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International R&D:

Horizon Europe and the world


05 February 2019 • Brussels

In partnership with

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International R&D: Horizon Europe and the world

08:15 Registration and coffee

09:00 Welcome

09:05 Horizon World: What’s so hard about international R&D collaboration?


Q&A with Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Followed by panel discussion, featuring:


Jean Chambaz, President, Sorbonne University
P R O G R A M M E

Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO, Innovation Norway


Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist, Province of Québec
Moderator: Richard L. Hudson, Editor-in-Chief and Vice-Chair of the Board, Science|Business

10:15 Coffee break

10:45 Quantum Leaps: A new space race for the 21st century?
Perspectives from Gilles Brassard - Wolf Prize in Physics Laureate; Canada Research Chair;
Professor, Université de Montréal

11:00 Global Science: European excellence and the world


Panel discussion, featuring:
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council
Karin Dahlman-Wright, Vice President, Karolinska Institutet
Elena Domínguez Cañas , Vice President International Relations, Spanish National Research Council
(CSIC)
Matthias Kleiner, President, Leibniz Association
Otmar Wiestler, President, Helmholtz Association
Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

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12:00 Breakout Sessions
Parallel, 60-minute workshops identifying opportunities and priorities to support international R&D
and innovation systems

Digital Infrastructures:
Connecting people, platforms and data (room: DILS)
Michelle Barker, Deputy Executive Director, Australian Research Data Commons
Lieven Eeckhout, Full Professor, Department of Electronics and Information Systems, Ghent
University; ERC Grantee
Oliver Grau, Chair, Technology Policy Committee, ACM Europe; Head, Research, Automated Driving
Group, Intel
Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Birmingham
Moderator: Roy Pennings, Senior Advisor, Science|Business

Intelligent Production:
The future of manufacturing (room: De Spot)
P R O G R A M M E

Gian-Luca Bona, CEO, Empa; Member, ETH Board


Anders Flodström, Education Director, EIT Digital
Jongwoon Hwang, Head, Smart Convergence Group, KIST Europe
Marco Waas, Director, RD&I and Technology, Nouryon
Moderator: Carlos Härtel, Special Advisor, Science|Business

Freedom of Movement:
The prospects for talent mobility (room: Happiness)
Angela Ittel, Vice President, Strategic Development, Junior Scholars, and Teacher Education, TU Berlin
Jens Kreisel, Vice-Rector, Research, University of Luxembourg
Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
Xavier Prats Monné, Special Advisor, Teach for All
Walter Weigel, Vice President, European Research Institute, Huawei
Moderator: Monica Dietl, Senior Advisor, Science|Business

Building Bridges:
Funding successful research and innovation programmes (room: Plenary)
Sara Medina, Member of the Board, Portugese Innovation Society (SPI); Coordinator,
ENRICH in China
Cori Pellicer, CEO, IR Capital
Trygve Thomessen, Managing Director, PPM Robotics AS
Adam Tyson, Head of Unit, Cooperation with North America, Latin America and the
Caribbean, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Moderator: Simon Pickard, Network Director, Science|Business

13:00 Networking lunch

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14:00 Artificial Intelligence: The ultimate domain for global R&D cooperation?
Opening presentation:
Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd, Senior Vice President, Analytical Services, Elsevier
Followed by panel discussion, featuring:
Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector, Tallinn University of Techology
Nick Jennings, Vice Provost, Research and Enterprise, Imperial College London
Elisabeth Ling, Managing Director, Researcher Products and Research Metrics, Elsevier
Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Total
Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 International Innovation Partnerships: What does it take to make them work?
Panel discussion, featuring:
Ronald de Bruin, Director, The COST Association
Leena Pishe Thomas, Director, Principal Consultant, Global Business Inroads
Pekka Soini, Director General, CEO, Business Finland
Bosun Tijani, Founder, CEO, Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
Moderator: Philippe Vanrie, Head, EUREKA Secretariat

Beyond the
16:20  Horizon: How to ensure a sustainable implementation of the European
Research and Innovation Area?
Perspectives from Joël Mesot, President, ETH Zurich

16:35 Beyond Brexit: What do non-EU countries want from Horizon Europe?
Panel discussion featuring:
Alessandro Curioni, Vice President, IBM Europe; Director, IBM Research Lab Zurich
 Kostas Glinos, Head of Unit, International Cooperation Strategy, DG Research and Innovation,
European Commission
 Joanna Newman, Chief Executive, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Philippe Tanguy, President, Polytechnique Montreal
 Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation and Resources, South African
Department of Science and Technology
Moderator: Simon Pickard, Network Director, Science|Business

17:30 Close and networking reception

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JAAK AAVIKSOO
RECTOR, TALLINN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Jaak Aaviksoo took office as rector of Tallinn University of Technology in 2015. From 1992 until now,
Aaviksoo has held the position of professor of optics and spectroscopy at the university. He was previously
vice-rector of the University of Tartu, and head of the Institute of Experimental Physics and Technology.
Aaviksoo has been the minister for education and research twice and the minister of defence once, as well
as a member of three compositions of the Estonian parliament.

