High Level Group on Industrial Technologies publishes new report
On 24 April 2018, the High Level Group on Industrial Technologies released a report "Re-finding industry – Defining Innovation to make recommendations on EU research and innovation priorities for industry in the next funding programme". Two new Key Enabling Technologies are proposed: artificial intelligence, and security and connectivity. The group also advises that, while biotechnology should be broadened to "life sciences", the EU has to continue to prioritise advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials and nanotechnologies, micro-/nano-electronics and photonics. With the right level of ambition and investment, Key Enabling Technologies will contribute to supporting growth and democracy through stronger citizens’ engagement, and prosperity through more equality and better jobs. The group recommends to the EU and Member States to focus their policies on "inclusive growth" and the sustainable protection of our planet. The main goal is Europe to be the best place to live, study, work and flourish.
The European Commission appointed the High-level Strategy Group on Industrial Technologies to assess, discuss, and recommend support for research and innovation in the area of Key Enabling Technologies, also in view of future research and innovation programmes. The group is chaired by Jürgen Rüttgers, former German Minister of Education, Science, Research and Technology. On the occasion of the release of the HLG report, Horizon Magazin has published an interview with Prof. Rüttgers.