1st European Innovation Area Summit
Impact Innovations for a Sustainable Future
27-29 June 2022 / European Parliament, Brussels & Online
About the EIA Summit

Join us on the journey to the European Innovation Area

The 1st European Innovation Area Summit, which is organized at the time of the publication of the Commission Innovation Communication, will be a great opportunity to discuss the role and contributions of the innovation stakeholders for the implementation of Europe’s future Innovation Agenda.

The 8 Focus Areas as described in the EIA Manifesto are cornerstones of the summit programme. They are along the lines of the upcoming Communication priorities that will guide the innovation policy activities of the European Commission and the European Parliament in the years to come.

K4I Forum Leaders at 10th European Innovation Summit

K4I Forum Leaders at the 10th European Innovation Summit

Innovation and the development of new technologies are not objectives on their own. They must have a purpose. Besides their contribution to competitiveness and technology sovereignty, they must have an impact on climate change and help preventing the collapse of the planetary ecosystems. Green transformation is the ultimate solution for a sustainable future. Deep tech, green tech, digi tech and the talents behind need to be at the heart of future innovation policies.

Maria Da Graça Carvalho Profile Picture
Welcome to the European Innovation Area Summit
27th June 2022 at 18:00

Maria da Graça Carvalho

MEP, ITRE Committee, EPP, Portugal, Chair of the K4I Forum in the European Parliament

Mariya Gabriel Profile Picture
Summit Keynote European Innovation Area Summit
29th June 2022 at 13:00

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

EIA Summit Programme

Monday, June 27

  • 15:00 – 17:00 European Climate Action in times of War and Climate Change Acceleration: What if it is too late? Options or Imperatives in Science and Innovation to Deal with an Uncertain Future
  • 18:00 – 19:00 1st EIAs Welcome Reception, Maria de Graça Carvalho, K4I Forum Chair

Tuesday, June 28

  • 12:00 – 14:30 Chip’s Act & Quantum Technologies – Accelerating Europe’s Position as Innovation
  • 16:00 – 18:00 Next Generation Women Leaders in VCs and Startups – Major Drivers of a Sustainable Future

Wednesday, June 29

  • 12:00 – 14:00 Nature is our next technology – Towards a synthetic cells’ innovation ecosystem for green technology in Europe
  • 13:00 – 15:00 EIA Summit Keynote with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel followed by a high-level Panel discussion
  • 18:00 – 19:00 EIAS Closing Reception

Summit highlights

EIA Focus Areas Panel DiscussionsActionable ideas and action plans

Between now and the summit event, innovation actors are invited to sign the EIA Manifesto and submit actionable ideas or action plans. The panel discussions will discuss and propose the most pertinent actions needed to make the EIA a reality.

EUTOP50 Startups Catalysers of changePreserving Planetary Bounderies

Green-, Clean- and DigitalTech startups will pitch their solutions explaining how they address SDGs and how their ‘vaccins’ can cure our planet. Impact investors will provide insight into their sustainable financing strategies and Members of the European Parliament are invited to inform on how EU legislation can support these developments.

Next Generation EU Innovation ForumInnovation at the heart of NGEU

Launch of NGEU Innovation Forum in support of the green transition. The initiative will take further the discussions from last June where representatives from 10 member states presented their action plans with a focus on innovation and new technologies driving the green transition.

Our Summit Classics

Women-led VCs & StartupsPowering the Future

There needs to be more women investors, more funding and more investment in women-led startups and entrepreneurs. Talented women that drive a sustainable future.

Innovation cohesionStrengthening local innovation ecosystems

The gap in innovation performance remains larger than the gap for most other basic economic indicators, such as GDP per capita, employment, and productivity. This can be overcome by connecting and supporting talent from all over Europe.

Artificial IntelligenceHow AI Can Effectively Support Sustainable Development!

Artificial Intelligence has been high on our agendas since we organized the AI & Big Data for Innovation Summit in 2019. Now more than ever we need AI to solve growing challenges. Responsible use however is the prerogative.

EIA Events Speakers
Lina Gálvez Muñoz
MEP, Vice-Chair of the ITRE, S&D, Spain, Member of the K4I Forum
Victor Negrescu
MEP, Vice-Chair of the CULT, S&D, Romania, Member of the K4I Forum
Susana Solís Pérez
MEP, REGI Committee, Renew Europe, Spain, Member of the K4I Forum
Brando Benifei
MEP, IMCO Committee, S&D, Italy, Member of the K4I Forum
Tsvetelina Marinova Penkova
MEP, ITRE Committee, S&D, Bulgaria
Franc Bogovic
MEP, REGI Committee, EPP, Slovenia, Member of the K4I Forum
Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou
MEP and Vice-Chair of the INTA, EPP, Greece
Bernd Schäfer
CEO, EIT RawMaterials
Phoebe Koundouri
University Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business
Photo of Tim Van Der Hagen - EIA Events Speakers
Rector Magnificus, President of the Executive Board, TU Delft
Brigitte Weiss - EIA Events Speakers
Head of Unit for International Technology Policy and Programs, DG ITEC
Lambert Van Nistelrooij
Former MEP and Honorary President of K4I Forum
Get your invitation

Secure your place at the Summit by signing the EIA Manifesto

The European Innovation Manifesto is an open call for actionable ideas that outlines 8 focus areas paving the way to the European Innovation Area.

Tech Sovereignty
Green Transition
Europe's Big Tech Opportunity
Women-led VCs and Startups
From Education to Entrepeneurship
Fostering Innovation Cohesion Among EU Regions
Regulating Emerging Technologies
Financing Innovation and New Technologies
Submit your idea or action plan and contribute to the EIAS Programme as of today.
The ideas and action plans will be presented and discussed during the Summit with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Members of the European Parliament and Member States Representatives.
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Featured Articles
A selection of magazines and articles about our activities
Innovators Magazine Dec 2020 Issue - European Innovation Sponsor
European Innovation Summit, Brussels. December 2020

Innovators Magazine: European Innovation Area on the Horizon

Inside the EUTOP50. Equality and the “new normal”

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Innovators Magazine Nov 2017 issue - European Innovation Sponsor
European Innovation Summit, Brussels. November 2017

Innovators Magazine: Industries transforming our world

EUTop 50 Startups. Bertrand Piccard’s 1000 solutions

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Innovators Magazine Nov 2008 Issue - European Innovation Sponsor
European Innovation Summit, Brussels. November 2018

Innovators Magazine: Impact Innovators

EUTOP50 Founders, Tech Festival. Young Pioneers set an example. Moonshots for Europe.

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Onepoint5media Cover Page
European Innovation Area Summit, Brussels. June 2022

Innovators Magazine: Everything you need to know about the European Innovation Area Summit

My guest today on Inside Ideas is Dr Roland Strauss – one of the most influential figures within the European innovation landscape.

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Science Business article

Innovation manifesto looks to address causes of EU’s heavy reliance on technology from beyond its borders.

Call for ideas on European innovation area makes tech sovereignty a key priority. Current dependence on high tech imports is both an economic loss and a potential security threat, the manifesto says

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Mariya Gabriel Research Professional News
Research Professional News

Gabriel fleshes out her vision for a European Innovation Area - Research Professional News

EU strategy needs “rethinking” in light of changes in innovation, says R&D commissioner

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