MICHELLE BARKER
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH DATA COMMONS
Michelle Barker leads the development of Australian e-Infrastructure programs to facilitate research
and development investments, as deputy executive director of the Australian Research Data Commons.
Barker’s career has focused on social and organisational change, providing particular expertise in building
collaborative partnerships to increase innovation. Barker is chair of the OECD GSF Expert Group on digital
skills for research and a member of the OECD GSF Expert Group on Socio-Economic Impact of Research
Infrastructures.

GIAN-LUCA BONA
S P E A K E R S

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EMPA, THE SWISS FEDERAL LABORATORY FOR


MATERIALS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; MEMBER, ETH BOARD
Gian-Luca Bona is the Chief Executive Officer of Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Science
and Technology. He is also a professor in photonics at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich
and Lausanne. His scientific interest focuses on photonic materials and novel applications for optical
communication, interconnects and sensors. After his PhD at ETH Zurich he joined IBM, where he held
different positions in research and development both in Switzerland and in the US before joining Empa in
2009. He holds various memberships in scientific societies and committees, mostly with strong emphasis
in knowledge and technology transfer.

JEAN-PIERRE BOURGUIGNON
PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC)
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has been the president of the European Research Council since January 2014.
From 1994 to 2013 he was the director of the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies, near Paris, which
is the European counterpart to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Bourguignon was also the
first ERC panel chair for starting grants in mathematics. A mathematician by training, he spent his whole
career as a fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and held a professor position at École
Polytechnique from 1986 to 2012.

GILLES BRASSARD
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL
Gilles Brassard is a professor of computer science at the University of Montreal and holder of the prestigious
‘Canada Research Chair’ in Quantum Information. He is best known for his fundamental inventions of
quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation. His work has elevated quantum information science
from what seemed to be a fringe pursuit to an internationally thriving research field. Brassard has received
many accolades in recognition of his work, including the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2018, the Prix Marie-
Victorin in 2000, the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in 2009, and the Killam Prize for Natural
Sciences in 2011. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the International
Association for Cryptologic Research.

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JEAN CHAMBAZ
PRESIDENT, SORBONNE UNIVERSITY
Jean Chambaz was elected to his second term as president in March 2016, having held the office since
March 2012. After heading the Physiology and Pathophysiology Doctoral School from 2001 to 2005,
Chambaz founded the Doctoral Education Institute where he was director until 2008. His involvement
in structuring European research and the debate on new doctoral missions led to his becoming the first
president of the Council for Doctoral Education at the European University Association (EUA) from 2008 to
2011. Since 2014 he has been the president of Coordination of French Research-Intensive Universities and
continues to teach at the Sorbonne University as a professor of cell biology.

ALESSANDRO CURIONI
VICE PRESIDENT, IBM EUROPE; DIRECTOR, IBM RESEARCH LAB, ZURICH
Alessandro Curioni is an IBM Fellow, vice president of IBM Europe and director of the IBM Research Lab
in Zurich. In addition to leading the IBM Research activities in Europe, he is also responsible for the global
research in IoT and security. Curioni is a world recognized leader in the area of high performance computing
and computational science where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some
of the most complex scientific and technological problems in healthcare, aerospace, consumer goods and
electronics. He was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in
2013 and 2015. In 2017 he was named a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. Curioni
received his undergraduate degree in theoretical chemistry from University of Pisa, and his PhD from
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy.

KARIN DAHLMAN-WRIGHT
VICE PRESIDENT, KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET (KI)
Karin Dahlman-Wright is vice president of Karolinska Institutet (KI) since January 2016. She is also the
chairman of Karolinska Institutet Holding, and a board member of Karolinska Institutet Innovations, the
Flemingsberg Science Foundation, Stockholm Science City, SciLifeLab laboratory. She is also a co-chair
of the steering board for the KI-AstraZeneca Integrated Cardiometabolic Center, and a member of the
European Spallation Source reference group. Prior to her current position, Dahlman-Wright worked as a
professor of molecular endocrinology at KI.

