The opening day of the event will feature different sessions dedicated to the EU industrial ecosystems, the presentation of the Transition Pathway for EU Tourism, and much more.
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator
Speaker(s) : Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, European Commission
Speaker(s) : Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market
Speaker(s) : Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission | Thomas Courbe, Director General, Directorate-General for Enterprises at the French Ministry of Economy
Speaker(s) : Brune Poirson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Accor | Marco Sansavini, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Vueling
Speaker(s) : Savvas Perdios, Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus | Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament, Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism | Daniel Mes, Cabinet Member of Executive Vice-President Timmermans | Luís Araújo, President of Visit Portugal | Nicola Villa, Executive Vice President and Global Lead, Government Engagement, MasterCard
Speaker(s) : Tomi Ilijaš, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arctur | Sotiris Kopatsaris, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Future Hotels Sotiris
Speaker(s) : Valentina Superti, Director for Tourism & Proximity, DG GROW, European Commission | Marie Audren, Director General, HOTREC | Eva Buzzi, Managing Director of ÖBB RailTours | Pascale Vinot, Digital & Innovation Project Manager, ADN Tourisme | Charlotte WWiebe, Sustainability Director, TUI | Kristjan Bragason, General Secretary, European Federation of Food, Agriculture, and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT)
Speaker(s) : Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, President, NECSTouR | Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor, City of Warsaw | Barry Rogers, Smart Tourism Programme Manager, Smart Dublin | Thanos Santorinaios, #DiscoverEU Ambassador, Chemistry BSc student in Greece
Speaker(s) : Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
Speaker(s) : Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Marzia Bolpagni, Head of BIM International - Associate Director, Mace | Paul Cartuyvels, Executive Director, BOUYGUES Europe | Christine Le Forestier, Director Social Affairs, European Construction Industry Federation - FIEC | Simon Kimmel, Industry Specialist, Klasse Klima
Speaker(s) : Giacomo Mattinò, Head of Unit DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Bertrand Tison, Public Affairs Director, Decathlon | Riikka Joukio, Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs, Kesko Corporation | Stephan Tromp, HDE Deputy Secretary General, Handelsverband Deutschland - HDE e.V. | Kristin Schreiber, Director for Chemicals, Health, Retail and Agrifood, DG GROW, European Commission | Christel Delberghe, Director General, EuroCommerce | Else Groen, Director General, Independent Retail Europe | Jesse Weltevreden, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
The Transformation of the Retail Ecosystem: A Green, Digital and Resilient Future
The retail ecosystem is the biggest of all industrial ecosystems. Its successful recovery and green and digital transition will have a positive impact on Europe's competitiveness in the long run. This session will therefore look at the transformation of the ecosystem and its most urgent needs. And did you know that 15-20% of retail and wholesale workers are younger than 25? Our panelists, representatives from key European retail associations and companies, will therefore also touch upon the role of youth in the retail ecosystem.
Speaker(s) : Peter Handley, Head of Unit DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Carlos Alberto Medeiros Abreu, Board Member, SECIL | Doris Schroecker, Head of Unit, European Commission DG Research & Innovation | Hans Erik Vatne, Norsk Hydro | Frederic Carencotte, President Director General, CARESTER | Klaus Peters, Secretary General, European Steel Technology Platform | Olli Salmi, Director, EIT RawMaterials
Towards a resilient, innovative, sustainable and digital energy-intensive industries ecosystem
The session aims to give impulse to the co-creation process of the Energy Intensive Industries Transition Pathway; showcasing the commitments and pledges made by stakeholders of the energy intensive industries ecosystem and thereby illustrating the good practices and the way forward for other industrial actors.
Speaker(s) : Diana Dovgan, Secretary General, CECOP (Moderator) | Francesca Montalti, Head of Industrial Sector, Legacoop Produzione e Servizi | Henric Barkman, Founder, Swinga Cooperative | Maryline Filippi, Professor of Economics & Associate Researcher, INRAE - AGROPARISTECH | Mohamed Ridouani, Mayor, City of Leuven | Anna Athanasopoulou, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
Proximity & Social Economy ecosystem
The digital and green transitions open unprecedented opportunities for Europe, yet they also bring certain challenges. Inequalities across Europe caused by globalisation, technological change, previous economic crisis or current COVID-19 pandemic are hampering sustainable growth and can lead to social conflict, reduced participation in society, increased social exclusion, potentially undermining the future of our youth. Joint forces of industry and civil society can provide solutions to those societal challenges beyond the creation of jobs and growth and become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing and participation of the industry worker at the centre of the production process. At the same time, the industrial transformation should serve to create new relationship with a wide set of stakeholders at the local level and in our “proximity economies”. At this level, citizens engagement models can cross-fertilise with business models. Those belong to the heart of social economy. Those business models are very attractive for young entrepreneurs, but also for young citizens to engage in a business process, such as for example a cooperative society or a volunteer association amongst other forms. Bringing those actors together with public authorities in a “local proximity and social economy ecosystem” is therefore a promising avenue for new or reinforced public private partnerships.
- Diana Dovgan
- Mohammed Ridouani
- Francesca Montalti
- Anna Athanasopoulou
- Henrik Barkman
- Maryline Filippi
Speaker(s) : Giovanni Colombo, Moderator | Dirk Jacobs, Director General, FoodDrinkEurope | George Morrison, Public Affairs Director, Arla Foods | Kristin Schreiber, Director for Chemicals, Health, Retail and Agrifood, DG GROW, European Commission | Leonardo Pofferi, Vice-President, Cogeca | Ilse Veldman, Director Global Public Affairs, Ahold Delhaize | Nicholas Hodac, Director General, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe
Greening Your Plate: Towards a More Sustainable Agri-food Ecosystem with the EU Code of Conduct
With the launch of the EU Code of Conduct for Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, one of the first deliverables of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy has been achieved. The Code sets out common aspirations and indicative actions which actors ‘between the farm and the fork’ can align, commit and contribute to in support of the transition towards sustainable food systems. But what are the main ambitions and goals of the signatories? What challenges are they facing in relation to the Code? And how will they work together to make the Code a success? Join this session to get the latest insights from frontrunner associations and companies about this key Farm to Fork initiative.
