EU Commission Appoints Advisory Group for Research and Innovation

The European Commission has set up a High Level Group of experts who will advise on how to maximise the impact of the EU’s investment in research and innovation. The group will be chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.

The Advisory Group consists of 12 people who have been appointed in a purely personal capacity. There were over 350 candidates who expressed interest in becoming part of the group, which will start its work in December 2016. It’s first report will be issued in June 2017.

The Advisory Group will base its report on:

  • the available Horizon 2020 interim evaluation results and factual evidence
  • the results of a European foresight exercise for future research and innovation policy
  • an assessment of the economic rationale for public research and innovation
  • investment and its expected impact on jobs and growth

The members of the High Level Group:

  • Chair: Pascal Lamy – President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute
  • Martin Brudermüller – Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer, BASF SE
  • Mark Ferguson – Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Lykke Friis – Prorector for Education, University of Copenhagen
  • Cristina Garmendia – Chair, Fundación Cotec
  • Iain Gray – Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
  • Jan Gulliksen – Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • Harri Kulmala – CEO of DIMECC Ltd, Tampere
  • Nevenka Maher – former dean, Faculty of Business & Management Sciences Novo mesto
  • Maya Plentz Fagundes – Managing Director, 50More Ventures
  • Lucyna A. Woźniak – Vice-Rector for Science and International Relations, Medical University of Łódź
  • Milena Žic Fuchs – Professor, University of Zagreb and Fellow, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

More information on the establishment of the advisory group can be found here and here.

Photo credit: Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from The European Commission.

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