RONALD DE BRUIN
DIRECTOR, COST ASSOCIATION
Ronald de Bruin is director of the COST Association. Before joining the Association, he was director of the
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and head of department of the European Network
and Information Security Agency (ENISA). For almost eight years, he played a key role in managing and
setting up these European Union agencies from scratch. Prior to this, he was deputy director of a public-
private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands. He started his career as policy
advisor for the Dutch national government, where, for three years, he was responsible for developing a
national policy on e-security services and scenarios for introducing digital TV. De Bruin has also authored
several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He
holds a PhD in law and computer science, an MSc in technology management and a BSc in electronic
engineering.

MARIA DE KLEIJN-LLOYD
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ANALYTICAL SERVICES, ELSEVIER
Maria de Kleijn-Lloyd is senior vice president of analytical services for Elsevier. In this role, she is responsible
for bespoke analytical services to universities, funding bodies and governments worldwide, advising them
on research performance, international collaboration, gender in research and research impact. Prior to
joining Elsevier, de Kleijn-Lloyd has worked for McKinsey and Company, for the Dutch government, and in
the power and gas sector.

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ELENA DOMÍNGUEZ CAÑAS
VICE-PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, SPANISH NATIONAL RESEARCH
COUNCIL (CSIC)
Elena Domínguez Cañas is the vice-president for international affairs at the Spanish National Research
Council. She is also a professor of analytical chemistry at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares and
holds a pharmacy degree from Complutense University at Madrid and a doctoral degree from the University
of Alcalá. Her scientific career is focused on bioelectrochemistry with special interest in the development
of chemical sensors and biosensors and their transfer to the business sector. Moreover, she co-founded
the start-up Ibersens Innova SL. Previously, she worked for four years in the Chemical Center of Lund as
a researcher and three years at the European Commission, in the Directorate-General of research and
innovation as seconded national expert. Between 2009-2017, she was the president of the Spanish Society
of Analytical Chemistry.

DAAN DU TOIT
DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND RESOURCES,
SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Daan du Toit is deputy director-general for international cooperation and resources in the South African
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Department of Science and Technology since 2014, where he is responsible for all aspects of South
Africa’s international science, technology and innovation partnerships. Before that, he held a position in the
Department of Science and Technology, focusing on South Africa’s international scientific and technological
cooperation. This included responsibility for establishing and managing the European-South African Science
and Technology Advancement Programme – a dedicated platform to promote scientific and technological
cooperation between South Africa and the EU.

LIEVEN EECKHOUT
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS,
GHENT UNIVERSITY; ERC GRANTEE
Lieven Eeckhout is a full professor at Ghent University, Belgium, in the department of electronics and
information systems (ELIS). His research interests include computer architecture and the hardware/
software interface, with a specific emphasis on performance evaluation and modeling, and dynamic
resource management. Eeckhout has served as the chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee
on Computer Architecture (TCCA), editor-in-chief of IEEE Micro, associate editor of IEEE Transactions
on Computers, IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, and ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code
Optimization. He has obtained four European Research Council (ERC) grants throughout his career.

ANDERS FLODSTRÖM
EDUCATION DIRECTOR, EIT DIGITAL
Anders Flodström is the education director and a management committee member of EIT Digital. He started
his research career in Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, and in 1985 became professor in physics at the
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Flodström has been secretary general of the
Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences and president at Linköping University. He also served as
president of KTH until July 2007, when he was appointed university chancellor for Swedish universities, and
was vice-chair and a governing board member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
He is a member of the advisory board of Tallinn Technical University, and a former chairman of CLUSTER
and Baltech – a network of technical universities around the Baltic Sea.

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KOSTAS GLINOS
HEAD OF UNIT, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION STRATEGY, DG RESEARCH AND
INNOVATION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Kostas Glinos is head of unit in the Directorate-General for research and innovation at the European
Commission, where he leads a team responsible for EU-international cooperation policy in science,
technology and innovation (STI) and for relations with European economic area countries, Switzerland,
Russia, Western Balkans, Turkey, all of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Glinos has been developing EU
policy and managing R&D programmes since 1992. Policy areas he has dealt with include open science and
innovation, industry-academia interaction, the role of public-private partnerships, science diplomacy and
international cooperation policy at bilateral and bi-regional level. Before joining the European Commission
Glinos worked in the chemical industry in the USA and Belgium, lectured at university level and carried out
research in Greece. He holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an Advanced
Professional Certificate in investment management from Drexel University in the USA.

