Citizens at the Heart of Innovation: Strengthening Public Engagement and Acceptance
6 May 2019
09:15 - 10:45
Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation
Policy Analyst for Panel for Future of Science and Technology (STOA)
Bolt (former Taxify)
Founder and CEO
Senior Research Fellow
Reporter and Moderator
Europe’s position in the global race for innovation is weakening. This is particularly true in the field of digitally enabled technologies. Additionally, Europe’s economic prosperity depends on its capacity to innovate.
Investing in research and development combined with a coherent, flexible and ambitious policy framework are therefore essential to foster innovation. Although today such criteria are mostly satisfied, Europe is lagging behind. Major impediments include a fragmented market combined with insufficient incentives discouraging citizens’ entrepreneurship. Hence although there is no shortage of top researchers and talent, innovators face discouraging regulatory barriers.
Europe must take the lead :
- How to overcome regulatory barriers that are hindering innovation? What incentives to boost citizens’ innovative entrepreuneurship?