Speaker(s) : Susan Phillips, Moderator | Alberto Paccanelli, President, EURATEX | Francesca Guadagno, Senior Researcher, Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL) | Michal Wojas, Ecommerce Director, WOJAS SA Footwear company | António Braz Costa, General Manager, CITEVE - Technological Centre for Textile and Clothing Industries in Portugal
Speaker(s) : Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Mobility & energy intensive industries, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Eric Mark Huitema, Director General, ACEA | Jérôme Wallut, Chief Commercial Officer, ALSTOM | Luc Triangle, General Secretary, industriAll Europe | Markus Hess, Deputy Director General - Industrial Policy and Future Mobility, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany | René Berkvens, Chairman, SEA Europe
The mobility ecosystem on the path to the green and digital transition
The panel session will be a first exchange of views with representatives from the automotive, waterborne and rail supply industries as well as social partners and Member States on the main challenges linked to the transition of the ecosystem and their expectations for the upcoming co-creation exercise launched in the preparation of the transition pathway.
Speaker(s) : Philippe Mareine, Moderator | Florent Tournois, Head of the Digital Services Performance Department, Interministerial Digital Department | Isabel Gonzalez Hervas, Director Digital Labs, Indra | Jane Rygaard, Head of Dedicated Wireless Networks and Edge Clouds, Nokia | Natalia Oropeza, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Siemens AG | Federico Silvano Protto, Telecommunications, Retelit SPA
Digital Ecosystem - Europe’s leadership in industrial data, cloud and edge
The discussion will focus on key enablers to tackle Europe’s strategic dependencies in the cloud-edge supply chain. In the context of the recently launched Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud, participants will be invited to share their perspectives on existing challenges and solutions to build a thriving and sovereign ecosystem to foster a highly secure, resource-efficient and open data infrastructure and services for Europe.
Speaker(s) : Giacomo Mattinò, Head of Unit DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Adrian van den Hoven, Director General, Medicines for Europe | Claire Skentelbery, Director General, EuropaBio | Graham Cook, Senior Director, Pfizer | Isabelle Clamou, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG HERA | Kristin Schreiber, Director for Chemicals, Health, Retail and Agrifood, DG GROW, European Commission | Marco Farinelli, Global Supply Chain, AstraZeneca
Strengthening the European pharmaceutical supply chains: what role for industry?
The session will address from an industry perspective the remaining gaps and existing challenges threatening the resilience of European pharmaceutical supply chains. Ways to reinforce the transparency and robustness of industrial value chains will be explored to strengthen the strategic autonomy of the Health industry and its contribution to the EU preparedness for future health crisis.
Speaker(s) : Lucilla Sioli, Director, AI and Digital Industry, European Commission
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator
The second day of the event will include different parallel sessions of the EU Industrial Forum and a range of exciting sessions organized by the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee.
Registration - welcome coffee
(Onsite attendees only)
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator
Speaker(s) : Sonja van Renssen, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Monitor (Moderator) | Maria Spyraki, Member, European Parliament | Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director, ChemSec | Joel Tickner, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell | Johan Landfors, President, Nouryon | Kristin Schreiber, Director for Chemicals, Health, Retail and Agrifood, DG GROW, European Commission | Luc Triangle, General Secretary, industriAll Europe | Marco Mensink, Director General, Cefic | Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Neste | Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for Circular Economy & Green Growth, DG ENV, European Comission | Rafael Cayuela, Chief Strategy Office & Chief Economist, DOW EUROPE GMBH | Virginia Puzzolo, Head of Programme, Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking
Transition for the EU chemicals industry
A new long-term vision for the EU's chemical policy is now defined by the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It proposes a transformation of the EU chemicals industry becoming global leader in the production and consumption of safe and sustainable chemicals and materials, including through low-carbon, zero pollution and energy- and resource-efficient processes and technologies. It is now necessary to define the pathway to be followed by the chemicals industry and all main stakeholders for this transformation to happen. This session aims to identify the key elements - e.g. Safe and Sustainable by Design - as well as the challenges, opportunities and milestones of the transition pathway in a discussion with representatives from the EU institutions, the chemicals sector, civil society and the audience.
