Leveraging deep tech green transition and digital solutions to transform EU industrial ecosystems
27 Mar 2023
Technical University of Munich, Arcisstraße 21, TUM Central Campus (Stammgelände) - entrance opposite Luisenstr. 51, 80333 Munich, Germany
The workshop is organised by the European Commission in collaboration with DEEP Ecosystems 500 and hosted by the Technical University of Munich, located in one of the strongest deep tech ecosystems in Europe.
The workshop is organised as a hybrid (physical and virtual) event. In-person attendance in Munich is restricted and subject to confirmation from the organisers.
The new European Innovation Agenda (published 5th July 2022) strives to increase competitiveness, retain home-grown leading firms and technologies and facilitate growth in emerging sectors, particularly those enabled by deep tech developments. It aims at harnessing innovation ecosystems in Europe to support the industrial transformation necessary to meet Green Deal policy targets. The European industrial strategy is an innovation strategy at heart, building on research and innovation, for example as delivered by European partnerships with industry and through industrial technology roadmaps as input from the European Research Area policy agenda to industrial transition pathways.
While Europe’s researchers and industry are leaders in green tech and related R&I investments and patenting, it is becoming urgent to step up the production of green technologies (“net zero technologies” as highlighted in the Green Deal Industrial Plan of 1 February 2023), the decarbonisation of industrial processes and the circular economy. At the same time, the global tech-race evidenced by the growing differences between R&D investment levels and growth rates of large EU companies and those from the US and China are a cause for concern and for action to be taken by both the private sector and public policy. These large EU companies fertilise innovation and industrial ecosystems and cooperate as well as invest in start-ups and scale-ups.
Innovation and industrial ecosystems link key stakeholders at and between global and local levels. Easy access to state-of-the-art innovation actors and technology infrastructure is an important enabler of innovation at the local level, and more so for the creation of breakthrough technologies. Furthermore, the workshop will address topics that are relevant to the ERA Action 12 on “Accelerate the green / digital transition of Europe’s key industrial ecosystems”.
The questions, which arise for this workshop are:
How to mobilize effectively the innovation strategies and technological capacities of large and small firms to provide the green/digital solutions for the future?
How to identify where the breakthrough potentials for green/digital deep tech in Europe are and how to focus effort on these areas?
How to harness deep tech stakeholder collaboration and technology transfer in innovation and industrial ecosystems?
Which public policy instruments could facilitate the increase of investments in green/digital deep tech innovation and infrastructure (demonstrators, testbeds, incubators and accelerators)? How to better support transfer of fundamental/low TRL research results to industrial R&I?