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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will present its Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) to the European Commission next June, in the framework of the EU2020 Strategy, covering a period of seven years starting in 2014. Subsequently, at the request of the Commission, the SIA will have to be approved by the European Parliament and Council.

Strategic Innovation Agendas define the EIT’s long-term strategic priorities and financing needs. This first agenda will map out the Institute’s course in a variety of fields, and will define its system of governance, the relations it must establish, its budget and finances. It will also define the EIT’s contribution to the European innovation map and identify the arenas that will be the focus of the future knowledge and innovation communities (KICs).

Before taking this step, the EIT is organizing a conference entitled Strategic Innovation Agenda Stakeholder: The EIT’s Vision for the Future on 14 April, under the auspice of the Hungarian Presidency in Budapest. This conference aims, on one hand, to allow the Governing Board to present its strategic vision for the future of the EIT and the KICs and, on the other, to gain valuable, first-hand feedback from key EIT stakeholders. Some 250 stakeholders from research, innovation and higher education from around Europe linked to the EIT are expected to participate in this event. These stakeholders will include Biocat, which since 2008 has been driving and coordinating the bid for one of the EIT’s future knowledge and innovation communities in healthcare/life sciences.

The event will be inaugurated by Martin Schuurmans, president of the EIT, and his successor in this position (starting in September), Alexander Von Gabain, will also be present as a keynote speaker. Hungarian Minister of Economy, Zoltán Cséfalvay, will represent the Government of Hungary.

Date: 14 April 2011
Venue: Hotel Boscolo New York Palace • Erzsébet körut 9-11 • Budapest

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