Joint Technology Initiatives - Innovation in Action - Exhibition and events

Start Date 30/09/2013 End Date 04/10/2013

Innovation in Action

The five Joint Technology Initiatives – IMI, Clean Sky, Eniac, FCH, and ARTEMIS – held a week-long event, Innovation in Action, at the European Parliament.  The objective was to present their achievements to date as well as their vision on future challenges. The JTIS ran a series of joint sessions, including a debate, press breakfast and exhibition targetted at an audience that included policy makers, press, industry, academic and research organisations.  The entire event focussed on the added value of the public-private model for innovative research and the positive contributions that the JTIs make to an improved European quality of life. In light of the ongoing discussions on the Innovation Investment Package within the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, presented on 10 July 2013 by the European Commission, the event was an opportunity to raise awareness amongst key stakeholders for the ongoing need for these type of initiatives in the area of European policy on research and development.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was held on the evening of Tuesday 1 October. Michel Goldman, IMI's Executive Director gave the opening addresson behalf of all five JTIs. This was followed by speeches from the event sponsors, Maria da Graҫa Carvalho, MEP and  Antonio Fernando Correia de Campos, MEP & Chairman of STOA,  the Science and Technology Options Assessment Unit of the European Parliament.  Around 60 people attended the official opening ceremony which was held in the exhibition area.

Press Breakfast

The press breakfast, hosted by Vittorio Prodi MEP, was held on the morning of 2 October. All five JTIs presented some of their top achievements. Maria da Graҫa Carvalho MEP gave her views on the JTIs and their significance for European research.

JTI Debate - Innovation in Action

The 'Innovation in Action' debate took place on Wednesday, 2 October and was co-chaired by Maria da Graҫa Carvalho and Antonio Fernando Correia de Campos. It included presentations from each JTI and a lively panel discussion with contributions from Christian Ehler (MEP & Member of ITRE Committee), Rudolf Strohmeier (Deputy Director General, DG Research & Innovation), Willy Van Puymbroeck (Head of Unit - Components, DG CONNECT), Florence Lefebvre-Joud (Chair of the FCH JU Scientific Committee), followed with a Q&A session, moderated byMr Correia de Campos.

JTI Debate - JTI Executive Directors with Carvalho & De Campos


The joint JTI debate. L-R: Andreas Wild (ENIAC), Bert De Colvenaer (FCH JU), Antonio Fernando Correia de Campos, MEP & Chair of STOA, Maria de Graça Carvalho, MEP, Eric Dautriat (Clean Sky), Alun Foster (ARTEMIS), Michel Goldman (IMI). Photo - Gleamlight Photography sprl




Joint Exhibition

The joint exhibition, supported by STOA, set up on the ground floor of the Euopean Parliament's Altiero Spinelli building, welcomed visitors from Monday until its close on Friday.