European R&I Days: Participants discuss ambitious Horizon Europe programme
The first European Research and Innovation Days conference took place in Brussels on 25-27 September 2019. Participants included researchers, academics, businesses, decision-makers and parliament representatives from Europe and beyond. The focus of the conference was a co-design process to shape the priorities and strategic plan for the first four years of Horizon Europe. Participants agreed that Europe needs an ambitious Horizon Europe programme to achieve solutions for sustainable growth.
Notable points that were raised at the event’s co-design sessions and meetings include:
- Broad support for the orientations for strategic planning for Horizon Europe’s first four years, which have been co-designed in the run-up to the Research and Innovation Days;
- A strong call to Europe to take the lead on creating solutions for sustainability;
- Transform Europe’s unlimited creativity into solutions and marketable products and services, which can be shared with the rest of the world.
These and other key points, together with more than 6,000 responses from the ongoing Horizon Europe online co-design consultation, will feed directly into Horizon Europe’s strategic planning process. The outcome of this process, focused in particular on Horizon Europe’s second pillar: 'Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness', will be the first ‘Horizon Europe Strategic Plan (2021-2024)’. The plan will identify major policy drivers, strategic policy priorities, and targeted impacts to be achieved as well as identify missions and European Partnerships.
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