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11/06/2018 - 11/07/2018 | Brussels

"The RTO Innovation Summit"

For the first time, ten leading European Research and Technology Organisations (RTO) will be exploring at a joint multi-national conference the question of how application-oriented research and technology can help address global challenges and strengthen Europe's competitive position.

At "The RTO Innovation Summit" to be held on 6 and 7 November 2018 in Brussels, delegates from European institutions, industry, politics and research will be discussing how the future of Europe can be strengthened by investing in innovations in order to sustain and expand its leading position in the global marketplace.

Looking ahead to the new EU research framework programme "Horizon Europe", the ten RTO partners will be presenting their vision and roadmap for Europe and beyond. The importance of applied research to the competitiveness of industry and how society's challenges can be met will be explored in discussion rounds and workshops.

Accompanying the conference, about 40 exhibits to touch and try out will be on show to demonstrate the interaction between man and applied research. Discover our latest innovations in the five clusters of Horizon Europe and see how technologies can help and complement human beings in their lives. From “Nautilus”, a floating platform for offshore wind energy, through a virtual tour through various automated manufacturing and assembly systems and the optimization of insect production to digital identity management. The complete list of exhibits can be found at:

We cordially invite you to take part in our conference and visit the exhibition.

This includes a special invitation to the following press agenda items on 6 November:
 Guided media tour through the interactive exhibition at 12.00 am:
Experts from the ten RTO partners present selected exhibits and answer questions. Explore the five clusters of the “Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness” pillar, the heart of Horizon Europe for RTOs. The interactive exhibits will highlight the impact and importance of collaborative applied research.

 Official opening of the summit at 1.00 pm:
The summit will start with keynote speeches by Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Peter Frans Pauwels, Co-Founder of TomTom.

To participate in the Summit, please register at:

If you are interested in attending the media tour and/or the opening of The RTO Innovation Summit and beyond please let us know by sending an email to

We will be happy to arrange interviews with a high-ranking representative of our RTO partners or one of our speakers for you following the opening of the conference at 2.30 pm – feel free to get in touch with us. You can find a complete list of the research and technology organisations involved, as well as our speakers, here

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11/06/2018 12:00 - 11/07/2018

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Event venue:

Metropole Hotel
Place de Brouckère 31
1000 Brussels

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Business and commerce, Journalists

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Conference / symposium / (annual) conference, Exhibition / cultural event / festival




Thomas Eck



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