New insights on the impact of Horizon 2020 & EIT for economies and societies

    Amsterdam, 8 June 2016

This seminar took place on the 8th of June 2016
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This seminar took place on the 8th of June 2016
Thank you for attending

This seminar took place on the 8th of June 2016
Thank you for attending
On Wednesday June 8 we organised a seminar on the topic 'Impact of EU funded research'. The 7th Framework Programme has had it's final review and Horizon 2020 and the EIT are near a midterm review, which provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the impact that such programmes have on society, and how that impact can be raised. If you want to learn about the newest insights on the impact of EU research this is your chance to get up to date. Make use of the newest insights to improve the effectiveness of your EU research applications!

This seminar took place on the 8th of June 2016
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You can find the programme below:

Programme Impact of EU funded research

This conference has taken place on 9-10 June 2016
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The day after the seminar the Impact of Science conference will start. This year the focus lies on Governmental and institutional methods to advance the societal impact of science. It is widely acknowledged that scientific research has had a large impact on society in the past decades, in the past centuries. At the same time, there is a growing need for various stakeholders to demonstrate the impact of investments in that research, and to optimise the impact on society.

Given the importance of publicly funded research budgets for universities and research organisations, the distribution of funds has to be justified towards stakeholders, the government and the general public. Scientific research contributes to economic growth through innovation and knowledge transfer. It contributes not only to the economy, but has a broad societal impact, for example on health, culture and the quality of environment. By measuring the impact of research, universities along with the public and private sector actors are able to justify and adapt their approach to increase the impact their research generates.

Demonstrating impact is only one side of the challenge, the other being the optimal support of universities for their researchers to improve their impact as much as possible. We need to ensure that both the societal impact of our (investments in) research and the quality of the research itself is optimised.

This topic is not discussed in isolation, and plays a role in numerous countries’ discussions about the science (funding) system. Many stakeholders have an important role to play in the development of a satisfying system. This conference brings together international key players and experts in demonstrating and stimulating the societal impact of science. We will discuss recent developments, best practices around the world and a variety of viewpoints.

The conference will evaluate methods and best practices around the world on:

  • Governmental policies to stimulate the societal impact of science
  • New methods for implementing impact for universities and research institutes
  • Output indicators for the societal impact of science
  • Supporting the societal interaction with scientific institutes
  • Defining the balance between societal input on- and societal output of science

The programme of the Impact of Science conference you can find below. For more information take a look at the website.

Programme Impact of Science

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All participants who wish to attend the conference must register in advance. Participants are requested to complete the Registration Form on the website. A confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt of the registration form; further information will follow in due time. Registrations will be handled in order of receipt. All fees must be paid in advance.

Payments have to be made in euro and free of all bank and other charges. No personal or company cheques are accepted. Payment by credit card is possible (with an additional charge of €16,50), but may be prohibited in some countries due to regulations. You will receive a digital invoice upon registration. Please contact us for more information.

In case you are unable to attend the conference, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra charge if we are informed in writing in advance who will be the substitute. Should you cancel before May 22nd, an administration fee of € 95,- (excl 21% VAT) will be charged. Please note that no refunds are possible after May 22nd and that cancellations always have to be in writing.


The standard registration fee for participation in the pre-conference seminar on the afternoon of June 8th is € 95,- (excl. 21% VAT). The registration fee includes admittance to the pre-conference seminar as well as extended seminar documents and refreshments. The costs of the pre-conference dinner are not included and no lunch will be provided.

After the pre-conference on the 8th June we will organise a dinner for the speakers and seminar/conference attendees. The costs of this dinner are €60,- (excl 21% VAT).


Koenraad Debackere - Seminar chair

< Koenraad DebackereKoenraad Debackere obtained Master degrees in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (1984) and Management Science (1985) and a Ph.D. in Management (1990). In 1995, he became professor at KU Leuven in the field of innovation economics. His research focuses on the economics of technology and innovation, the development of indicators for measuring the linkage between science and technology, the design and use of indicators for science policy purposes and the role of entrepreneurial universities in economic development. He has been an advisor and an expert to the European Commission and OECD in the areas of the innovation economy, the economic impact of intellectual property, the management of technology transfer and the design of open innovation systems.
He is actively involved in the activities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). He is professionally involved in technology transfer as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development (since 1999) and Chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fonds (i.e. the venture fund) of the KU Leuven. He has been the cofounder of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. Since 2005, he is the general manag er of KU Leuven. He is the chairman of the Association for the Economic and Societal Impact of Science.

Edvard Beem

Edvard BeemSynergy between EU and natinal funding - June 8 15:20-16:40
Dr. Edvard Beem is co-director of the Netherlands Organisation of Health Research and Development (ZonMw), holding the present position since the merger of the former organisations ZON (health care innovation) and MW (medical research) in 2001. Scientifically trained as biochemist he obtained his PhD in 1988 in Medicine on experimental chemotherapy of breast cancer (Netherlands
Cancer Institute). Following the conduction of several postdoc projects he changed office in 1990 to finally become director of the Medical Research Council (MW) of the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO). In his co-directorship of ZonMw since 2001 (with its independent governing board) he holds specific items as strategic research development, public-private cooperation and international relations in his portfolio.

