Speakers

Keynote speech

Thierry Breton

Thierry Breton

Commissioner for Internal Market, European Commission

Thierry Breton, a computer sciences graduate of Supélec, started his career as an entrepreneur in new technologies. From 1986 to 1990, he founded and ran the Futuroscope in France, the first amusement park dedicated to science and new technologies. At the same time, he was elected first Regional Adviser, then Vice-President of the French region Poitou-Charentes. He ran several companies and served as CEO at Bull before heading Thomson Multimédia and France Télécom. From 2005 to 2007, Thierry Breton served as French Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industry before joining Harvard Business School as a Professor. In 2009, he became CEO at Atos, a function he held until 2019 when he was nominated European Commissioner for Internal Market. His portfolio includes industry, goods and services, digital, defence, space, tourism and audiovisual topics.

Welcome address

Thomas F. Hofmann

President of Technical University of Munich
President of EuroTech Universities Alliance

Following his studies in food chemistry in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Thomas F. Hofmann completed his doctorate and postdoctoral studies at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). After becoming deputy director of the German Research Center for Food Chemistry in 1999, he was appointed Chair of Food Chemistry at the University of Münster in 2002. In 2007, he returned to TUM as full professor of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science. He coordinated the Knowledge & Innovation Community EIT FOOD of the European Institute of Technology in 2016 and has been member of its Board since 2017. In 2017, he was appointed director of the new Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology. From 2009 to 2019, he served as Senior Vice President Research & Innovation. Since October 2019, he has been president of TUM.

Driving systemic change in a post-pandemic world

Panellist

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt

Dean of TUM School of Governance

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt is the reform rector of the Hochschule für Politik München and the dean of the TUM School of Governance. She also holds the chair of European and Global Governance at the Hochschule für Politik München / TUM School of Governance since July 2016. Her research interests include the delegation of power to international organizations, European integration, global economic governance, two-level games, negotiation analysis, accountability in the digital age, as well as disruptions in politics and technology. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and completed her Habilitation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From March 2012 through June 2016 she held the chair of International Politics at TU Dresden. Previous appointments include, a guest professorship at the FU Berlin, an assistant professorship at HU Berlin and fellowships at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI), and at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). She is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and four monographs, several books and has edited special issues for peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Panellist

Lina Gálvez Muñoz

Lina Gálvez Muñoz

ITRE Vice-Chair, European Parliament

Lina Gálvez Muñoz is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019. In the EP, she is Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). She also belongs to the committees on Employment and Social Affairs. Lina Gálvez Muñoz PhD, European University Institute (Florence) is Economic History and Institutions Full Professor at the Economics Department at Pablo Olavide University (Seville). She has also been professor at the Universities of Reading (Reading), Carlos III (Madrid), and as a visiting professor at Centre for time use research at Oxford University (Oxford). She has more than hundred scientific publications and she has also been Vice-Rector of her university from 2007 to 2012 and served as Regional Minister of Knowledge, Research and University of the Government of Andalusia from 2018 to 2019.

Panellist

Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Coordinator SCALINGS project
Technical University of Munich

Sebastian Pfotenhauer is the Carl von Linde Professor for Innovation Research at Technical University of Munich. He is also the coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 project SCALINGS, a EUR 4 million European flagship initiative investigating the use of new collaborative innovation formats such as living labs and pre-commercial procurement in robotics, autonomous driving, and urban energy systems. As a scholar, Sebastian’s work is located in the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Innovation Policy, and Innovation Management. He currently serves as the faculty director of the Bavarian “Elite” Master’s program Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology (RESET) at TU Munich. Before joining TU Munich, Sebastian was a research scientist and lecturer with the MIT Technology & Policy Program and the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, as well as a fellow at the Harvard Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds an S.M. in Technology Policy from MIT, a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Jena, Germany, and has received post-doctoral training in STS and innovation policy at Harvard and MIT.

Panellist

Martin Vetterli

President of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Researcher, teacher and expert of the Swiss education and research landscape, Martin Vetterli was appointed president of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in 2017. He is also a full professor at the audiovisual communications laboratory at EPFL. From 2013 to 2016, Martin Vetterli was President of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). He strengthened the promotion of young scientists under the 2013-2016 multiannual programme, as well as the SNSF’s commitment to Open Access and Open Science. A fervent defender of transdisciplinary research, he founded in 2001 the National Centre of Competence in Research on Mobile Information and Communication Systems. This led to fundamental discoveries on the capacity of wireless networks. Martin Vetterli has accompanied more than 60 doctoral students in Switzerland and the United States during their
thesis. He makes it a point of honour to follow the evolution of their career path at the highest level, whether academic or in the business world. He actively encourages young researchers to commercialize the results of their work.

Empowering entrepreneurs for a sustainable future

Panellist

Anders O. Bjarklev

Anders O. Bjarklev

President of Technical University of Denmark

Anders O. Bjarklev was born in 1961 and achieved his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from DTU in 1985. He gained his PhD in 1988, his Doctor Technices 1995 (dr. techn.), and his professorship in 1999. On 1 November 2011, Professor Anders O. Bjarklev became the 15th President of DTU. Prior to his appointment as President, he was Provost and Executive Vice President at DTU, following a position as Head of Department at DTU Fotonik (since 2004). Anders Bjarklev’s scientific production is extensive, including more than 150 scientific articles in international publications. He has served as a referee for several scientific journals, including Science and Nature. He has extensive teaching experience, and his research has resulted in 20 patents /patent applications and led to the establishment of two companies and an extensive network in the ICT industry. Anders Bjarklev has received numerous awards and accolades – including the Order of the Dannebrog in 2013, Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2005, and recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific Research in 2004.

Panellist

Tessie Hartjes

Vice-President Marketing of Lightyear

Tessie Hartjes has been at Lightyear since the very beginning and serves as Head of Sales and Marketing. She joined as one of the very first employees in 2017, after studying Innovation Sciences & Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. She has a strong entrepreneurial mindset and gives face to the world of technology. She co-founded Blue Jay Eindhoven, a team that works on innovative and interactive indoor drones. She combines her technological expertise with entrepreneurship and social involvement. Tessie served as an active role model for other women in the technology sector through VHTO (National expertise bureau for women in beta technology), where she guided young women with their academic preferences. In 2019 she was recognized by the magazine Elle as one of
the 30 under 30 female sustainable change makers in the Netherlands. Tessie Hartjes as VP Marketing belongs to the core team of Lightyear. She believes that technology can be used to make the world a better place and strives to make sustainable transportation accessible for everyone.

Panellist

Marianna Lubanski

Marianna Lubanski

CEO of Science City Lyngby

Marianna Lubanski, who graduated her Masters of Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School in 1990, started her career being an entrepreneur for the first ten years, being part of two different start-ups before she had her own company for 6 years. After exiting her company, she worked to support other Danish start-ups entering global markets based in Silicon Valley on behalf of the Danish Government. She has worked for large global companies like Grundfos, and as an FDI expert attracting foreign investments to Denmark for seven years with a special focus on the US, Japan and China, before she joined Science City Lyngby two years ago. Today, she is facilitating a private-public partnership around Denmark’s Technical University (DTU) together with more than 70 companies, 13 educational institutions and the local municipality. Science City Lyngby strive to build a vibrant and innovative eco-system to support the continuous sharing of research-based knowledge with large companies, students and entrepreneurs for the benefit of society.

Panellist

Shuli Shwartz

Shuli C. Shwartz

Managing Director of Technion DRIVE Accelerator

Shuli is a high-tech entrepreneur with experience in the intersection of entrepreneurship (start-ups) and academia. Prior to joining the Technion, she co-managed Runway, a unique tech incubator in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York City. Prior to that she founded Samsung’s Medical Lab in Israel, which developed novel solutions for Medical Imaging. During 2008 – 2009 Shuli was EiR at the Technion, creating a business plan for a company targeting acute diagnostic needs such as finding tumor margins during surgery, based on novel optic technology from the Technion. From 1999 – 2007 she managed UltraSPECT, a successful medical devices start-up company that she co-founded. Shuli held a few academic positions (at Johns Hopkins, U of MD, U. of Haifa), prior to a tenure of 7 years in Elscint. She is a co-inventor of 7 patents and co-author of several peer reviewed papers as well as numerous conference papers. She earned a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, MBA from the Technion and BA in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Fuelling the technological sovereignty of Europe

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Peter Dröll

Peter Dröll

Director Prosperity of DG RTD, European Commission

Dr Peter Dröll is the Director for Prosperity, Directorate-General Research and Innovation. Peter has been working in the European Commission for more than 20 years with positions in environment, enlargement negotiations, industry policy, innovation and research. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. Since 2010 he is at Directorate-General Research and Innovation where he was first responsible for Innovation, then for Industrial Technologies. Following the re-orientation of DG Research and Innovation towards sustainability, his competences have been enlarged to include industrial R&I agendas and business intelligence as well as knowledge valorisation policies. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm. Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law.

Panellist

Eric Labaye

Eric Labaye

President of École Polytechnique

Eric Labaye is President of École Polytechnique, a major French institution of higher education and research in sciences and engineering and President of Institut Polytechnique de Paris, created by École Polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis in 2019. He serves on the board of Telecom Paris, the International Advisory Board of ESSEC, and the Board of Advisors of the School of Public Affairs at Sciences Po. Eric Labaye was formerly Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the France office, led the firm’s Global Knowledge and Communication and was a member of the Shareholders Council of the firm (Global Board) for ten years, of which he chaired the Client Committee.
Eric Labaye is a graduate from École Polytechnique and Telecom ParisTech and holds an MBA with distinction (Henry Ford II award) from INSEAD.

Panellist

Regine Shevach

Managing Director of Inter-Lab, Merck KGaA, Israel

With over 20 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry Regine Shevach has solid know-how in many aspects of this field. Her leadership experience includes directing Research and Development operations by teams of scientists, collaborations with global R&D groups, and with leading academic institutes, government agencies and investment and entrepreneurship bodies in Israel. In her current position Regine Shevach is the Managing Director of Inter-Lab (formerly InterPharm), the Pharma R&D center in Israel of the global healthcare business sector of Merck, headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. She is also the Managing Director of Qlight Nanotech, an affiliate of Merck, established in 2009 in the Safra Campus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In addition, Regine Shevach serves as Merck’s Country Speaker in Israel. During the last decade Regine Shevach was active in enhancing Israel’s footprints within Merck’s VC activities. She was involved in the establishment in 2012 of a private bio incubator and, with the collaboration of the Israel innovation authority, in the creation of the PMATX lab in the field of advanced materials.

Panellist

Robert-Jan Smits

Robert-Jan Smits

President of Eindhoven University of Technology

Robert-Jan Smits is the President of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Prior to this, he was from 2018-2019 the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission, based at the European political Strategy Centre (EPSC) of the European Commission. Before this, he was from 2010-2018 the Director-General of DG Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission. In this capacity, he was responsible for defining and implementing the EU policy and programmes in the field of research and innovation (average annual budget 8 billion euro): Horizon 2020. Mr. Smits is also one of the architects of the successor programme Horizon Europe. Mr. Smits has received several recognitions and awards for his contribution to European science and innovation. He is an honorary member of Academia Europaea and of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen. He has degrees from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, Institut Universitaire d’Hautes Etudes Internationales in Switzerland and Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in the United States of America.