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Director, Industrial Technologies, DG Research & Innovation at European Commission
Dr Peter Dröll is in charge of Industrial technologies in the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Department. In this capacity, he oversees the optimal integration of Research and Innovation in the design and implementation of relevant EU policies that contribute to Europe’s industrial and technological leadership.
His previous positions in the European Commission include financial control of the Joint Research Centre, enforcement of EU environmental legislation, accession negotiations with Poland and coordination of the environment negotiations with all accession countries, Innovation Policy and European Research Area Policy. He was a Cabinet member of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Head of Cabinet of the Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik.
Peter is a lawyer by training with a doctorate degree in German constitutional law and European law. Before joining the European Commission in 1991, Peter worked as a lawyer in a German law firm.
Director Dröll will contribute to both PLENARY 3: INVESTING IN NANOTECHNOLOGY and SESSION 13: TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS NETWORKS IN EUROPE – PROMOTING INNOVATION AND NEW INDUSTRIAL VENTURES
Plenary 3 Abstract title: EU-investments in Industrial Technologies – past, present and future
Abstract: The Industrial Technologies Programme support research and technology development in Key Enabling Technology areas of nanotechnology, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing technologies. The programme spent 3.2 B€ under FP7, followed by another 3.6 B€ under H2020. Currently the last 3 years of 2018-20 are being planned with the continued aim to provide new foundations for industry, while supporting open innovation through the uptake by the industry of nano and materials technologies in a safe and sustainable way.
Session 13 Abstract title: Bringing new technology to industry – Innovation hubs as the next step
Abstract: The Industrial Technologies Programme has invested over 200M€ in establishing pilot upscaling facilities in the first 4 years of Horizon 2020 – alone in the area of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials! Together with national and regional, public as well as private funding, this has created a favourable situation with an important portfolio of industry relevant technologies, and Europe now needs to accelerate the uptake of the new technologies by industry, developing an ecosystem of innovation hubs for materials and nanotechnologies.