his academic background in law, he became Member of Parliament of the German-speaking Community in 1981.
Between 1990 and 1999 he held numerous Ministerial posts in the German-speaking Community Government before being elected its Minister-President (1999-2014). He was then President of Parliament until 2016 before taking post as Senator.
Karl-Heinz has been a CoR member since 2001 and was President of the CoR's PES Group (2011- 2015). Since 2000, he has been a Member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in which he is currently Vice-President.
He is married to his wife Sylvie, has two children and four grand-children.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Leclercq, Christophe

Founder Euractiv

He is the founder of EURACTIV media network & Chairman of Fondation EURACTIV, plus adviser & commentator.
After launching EURACTIV in 1999 and managing it for 10 years, Mr. Leclercq then focused on deepening the network and external relations.
Since January 2018, Christophe Leclercq is one of the experts on the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on disinformation. He leads the new projects #Media4EU and Stars4Media (Erasmus4Media). He also teaches notably at Institut d’Etudes Européennes/ULB (Brussels).
Previously, Mr. Leclercq was EU Commission official with DG Competition (coordinator for Information Society). Before that, he was a management consultant with McKinsey, founder of the EuroManagers job fair, and market research manager at Renault Deutschland.

28nov08:0009:30European Elections - Innovations for improving the lives of European Citizens08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate

Yannick Legre

Managing Director, EGI Foundation

26nov18:0019:3010th EIS Opening Ceremony18:00 - 19:30 Event Type:Opening Ceremony

Leijten, Jos

Senior Policy Advisor JIIP

Now working as an advisor at JIIP, Dr. Jos Leijten was programme manager Strategies for Industrial Innovation in TNO (Netherlands). He built JIIP as an initiative of TNO, VTT, Joanneum Research and Tecnalia. Earlier he held management positions in innovation policy research in TNO and was Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville.
He studied geography and urban and regional planning at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (1975) and received his PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1991 for a thesis on technology assessment and technology policy. He has been a member of several EU expert groups.

28nov16:0019:00Future Past: Quo Vadis Innovation – Policy?16:00 - 19:00 Event Type:Joint Institute for Innovation Policy Annual Symposium

Leskiw, Michael

International Senior Contract Administrator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Michael Leskiw is the International Senior Contract Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). OSP has institutional authority for the negotiation and signing of all sponsored (non-gift) agreements at MIT, and within this office Michael is responsible for agreements with international sponsors, foundations, and state and local governments. Michael’s previous roles at MIT have included establishing a research center in Singapore (SMART) and a new university outside Moscow (Skoltech). Michael is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

27nov08:0009:30Unlocking the potential of global research and innovation collaboration08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate in cooperation with EUREKA

Lima, Claudio

Chair of the IEEE Blockchain in Energy Standards, IEEE

Topic: Blockchain Enabling Energy Grid Modernization
Dr. Claudio Lima is a seasoned technology executive and thought leader in Advanced Blockchain, IoT and AI technologies with expertise in energy (utilities, oil and gas), smart city and telecom/IT digital transformation. He has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering at the UKC (England).
Previously he was the Global Smart Grid CTO of Huawei Technologies in Europe-Asia-Pacific and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Sprint Advanced Technology Labs (Sprint ATL), in Silicon Valley-CA.
Dr. Lima currently leads the IEEE Blockchain Standards development as Chair and Vice-Chair of IoT and Energy Working Groups. He also serves as the Blockchain Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Board Member of the Department of Energy (DOE)/PNNL

27nov18:0022:00De-mystifying Blockchain18:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate and Networking Reception in cooperation with IEEE

Louca, Soulla

Professor and Director of the Blockchain Initiative, University of Nicosia

Topic: Self-Verifiable Digital Records
Soulla Louca received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994 from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has participated/coordinated numerous projects funded by the NSF-USA, RPF-Cyprus and the European Framework programs.
In 2006, she was appointed by the RPF to represent Cyprus in the Domain Committee for ICT for the European program COST (www.cost.eu) and for six years (2008-2014), she was the elected Chair of the Domain for the 36 Member States of COST.
She is one of the first academics to get involved in blockchain technologies (2014) by assuming the responsibility of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia (UNIC). The Blockchain Initiative has designed and developed the first MSc worldwide in Digital Currency, the technology for publishing academic certificates on the blockchain (http://block.co/) and organized several events including Decentralized 2017/18 (www.decentralized.com). She is a professor as well as the Director of the Blockchain Initiative at UNIC.

