As part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the 'Innovation Union' flagship initiative sets out a comprehensive innovation strategy to enhance Europe's capacity to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It highlights the concept of Smart Specialisation as a way to achieve these goals.
In March 2012, the European Council reinforced this approach, specifically advocating the strengthening of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) to achieve the EUROPE2020 objectives. The Commission defines KETs as ‘knowledge intensive and associated with high R&D intensity, rapid innovation cycles, high capital expenditure and highly skilled employment.
The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the role of KETs in the process of developing and implementing RIS3. As a number of European Regions have identified Agrofood activities to be focused on in their RIS3 exercises, the event specifically addressed the role and importance of KETs in this agrofood sector. The sector must be understood from a cluster approach, comprising of Agriculture, Food Industry, Logistic, and Environmental aspects, etc.
Innovation and KETs within Horizon 2020. A Spanish perspective and opportunities for the agrofood sector. – Mr. José Manuel González Vicente, Spanish representative FP7-Knowledge Bio Based Economy, CDTI.
Debate Industry and Academia, Policy-makers and Regions(moderated by Mr. Eduardo Osuna Carrillo de Albornoz, General Director of Universities and Scientific Policy, Region of Murcia): Critical KETs to support a competitive economy in Europe and prioritisation in the field of agrofood.
Closing session by Spanish and Regional Governments and the European Commission
Mr. José Ballesta Germán, Regional Minister of Universities, Enterprises and Research, Region of Murcia.
Ms. Carmen Vela Olmo, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
Mr. Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Knowledge for Growth Unit, JRC-IPTS, European Commission.
Archivo General de la Región de Murcia
Avenida de los Pinos, 4