Speaker(s) : Philippe Adriaenssens, Policy Director, European Round Table (Moderator) | Ray Pinto, Director, Digital Transformation Policy (Moderator) | Caroline Mischler, Head of Department - International and European Affairs, French Ministry of Economy - General Directorate for Entreprises | Giulia Del Brenna, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission | István Peták, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Oncompass Medicine | Maria Szymańska, Deputy director, Ministry of Economic Development & Technology | Martynas Barysas, Director of Internal Market department, BusinessEurope
Speaker(s) : Fernanda Ferreira Dias, Director-General, Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition of Portugal (Moderator) | Angelo Wille, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD, European Commission | Antonio Novo Guerrero, President, European Clusters Alliance (Moderator) | Farina Boardwell, Deputy Head of Unit, BMWK | Kari Hietanen, Member of EU Industrial Forum, BusinessEurope | Luis Campos, EU Affairs Delegate, Turismo de Portugal | Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
Speaker(s) : Gabor Matrai, Board Member, IVSZ – ICT (Moderator) | Antonio Novo Guerrero, President, European Clusters Alliance (Moderator) | Lisa Lang, Director EU Policy & Affairs Orchestrator, EIT Climate KIC | Mervi Karikorpi, Head of EU Innovation and Industrial Policies, Technology Industries of Finland | Paul Heemskerk, Head European Industrial Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy | Sławomir Tokarski, Director, European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation I
Speaker(s) : Christoph Luykx, Policy Director, Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries (Moderator) | Amaryllis Verhoeven, Head of DG GROW Unit G3 - Digital Transformation of Industry, European Commission | Dieter Wegener, Vice Chair Digital Manufacturing Executive Council, Digital Europe | Filip Geerts, Director General, Cecimo | Linda Dijkshoorn, Chief Executive Officer, EV Biotech B.V. | Malte Lohan, Director General, Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries | Matthias Bölke, Vice President Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric | Thomas Schneider, Managing Director of Research + Development, TRUMPF
Speaker(s) : Andreas Rahlf Hauptmann, Director of International Affairs, Danish Business Authority (Moderator) | Pierre Alexandre Miquel, Project Manager, French Presidency 2022, Ministry of Economy and Finance, France | Doreen Fedrigo, Industrial Transformation Policy Coordinator, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe | Giuseppina Bitondo, Economic and Policy Analyst, DG GROW, European Commission | Joel Jonsson, Director, The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries | Rick Huisman, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, The Netherlands
Addressing EU strategic dependencies in a co-creative way
Addressing the EU’s strategic dependencies is one of the key pillars of the updated Industrial Strategy (May 2021). A first comprehensive analysis of the EU’s strategic dependencies and capacities accompanied the updated Strategy, which highlighted that “the Commission will engage with Member States, industry and social partners, including with the support from the Industrial Forum… to deepen this analysis and further address the identified strategic dependencies.”
In order to further deepen the preliminary findings of the analytical work identifying EU strategic dependencies, the involvement of relevant European stakeholders is of critical importance. In that context, a dedicated Task Force on Strategic Dependencies (TF3) has been established by the Industrial Forum in June 2021 to collect input from relevant stakeholders and feed into the work of the European Commission in this area. The work of the Task Force covers both (1) identifying and better understanding EU strategic dependencies across different industrial ecosystems as well as (2) reflecting on relevant policy tools to address them.
The TF3 panel session will bring together experts from the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, Member States, key stakeholders and the Commission. It will a) report on the work conducted so far by the Task Force; b) provide a snapshot of relevant policy and other work in relation to strategic dependencies; and c) share views of invited experts on strategic dependencies (e.g. in relation to supply chain shortages, the twin transition) as well as possible approaches to address them.
Speaker(s) : Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth
Speaker(s) : Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General of DG for Research and Innovation, European Comission (Moderator) | Kinga Stanislawska, Managing Partner and co-Founder, Experior VC | Kresten Ørnbjerg, VP, Head of Global Public Affairs, Vestas Wind Systems A/S | Mojca Zupan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PlanetCare d.o.o. | Arnaud Castaignet, Head of Communications and Policy, Skeleton Technologies
Spotlight session: R&D investment and EU green technologies leadership
The session will showcase R&I-based success stories and discuss how to support industrial eco-systems in their green transition and how to build on EU leading position in green technologies. The starting point for the conversation will be the new figures from the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2021 which shows that EU companies are among the global leaders in green technologies but must nonetheless increase their efforts in R&D investment for Europe's industry to lead the green transition in the global economy.
Speaker(s) : Dirk Bergrath, Member, European Economic and Social Committee (Moderator) | Sandra Parthie, Member, European Economic and Social Committee | Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo, Regulatory Director, Sulapac Ltd | Kęstutis Kupšys, Member, Group III - Diversity Europe Group, European Economic and Social Committee | Monika Sitárová, Vice President, Consultative Commission on Industrial Change | Martin Garrigue, European Industrial Policy Project Manager, Ministry of Economy and Finance, France
Session organised by the European Economic and Social Committee - How will industrial ecosystems contribute to the strategic autonomy of the EU and the well-being of Europeans?
The aim of this workshop is to look at how industrial ecosystems can contribute towards boosting Europe's resilience and what kind of strategic autonomy the EU should target. We will also discuss how these ecosystems can preserve and sustain the well-being of Europeans. These topics are the subject of an EESC exploratory opinion requested by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Speaker(s) : Alison Hunter, Director, Economic and Public Policy Consultancy (Moderator) | Jeannette Baljeu, Regional Minister, Provincie Zuid-Holland | Mikel Landabaso, Director, Growth and Innovation at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission | Richard Tuffs, Member, Friends of Smart Specialisation | Sandro D'Elia, Programme Officer, European Commission
Session organised by the European Committee of the Regions - EU regions towards a climate-neutral industry: transition challenges
The session will focus on the place-based dimension of the EU industrial policy, providing a chance to present some key implementation challenges of industrial transitions at local and regional level. Invited speakers will reflect on the modalities to connect industrial ecosystems and regional innovation ecosystems, through instruments such as smart specialisation (S3), Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and digitalisation as a key enabler of green industrial transitions in EU regions.
Speaker(s) : Antonella Correra, Legal officer, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Moderator) | Birgit Weidel, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission | Daniele Alberto Guerzoni, General Manager, Guerzoni SRL | Reinhard Plaza Bartsch, Head of Supply Chain, Vodafone | Spyros Mathioudakis, Policy Officer, European Builders Confederation (EBC)
Pay on time: a win-win solution for resilient supply chains
Delaying payments to suppliers disrupts the cash flow of businesses and, ultimately, jeopardizes the resilience of the whole supply chain. Payment delays impact SMEs negatively, much more than larger business. The session will explore the causes and effects of late payments and will showcase how supply chain resilience relies on responsible practices and prompt payment.
