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Europe prioritises innovation

The 12th European Innovation Summit will take place in Brussels from 7-11 December. This is our fifth year as media partners with the summit, organised by Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), which takes place annually in the European Parliament. Nonprofit K4I, which has the support of dozens of MEPs, sits at the crossroads between businesses, startups, academia and wider society. It is at the heart of efforts to establish a European Innovation Area and the upcoming summit will be a milestone moment in the journey towards achieving this ambition. With the theme: Towards a European Innovation Area, it will bring together stakeholders dedicated to strengthening the continent’s innovation ecosystem in the face of unprecedented challenges.

And with much work to do to achieve diversity of opportunity across innovation ecosystems, the summit will also focus strongly on exploring practical ways of increasing the role and impact of women. Leading the debate will be some of Europe’s top women innovators, academics and business leaders. The role of AI on innovation and the launch of Horizon Europe, are other areas that will take centre stage.

“We have invited European Partnerships to participate in a dialogue across all European Partnership areas in Health; Digital, Industry and Space; Climate, Energy and Mobility; Food, Bio-economy, Natural resources, Agriculture and Environment; EIT KICs and other partnerships,” the summit event page states. “Now is the time for Europe to take the lead in some important fields such as Digital Transformation and Greening for which key European and new emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain will play a crucial role. However, it is equally important to use our scientific knowledge and increase the impact to the benefit our economy and citizens. The work of the K4I Forum must be targeted on further development of the broad policy objectives in the context of the Green Deal avoiding any back track and on the instruments needed for implementation including a budget increase for Horizon Europe in the short term. We need to develop impact solutions that drive the green and digital transition towards climate neutrality.”

The EUTOP50 Startup programme is another integral part of the summit and Innovators Magazine is again producing the annual EUTOP50 digital magazine in collaboration with K4I, which will be available on our publications page from the start of this year’s European Innovation Summit.

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Susan Robertson
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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and a board member of the APOPO Foundation UK.

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