November 23, 2011
At a time when our society is facing many challenges, now, more than ever, Europe needs industry and industry needs Europe. In order to be able to reach the ambitious objectives of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, innovation has become instrumental to these efforts.
However, the road from new ideas (“inventions”) to their market uptake and their broad availability (“innovations”) is not as easy. A series of policy and funding instruments such as the Innovation Union, Horizon 2020 and Key Enabling Technologies, have been and are being articulated by the European institutions with the objective of providing a stimulating framework
It is therefore essential now to understand and discuss how the various actors, such as the public and private sectors (at EU, national, regional and local levels), the academia and the civil society, could put this framework into practice. We all have a responsibility and a role to play in better using the huge European innovation potential for the creation of value in and from Europe.
Today at the Tomorrow starts with chemistry exhibition held in Palais des Académies, Cefic took part of the debate about“Innovation for Europe: Ready? Steady? Go?”.
Four societal priorities were discussed: Water efficiency, Resource efficiency, Raw materials and Smart Cities. This discussion is meant to be both informative and challenging in terms of debating innovative and practical ways forward.