Speaker(s) : Peteris Ustubs, Advisor, IDEA - Inspire, Debate, Engage and Accelerate Action (Moderator) | Constantine Karayannopoulos, Chief Executive Officer & President, Neo Performance Materials | Gunter Erfurt, Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Burger Technology AG | Nikolaus Boltze, President and Country Representative, Thyssenkrupp Japan | Suzanne Greene, Global Procurement Sustainability and Advocacy Leader, Dow Chemicals
An industry perspective on resilient supply partners
The panel discussion will unpick how companies are dealing with current supply chains shortages and risks linked to the geographic concentration of some inputs. Particular attention will be paid to the role of public authorities, notably at the European level, and how they can support supply chain resilience and sustainable growth. The speakers will discuss the main challenges to supply chain resilience in their sectors of expertise and will be expected to offer insight on such questions as: - Could you tell us what are the main challenges your business faces when trying to diversify their supply chains. - How can partnerships create new business opportunities and supply chain resilience?- What can governments (especially EU) do to ensure security of supply of critical goods? - If you had one policy recommendation/priority to pitch to the EU, what would you say?
Speaker(s) : Crispin Waymouth, Deputy Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Bianca Dragomir, Chief Executive Officer, AVAESEN Cluster | Iraklis Agiovlasitis, Coordinator of Innovation Services, Enterprise Europe Network, FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency | Markus Jerger, Executive Director, Der Mittelstand.BVMW e.V
Driving the sustainability transition for European SMEs: support to change and innovate
This session will explore the main actions and instruments that should be deployed for the acceleration of the sustainability transition of SMEs. The discussion will inspire and give advice to authorities, business and civil society organisations on how to jointly develop and put in place adequate mechanisms that identify and support SMEs access to green and sustainable technologies, business solutions, R&D partners and facilities, skills, dedicated funding and markets and thus facilitate their innovation, growth, resilience and competitiveness.
Speaker(s) : Gerard de Graaf, Director, Digital Transformation, European Commission (Moderator) | Ben Wreschner, Chief Economist and Head of Public Affairs, Vodafone Group | Philippe Diez, Partner Europe - Sustainability Consulting Services, Schneider Electric | Valérie Hayer, Member, European Parliament | Yves Bernaert, Senior Managing Director, ACCENTURE
Net environmental impact of digital innovations in different ecosystems
Speakers from leading European ICT companies will present cases, where the use of ICT already had a measurable impact on the environment and the carbon footprint. Additionally they will discuss their vision of the role of ICT for sustainability. As to date there is a lack of agreed methodologies to measure net environmental impact of digital solutions, the necessity and work of the European Green Digital Coalition will be outlined as well.
Speaker(s) : Jennifer Baker, Moderator | Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights | Dirk Vantyghem, Director General, EURATEX | Klaus Ehrlich, General Secretary, Ruraltour-European Federation of Rural Tourism | Lucía Fraga-Lago, Head of the Training Department, CETMAR - Technology Centre of the Sea | Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, CopaCogeca | Sarai Blanc, Legal and Social Affairs Director, SEA Europe | Tom Deleu, Secretary General, EFBWW | Vincent De Vroey, Director Civil Aviation, Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
Spotlight session on The EU Pact for Skills: towards the up and re-skilling of the European workforce
Introduction by Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
Speaker(s) : Claudia Martinez Felix, Deputy Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Daniel Gassmann, Head of Sector, European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency | Denis Dambois, Policy officer, DG GROW - IP unit, European Commission | Jörg Scherer, Managing Director, Eurice GmbH | Nicolas Vigneron, Head of Customer Engagement Service, EUIPO - European Union Intellectual Property Office | Thomas Bereuter, Programme area manager Innovation Support, European Patent Academy, European Patent Office
Panel discussion on the Unitary Patent System and SME support in the area of intellectual property
Intellectual property (IP) improves the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provide a potential source of revenue. SMEs have specific needs, such as understanding the importance of IP for their businesses, tailored advice in assessing their intangibles, financial support to protect and enforce their IP and better access to finance provided by investors and banks to help them scale up. This session will provide a practical guide for SMEs on the different EU initiatives available to European SMEs in the area of intellectual property and present the benefits of the upcoming Unitary Patent System.
Speaker(s) : Grzegorz Drozd, Team Leader, European Commission (Moderator) | Cecile Wendling, Group Head of Security Strategy and Awareness, AXA Group Operations Security | Duncan Cass-Beggs, Counsellor for Strategic Foresight, OECD | Jaana Tapanainen-Thiess, Secretary General, Government Report on the Future, Prime Minister's Office, Finland | Michael Wimmer, Director of Strategy, Better Regulation & Corporate Governance, Secretariat-General, European Commission
Future-proof: how foresight helps policy makers and businesses anticipate and shape the future
Change in climate, digital technologies and geopolitics are having a profound effect on the lives of Europeans and people around the world. These transformations are taking place at all levels, from grassrotts politics to global power structures. To support the transitions to a green, digital and fairer Europe, the EU and other institutions, e.g. OECD or national governments, are strenghtening their culture of preparedness and evidence-based anticipatory policy-making. This session will present foresight as a tool which helps policy makers and businesses prepare for and shape tomorrow. Speakers from the OECD? Finnish government and the European Commission will showcase specific foresights tools developed at different levels, and by different actors.
