12:30 20:00 passed

Embedding digital into societal challenges


#eu2017ee #ev100 #Estonia100

A conference on embedding digital solutions into the societal challenges of the current and upcoming EU research and innovation (R&I) programme, while showcasing Estonian scientists’ contributions in addressing emerging barriers.

This conference in Brussels, aims to provide input towards policy discussions relevant to policy makers and decision-makers in EU institutions, member states, and stakeholders. It relates to some of the barriers to embedding digital solutions into the societal challenges posed by the EU Horizon 2020 the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and the upcoming framework programme. Another aim is to showcase Estonian scientists’ and research-based enterprises’ contributions in addressing these obstacles. The conference will also be an opportunity to find partners for cooperation.


EU science, research and innovation policy plays an important part in merging the physical and digital worlds by matching digital technologies with innovative solutions to societal challenges. Societal challenges are one of the key priorities of Horizon 2020 and the next framework programme. This priority focuses on areas like health, food, energy, transport, climate, and innovative and secure societies. Many solutions are already in place, but there are growing opportunities and challenges.


The conference is divided into panel discussions that are illustrated with showcases of scientists’ contributions in addressing emerging barriers and followed by the Q&A from the audience.

More information about the programme is available in the agenda (PDF, 2 MB).

Additional information about the speakers is available in the detailed agenda (PDF, 4.7 MB)


The Estonian Research Council and its Estonian Liaison Office for EU Research and Technical Development in Brussels, the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU and the Ministry of Education and Research in Estonia, Science|Business as well as the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA).

Target group

Primarily policy makers and decision-makers at EU institutions, including high officials from the European Commission, representatives of relevant professional associations, R&I offices, attachés from member states, representatives of universities, and others in the field.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact the Estonian Liaison Office for EU RTD at brussels@etag.ee.

All times in agenda are CET.

Embedding digital into societal challenges



Registration and light lunch


Welcome and opening speeches


Session I: Data as a key enabler for Europe’s future

  • Showcase by Liisa Past, Cyber CRO at Estonian IT System Authority: Security as a state of mind (PDF, 1.68 MB)
  • Showcase by Jaak Vilo, Professor of bioinformatics and the Head of the Institute of Computer Science at University of Tartu: Europe, Big Data, AI (PDF, 12.5 MB)
  • Panel reflection and discussion
    Pearse O’Donohue, Acting Director of the Future Networks Team in DG CONNECT, European Commission 
    Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary General on E-services Development and Innovation, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs 
    Paolo Grassia, Head of Regulatory Affairs, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association 


Coffee break


Session II: Societal acceptance of digital solutions




Networking reception


Residence Palace

Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium





Last update 22/12/2017 15:14