LET'S Numbers

  • 3 Days of Conference
  • 1140 Delegates - entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers
  • 48 Countries - including Brazil, China, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, USA and all over Europe
  • 3 Plenary sessions
  • 24 Parallel sessions related to 5 thematic tracks
  • 135 Chairs and Speakers
  • More than 700 Bilateral meetings between representatives of 236 companies, research centers and universities
  • 13 Dissemination workshops
  • 13 Company visits
  • 650 Students
  • 16 Schools (5 Secondary schools & 11 High Schools)
  • 50 Secondary & High Schools Teachers
  • Networking and cultural events
  • 42 videos
  • 39 interviews
  • 3 video day by day

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LET’S ACT – Bologna, October 1st 2014

Europe needs to strengthen its competitiveness and stimulate investment for the purpose of job creation. By mastering and deploying Key Enabling and Industrial Technologies, Europe can achieve its industrial goals and, at the same time, address key societal challenges towards a socially inclusive and sustainable growth. Excellent research, industrial leadership and disruptive innovation are the basis for both.

The Bologna conference reflected on the implementation of Horizon 2020, particularly in the area of Key Enabling and Industrial Technologies, and showed how the programme can be fully exploited in terms of the European Union’s scientific, industrial and social growth, also in synergy with the European Structural and Investment Funds, and the European Investment Bank.


The key outcomes of LET’S 2014 conference are the following:

  1. The performance of European public and private research systems is a key driver for the competitiveness of European industry through the creation of new jobs and technology-based entrepreneurship. To face present and future challenges, a continuous investment in research and innovation is needed at the European level, ensuring support for frontier research and breakthrough ideas in view of their industrial exploitation. This is the route to advance Key Enabling Industrial Technologies and to pave the way for the new European Industrial Renaissance. Based on the rich background of European culture and industrial competence, knowledge and know-how as well as new technologies, research and innovation will lead to a strong and profoundly reshaped industry: a new industrial revolution will enhance current industrial leadership and create novel fields of excellence which will provide economic growth and new addedvalue jobs in Europe.
  2. Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups, will also play a key role in fostering technological development and job creation in Europe. Such strategic drivers will be able to create a more innovation-friendly business environment, to increase social mobility as well as to attract investments and talented people from outside the EU. For these reasons there is the need to integrate and strengthen support for SMEs in research and innovation.
  3. The European industrial and social renaissance needs an innovative cultural approach, based on interdisciplinary knowledge, to create minds of the future through investments in human capital and skills at all technical levels, ensuring better coordination of initiatives in the area of industrial research. To reach the goal of 20% share of EU GDP for manufacturing and to help increase employment, it is important to define new European strategies together with all the relevant stakeholders, including the Public- PrivatePartnerships, capable of offering new opportunities for supporting the new industrial renaissance. There is also an urgent need to bridge the competence gap and to support job creation adjustments in the field of Key Enabling Technologies, which can foster innovation, self-entrepreneurship and SMEs competitiveness, thus also paving the way for an effective response to youth unemployment.
  4. Research and Innovation, bridging research in Future and Emerging Technologies with Key Enabling Technologies, need improved coordination among EU funding programmes and instruments while strengthening links among European R&I initiatives, to shorten the time to market of new ideas and to tackle the societal challenges.



Reference Documents:

  1. For a European Industrial Renaissance COM(2014) 14 – 22 January 2014 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52014DC0014&from=EN
  2. Council of the European Union - Conclusions  20-21 March 2014 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/141749.pdf
  3. Research and innovation as sources of renewed growth – COM(2014)339 – 10 June 2014
  4. Commission Staff working document: State of the Innovation Union - Taking stock 2010-2014
  5. The Programme of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union