Tuesday, 1 June 2010

SusChem talks innovation at EP

SusChem representatives will discuss how to speed up innovation in Europe through value chain partnerships at a lunchtime event at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels on June 2.

The SusChem event will be hosted by Austrian MEP Paul Rübig (below) who is a member of the EP’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

With the EU2020 vision calling for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and modernisation of EU Instruments and ways of thinking, this SusChem debate will aim to demonstrate how the platform is inspiring collective collaboration for innovation along the value chain in the context of current policy developments.

Following a welcoming speech by Paul Rübig, Prof Rodney Townsend of the Royal Society of Chemistry and SusChem chairman will outline SusChem’s strategic direction and then SusChem board member Dr. Paul-Joel Derian of Rhodia will discuss how innovation in Europe can be speeded up.

Finally The European Commission’s Director for Industrial Technologies at DG Research, Herbert Von Bose, will consider the role of European Technology Platforms in the EU 2020 vision, before concluding remarks from Paul Rübig.

The floor will then be open for debate which will focus on what is already happening in the innovation roadmap including best practices and the challenges ahead, and why European Technology Platforms are of key importance for driving innovation along the value chain. The EP has a critical role in ensuring that an appropriate the framework for innovation to flower in Europe is put in place.

For more information, please contact the SusChem secretariat.

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