Speaker(s) : Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Construction & Machinery, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Reinhard Bütikofer, Member, European Parliament | Samuele Broglio, Vice President for External Relation, Small Business Standards | Elena Santiago Cid, Director General, CEN and CENELEC | Sebastiano Toffaletti, Secretary General, European DIGITAL SME Alliance | Véronique Willems, Secretary General, SMEunited
Speaker(s) : Mary Veronica Tovsak Pleterski, Director, Single Market Enforcement, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Javier Palmero Zurdo, Deputy Head of Unit GROW.E2 (Enforcement II), European Commission | Olivier Linden, Senior Legal Adviser, National Board of Trade, Sweden | Patrick Coppens, Director Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Food Supplements Europe | Vanessa Correia Lopes, Head of Unit - Internal Market Services, Directorate General for Economic Activities - Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, Portugal
How can industry contribute/ benefit from a stronger enforcement of Single Market?
Ensuring compliance and implementation of single market rules are essential assets to accelerate Europe’s economic recovery, green and digital transitions, and serve as a springboard to compete globally. As Guardian of the treaties, the European Commission is using different tools at its disposal (infringement procedures, EU Pilots, package meetings, SOLVIT, dialogues for better transposition of directives or preventive mechanisms like the notifications procedure for technical Regulations). It is also continuously working with Member States to implement European legislation. An illustration of this strong partnership is the Single Market Enforcement Taskforce that was set up during the Covid-19 crisis when restrictive measures challenged the functioning of the Single Market. It led to some very concrete results that will be presented by one of their Sherpa members along with their work programme for this year. We know that there are still unjustified barriers to be eliminated and we count on you to tell us very concretely about them in order to achieve tangible and quick results in terms of growth, innovation, job creation, consumer choice and new business models
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, European Commission
The third day of the EU Industry Days is the highlight of the event, with high-level plenary sessions, keynote speeches, and a Special Youth Programme
Registration – welcome coffee
(onsite attendees only)
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator
Speaker(s) : Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
Speaker(s) : Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Industry of France
Speaker(s) : Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market
Speaker(s) : Jennifer Baker, Moderator | Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia | Apostolos Tzitzikostas, President of the European Committee of the Regions
Implementing the resilient transition: Views from the Member States and regions
How is Europe addressing the twin (green and digital) transition of its economy and industries at national and regional level?
The keynote speakers will provide their views from the national and regional levels on how to address it in a resilient manner.
Speaker(s) : Kerstin Jorna, Director General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission (Moderator) | Christa Schweng, President of European Economic and Social Committee | Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General, DigitalEurope | Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation of Sweden | Luc Triangle, General Secretary, industriAll Europe | Martin Brudermüller, Chief Executive Officer, BASF | Stéphane Arditi, Director of Policy Integration and Circular Economy, European Environmental Bureau
Transition Pathways for the EU industrial ecosystems – a co-creation process
The ‘transition pathways’ will guide the industrial ecosystems along the green and digital transition through an actionable plan, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the resilience of our European industrial fabric. They are being co-created by a wide array of stakeholders, including EU institutions, industrial representations, Member States authorities, NGOs, research institutes and social partners. In this context, the Industrial Forum - set up by the Industrial Strategy – plays a very important role. One of the objectives of the Forum is to deepen the systematic analyses of industrial ecosystems and support the development of these transition pathways. In this session, the European Commission will present the results of this intense co-creation process and a high-level panel will discuss the practical implementation of such pathways.
(lunch for onsite attendees)
Speaker(s) : Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President, European Commission
Speaker(s) : Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission | Anna Cavazzini, Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee Chair, European Parliament | Rada Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer of Signify GmbH and President of Orgalim, Europe’s Technology Industries | Alessandro Profumo, President of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and Chief Executive Officer, Leonardo | Gerd Müller, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) | Patryk Darowski, Director, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
Business case – EU industry investing in the green, digital and resilient economy
As outlined in the EU Industrial Strategy and its update - the future of EU industry will be driven by twin transition of industrial ecosystems and co-designing/co-creating solutions and pathways in close collaboration with practitioners - industrial stakeholders operating in a value chain. Bringing together important industrial stakeholders, investors and EU policy-makers, this high-level plenary session will zoom-in on opportunities, enablers and challenges of an ongoing transformational change of the EU industry. It will shed light on business case - new partnership models, investment opportunities, technology/infrastructure needs and social factors to accelerate the twin transition towards green, digital and resilient economy.
Speaker(s) : Román Arjona, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Chief Economist, Treasury in France | Debora Revoltella, Chief Economist, European Investment Bank | Philip Lane, Chief Economist, European Central Bank | Robert B. Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organization
(coffee for onsite attendees)
Speaker(s) : Aurélie Werbrouck, Blue Book Trainee, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Evi Oivanen, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cuitu | Felix Finkbeiner, Founder, Plant-for-the-Planet | Ibrahim Ouassari, Founder, MolenGeek | Kristina Dimova, SME Assembly 2021 Youth Essay Competition Winner | Raúl Torres, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, PLD Space
Inspiring Dialogue with Young Europeans
In light of European Commission President von der Leyen’s announcement of 2022 as the European Year of Youth, this dialogue will highlight the steps that the EU industry should take in order to attract young people and bolster a culture of entrepreneurship and cooperation in their midst. It will also underline the environmental, social, and economic issues that young people would like to see being addressed by the EU industry and what this new generation can offer to shape the future of the digital, green and resilient EU Industry.
Speaker(s) : Anna Heijker, Moderator & Pitch Trainer, Pitches & Presentations | Alex Glod, Moderator | David Pereira de Castro, Founder, Blueveg | Dimitri Ionescu, Founder, LightMirror | Iulia Dorobantu, Co-founder, Charger.ro | Jeremy de France, Co-founder, Investor and Senior Developer, Growth Resources Indicators | Martin Branný, COUNTER SOMETHING s. r. o. | Ruxandra Creosteanu, Co-Founder, Babele Create Together | Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission | Jakub Boratynski, Director Networks and Governance, DG GROW, European Commission
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs: final pitching session and awards ceremony
We are organising an EU Industry Days Pitching contest for new business ideas supporting the transition to a sustainable, digital and resilient economy. Four finalists will pitch their business ideas live and get feedback from business experts and investors, as well as the audience. Two winners, by jury and audience vote, will be invited to participate at the next SME assembly in Prague, Czech Republic. During this session there will be also a short presentation of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, given by Mr Jakub Boratynski, Director of Networks and Governance Directorate in DG GROW of the European Commission.
