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Annual Conference 2022
19 September 2022 in Brussels (BE)
From Open Science to Innovation
An engineering challenge for Europe
Euro-CASE Annual Conference 2022, Brussels, 19.09.2022
Video-recordings of the conference can be accessed using the following links:
In her keynote address, Commissioner Gabriel framed the conference in the European context where an ambitious technological and industrial strategy appears as a key element for aiming EU to preserve its prosperity and international role in a time of global upheaval.
In the following interventions of the opening session, a lot of interesting questions, have been addressed in the various sessions of this conference:
- What are the best ways to open science for supporting practical and industrial innovations?
- Which kind of organisations, initiatives and eco-systems play a crucial role?
- How will innovation be supported in Europe in the context of open science in a competitive world?
- How to build a strategic technology position in Europe?
- What is the responsibility of the engineering community for reaching a global sustainability?
- What is the role of basic research in the innovation process?
- How to allow EU Member States and Regions to developing an efficient innovation eco-system, involving Universities and Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)?
- Are the public authorities at the different levels (EU, Member States, Regions) well equipped for supporting innovation?
- Are enterprises, public authorities and civil society well organized to be nurtured by research in universities and RTOs (quadruple helix)?
- Are public and private funding mechanisms adequate?
- Are Research and Innovation (R&I) always responsible, ethical, and aiming for sustainability?
During Session 1, “Promising ways of opening science”, the assistance learned about “Open Science” (” Opening Science”) and its actors.
Promising ways of opening science were illustrated with interesting cases. Through these cases the roles of Industry, the Research Community, Government, and dedicated organisations promoting cooperation were highlighted. Challenges and opportunities of “Open Access” were discussed.
Key structural changes, beyond “Opening Science”, for improving technology transfer and strengthening innovation were identified.
During Session 2, “Technological and Industrial Innovation for the Prosperity of Europe”, some key questions pertaining to “Opening Science”, “Innovation” and their importance to Europe’s prosperity were addressed:
- How to build more efficient bridges between knowledge value and market value to securing the European Technological and Industrial Base?
- How should the needs of high-tech businesses in the EU be linked to breakthrough science for securing their worldwide market position?
- How should the financial risks and benefits for the upscaling of the new technologies in the EU be shared? How can investments in important technologies be leveraged?
- How should the EU reinforce its industrial strategy in key domains?
During session 3, “Technological Innovation for the Common Good of Humanity”, we moved to a global perspective, the contribution of technological innovation, supported by “Opening Science”, to the Common Good of Humanity:
- We looked at the fundamental role of Engineers and technology in enabling the development of least developed countries, in a respectful, balanced and ethically sound relationship.
- We looked at how to implement new models for international cooperation, “Open Source” being one of them, to address global existential challenges, such as pandemics and climate change.
- We looked to extend the concept of “Open Source” to other technical fields, e. g. “Open Source Hardware Technologies”, which should also consider low tech for sustainable solutions.
At the end of this conference, the participants can only state that Open(ing) Science is a key enabler and there is a lot of homework to do, to build on the conclusions evidenced by this conference :
- By Europe and its various stakeholders (government, academia, industry, and citizens).
- By Euro-CASE” and its member academies. We should reflect on follow-on activities to this conference.
- By the engineering committee (Applied Sciences, Technologies, and Engineering). We need them to generate the Technological innovation for tackling the huge European and global challenges ahead.
To name a few things for Europe to develop:
- Industrial and political strategies, strongly supported by top-level Research and Innovation, for reducing the EU’s external dependencies.
- Strategies and policies for remaining at the top of scientific knowledge while overcoming the “European Paradox” (top in R&D, but not at the industry level).
- Strategies and policies to deploy its innovation capacities all around its Member States and Regions.
- Strategies and policies to for contributing to the common good of humanity.
Euro-CASE warmly thanks hosting academies, the ARB and the KVAB, for organising this Yearly Conference and its peripheral meetings and to compose an interesting programme and in particular Joos Vandewalle (KVAB) and Luc Chefneux (ARB), co-chairs of the conference, and Albert Husniaux (ARB), coordinator and secretary of the conference.