OLIVER GRAU
HEAD, RESEARCH, AUTOMATED DRIVING GROUP, INTEL; CHAIR, TECHNOLOGY
POLICY COMMITTEE, ACM EUROPE
Oliver Grau is head of automated driving systems safety for Intel’s R&D department in Germany. He was
co-director of the Intel Visual Computing Institute. Previously he worked as a lead technologist for BBC
R&D on computer vision projects for innovative media production systems. He is a member of the ACM
Europe Council, chair of the ACM Europe’s Technology Policy Committee and a visiting professor at Surrey
University.

JONGWOON HWANG,
HEAD, SMART CONVERGENCE GROUP, KIST EUROPE
Jongwoon Hwang is head of Smart Convergence group at Korea Institute of Science and Technology Europe
in Germany. He has been involved in many national and international projects such as EU FP7 KONNECT,
FP7 ECO-INNOVERA, development of smart energy monitoring systems and the connected smart factory
project of Korean government etc. He currently leads ‘development of smart auto packaging system’ and
‘establishment of global testbed of smart factory’ and works also as EU H2020 NCP (National Contact Point)
for FET of the Korean Ministry of Science, Technology and ICT. He got his doctoral degree in information and
communication management systems at Technical University of Berlin.

ANGELA ITTEL
VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, JUNIOR SCHOLARS, AND
TEACHER EDUCATION, TU BERLIN
Angela Ittel is vice president for strategic development, junior scholars, and teacher education at the
Technische Universität Berlin. Her areas of concern are strategic development, junior scholars, and teacher
education. Strategic development includes collaborative research, international relations, diversity and
equality. She also supervises the Modern Language Center, the Language and Cultural Exchange and the
Center for Technology and Society, as well as the Central Institute El Gouna and the School of Education.
Ittel has been a full professor of educational psychology at the Institute of Education, School of Humanities
and Educational Science at TU Berlin for the past 10 years.

NICK JENNINGS
VICE PROVOST, RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE; PROFESSOR, ARTIFICIAL
INTELLIGENCE, DEPARTMENTS OF COMPUTING AND ELECTRICAL AND
ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
Nick Jennings is vice provost, research and enterprise, at Imperial College. He is responsible for promoting,
supporting and facilitating the College’s research performance, for leading on the delivery of the research
strategy and overseeing the College’s enterprise activities. He is also a professor of artificial intelligence in
the Departments of Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Before joining Imperial, Jennings
was the regius professor of computer science at the University of Southampton and the UK Government’s
chief scientific advisor for national security.

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MATTHIAS KLEINER
PRESIDENT, LEIBNIZ ASSOCIATION
Matthias Kleiner is president of the Leibniz Association since 2014. In 2011, he co-chaired the German “Ethics
Commission for a Safe Energy Supply”. Kleiner was elected president of the German Research Foundation in
2007. His six year-term ended in December 2012. From 2004 to 2006, he served as managing director of
the newly established Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction.

JENS KREISEL
VICE-RECTOR, RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF LUXEMBOURG
Jens Kreisel is vice-rector for research at the University of Luxembourg and professor in physics and
materials sciences. In addition to being a scientist, Kreisel has acquired over the past decade a large
amount of experience in senior executive management of both academic institutions and research-driven
departments, with a sound knowledge of different international university and research systems. Kreisel
is responsible for UL’s research vision, strategy and agenda as well as evaluation and improvement of
research quality and output. His other key responsibilities include the strengthening of interdisciplinary and
innovation initiatives, and doctoral education. He represents the University in national and international
scientific committees and organisations and establishes relations with relevant public and industry players.
Before joining UL, Kreisel was the director of the department materials research and technology at the
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, director of research at the CNRS in Grenoble and deputy
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vice-president of the Grenoble Institute of Technology.

ANITA KROHN TRAASETH


CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, INNOVATION NORWAY
Anita Krohn Traaseth is the chief executive officer of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government’s
most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Prior
she was the first female managing director of Hewlett-Packard Norway. She started her career as a
trainee at IBM and has held several executive positions in Norway. Krohn Traaseth studied communication
and management at BI Norwegian Business School. At Harvard University she completed an executive
leadership program and earned certification in strategy and innovation from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Krohn Traaseth has received several awards, including Best Female Leader in the ICT Industry
in Norway 2012 and Social Media Personality of the Year in 2013.