Klaus Beetz

Klaus BeetzThe common thread between FP7, Horizon 2020 and FP9 - June 8 15:20-16:40
Klaus Beetz looks back on more than two decades of industry experience in software and system engineering, including five years of international delegation to Eastern Europe.
Building on degrees in mathematics and computer science, he started his professional career in software engineering at Nemetschek AG, a leading information technology company in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) sector. Over the years, he gathered extensive intercultural experience in numerous international projects involving multicultural cooperation, especially on the European level. Among other duties, he was a member of the board of trustees at the European Software Institute (ESI), member of the executive board of Digital Europe (DE) and member of the steering group at the Eureka cluster ”Information Technology for European Advancement” (ITEA).
He joined Siemens in 2002 and was heading the Global Technology Field “Software and System Engineering” and responsible for the worldwide research and technology transfer of innovative engineering technologies for software-intensive systems and digital technologies.
Now he is responsible for external European collaboration in Research, Development and Innovation. For 4 years he was Director for Business & Entrepreneurship at the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) EIT Digital within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and he is member of the DG Connect Advisory Form (CAF) of the EC.

Peter van den Besselaar

Peter van den BesselaarSynergy between EU and national funding - June 8 15:20-16:40
Peter van den Besselaar is a professor of organisation sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Previously, he was an associate professor of social informatics at the University of Amsterdam, director of the Netherlands Social Science Data Archive (Steinmetz Archive), and research director of the Science System Assessment unit in Den Haag. His research focuses on questions of organization,governance and evaluation of science. He authored more than 220 articles, reports and books, and is in several research policy related advisory boards, expert groups, and evaluation committees.

Patries Boekholt

Patries BoekholtThe common thread between FP7, Horizon 2020 and FP9 - June 8 15:20-16:40
Dr Patries Boekholt is Managing Director of the Technopolis Group Ltd based in Brighton (UK) and founder of Technopolis BV in Amsterdam. As managing director of the Technopolis Group Ltd she is responsible for the Group’s business performance and strategy, across nine offices of the company (Amsterdam, Bogotá, Brighton, Brussels, Frankfurt/Main, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vienna).
In her consultancy role she has worked on the topic of research and innovation policy for over 25 years. Her activities include international policy studies, programme management advice and evaluations of research programmes and organisations. Her assignments are at the interface of public research, the private sector and government. She advises regional and national government organizations on innovation strategy and (high-tech)-cluster development. She has worked in many mostly European countries and for several international organisations such as the European Commission, the OECD and UNIDO. Patries is currently member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Innovation, Environment and Energy Studies (Copernicus Institute) of Utrecht University, of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ERA-NET EraCoSysmed, And Member of the Advisory Board of the Public Procurement for Innovation Platform, an initiative by DG Growth.
She holds a Master degree in Political Science, Radboud University of Nijmegen (1987) and a PhD from the Aston Business School (1996), UK, with thesis on Research and Innovation Policy in the European Community. She is fluent in Dutch and English and also works in German.

Alex Brenninkmeijer

Alex BrenninkmeijerKeynote speaker - June 8 14:00-14:15
Mr Alex Brenninkmeijer (Amsterdam, 1951) studied Law and Economics in Groningen. He has worked as an academic and has served as judge for over twenty years. He was professor at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden and currently at Utrecht University in the field of institutional aspects of the rule of law. In 2005 he was appointed National Ombudsman, and in 2011 he was reappointed. Since 2014 he serves as member of the European Court of Auditors. He is member of Chamber IV for Revenue, research and internal policies, and European Union’s institutions and bodies and is mainly responsible for Research and Innovation policies.

Giorgio Clarotti

Giorgio ClarottiSynergy between EU and national funding - June 8 15:20-16:40
Giorgio Clarotti is a senior policy officer for the European Commission in the Research & Innovation department. He is working since 2015 on the strategy for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on Health, Demographic Change and Well-being, focusing on drafting the annual Work Programme and, on the longer term, on improving the dissemination and exploitation of results.

From 2005 to 2015 he developed actions to boost collaboration between national research programmes to strengthen the European Research Area. These ranged from bottom-up collaborations between research programmes to combat rare diseases or ensure food safety (ERA-NET scheme) to the much bigger Joint Programming process. This last initiative resulted in ten Joint Programming Initiatives between EU Member States addressing Major Societal Challenges such as Neurodegenerative Diseases or ‘Food, Agriculture and Climate Change’. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Montpellier (FR) and Tübingen (DE) Universities) and has been working for the European Commission since 1991, where he developed a research programme on medical materials and technologies (Brite-Euram) and then specific measures to facilitate the participation and fostering research by small businesses (SMEs).

He was in charge of Communication for the Employment and Social Affairs Director General of the Commission from 2002 to 2004. In 2001, he was part of the team that drafted the EU White Paper on Governance (rapporteur on Network Governance).

