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Workshop 1 New products: R&D and innovation in Europe
New products and new services stem from knowledge and ideas. Europe has a formidable scientific tradition, institutions and talent, but competition to attract R&D+I is intensifying worldwide.
What kind of R&D activities can still be undertaken or outsourced in Europe?
Is it always smart to locate R&D+I far from manufacturing plants?
Is Europe still seen as a first market for innovative products?
Can European businesses win competitive advantage with new types of innovation?
Can the European public sector help European businesses speed up the introduction of new products or services through PPP or innovative public procurement?
Workshop 2 Manufacturing and Assembly
What factors determine Europe's competitiveness, and how can it be improved?
Even in unlikely industries, there can be sound reasons to manufacture or assemble in Europe. How can the continent win a bigger share?
What products and associated services can be manufactured/ assembled efficiently in Europe?
Why are some companies relocating their activities in Europe?
How do technology, clustering and a ‘made in’ label help reinforce the strengths of a European location?
Workshop 3 Is Energy Technology the new IT?
Europe has limited fossil energy resources and some countries are opting out of nuclear generation. But EU member states have set ambitious targets to improve energy efficiency and the share of electricity from renewables.
Will this combination make Europe an essential place to invest in R&D+I, energy equipment, services and smart infrastructure?
Will smart meters and distribution grids keep pace with distributed generation?
Do austerity measures pose a threat to green energy ambitions?
Will technology gains make 'green' energy cost competitive, and when?
Workshop 4 New talents: How can we improve education and training?
New talents: to improve its innovation potential and enable its businesses to deliver better products and services, Europe needs to raise education standards of many of its young people and retrain some of its workforce. Even in countries with high unemployment, companies may struggle to recruit people with the skills they need.
How can companies respond effectively to their customers’ concerns?
What type of information do they collect?
How best should they communicate about their achievements?
Does Corporate Social Responsibility deliver commercial benefits, or is virtue its own reward?
How does talent improve innovation potential and enable companies to deliver better products and services?