ELISABETH LING
MANAGING DIRECTOR, RESEARCHER PRODUCTS AND RESEARCH METRICS,
ELSEVIER
Elisabeth Ling’s responsibilities include the development of digital products for researchers, with a special
focus on reading, evaluation, and editorial workflows. Her expertise is in developing digital products
leveraging data science approaches, iterative data-driven product management techniques and user
research. Prior to her current role, Ling was the SVP analytics for research products. She has over 20 years
of experience in the digital industry, including with PayPal and eBay. Ling is also a member of the board of
directors of Project COUNTER, an advisor to Ometria, and a member of the EU’s high-level expert group on
artificial intelligence. She has an MSc in maths from Ecole des Ponts - Paris Tech, and an MA in marketing
from ESSEC Business School.

SARA MEDINA
MEMBER OF THE BOARD, PORTUGESE INNOVATION SOCIETY (SPI);
COORDINATOR, ENRICH IN CHINA
Sara Medina is a member of the board of the Portuguese Innovation Society (SPI), an international
consulting group with offices located in Europe (Portugal and Spain), North America and Asia (Beijing and
Macao). Medina contributes to the overall management of SPI, being responsible for managing the group’s
activities and services in China since 2004 as well as in the Southeast Asian market. Medina is an expert
and international committee member for the International Technology Transfer Network.

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JOËL MESOT
PRESIDENT, ETH ZURICH
Joël Mesot is president of ETH Zurich. He took up this responsibility in January 2019. Prior to this appointment,
he served for more than 10 years as the director of the Paul Scherrer Institute, the largest publicly funded
research institute in Switzerland. Mesot is also a full professor in physics, both at ETH Zurich and EPF
Lausanne. Moreover, he has been a member of the ETH Board since July 2010. Mesot has received several
awards including the Swiss Physical Society’s IBM Award and ETH Zurich’s Latsis Prize. He is also part of
several national and international advisory boards including the Swiss Innovation Park’s Foundation Board
and the Senate of the Helmholtz Association.

JOANNA NEWMAN
SECRETARY GENERAL, THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES (ACU)
Joanna Newman is chief executive and secretary general of the Association of Commonwealth Universities
(ACU). She is responsible for fostering and promoting the aims of the ACU in developing inter-Commonwealth
relations in higher education. Before joining the ACU in 2017, Newman was vice-principal, international at
King’s College London, where she was responsible for all international matters for the university.

JAN PALMOWSKI
SECRETARY-GENERAL, THE GUILD OF EUROPEAN RESEARCH-INTENSIVE
UNIVERSITIES
Jan Palmowski became the Guild’s first secretary-general upon its creation in 2016. His international
engagements include membership of the strategy commission of the German Science Council since 2013,
and the Excellence Commission’s joint expert group. Prior to his current post, Palmowski was pro-vice-
chancellor and academic vice-president at the University of Warwick, and head of the Faculty of Arts and
Humanities at King’s College London. He started his career at the University of Oxford.

JEAN-ERIC PAQUET
DIRECTOR-GENERAL, DG RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, EUROPEAN
COMMISSION
Jean-Eric Paquet is the director-general of DG Research and Innovation. He has over 20 years of experience
in the European Commission, where he held various positions including deputy secretary general responsible
for better regulation and policy coordination. Prior to this, he worked in DG Enlargement, where he took over
the Directorate in charge of relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro
and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As director for the ‘European Mobility Network,’ he was
responsible for Europe’s transport infrastructure policy and investment strategies, the single European rail
area, inland waterways and port policy. Between 2004 and 2007 he was EU ambassador in the Islamic
Republic of Mauritania. His first position in the European Commission was in the Directorate-General for
Transport, in the international relations area.

CORI PELLICER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, IR CAPITAL
Cori Pellicer is the CEO for IR Capital. She started her career working in corporate and investment banking
in Madrid, Frankfurt and Barcelona, and moved to work for blue chip listed companies on the senior Spanish
market as investor relations and corporate strategy and communication director for 15 years . During this
period she worked closely with CEOs and BODs, coordinating the listing process of the companies and, once
listed, managing the equity story in order to raise capital and debt properly. In 2012, Pellicer became an
independent consultant and founded IR Capital together with a senior team with large experience in our
3 business areas: valuation, investment and communication. Since 2017, Pellicer also started teaching at
Barcelona University on the subjects of venture capital and capital markets.

