Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp – Creating impact with science

Bibliothèque Solvay, Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard
Event Type:
Member Event
Working Group:
Innovation & Investment
Event Date:
09:00 - 13:30
ERRIN Members

Meet the researchers behind the next big innovations and discuss the impact of science!
Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp opening seminar will take palce on Tuesday 26th of September in Brussels.
Hear how science creates innovations for sustainable future.
The Global Impact Camp will be a two-day intensive co-creation session, focusing on societal impact of research. After the seminar, you are also warmly welcomed to join us at the Global Impact Evening reception, and at the lunch on Wednesday 27th of September.
Preliminary programme
26 September 2017
9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Opening words by Thomas Wilhelmsson, Chancellor of University of Helsinki and Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen

9.45 Keynote speech / Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, Director of UNDP's Representation Office in Brussels, UN Secretary-General's representative to the EU TBC

10.15 Keynote speech / Commission (Horizon2020) perspective on impact

10.30 Helsinki Challenge view on impact, pitches by the finalist teams

11.00 Panel discussion:  Grand Societal Challenges & Science Impact / moderated by Ambassador Jan Store
  • Ann Mettler, Head of European Political Strategy Center EPSC TBC
  • Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for Directorate Climate action and resource efficiency, DG Research and Innovation, European Comission TBC
  • Wiljan van der Akker, Vice-rector for Research, Utrecht University
  • Tuuli Kaskinen, Executive Director, Demos Helsinki
  • Anja Langenbucher, Director, Europe Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation TBC
12.00 Lunch & networking with the Helsinki Challenge finalist teams

Evening reception on Tuesday, 26th of September at 18.30-20.00
Bibliothèque Solvay, Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 137, 1040 Brussels
18.30 Experience Helsinki Challenge in 2 minutes

18.45 Opening: New way of impact – innovation as the only way to sustainable growth

19.00 Pitches by the finalist teams

19.20 Buffet and networking
Outcomes of the Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp
Lunch on Wednesday, 27th of September at 12.15-13.30
Bibliothèque Solvay, Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 137, 1040 Brussels
12.15 Opening words

12.30 Pitches by the seven finalist teams

13.15 Prize ceremony: Impact prize award / Members of the European Parliament

13.30 Closing the Global Impact Camp