- Anna Heijker, Moderator & Pitch Trainer, Pitches & Presentations
- Alex Glod
- Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
- Ruxandra Creosteanu, Co-Founder, Babele Create Together
- Jeremy de France, Founder @ Graphee & VP French Tech Bucharest
- David Pereira de Castro, Founder, Blueveg
- Iulia Dorobantu, Co-founder, Charger.ro
- Dimitri Ionescu, Founder, LightMirror
- Martin Branný, COUNTER SOMETHING s. r. o. Kristina
- Jakub Boratynski, DG GROW Director of Network and Governance, European Commission
Master of Ceremony
Special youth programme
(onsite attendees only)
Speaker(s) : Jennifer Baker, Moderator
Speaker(s) : Nick Sinner, Blue Book Trainee, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Felix Finkbeiner, Founder, Plant-for-the-Planet | Natan Jacquemin, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NÃM | Mara Scheibenreif, Team Lead on Textiles, Generation Climate Europe | Evi Oivanen, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cuitu | Nima Sophia Tisdall, Founder, Blue Lobster
After the awakening: sustainable business models and the role of young people as environmentally and socially conscious consumers
This session aims to underline the negative externalities of corporate irresponsibility, the tools that EU industry and policymakers need to leverage in order to deliver the European Green Deal and the Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights, and the role of start-ups, NGOs, and certification bodies for the green and socially just transition of EU industry.
Speaker(s) : Olivier Lanoo, Blue Book Trainee, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Kristina Dimova, SME Assembly 2021 Youth Essay Competition Winner | Matthäus Fandrejewski, Representative, CESI Youth | Olena Sullivan-Prykhodko, Vice President of the Junior Chamber International and Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Modelex Education Monaco | Patricia Petra Velicu, Policy Advisor, industriAll Europe
After 2008, after 2020: the impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis on young Europeans
This session will zoom in on the impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the 2020 pandemic crisis on the youth, by providing a space for discussion regarding youth unemployment, rising living costs, precarious work, among other similar topics.
Speaker(s) : Alicia Delvaux, Trainee, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Anne Kjær Bathel, Founder of ReDI school and European Young Leader Under 40 | Catarina Oliveira, Instagram influencer, Nutritionist, and Activist for Independent Living | Mohamed Gerehou, Journalist and European Young Leader Under 40
After our interconnected past: reflections on social inequality, the role of youth activism in promoting social inclusion, and the steps that need to be taken by EU industry and institutions to speed up positive change
This session aims to deliver a diverse, intersectional analysis of inequity and discrimination, draw attention to the changes that industry and public administration on all levels (EU, national, regional, and local) must go through in order to knock down social barriers, and highlight the benefits that EU industry can reap from inclusion and diversity.
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator
The closing day of the event will be filled with a wide variety of expert and stakeholder sessions.
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator
Speaker(s) : Petri Salminen, President, SMEunited
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Lisa Lang, Director EU Policy & Affairs Orchestrator, EIT Climate KIC | Luca Morena, Chief Executive Officer, Nextatlas | Michela Magas, Chair, Industry Commons Foundation | Natasja Paulssen, Chief Executive Officer, 4DR Studios | Spiros Nikolopoulos, Senior Researcher, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas - Information Technologies Institute (CERTH-ITI) | Anna Athanasopoulou, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission | Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak, Head of Unit, European Commission | Volker Helzle, Head of Research and Development, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH, Animationsinstitut, FMX
Fostering breakthrough technologies for the CCIs ecosystem’s growth
- Jacki Davis
- Natasja Paulssen
- Volker Helzle
- Spiros Nikolopoulos
- Michela Magas
- Luca Morena
- Lisa Lang
- Anna Athanasopoulou
- Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak
Speaker(s) : Astrid Bartels, Head of Unit, European Commission (Moderator) | Barry McGrath, Senior Manager, Mandate & Product Development, European Investment Fund | Ramona Ocak, Policy Officer, DG ECFIN, European Commission
Speaker(s) : Paraskevi Papantoniou, Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Jordi Diaz, Dean, Eada Business School | Marc Lesturgie, Director of International Affairs, ONERA | Paolo Taticchi, Professor & School's Deputy Director, University College London | Renata Mele, Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Leonardo
Speaker(s) : Dietrich Drüner, Policy officer, European Commission (Moderator) | Scott Durno-Couturier, Senior web editor, Your Europe Business, DG GROW, European Commission | Patrick Mc Carthy, Team Lead, Your Europe, European Commission
Your Europe Business – a portal which you must know when doing business abroad
Starting with a short summary of the history of YEB and the SDG (YEB exists since many years, since December 2020 the SDG is the backbone of the portal, explaining what has changed: links to national pages, assistance service finder, search engine, feedback tool) and giving an outlook to the online procedures. · Showcasing the portal - what’s in for SMEs, giving concrete examples · Maybe using short video sequences from influencers who were involved in the digital roadshow · Presenting Your Europe Advice and Solvit and how SMEs can benefit from these two services Speakers (please give strong consideration to geographical, gender and age balance): · All are from within DG GROW, who exactly will be decided at a later stage.
