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18 - 20 May 2021

The Global Innovation Summit with its focus on Green Transition, Digital Transformation and Post COVID developments provides an international meeting place for businesses, innovators, researchers and funding experts to network, share knowledge and develop new business ideas. You can also learn about world-wide business collaboration and funding opportunities in Eureka and Horizon Europe.

It includes a colorful programme full of variety. In addition to keynotes and workshops, there will be exciting networking opportunities and more.


Participation is free! Registration is mandatory for participation.


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M A I N   T O P I C S

Green Transition

The Green Deal as an economic, ecological and social transformation process is one of the centre pieces of political discourse at both international and national levels. One objective of the summit is to support the innovative developments towards green transition and the associated importance of the role of research and innovation programmes.


The reconstruction of the economy and international cooperation after the Corona crisis will play an important role in 2021. The summit’s goal is to take stock of the situation one year after the outbreak of the Corona crisis and to reflect on the resulting consequences for the European and international economic and RTI system.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation and its impact is another priority of this year’s summit. Here we seek to promote networking among innovative international SMEs and global companies from the Eureka network during a structured exchange of innovative ideas with regard to digital and sustainable development goals.


E U R E K A   N E T W O R K


Currently under Austrian Chairmanship, Eureka is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, present in over 45 countries. Since 1985, we have funded and supported the R&D and innovation of thousands of breakthrough commercialised products, processes or services that have positively impacted society and helped economies grow.



S P E A K E R  &  S E S S I O N S


Top Keynoter: Bertrand Piccard

It is in Bertrand Piccard’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. From a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abysses, he made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts, around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar plane without fuel. A pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. SolarImpulse was born to carry this message around the world.

Speaker: Gabriel Felbermayr

Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr is President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He concurrently holds a chair in Economics and Economic Policy at Kiel University. His research and advisory activities focus on questions of economic global governance, European economic integration and German economic policy. He has published a large number of papers in international scientific journals, in policy briefs and newspapers. His research has been recognised with various awards.

Speaker: Sabine Herlitschka

Sabine Herlitschka’s professional career includes industrial biotechnology research, international cooperation and financing in technology and innovation, internships at leading organisations in the USA, periods as Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as her role of founding Vice-Rector for Research Management and International Cooperation at the Medical University of Graz/Austria. Before joining Infineon Technologies Austria, Herlitschka was Director of European & International Programmes in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. For almost 25 years she has been frequently involved in European research as an advisor, project coordinator, evaluator and Chairperson in strategic European and international expert groups. Currently, she is Governing Board Chairperson of the €5bn European Public Private Partnership ECSEL-Electronics Components and Systems for Electronic Leadership.

Speaker: Dorothee Ritz

As General Manager of Microsoft Austria, Dorothee Ritz is committed to helping shape the digital transformation in Austria. She has been part of the company since 2004 occupying different leading positions, including heading the “Microsoft International Business Strategy” for the President of Microsoft International. One of her greatest achievements at Microsoft is the implementation of a mobile first, cloud first – strategy. Ritz is also a board member of the non-profit children’s aid organisation Plan International Germany.

Afternoon Sessions

A variety of speakers from interesting fields of expertise will hold lectures in the afternoons. Those after sessions build a bridge between the main topics and the B2B-networking all participants are strongly encouraged to explore.



V E N U E  &  D E S T I N A T I O N 


Graz – Austria’s second largest city is a young and academic one and it is a meeting place of innovation, culture, art and history. Known as the “gateway to the south-east” this European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design offers more than you might expect…

In the fields of renewable energy and recycling or technological innovation and research – ideas are born and raised in green Styria and their success can be witnessed in both local entrepreneurship and the flourishing start-up scene.


B 2 B 


B2B meetings during #GIS2021 provide the ideal setting to interact and find the right contacts. They are a great chance to have a private 15-minute web meeting with another participant to discuss joint projects, ideas and plans. They allow for a personal networking experience in a virtual event setting!

B2B meetings during #GIS2021 can also be a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners in virtual face-2-face talks.


B u s I n e s s , r e s e a r c h  o r  c o o p e r a t i o n  p r o f i l e  a n d  

M a r k e t p l a c e  O p p o r t u n i t i e s 


This is an opportunity to introduce oneself and the company/research institution by publishing a clear profile with detailed information. The more detail (such as organisation background, business offers, research project ideas and interests) one provides, the more one will benefit from the B2B meetings.

#GIS2021 B2B meetings are brought to you by Enterprise Europe Network. This means wherever you are from, there will be an Enterprise Europe Network hub near you that will support you in preparing for your meetings and following up on the outcomes of those meetings after the event.