October 20, 2010
#mce_temp_url#The second European Innovation Summit took place in Brussels last week (11-14 October) at the European Parliament, and gathered an impressive audience of European Industry elites and political leaders.
The key theme of the event focussed on how innovation, through the pooling of forces, can deliver benefits for European society and tackle important societal issues. The summit was opened with the session by the Vice-President of the European Parliament Silvana Koch-Mehrin.
Commissioner Androulla Vassilio made interesting remarks on the subject stating, “the response to the main societal challenges we are facing depends on the capacity of young people to adapt in a fast changing society and to be innovative.”
Peter Grünberg, pioneer in hard drive storage technology, European Inventor of the Year 2006 and Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 2007 contributed with a personal account on his fascination with physics and emphasised the relevance of innovation in all areas of life.
A panel session called “Europe’s Innovation Challenge”, focussed on European Commission’s proposal on the “Innovation Union” was presented by Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. President of DIGITALEUROPE Erkki Ormala joined in the panel discussion which debated the vital importance of involving all parts of society in building a culture of innovation. The panel agreed that citizens, industry, educators and political decision makers each have an important role to play in first committing to the notion of innovation, and second implementing innovative practise into daily life.
Michael Praet (Cabinet of the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy), Luuk Borg (EUREKA), Erika Mann (RSFF) , Richard Granger (Technology Partners), Gernot Klotz (CEFIC), Christopher Hull (EARTO), Richard Straub (EFMD) and Ferenc Szakács (CASON Kft) joined in the panel discussion.digital-europe