Speaker(s) : Crispin Waymouth, Deputy Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Kateřina Nejdlová, Team leader for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, DG GROW, European Commission | Marek Przeor, Team Leader - Cluster Policy DG GROW, European Commission
Speaker(s) : Luisa Prista, Head of Department, EISMEA (Moderator) | Anita Krohn Traaseth, Chairman of the Board, Startup Norway | Eloisa de Castro, Chief Executive Officer, Enerpoly AB | Juan Medina, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kaffe Bueno | Victoria Hernandez Valcarcel, Board of Director, CaixaBank Payments and Consumers | Peter Löfgren, Chief Executive Officer, SynerLeap powered by ABB
Bridging gaps between European “Davids and Goliaths”
How the European Innovation Council can support the cooperation between big companies and start-ups.
During the last 4 years, the European Innovation Council (EIC) has focused on creating business impact, learnings and know-how: among its objectives, this programme aims to fill the gaps between big companies and start-ups and to create a fruitful cooperation. This panel discussion will gather around the same virtual table two young, small companies and two bigger corporate companies. All of them have benefited from the cooperation with smaller or bigger entities. What can we get from their experience and what are the gaps to watch out? The audience will get to know the companies’ experience on this subject and will listen to their inputs and vision. A special focus will be given to the EIC programme and its benefits for the companies’ business.
Speaker(s) : Aziza Yussupova, Moderator | Angela Achitei, President, ADV Romania Foundation | Antonella Noya, Head of Unit, OECD | Julien De Beys, Policy Officer, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, DG EMPL, European Commission | Patrick Klein, Team Leader Social Economy, DG GROW, European Commission | Thomas Laleu, Chief Executive Officer, AJI Environnement
The attractiveness of the social entrepreneurship for young people: innovative and inclusive way to do business
This session is fully dedicated to youth social entrepreneurship and its attractiveness. It also gathers relevant experts from the EU, international and local levels that will present opportunities of EU policies, the state of play of young social entrepreneurs but also challenges that still need to be tackled followed by concrete recommendations
Organiser: EUROPEAN NETWORK OF SOCIAL INTEGRATION ENTERPRISES (ENSIE)
- Pauline Bonino
- Aziza Yussupova
- Patrick Klein
- Julien de Beys
- Antonella Noya
- Angela Achitei
- Thomas Laleu
Speaker(s) : Tamas Kiraly, Legal and Policy Officer, European Commission (Moderator) | Ingrid Elisabeth Buffolo, Director of the Customer Department, EUIPO - European Union Intellectual Property Office (Moderator) | Nicolas Vigneron, Head of Customer Engagement Service, EUIPO - European Union Intellectual Property Office
New SME Fund - Intellectual property voucher for post-Covid-19 recovery and green and digital transitions
The European Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office launched a €47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SME. This new grant scheme aims at supporting SMEs in the Covid-19 recovery and green and digital transitions. The fund offers reimbursements of trade mark, design and patent application fees as well as IP pre-diagnostic services for 2022-2024. If you are an EU SME, join the session and learn about this new funding opportunity.
Speaker(s) : Maarit Nyman, Deputy Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission (Moderator) | Alenka Hren, Deputy Director, SPIRIT National Public Agency Slovenia | Hanna Tarvainen, Project Manager, Federation of Finnish Enterprises | Morten Møller, Secretary-General, Early Warning Europe Network | Tuija Groop, Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
Early Warning Europe – How to support SMEs in time of crisis
Bankruptcies ensue huge societal and financial cost; they ruin livelihoods of entrepreneurs and employees alike. In particular, in times of recovery they can put the bounce back in danger. Many companies facing financial difficulties can be rescued, if they are helped early enough and in an efficient manner. Early Warning Europe initiative was lunched in parallel with the proposal for a new Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency with the aim to develop a blue print methodology on how an efficient early warning mechanism provided for in the Directive could be established. The early warning mechanism offers entrepreneurs in financial difficulties an impartial and confidential advice and mentoring to help them rescuing their businesses. The main objective of this session is make entrepreneurs in distress aware that it is worth seeking external advice and mentoring at an early stage, as this can help put their business on the right path and make it more resilient to future crises.
Speaker(s) : Jaakko Hirvola, Technology Industries of Finland (Moderator) | Johan Harvard, Director, Combient Group | Maija Hovila, Chief Analytics Officer, KONE | Üllar Jaaksoo, Founder, Digital Nation | Wolfgang Weber, Chief Executive Officer, ZVEI e. V.
Data-driven green transition
Description of the session including topics/questions to be discussed: Disrupting current ways of doing business is necessary to cut emissions substantially and to increase the GHG handprint of European industries. Data sharing and collaboration within value chains and cross-ecosystems open new business opportunities, enhance circular economy and resilience. The session shares concrete examples and practices of how industries and businesses of varying size co-create low carbon and circular business models and solutions by deploying data and going digital. After the introductory notes by the Moderator the panel discussion will focus on three key topics/questions: · Case examples of how data is being used and shared within value chains and ecosystems? Lessons learnt? · Reinventing collaboration – What are the key things that make an ecosystem successful? How to create winning concepts of next decades business models and solutions? · What are the most important actions needed to speed up scaling up data- driven business solutions for the green transition and cross-border collaboration in the Single Market? The role of businesses, citizen, the Members States, and the EU?
