The European Commission, in partnership with the Hungarian Ministry of National Development, organized the ICT Proposers’ Day on 9-10 November 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The event centred on European ICT Research & Innovation with a special focus paid on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20. NESSI contributed to the event participating in two different panels, both held on November, 10: Research & Innovation Trends Beyond 2020; and Software Technologies.

Colin Upstill, NESSI SC Chair, participated in the panel on Research & Innovation Trends Beyond 2020. In his intervention, Colin stressed the importance of cross-cutting technologies, especially software. He underlined that in Europe we need a culture change to facilitate the scaling-up of start-ups. He also highlighted that one change that he would like to see in FP9 is rapid development of annual Work Programmes to keep up with the current state of research and innovation.

Josef Urban, NESSI Board Chair, participated in the session on Software Technologies. The EC referenced NESSI’s paper on recommendations for Work Programme 2018-20 as a key contribution. Josef presented these recommendations, in the context of NESSI’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2017, highlighting the needs to be met by advanced software technologies.


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