27nov18:0022:00De-mystifying Blockchain18:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate and Networking Reception in cooperation with IEEE

Maletić, Ivana

Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

26nov18:0019:3010th EIS Opening Ceremony18:00 - 19:30 Event Type:Opening Ceremony

26nov20:0022:0010 EIS High-Level Anniversary Dinner20:00 - 22:00 Event Type:High-Level Dinner

28nov08:0009:30European Elections - Innovations for improving the lives of European Citizens08:00 - 09:30 Event Type:Breakfast Debate

Mc Nerney, Oonagh

Director, IRIS

OONAGH MC NERNEY is the co-founder and Director of IRIS, an advanced engineering company established in 2007 specialised in photonics and ICT-based process monitoring solutions for Smart Manufacturing. IRIS employs 70 engineers and scientists and has sites in Barcelona and Dublin.
Oonagh graduated from the University of Stirling (Scotland) with a Degree in Business in 1992, and from 1993 until setting up her own businesses she worked in the innovation eco-system in Barcelona with industry, universities and technology institutes, as well as Business Development Agencies in the areas of technology transfer, innovation, business development and industry foreign direct investment with Malta Enterprise. A digital enthusiast, she is passionate about the power and opportunities of digital technology for driving smart manufacturing, as well as smart working.

28nov19:0022:00SPIRE 2050: Unlocking the Climate Technology GapProcess Industries’ Commitment to Reach a Net-Zero Horizon19:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate in cooperation with SPIRE

Mengal, Philippe

Executive Director, Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)

Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) since 1 October 2015. His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the BBI JU.
The Executive Director is the legal representative of the BBI JU. He is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBI JU in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board.
Mr. Mengal trained as an engineer in Chemistry and Bio-industry at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University and later on in Strategic Innovation Management at INSEAD - Fontainebleau in France.
He started his career in 1990 in France as R&D engineer in the field of biomass fractionation and purification. In 1995 he became Technical Director of a research centre dedicated to biomass valorisation and between 1990 and 1997 he taught in a Master programme on chemical engineering in Rennes, France. He has published a number of scientific papers and awarded 5 patented license agreements.
In his 25 years of professional experience before joining BBI JU, Mr. Mengal held strategic managerial positions in France and Belgium such as CEO of three companies, Global R&D Director of a multinational and Senior Consultant in food ingredient, engineering and life science industries.

27nov19:0022:00Chemical industry & innovation partnerships: Impact assured!19:00 - 22:00 Event Type:Dinner Debate in cooperation with CEFIC

Mikl-Leitner, Johanna

Governor, Lower Austria

Johanna Mikl-Leitner studied Business Education at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna and worked as a business consultant. From 1990 to 1993 she was a trainee at the Federation of Austrian Industries before becoming the deputy publishing director at “Signum Verlag” from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 Johanna Mikl-Leitner became the head of marketing and in 1998 the executive director of the Lower Austrian’s People’s Party. In 1999 she became a Member of the Austrian Parliament. From 2003 until 2011 she served as the Minister for European Regional Policy, Social-, Labour- and Family affairs of the Government of Lower Austria. From 2011 until 2016 she took up the role as Federal Minister of Interior of Austria before returning to regional politics where she served as deputy Governor of the Government of Lower Austria in 2016. Since 2017 she is the Governor of Lower Austria.

28nov11:0013:00EU-Cohesion Policy: Strengthening Innovation in Europe´s Regions11:00 - 13:00 Event Type:Regional Summit in cooperation with the Region of Lower Austria and the #CohesionAlliance

Milani, Federico

Deputy Head of Unit, Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Federico Milani is the Deputy Head of Unit of the Data Policies and Innovation Unit of CONNECT Directorate General. The unit supports the data economy in the Digital Single Market through policy initiatives addressing new and emerging issues (such as data ownership and brokerage, open data policies by ensuring the correct implementation of the Public Sector Information Directive). The unit steers together with industry the strategic research and innovation agenda.
Federico Milani has previously worked as a project officer for making accessible European digital content since October 2001 and as Deputy Head