The EIT Community will host and participate in several events during European Research & Innovation Days.

With our societies gradually lifting their lockdowns and recovery plans taking shape, we must now ensure that the transition to a post-COVID-19 society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

Research and innovation are key to achieving this. This year’s format will provide an opportunity to connect, take stock of research and innovation achievements in the global response to the pandemic and build on the EU’s response: worldwide coordination of excellent science for global health, social and economic recovery.

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The interactive sessions of European Research & Innovation Days will let participants provide input on how research and innovation policy and funding can help propel Europe’s recovery and pave the way to a green, digital and resilient future. Building on the success of last year, the 2020 edition will feature three days of intensive policy co-designing, thought-provoking panels and matchmaking opportunities.

In a crucial year, following an unprecedented global crisis, just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe – the next research and innovation programme starting in 2021 – and an enhanced European Research Area, this event is a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe.

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EIT Community sessions

The following EIT Community sessions are confirmed.
Visit the EIT website for updates regarding EIT Community participation at the European Research and Innovation Days 2020. 


  • 24 September 10:00 – 11:00: ‘Towards an innovation agenda for the Western Balkans’ with EIT Director Martin Kern 

Hub 6 (Smart Implementation & Synergies)

  • 22 September 16:00 – 17:00: ‘EIT and EIC – Walking the Talk’ with EIT Chair Gioia Ghezzi

On 22 September, tune in the session with the EIT and the EIC to meet two innovators from the EIT RawMaterials Innovation Community:

  • Three times stronger 3D printing materials with new additives

3D Strong is a manufacturer of additive materials for 3D printing. Manufacturers usually employ additive materials in their production process for several reasons: to increase the strength of base materials or to reduce the overall weight. It is currently not possible to effectively apply additive materials in modern 3D printing techniques. Combining conventional materials with carbon nanotubes, however, allows for more robust 3D printing materials.

  • Energy-efficient bioleaching technologies for different ores and types of waste

Biotatec was established with the main focus at developing environment monitoring tools based on metagenomics. In 2010, the team began looking for micro-organisms to develop a new innovative bioleaching technology for different ores and type of waste. The development of a 2-step technology comprising both anaerobic and aerobic bioleaching in stirred tanks continued, resulting in the patent application in 2016.


  • 22 September 12:00 – 13:00: ‘Innovating for the Green Deal: The role of the EIT in helping citizens cope with the impact of the pandemics, and helping the European economy overcome the crisis’ with Bernd Schäfer, CEO of EIT RawMaterials, on the panel
  • 23 September 12:00 – 13:00: ‘A European approach to Artificial Intelligence’ 
  • 23 September 15:00 – 16:00: ‘Boosting Regional Innovation across Europe via the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme’
  • 24 September 12:00 – 13:00: ‘Supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Europe – The new action by EIT’
European Research & Innovation Days Programme