Martin Kern

Martin KernKeynote speaker - June 8 13:45-14:00
Martin Kern is the Interim Director and Chief Operating Officer at the EIT since 1 August 2014. Prior to joining, he worked at the European Commission for 15 years in a variety of posts, mainly in the area of enlargement policy having started his career with a short stint at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Working for the EU, he held a variety of positions, the latest being Head of Operations at the EU Delegation to Serbia where he coordinated the programming and implementation of EU funds to bring Serbia closer to EU accession and among many issues, he led the EU’s rapid response following the disastrous floods in Serbia in May 2014.

Previously, he worked as country coordinator for financial assistance for the Turkey team in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement. In 2009, he was seconded to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm during their EU Presidency by the European Commission. He started his career in the EU in Lithuania and Estonia, working in the EU Delegations and helping the two countries join the EU and ending his 6 years in the Baltic States as Acting Head of the EU Representation in Tallinn. Following the accession of the ten new Member States to the EU in 2004, he continued working on financial assistance, dealing inter alia with the anti-corruption policies and irregularity follow up in the use of EU funds in Bulgaria and Romania around the time of their accession. He started his career after a brief stint at the UN and has Master degrees in Economics and English from the University of Heidelberg and in European Studies from the University of Reading.

Sven Stafström

Sven StafströmSynergy between EU and national funding - June 8 15:20-16:40
Professor Sven Stafström is Director General of the Swedish Research Council since 2014. He also holds a professorship in Computational Physics at Linköping University. Professor Stafström acquired his doctorate in 1985. He was postdoctoral research fellow in Belgium 1987-1988, senior lecturer 1990 and professor 2000. He has published
more than 220 articles in the research field of theoretical and computational studies of electronic processes in organic materials.

Professor Stafström has a long experience in academic leadership. He was Director of the National Supercomputer Center (NSC) at Linköping University (2004-2008), Chairman, Condensed Matter Division, Swedish Physical Society (2007-2009), Head of the Department of Science and Technology at Linköping University (2008-2010), and Secretary General, Swedish Research Council, Natural and Engineering Sciences (2010-2013). He is also member of the Board of Fulbright Sweden and of the Advisory Council, Swedish Higher Education Authority.

Liviu Stirbat

The common thread between FP7, Horizon 2020 and FP9 - June 8 15:20-16:40 - Substituted Ms. Rosalinde van der Vlies, Head of the Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission.

Peter Tindemans

Peter TindemansThe common thread between FP7, Horizon 2020 and FP9 - June 8 15:20-16:40
Peter Tindemans, Secretary General of EuroScience, has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Leiden University. He is well-known for his contributions to science, technology and innovation policy in the Netherlands, Europe and globally. He was responsible for Dutch research and science policy during the nineties; chaired the establishment of the pan-European Research and Education Networking infrastructure and the OECD MegaScience Forum. As an independent consultant since 1999, he kee ps very engaged in developing European policies for science, technology and innovation in general, working with ministers and former EUROHORCS; in regional innovation efforts and in European policies for Research Infrastructures, e.g. as chairman of the European Neutron Spallation Source now built in Lund. He is working with the World Bank and UNESCO in Africa, Latin-America, the Middle-East and Asia. A founding member of Euroscience he sat many years on its Governing Board. He convened the Science Policy Group and was as chair and member involved in ESOF Governance an Supervisory Committees. He is a director of the Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschppen.

Kurt Vandenberghe

Kurt VandenbergheKeynote speaker - June 8 14:15-14:30
Kurt is Director for Policy Development and Coordination at the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation since 1st February 2016. Before that, he was Director for 'Climate action and resource efficiency' at DG Research and Innovation since July 2013. He served in the Cabinet of Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin (1999-2014) and as Head of the Cabinet of Janez Potocnik, who was Commissioner for Research and Innovation (2004-2009) and subsequently for Environment (from 2010).

Kurt joined the European Commission in 1996 as co-ordinator of the Commission’s Intermodal Transport Task Force and of the Transport Research Programme. Before entering the Commission, Kurt worked for 4 years as a manager at Ernst & Young Association Management, where he set up, managed and represented international trade associations. After reading French and Italian literature at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and obtaining a degree in Public and International Affairs at the University Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), Kurt gained a Master of Arts degree in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.) in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C., US. Kurt is co-founder and board member of and the VZW Scriptieprijs.

Rosalinde van der Vlies

Rosalinde van der VliesThe common thread between FP7, Horizon 2020 and FP9 - June 8 15:20-16:40 - Substituted by Mr. Liviu Stirbat, Deputy head of the Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission.
Rosalinde van der Vlies is currently Head of the Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Prior to that she was deputy head of cabinet with Environment Commissioner Potocnik. She holds a Dutch law degree (University of Rotterdam) and has a postgraduate degree in European Law (College of Europe, Bruges). After several years of practising as a competition lawyer at the Brussels’s bar she joined the European Commission in 2002 and has worked in the areas of environment, gender equality and anti-discrimination before taking her current position.




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