Organiser: Technology Industries of Finland TIF
Speaker(s) : Jasper Van Loo, Moderator | Barbara Colombo, President, UCIMU | Cristina Oyón, Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, SPRI | Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, President, CECIMO | Konstantinos Georgoulias, Director of RIS & EU Affairs, EIT Manufacturing | Menno Bart, Senior Public Affairs Manager, The Adecco Group
Preparing the workforce for the future of manufacturing
Organiser: CECIMO - European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies
Speaker(s) : Joan Martí Estévez, Director Business Strategy Unit, ACCIÓ-Catalonia Agency for Competitiveness (Moderator) | Oriol Serra, Cluster Manager, INDESCAT (Catalan Sports Cluster) | Raimon Puigjaner, Co-Founder and Partner, Roots for Sustainability (R4S) | Karel Vanderpoorten, policy officer Social Economy, DG GROW, European Commission
Catalonia Strategy to Create Shared Value through Clusters
Organiser: ACCIÓ - Catalan Government’s agency for business competitiveness
Speaker(s) : Tamsin Rose, Moderator | Daniel Witthaut, Executive Director Innovation, Cefic | Eric Peeters, Vice President of Sustainability, Dow Inc | Fabrice Stassin, Director Government Affairs Electromobility, UMICORE | Melissa Verykios, President, Helbio (Metacon Group) | Tiedje Jürgen, Head Of Unit, Industrial Transformation, DG RTD, European Commission
Advanced Materials, enabling the green and digital transition at the core of European Alliances for competitiveness, climate neutrality and sustainability
Organiser: EMIRI - The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative
Speaker(s) : Antonio Novo Guerrero, President, European Clusters Alliance (Moderator) | Aurora Baptista, Chief Executive Officer, BEEVC-Electronic Systems, | Ilaria Massari, General manager, Rei - Reindustria Innovazione | Krzysztof Krystowski, Vice-President, European Clusters Alliance | Nina Hoppmann, Project Manager, European Clusters Alliance | Marek Przeor, Team Leader - Cluster Policy DG GROW, European Commission
Industrial clusters contributions to the EU transition pathways
Organiser: European Clusters Alliance
Speaker(s) : Stefanie Sieberer, Moderator | Angeliki Konstantinopoulou, Policy Adviser, Eurochambers | Harald Sehrschön, Teamleader R&D, Fill Gesellschaft m.b.H. | Michele Galatola, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission | Vivian Loftin, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Recyda GmbH
Industrial company and digital start-up – synergy towards circularity?
Circular economy can bring opportunities at business level, but challenges related to a missing business case and a trade-off between different goals as well as administrative burden remain · The session intends to look into those challenges, companies' different points of view and what is needed from a business's perspective to make the implementation of stronger circular economy aspects operational · Main questions to be tackled: o What are the challenges that businesses face in becoming more circular, and what kind of incentives and provisions are required to overcome them? o How can digital tools help industrial manufacturing companies implement more circularity? o How should the regulatory framework for a digital product passport and circularity requirements be developed in order to keep it manageable for businesses?
Speaker(s) : Walburga Hemetsberger, Moderator | Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission | Jacek Truszczynski, Deputy Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission | Christian Westermeier, Vice President Marketing, Sales & Application Engineering, Wacker Chemie AG | Diego Pavia, Chief Executive Officer, InnoEnergy | Gunter Erfurt, Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Burger Technology AG | Gøran Bye, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Crystals AS
Reshoring the Solar PV Industry in Europe with the European Solar Initiative
Solar energy is a central component of Europe’s transition to a climate-neutral economy. The Commission estimates that the deployment of new solar generation capacity will reach 18 GW per year from now to 2030 and as high as 34 GW per year 2030 onwards. It is therefore critical to ensure that the solar panels that will meet Europe’s energy demand are "Made in Europe" and trigger growth and job creation locally. The European Solar Initiative, firmly anchored in the new Industrial Strategy for Europe presented by the Commission, aims at scaling up the European solar PV industrial ecosystem at the 2025 horizon and at providing a for industry and policy-makers to come together and deliver this objective. This session will take stock of the initiative one year on, present three large-scale PV manufacturing projects across the value-chain, and discuss what can be done to help projects reach the scale and speed needed to reshore the PV industry.
Organiser: EIT InnoEnergy
Speaker(s) : Kristina Sermuksnyte-Alesiuniene, CEO, AgriFood Lithuania DIH (Moderator) | Kristina Ananičienė, Cluster manager, LITEK (Moderator) | Benoit Buntinx, Director of Business Creation, EIT Food | Giedrius Bagusinskas, Cluster coordinator, SMART FOOD cluster | Hugo Thienpont, Director Brussels Photonics - Coordinator PhotonHub, Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Ziga Valic, Director EU Affairs, Optitec | Simonas Gentvilas, Minister of Environment, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
Photonics and AgriFood: the synergy through cross-ecosystem collaboration
Agri-food sector is identified as one of the 14 industrial ecosystems spanning across the EU, so cross-sectorial R&D collaboration and innovations are essential to ensure the ecosystem’s future sustainability, accelerate green and digital transition. On the other hand, photonics is a key enabling technology that plays an important role in building more circular EU economy, a climate-neutral and digital single market. Adapting light technologies to the Agri-food sector will enable new tools for twin transition. During this session we will discuss cross-sectorial collaboration towards twin transition, what kind of support schemes for demo projects already exists, what success stories do we already have, and what the future holds.
Organiser: AgriFood Lithuania DIH /LITEK
Speaker(s) : Andreas Nikolaus Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, Chief Executive Officer, Homo Silvestris Europae (Moderator) | Andrew Norton, Technical Advisor, CEI-Bois | Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Senior Advisor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Elisa Pasolini, Technical Area Expert, Rilegno Consortium | Giovanni Tosi, R&D Department Manager, COSMOB | Kai Merivuori, Managing Director, Finnish Sawmills Association | Kris Wijnendaele, Technical Director, European Panel Federation (EPF) | Oskar Azkarate Zabalo, General Manager, BASKEGUR | Veronique Hoflack, President Chief Executive Officer, Unilin Panels
Woodworking industries endorse the green growth for a climate positive economy and society in Europe
Organiser: Homo Silvestris Europae
Speaker(s) : Jacki Davis, Moderator | Jennifer Baker, Moderator