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About the conference

The international conference “Spreading Excellence and Crossing the Innovation Divide” will be organised on 23rd of November 2016 in Brussels with expected participations of 200 guests. Conference takes place at an important point in time since the ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme will be completed and may thus contribute to the overall assessment and reflection on what has been achieved in the effort of the EU to reduce disparities among Member States in terms of performance. In addition, the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 will be launched and discussions on the future Framework Programme will start to take shape. Furthermore, the first Widening projects under Teaming Twinning and ERA Chairs have started already in 2015 and some examples might be showcased.
The overall objective of the conference is to provide a platform for stakeholders to have an in-depth discussion on the role of excellence in European research and innovation as well as opportunities presented through Horizon 2020 and ESIF for crossing the innovation gap between countries, regions, research institutions, universities, and enterprises.


The event will:

  • serve as a forum to assess results of Teaming, ERA chairs and Twinning projects in order to point out the main reasons for these disparities,
  • provide an opportunity and building creating for future knowledge sharing opportunity
An important outcome of the conference will be a final paper on recommendations and suggestions on how to increase the innovation potential an excellence of low-performing states in the field of science and research. Also, insights and results from the conference sessions can serve as a supporting material for the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation.
Main topics:
  • Lowering barriers for better integration of pan-European scientific potential
  • First experiences with widening instruments under Horizon 2020
  • Beyond the Horizons
Parallel sessions:
  • Positioning excellence in the innovation ecosystem
  • Research mobility and brain circulation – Gain, train, retain
  • National instruments realising a balanced ERA
Who should attend:
The event aims to bring together European and national stakeholders, in particular, universities, research organizations, small and medium sized enterprises, researchers and European, national and regional government representatives and policy makers.
European Union                                                                                                                                         European Commission, DG RTD 
                                                                                                                                             Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information 
                                                                                                                                    Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic                                                                                                                               Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic 
                                                                                                                                      Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union

EU   This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 20220 research and innovation programme (SEWP) under grant agreement No 739 653.