EU Research & Innovation Days 2021 conference report


The report of the 2021 European Research and Innovation Days, published today, presents the main conclusion from the 21,000 participants and 200 high-level speakers: that EU research and innovation are key for obtaining a sustainable future, especially in tackling climate change, fighting cancer, and protecting our ocean and waters.


European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. 2021 was the third edition.


This year's 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 takeaways include:

  • Europe’s collaborative research and innovation at the global scale are key drivers for a greenerhealthier 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.


Read the 2021 report