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LEENA PISHE THOMAS
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR, GLOBAL BUSINESS INROADS
Leena Pishe Thomas is the founder and director of Global Business Inroads. Thomas has two decades
of experience in the field of international business, technology and project management in the sectors:
climate change mitigation, energy, environment, transport, biotech and ICT from working with numerous
leading US, European and Indian organizations. Thomas established Global Business Inroads in September
2009 to assist and serve governments, NGOs, financial institutions, and private sector organizations with
their technology, sustainable energy, environmental project development, market access and international
business needs.

XAVIER PRATS MONNÉ


SPECIAL ADVISOR, TEACH FOR ALL
Xavier Prats Monné is the special advisor of Teach for All. He was the director-general of the European
Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety between September 2015 and September
2018. He previously served as director-general for education and culture, and as director for employment
policy. He holds degrees in social anthropology from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain); in
development cooperation from the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies
(Paris, France); and in European studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), where he served as
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assistant professor.

RÉMI QUIRION
CHIEF SCIENTIST, PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
Rémi Quirion is the inaugural chief scientist of Quebec and president of the three management boards of the
Fonds de recherche du Québec since 2011. He served as vice-dean in the faculty of medicine at McGill University,
in addition to being the CIHR executive director, for Alzheimer’s, from 2009 to 2011. Quirion was the inaugural
scientific director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction until March 2009.

MARIE-NOËLLE SEMERIA
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, TOTAL
Marie-Noëlle Semeria is the chief technology officer of Total since 2017. She was previously CEO of CEA-
Leti and president of the Network of Carnot Institutes. During her 18 years at CEA, she held different senior
management and strategy development positions and helped secure numerous patents. She was also the
chief scientist for CEA Tech. Semeria’s professional experience ranges from public research to start-up and
high tech industry. She began her career at Sagem (Safran) in magnetic storage.

SIGNE RATSO
DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL, DG RESEARCH AND INNOVATION,
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Signe Ratso is deputy-director general at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and
Innovation. She previously was a director in the Directorate-General for Trade, in charge of general trade strategy
for multilateral trade and mutual free trade agreements, as well as trade analysis and various industrial sectors,
including energy. From 2007 to 2010, Ratso led a directorate dealing with the WTO and OECD, and the legal
aspects of trade policy including WTO trade disputes and agriculture and fisheries. Ratso previously worked as
deputy secretary general at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

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TIM SOFTLEY
PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR, RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER, UNIVERSITY
OF BIRMINGHAM
Tim Softley is the pro-vice-chancellor for research and knowledge transfer at the University of Birmingham.
His responsibilities are to lead the University’s research performance with the aim of positioning the
University firmly amongst the leading research universities in the UK. He takes a leading role on research
resources at the University; investment in its research base and on working to improve the University’s
grant capture, including research funding from business and industry. He also leads the University’s
strategic research collaborations with partners in the UK, Europe and worldwide, and is a member of the
Russell Group EU Advisory Group. He oversees the work of the University’s tech transfer wing, University of
Birmingham Enterprise. He was previously head of chemistry at the University of Oxford.

PEKKA SOINI
DIRECTOR GENERAL, CEO, BUSINESS FINLAND
Pekka Soini joined Business Finland as director general in 2018 from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for
innovation, where he was the director general and CEO. Prior to Tekes, Soini led the Corporate Development
Office (CDO) at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and was country director for Finland and a member of
the executive management team. Prior to his position as head of corporate development, he headed NSN
strategy and business development. Furthermore, Soini was a member of the Board of the Federation of
Finnish Technology Industries during the years 2010 – 2012. He is a member in several governmental and
business councils and boards including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the prime
minister and a board member of the Technology Academy Finland. He holds a MSc in Control Engineering
from the University of Oulu.

PHILIPPE TANGUY
PRESIDENT, POLYTECHNIQUE MONTREAL
Philippe A. Tanguy is the president of Polytechnique Montreal. Between 2009 and 2017, he worked for Total,
serving in several top R&D executive positions. His activities focused on the strengthening of corporate
science policy including open innovation, the internationalisation of research expertise sourcing and the
establishment of links with public research globally. He also promoted the development of clean energy
pathways and supporting technologies in advanced materials, new processes, and system analysis.
He is presently the chairman of the World Council of Chemical Engineering, an elected member of the
Canadian Academy of Engineering, a fellow and founding member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences
and Technologies of Morocco, and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Tanguy’s
education background includes a doctorate degree in physics, a PhD in chemical engineering, a year of
industrial postdoctoral year experience with GE Canada and a managerial training at MIT’s Sloan School of
Management.

