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In October, EIT RawMaterials signed a Pact for Innovation (INPACT) with Knowledge4innovation. The objective is to create a space for close collaboration between key stakeholders and European institutions. INPACT signatories share the vision that a globally competitive and successful European Union needs stakeholders and institutions that work together in an integrated approach. The collaboration is meant to result in concrete solutions, moving quickly from research and invention to innovation accelerating the market uptake, creating an encouraging environment for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Some of the main priorities of INPACT are a coherence set of EU policies for innovation, the refocus and alignment of EU budgets towards innovation, the improvement of the citizen and investor confidence in Europe.

Within the framework of INPACT, on 14-17 November EIT RawMaterials will join the 8th European Innovation Summit in Brussels, Belgium. The event will address the impact of the regulatory framework and Horizon 2020 on innovation, the cooperation between EU institutions and innovation actors, and the horizontal issues in innovation, such as support for startups and entrepreneurial education. It will also cover societal challenges of the energy, raw materials and circular economy, as well as the topic of digitalization and innovation. Also, the summit will address how to improve science communication and how to increase the dialogue with key stakeholders to strengthen the relationship between scientists, society and media. For more information, please follow the link to the official website.