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10 Reasons to join us on the 10th Anniversary of this leading science and policy conference


JRC's CONCORDi is the bi-annual International Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation where world renowned academics, largest corporate investors and policy makers meet and discuss. We give you 10 reasons for joining us on the 10th anniversary of this leading science & policy Conference:

1. We gather the best scientists. In 10 years, we have enjoyed the insights of three Nobel Laureates (Robert Solow, Eric Maskin and Finn E. Kydland). Among this year participants we find top list "ISI Highly Cited Researchers", chief editors of leading journals, the 6th most influential woman in economics of the world, members of JRC Board of Governors and top executives from preeminent European and American academic institutions such as the MIT.

2. CONCORDi shapes the research agenda. We exploit the full potential for synergies of the best available knowledge across Europe and beyond. Examples are research common streams of financing R&D and innovation, internationalisation of R&D, scientific evidence for policy, and growth of innovative firms.

3. Selected outcomes of the Conference are published in special issues of top scientific journals, such as Economics of Innovation and New Technology; Industrial and Corporate Change; Science and Public Policy.

4. CONCORDi helps to attract top level scholars to spend some time working at the DG JRC.

5. CONCORDi 2017 is organised in association with the OECD, a new example of the growing partnership with the JRC, and the ongoing collaboration between the Directorate for Growth and Innovation of the JRC and OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.

6. CONCORDi's final session always focuses on the link between scientific output and the EU policy agenda. It allows discussion and re-assessment of the policy agenda, based on recent research findings by its main actors

7. Participating policy stakeholders included Ministers, European Commissioners, Commission Director-Generals, representatives from the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank and many more. Yet confirmed attendees at CONCORDi 2017 include the Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing of the European Commission's  Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Mr. Slawomir Tokarski; the Chief Economist of the European Commission's  Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Román Arjona; the Member, Cabinet of Commissioner Navracsics - European Commission, Patricia Reilly; OECD's Deputy Director of Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dirk Pilat; the Coordinator of European Commission's RISE High Level Group - Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts, Luc Soete; the Director of the Department of Economics of European Investment Bank, Mrs Debora Revoltella.

8. CONCORDi makes explicit impacts into EU policymaking, as for example in the Competitiveness Council meeting on Creating an innovative Europe.

9. CONCORDI also hosts the input of industry representatives who validate the output of the Conference. It has enjoyed participation from market leader companies and European business associations; Truffle Capital, Philips, Merck Group, Dow Chemical or the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME). This year Mr. I. San Sebastian, CEO, Tecnalia and Board Member, European Association for Research and Technology Organisations – EARTO, ES, will intervene at the Conference.

10. CONCORDi 2017 focuses on "Innovation and Industrial Dynamics: Challenges for the next decade". It will provide a timing opportunity for discussing about certain aspects of the EU after Horizon2020. Specific issues proposed for discussion are accessible here: http://iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/concord/2017/index.html