OLATUNBOSUN TIJANI ‘BOSUN’


FOUNDER,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CO-CREATION HUB NIGERIA (CCHUB)
Olatunbosun Tijani is the founder and chief executive officer of Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB). Tijani is
an innovation expert with global depth of the technology industry. For the last 15 years, he has invested
in evangelizing an industry-wide shift to innovation technology and has helped position start-ups as the
anchor of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria. Tijani has a solid reputation for process and product innovation,
developed business strategies, incubated new business models, and rolled out channel programs. Prior to
CcHUB, Tijani worked with ITC - HP in Geneva on projects supporting African SMEs to leverage technology to
grow their businesses. Tijani is passionate about creating and leading platforms that have provided aspiring
innovators the visibility and credibility they need from an industry-wide transition of technology challenges
to a culture of entrepreneurship.

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TRYGVE THOMESSEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR, PPM ROBOTICS AS
Trygve Thomessen is managing director of PPM AS, which develops industrial robot systems, and professor
at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His specialities are in production engineering
and industrial robotics and robot applications. Before his current roles, Thomessen worked as a senior
scientist at SINTEF.

ADAM TYSON
HEAD OF UNIT, COOPERATION WITH NORTH AMERICA, LATIN AMERICA AND
THE CARIBBEAN, DG RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Adam Tyson is responsible for international cooperation with North America, Latin America and the
Caribbean in the directorate-general at the European Commission. Prior to his current role, he was
responsible for overseeing the development of EU higher education policies and the higher education strand
of the Erasmus+ programme at the directorate general for education and culture where he also held posts
dealing with the policy coordination of all areas covered by DG Education and Culture, and has led EU work
on issues such as combating poverty and social exclusion and fighting discrimination and communication
and speechwriting for various Commissioners. Prior to working at the European Commission, Tyson spent
ten years in Brussels working for the UK government in the fields of labour and social affairs.
S P E A K E R S

MARCO WAAS
DIRECTOR RD&I AND TECHNOLOGY, NOURYON
Marco Waas is director of RD&I and technology at Nouryon - formerly AkzoNobel - since 2012. He is
responsible for the industrial chemical business unit, and projects that focus on the circular and bio-based
economy, electrification, industry 4.0 and open innovation. Waas is chairman of the executive board of the
Institute of Sustainable process Technology, chairman of the Innovation Policy Committee of the Dutch
Chemical Industry Association and a non-executive board member of the Icos III collaborative venture fund.

WALTER WEIGEL
VICE PRESIDENT, HUAWEI EUROPEAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Walter Weigel graduated from the Technical University in Munich, Germany, with a master’s degree in
electrical engineering in 1984 and with a Ph. D. in 1990. From 1984 to 1991, he was an assistant professor
at the Institute of Data Processing at the Technical University in Munich. From 2006 to 2011, he was
the director general of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute. Between 1991 and 2015,
he held several positions within Siemens AG, including vice president of external cooperation and head
of standardisation in corporate technology, vice president of the research and concepts department of
the mobile networks business unit as well as head of the business segment of video processing for the
semiconductor business unit.

OTMAR WIESTLER
PRESIDENT, HELMHOLTZ ASSOCIATION
Otmar Wiestler was appointed president of the Helmholtz Association in 2015. Between 2004 and 2015,
Wiestler served as chair of the executive board and scientific director of German Cancer Research Centre
in Heidelberg which is one of the leading institutions in its field in the world. In 1992, the University of
Bonn appointed him as professor for neuropathology and director, where he helped to establish a large
neuroscientific research centre.

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MONICA DIETL
SENIOR ADVISOR, SCIENCE I BUSINESS
Monica Dietl is senior advisor at Science|Business, where she has been leading the Healthy Measures
initiative and other projects. Dietl is a neurobiologist who conducted research at the University Pierre and
Marie Curie in Paris (UPMC), the University of Vienna, Sandoz in Basel, and Collège de France with Rhone
Poulenc Santé in Paris. Before joining Science|Business she was also director of the Brussels office of
France’s CNRS and was director of the COST Association.

MARYLINE FIASCHI
MANAGING DIRECTOR, SCIENCE I BUSINESS
Maryline Fiaschi is managing director of Science|Business. After six years managing EU education
programmes with the European Commission, Fiaschi entered the media business in 2007. She held
business development positions at Shanghai Daily and EU affairs media company EurActiv. She joined
Science|Business in 2011 where she now leads the company’s operations and growth strategy. She is also
an external evaluator for several EU higher education and research and innovation programmes. Fiaschi
M O D E R A T O R S

holds degrees from Université La Sorbonne, Università di Bologna and Université de Louvain.

