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Education, business and innovation for growth and jobs


Europe's economy represents 500 million people, 200 million jobs and 20 million companies. Boosting education and innovation is key for Europe to create new jobs and support sustainable growth.

The EU agencies supporting 'Education, Business and Innovation' are at the core of Europe’s 2020 strategy to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. These objectives bring together nine agencies that work towards achieving the EU's ambitions for the next decade for employment, innovation, education and social inclusion.

Each EU agency has a part to play in making sure that the EU achieves the targets of Europe’s 2020 strategy. Working with European organisations, researchers and industry, the EU agencies can help EU’s drive to create more jobs, improve lives and strive for a better, multilingual society.

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Tuesday 1 February (15.00 – 18.00)

  • 15.00 Opening of session on ‘Education, business and innovation for growth and jobs’, involving MEPs, agency Directors and business representatives.
  • 15.30 – 16.00 ‘Entrepreneurship and innovation’ — chat and live interview with former Skype Director and Estonian IT College Rector, Linnar Viik.
  • 16.00 – 16.40 Round table 1 on ‘Education, business and growth and jobs’, broadcast via the EP Vox Box.
    • Markus Schwertel, Regional Manager, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
    • Gailè Daglienè, Director, CdT
    • Juan Menéndez-Valde, Director, Eurofound
    • Christian Lettmayer, Acting Director, Cedefop
    • Britta Thomsen, MEP
  • 16.45 – 17.30 Round table 1 on ‘Business and innovation’, broadcast via the EP Vox Box.
    • Adriana Silvia Sartor, EU Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador and owner of Elettrotec, Milan
    • Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director, EFSA
    • Carlos Godinho, Vice-President, CPVO
    • Judith A. Merkies, MEP

Thursday 3 February (10.00 – 15.00)

  • 10.00 Opening of session on ‘Education, business and innovation for growth and jobs’.
  • 12.30 – 14.00 ‘Innovation and business: what it takes to create a movement to be the world’s number one’ — Lars Williams, Head of R&D at the Nordic Food Lab, Copenhagen.
    • (The Nordic Food Lab is a non-profit self-governed institution established by Rene Redzepi, head chef at the Copenhagen restaurant Noma and by Claus Meyer, gastronomic entrepreneur. Its aim is to explore scientifically the ‘New Nordic Cuisine’ and to disseminate the results of this exploration.)
    • ‘Driving 1 538 km/L’ – Team H2politO’s students and professor Massimiliana Carello of the Politecnico di Torino will present their awarded, innovative, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles.
    • Round table with Lars Williams, Massimiliana Carello, students, MEPs and the Directors of EIT and ETF. The discussion will focus on lessons learnt from success stories in promoting innovative education and business cooperation.
  • 15.00 Sandwich lunch provided on the stand.


When and where?

The exhibition will take place from 31 January to 3 February 2011, at the European Parliament, Brussels, third floor of the ASP building (in front of the distribution area).
Media announcement for the exhibition (PDF).
Main exhibition page.

Programme and photos

Download the full programme in PDF format.

Exhibition programme at a glance.

Photos from the event

Contact details

This event is being coordinated by the EMCDDA on behalf of the EU agencies.
Tel. (351) 211 21 02 32/40 (up to 28 January).
Tel. (351) 93 599 40 29 (from 31 January, at the stand).

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Page last updated: Monday, 31 January 2011