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International Conference: Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide

23. november. 2016 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm


Conference takes place at an important point in time since the ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme will be completed and may thus contribute to the overall assessment and reflection on what has been achieved in the effort of the EU to reduce disparities among Member States in terms of performance. In addition, the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 will be launched and discussions on the future Framework Programme will start to take shape. Furthermore, the first Widening projects under Teaming Twinning and ERA Chairs have started already in 2015 and some examples might be showcased.

The overall objective of the conference is to provide a platform for stakeholders to have an in-depth discussion on the role of excellence in European research and innovation as well as opportunities presented through Horizon 2020 and ESIF for crossing the innovation gap between countries, regions, research institutions, universities, and enterprises.

Main topics

  • Lowering barriers for better integration of pan-European scientific potential
  • First experiences with widening instruments under Horizon 2020
  • Beyond the Horizons

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8:30   Registration
9:15 Welcome and official opening 
9:45 Plenary session 1 – Lowering barriers for better integration of pan-European scientific potential 
11:15   Coffe break
11:45   Plenary session 2 – First experiences with widening instruments under Horizon 2020 
13:15   Lunch
14:15   Parallel session 1
  Positioning excellence in the innovation ecosystem 
14:15   Parallel session 2
  Research mobility and brain circulation – Gain, train, retain 
14:15   Parallel session 3
  National instruments realising a balanced ERA 
15:30   Coffe break
16:00   Plenary session 3 – Beyond the Horizons 
17:50   Conclusions and final remarks 
18:00   Reception


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23. november. 2016
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Miesto udalosti

Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace


Slovenské predsedníctvo v Rade EÚ a Európska komisia
Ministerstvo školstva vedy, výskumu a športu SR, Centrum vedecko-technických informácií SR, Styčná kancelária SR pre výskumu a vývoj