CARLOS HÄRTEL
SPECIAL ADVISOR, SCIENCE I BUSINESS
Carlos Härtel is special advisor to Science|Business to plan and run a new focus group of its members on
manufacturing technologies. Härtel, currently an independent innovation strategy advisor and chair of the
supervisory board of GE Power AG, was previously chief technology and innovation officer of GE Europe, and
president and CEO of the company’s German subsidiary. He was also, from 2013 to 2017, president of the
European Industrial Research Managers Association.

RICHARD L. HUDSON
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD, SCIENCE I BUSINESS
Hudson has been a leading science and technology journalist in Europe for more than 30 years. In 2004 he
co-founded London- and Brussels-based Science Business Publishing Ltd., a media and communications
company focused on research and innovation in Europe; he is currently editor-in-chief and vice chair of the
Board of Directors. Previously, he was with the Wall Street Journal for 25 years, as reporter, technology
editor and, from 1997 to 2003, managing editor of the European edition. He began his career at the Boston
Globe. He is co-author of a book, now a best-seller in 13 languages, on how bad math on Wall Street leads
to big losses. He wrote it with famed Yale/IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot: The (mis)Behavior of
Markets: A fractal view of risk, ruin & reward.” He is a graduate of Harvard College, a former Knight Fellow
at MIT, and lives in Brussels.

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ROY PENNINGS
SENIOR ADVISOR, EU GRANTS, SCIENCE I BUSINESS
Roy Pennings is a senior EU Grants specialist at Science|Business. Pennings started his career as at the
European Parliament and was until recently a Managing Consultant at one of Europe’s largest grants
consultancies. He has been involved in the development, writing and management of over 350 EU projects
and regularly provides trainings to aspiring grant applicants in academia and industry. Pennings is also
a regular moderator during large collaborative sessions on innovation and technology management.
In addition, he is currently the overall coordinator on the H2020-ECSEL SECREDAS research project on
improving the safety and security of embedded systems in autonomous vehicles. Roy has an MA in Ppolitical
science and a BA in print journalism.

SIMON PICKARD
NETWORK DIRECTOR, SCIENCE I BUSINESS
M O D E R A T O R S

Simon Pickard is network director at Science|Business. He leads on network engagement and development
in line with the company’s growth strategy. He previously held directorial positions with The Academy of
Business in Society (ABIS) network and IDAS Global, a technology solutions provider to the global cash
industry. Within these roles, he designed and coordinated a wide range of international projects focused on
sustainability-driven innovation, both in research and education. He holds a MA in modern languages from
the University of Oxford and an MBA from HEC Paris School of Management.

PHILIPPE VANRIE
HEAD, EUREKA SECRETARIAT
Philippe Vanrie is head of secretariat at Eureka Network. Before that, he has been the chief executive
officer of EBN, the leading pan-European Network bringing together 200 accredited Business & Innovation
Centres (BICs), Innovation-based Incubators, and Entrepreneurship Centres across Europe and beyond. He
is also invited professor and lecturer at the ICN Business School in Nancy and Hanken School of Economics
in Helsinki. He graduated from the Gembloux (Belgium) Agronomic Engineering University, and from the
University of Louvain (Belgium) in innovation management.

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Bringing together industry, research and policy

Industry
Amgen Nickel Institute
Elsevier/RELX Novartis
Frontiers Pfizer
Google Sanofi
Huawei Total
Microsoft Toyota

Academia
Aalto University Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech)
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Trinity College Dublin
ESADE Business & Law School TU Berlin
ETH-Zurich University College London
Imperial College London University of Amsterdam
Karolinska Institutet University of Birmingham
KTH Royal Institute of Technology University of Bologna
KU Leuven University of Eastern Finland
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) University of Luxembourg
Politecnico di Milano University of Pisa
Polytechnique Montréal University of Twente
Sorbonne University University of Warwick

Public organisations
Barcelona Supercomputing Center European Investment Bank (EIB)
Business Finland Fraunhofer
CERN Innovate UK
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Innovation Norway
The COST Association Department for Science and Technology - Republic of South Africa
Eureka Research Council of Norway

Associations
ACM Europe Policy Committee European University Association (EUA)
ATTRACT The Guild
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Photonics21

Group members
Deusto International Research School (DIRS) Sant Joan de Deu - Barcelona Hospital
ICHOM - International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurements Simmons & Simmons
GEANT

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simon.pickard@sciencebusiness.net