On Friday 8 October 2021, UAS4EUROPE, the leading network of European Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), will hand over its Action Plan for Innovation to EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. The Innovation Action Plan will make concrete applied research recommendations for the realization of the European Innovation Area (EIA).
The Action Plan for Innovation is part of Commissioner Gabriel’s initiative for the new European Innovation Area (EIA), which will complete the knowledge triangle by complementing the European Education Area (EEA) and the European Research Area (ERA).
The European Commission sees UAS as important actors and stakeholders in regional innovation ecosystems and beyond, as they not only focus on rapid market and societal impact, but also work closely with private and public sector actors to seek applicable solutions.
Based on these assets of UAS, the European Commission entrusted the UAS4EUROPE network with the creation of an Action Plan for European Innovation. The action plan is the result of a consultation process of an expert group composed of high-level UAS leaders with extensive experience in innovation and will make concrete applied research recommendations for the realization of the European Innovation Area (EIA).
The event will also provide an opportunity for R&I and industry stakeholders to engage with the European Commission on the role of applied research in securing European leadership in place-based innovation focused on industrial and social impact.
The Action Plan for Innovation in Europe will further initiate a closer dialogue with the Commission services on how to implement the proposals of the applied research and innovation communities.
The event is hosted by the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union. Due to ongoing sanitary constraints, participants can only attend online.
10:00 - Welcome Address
- Michael Stibbe, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU (tbc)
10:05 - Presentation of the UAS4EUROPE Innovation Action Plan
- Prof. Marjolijn Brussaard, UAS4EUROPE Vice-Chair
10:15 - Political Reactions
- Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sports
- Prof. Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia
10:45 - Panel Discussion
- Dr Sabine Herlitschka, CEO, Infineon Technologies Austria AG
- Dr Luciana Vaccaro, UAS4EUROPE Chair
- EIC Representative (tba)
- EIT Representative (tba)
- Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Cabinet Expert of Commissioner Gabriel for Innovation