Guild Forum: Universities, Research and the Future of Europe

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Horizon 2020 has played a crucial role in supporting the European knowledge economy and contributing to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. As we move towards the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework, it is time to re-articulate our goals for European collaboration on research and innovation. The success of Horizon 2020 is reflected in the popularity of funding calls, scientific breakthroughs, as well as Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals granted to academics who have benefited from its funding. But how can we make an even more persuasive case for European Research and Innovation, to help set the agenda for the future of Europe? The Guild Forum will discuss how we articulate a vision that bridges research questions and citizens’ concerns, through the alignment of challenge-driven research with the strategic objectives of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

To make the case for increased funding for research and innovation, we must focus not only on our vision for the future, but also on our concerns for the present. These include the participation gap between advanced and lower-performing countries, growing demands for demonstrating the impact of EU-funded research, and the balance between challenge-driven and frontier-led research as well as innovation.  

This debate comes at a crucial time, allowing participants to engage with the early discussions on the next Framework Programme ahead of the publication of the High-Level Group’s report and the opening of the public consultation. Join us at the Guild Forum to discuss the topic together with distinguished speakers from the member universities of the Guild, European Commission and European Parliament.  



12.30 - 13.00

Registration and coffee


13.00 - 14.00

Challenges and Opportunities for the next Framework Programme

Discussion with:

Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Ole Petter Ottersen, Chair of the Guild

Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of the Guild


Maryline Fiaschi,  Managing Director at Science|Business


14.00 - 15.30

Research, Innovation and the Citizen: The added value of the EU

Discussion with:

Eva Åkesson, Rector of Uppsala University

Anneleen van Bossuyt, Member of the European Parliament,
European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Janez Potočnik, Prof. em. University of Ljubljana, former Commissioner for Science and Research (2004-10) and for the Environment (2010-14)


Maryline Fiaschi,  Managing Director at Science|Business


15.30 - 16.30

Networking reception


The Forum will be continued by workshops and a dinner for our members.



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