EIT Community @ European Research & Innovation Days

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. 

The EIT Community will host and participate in several events during the European Research & Innovation Days

With our societies gradually lifting their lockdowns and recovery plans taking shape, we must now ensure that the transition to a post-corona society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

Research and innovation will be key to achieve this. This year's format will provide an opportunity to connect, take stock of research and innovation achievements in the global response to the pandemic and build on the EU’s response: worldwide coordination of excellent science for global health, social and economic recovery.

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The interactive sessions will let participants provide input on how research and innovation policy and funding can help propel Europe's recovery and pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future. Building on the success of last year, the 2020 edition will feature three days of intensive policy co-designing, thought-provoking panels and matchmaking opportunities.

In a crucial year, following an unprecedented global crisis, just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation programme starting in 2021 - and an enhanced European Research Area, this event is a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe.

EIT Community sessions

The following EIT Community sessions are confirmed. Visit this page for updates regarding EIT Community participation at the European Research and Innovation Days 2020. 


  • 24 September 10:00 - 11:00: 'Towards an innovation agenda for the Western Balkans' with EIT Director Martin Kern 

Hub 6 (Smart Implementation & Synergies)

  • 22 September 16:00 - 17:00: 'EIT and EIC - Walking the Talk' with EIT Chair Gioia Ghezzi


  • 22 September 12:00 - 13:00: 'Innovating for the Green Deal: The role of the EIT in helping citizens cope with the impact of the pandemics, and helping the European economy overcome the crisis'
  • 23 September 12:00 - 13:00: 'An European approach to Artificial Intelligence' 
  • 23 September 15:00 - 16:00: 'Boosting Regional Innovation across Europe via the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme' 
  • 24 September 12:00 - 13:00: 'Supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Europe - The new action by EIT'

Download the draft programme of the European Research and Innovation Days