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The EIT’s Vision For the Future

April 18, 2011

    On 14 April 2011, the EIT organized a conference under the auspice of the Hungarian Presidency, with the aims to allow the EIT Governing Board to present its strategic vision for the future of the EIT and new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) and to gain valuable, first hand feedback from key EIT stakeholders.

The conference was held in Budapest, hosted at EIT headquarters, in close collaboration with the Hungarian Presidency of the European Council.

The event had been opened by Minister of State Dr. Zoltán Cséfalvay- Ministry for National Ecomonomy,Hungary, followed by Commissioner A. VASILIOU- European Commissioner of Education, who has launched the open public consultation on the future of the EIT, and the potential (link) future KIC themes.

Briefly,the KICs are the EIT’s operational base. The first three KICs were designed in 2009:

The funding of the KICs by the EIT accounts for only 25% of the total KICs budget. The remaining 75%reflects the commitment of KIC partners and comes from the partner’s resources and regional, national or European funding attracted by partners.

The EIT and the KICs are designed to continously learn from each other. They establish and facilitate a culture that helps unlock Europe’s underused potential to leverage people, technology and business innovation for greater EU innovation impact.

“Patience Required” R.L Hudson 

The themes- exposed by Richard L Hundson (CEO and Editor of Science Business) what the EIT is considering as societal challenges to be addressed by means of a future KIC are: added-value manufacturing; ageing population; biotechnology; food for the future; healthy childhood; human learning and learning enhancements; security and safety and territory and smart cities.

After exposing them the discussion session has taken place, involving the presented stakeholders, representatives from Member States and the field of business, higher education and of course researchers.

During this interactive session from time to time the moderator raised the attention of speakers to consider the scope,  the scope utility, the competitveness and the relevances of EIT model (to business, research and education.)

The other significant message of the conference was to launch the call for particaption on the open public consultation on the future strategy of the EIT, as the The European Commission is seeking our views on the future strategy of the EIT. Following the success of the EIT’s Initial phase and eIT Governing Board’s draft Strategic Agenda (SIA), the results of this consultation will feed into the SIA, which the commission is due to propose ny the end of this year. The agenda will outline the Institute’s main priorities until 2020,focusing on the EIT’s mission and objectives,governance,funding and future priority themes for its Knowledge and Innovation Communities. (KICs)

To accompany the consultation the Commission will organise: 

  • a question and answer session about the public consultation for interested stakeholders

-05 May, 2011 Brussels, DG Education and Culture premises at Madou Tower.

  • an information session on the first outcomes of the consultation (06 July, Brussels)

The results will be analysed and summarised in a report that will be published in the second semester of 2011…..

Further information: http://eit.europa.eu/home.html

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