The European Commission has brought together thousands of policymakers, researchers, innovators, business people and citizens in a unique digital event on the future of research and innovation.
Consisting of a Policy conference and the Science is Wonderful! exhibition, European Research and Innovation Days 2020 ran over three days and finished on 24 September. The policy conference brought together over 35 000 registered participants from 188 countries in 146 sessions, and the exhibition saw over 6000 visits, including from schools, universities and citizens.
On the first day of the event, top experts handed over their proposals for EU missions to the Commission for a greener, healthier and more resilient Europe. By 2030, the proposed missions aim to find solutions for saving more lives from cancer, making Europe climate resilient, restoring our ocean and waters, achieving 100 climate-neutral cities, and ensuring 75% of soils are healthy. Europeans’ concerns, ideas and hopes helped formulate the proposals to ensure the missions’ relevance and ability to make a real difference.
During the second and third day of the event, the Commission also awarded four prestigious European prizes to recognise game-changing ideas:
- The EU prize for Women Innovators 2020
- The European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) Award
- The Horizon Impact Award
- The European Innovation Council Horizon Prize for Affordable Tech for Humanitarian Aid.
All these prices recognise outstanding achievement and improvements to people’s lives. They represent a unique way to boost innovation by unleashing untapped resources, creating the buzz that delivers solutions to global challenges, and identifying role models that can inspire others.
On the last day of the Research and Innovation Days, a Letter of Intent was signed setting out a common objective between the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s first Knowledge and Innovation Communities - KICs (EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and EIT InnoEnergy) (EIT), to maximise EU support for game-changing innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe.