December 13, 2021
Report of the 2021 European Research and Innovation Days

The report of the 2021 European Research and Innovation Days Event, published on 13th December, presents its main conclusions:

EU research and innovation are key for obtaining a sustainable future, especially in tackling climate change, fighting cancer and protecting our ocean and waters.

The report contains summaries and quotes from the event’s 70 online live sessions and workshops, as well as from over 200 consultations between participants and Commission representatives at the virtual Horizon Village.

Notable take-ways include:

  • Europe’s collaborative research and innovation at the global scale are key drivers for a greener, healthier and more digital future for all;
  • Europe needs more synergies between policies, programmes and instruments at EU, global, national and local level to remain at the forefront of research and innovation, and to be effective at delivering a sustainable future;
  • Citizens need to continue having the opportunity to add their voice to the conversation about the future of European research and innovation. Civil society can play a crucial role when it comes to implementing the ambitious goals of the twin green and digital transitions of Europe.

The report’s output will feed into the next co-creating steps of European policy-making in research and innovation, followed by co-implementation. In particular, it will serve as a basis for discussions at the Conference on the Future of Europe. Moreover, it will also contribute to other citizen engagement initiatives, such as the EU Missions and the New European Bauhaus.

The report on the European Research and Innovation Days 2021 builds on the previous 2020 and 2019 editions.

In case you missed it: Event recordings remain available on the event platformFlickr hosts the event’s photo coverage. The European Research and Innovation Exhibition showcases ground-breaking EU-funded research.