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09:30 - 10:30

Registration services will be available each day on the conference venue at  Kölcsey Convention Centre.

Welcome by the conference hosts

10:30 - 11:00

Welcome words will be presented by the conference hosts:

Lajos KÓSA, Mayor of Debrecen City Council and

Anneli PAULI, Deputy Director General - Innovation and ERA, DG Research & Innovation, EC

Opening Session

11:00 - 12:00

Participants of the opening session:

Video Message of Maire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN
Commissionner for research, Innovation and Science

Ana Arana ANTELO
Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Deputy Minister of State, Ministry for National Economy, Hungary

Press conference with the speakers

12:00 - 12:45


12:00 - 13:45

Experts' view on the knowledge market and competitiveness

13:45 - 14:55

Confirmed participants:

Director, INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Innovation Agency

Christian KETELS
Principal Associate, Harvard Business School

Former Minister of Finance, Sweden

Qiyu TU
Center For Urban And Regional Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, People’s Republic of China


Coffee Break

14:55 - 15:20

Round table discussion I: Stimulating economic and social development: Research infrastucture development and clusters

15:20 - 17:20

RT1 should set the tone for the conference and will address the questions to be discussed in the round tables. Significant efforts have recently been made to strengthen RDI capabilities and to raise the competitiveness of the European economy both at EU and national level. During the elaboration of the national action plans following the EU2020 strategy it is worth discussing what kinds of obstacles were identified in relation to knowledge generation, access and utilization. In this context, the development of world-class RIs is a key driver of growth, which contributes to create a genuine market for knowledge, research and innovation. It is also worth discussing what kind of possibilities are provided by the deepening of co-operation between research infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) and their users (from academia to industry) and by the strengthening of synergies helping to efficiently realize the objectives laid down in the strategy of the EU. Synergies between the Innovation Union and the Digital Agenda should be investigated.

Three main questions related to the industrial, research and regional dimension should be discussed and answered:
• How do research infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) and clusters contribute today to economic and social development?
• Which are the bottlenecks in the process of knowledge circulation and utilization?
• Which best practices to recommend to managers of Research Infrastructures and clusters for a successful and efficient European knowledge and technology market?

Confirmed participants:

Rolf-Dieter HEUER
Director of CERN

Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Director, ESFRI Special Task

Aleksandar BELIC
Director, Institute of Physics Belgrade, Serbia

Professor, Ghent University

Francesco SETTE
Director General of European Synchrotron and Radiation Facility

Director General for International Cooperation and Institutional Relations, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

Moderator: Adrian CURAJ, General Director of Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research , Development and Innovation Funding

Rapporteur: Hervé PERO, Head of Unit, Research Infrastructure, Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Networking Gala Dinner

20:00 - 23:00