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Day 1 – 16 November

Venue: DG CONNECT, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, B-1160 Brussels (Meeting room BU25-0/S1)

8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome and Introduction, Yolanda Ursa, INMARK, DISCOVERY Project Coordinator

Opening and welcome address

– Jean-Yves Roger, DG CONNECT International Cooperation Unit

– Alan Bowman, Deputy Head of Mission, Mission of Canada to the EU (tbc)

9:30 Keynote speaker

Nick Wallace, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation.

Benoit Van Asbroeck, Partner at Bird & Bird. Legal challenges in a data-driven environment

10:15 Q&A
10:30 DISCOVERY’s Transatlantic ICT Forum in the Context of EU-North American Policy, Camille Sailer, EACCNJ
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Introduction to DISCOVERY Working Groups: ICT Policy and Regulations (Camille Sailer, EACCNJ), Cybersecurity (Jim Clarke, WIT), and Funding Mechanisms (Jostein Sundet, NordForsk).
11:20 ICT Policy, Research and Innovation for a Smart Society: towards new avenues in EU-US ICT collaboration: the PICASSO project, Svetlana Klessova, Inno TSD, project coordinator
11:30 Panel Session 1: Digital Economy Trends, Capital Market Financing and IPR

Chair: Camille Sailer, EACCNJ


–      Maarten Botterman, Founder and Director of GNKS Consult, Netherlands

–      James Gumble, CEO and Founder of Xpand International, UK

–      Rene Summer, Director Government & Industry Relations at LM Ericsson

–      Alberto Leon-Garcia, Scientific Director of NSERC Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI), University of Toronto, Canada

The objectives of the panel include: understanding of the disruptions represented and confronted by the ICT sector; how access to capital and public sector funding operates; barriers to overcoming market fragmentation such as standards and regulations; and opportunities to improve IPR.

12:45 Lunch
14:00 Panel session 2: How to promote best practices and what are current obstacles in joint ICT collaboration between Europe, the US and Canada.

Chair: Jostein Sundet, NordForsk


–      Maria Fernanda Cabrera, Innovation Director of Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech) research group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

–      Henriette Krimphoff, DLR, BILAT USA 4.0

–      May D. Wang, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

–      Jutta Treviranus, Professor and Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

In this panel the discussion will be on how to promote Best Practices in ICT research collaboration, what we know works in earlier and on-going ICT-projects.  Obstacles to good intercontinental collaboration will also be discussed.

15:45  Panel session 3: Research on the Wider Scope of Cybersecurity

Chair: Jim Clarke, WIT


–      Jacques Bus, Secretary General, Digital Enlightenment Forum

–      Evangelos Markatos, Head of the Distributed Computing Systems Laboratory, Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), Greece

–      Fabio Martinelli, Senior researcher and leader of the cyber security project at IIT-CNR, Italy

–      Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, Chairman, The Providence Group, US

–      Nina Olesen, Policy Manager, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)

–      Menouer Boubekeur, Strategic Business Development, PI Cyber Physical Systems, United Technologies Research Center, Ireland

The objectives of this panel include: Internet of Things (IoT) / cyber security with regard to citizens and smart cities; harmonisation and cooperation of key EU and US cybersecurity initiatives; importance of cybersecurity innovation clustering; and approaches undertaken in EU, US and Canada.

17:30 Conclusions and Day 1 Workshop Closes





Day 2 – 17 November

Venue: Embassy of Canada, Avenue de Tervueren 2, B-1040 Brussels

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome and Introduction – Expected outcomes of the day

Yolanda Ursa, DISCOVERY project Coordinator

Facilitators: Paolo Martinez and Marc Sonnaert, FUTOUR DUCK ACADEMY

10:00 Parallel Break-out Sessions

We will organize 3 parallel break-outs groups on those topics identified as key drivers for successful ICT collaboration from the previous day´s sessions. The purpose of each break-out session is to discuss the main challenges for EU-North America collaboration in ICT R&I and to focus on recommendations for future collaboration. Break-out topics:

–      Break-out Group 1. How to move forward to ICT policy dialogues to reduce excessive regulatory costs and streamline processes to optimize efficiencies.

–      Break-out Group 2. Strategic areas and topics for future joint funding calls from EU-US and EU-Canada resources.

–      Break-out Group 3. Cybersecurity and privacy in EU-US-Canada R&I cooperation.

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Reporting Back Session

In this session each of the break-out groups will present the outcomes and conclusions on their focused topics discussions.

14:30 Conclusions and Next Steps
15:00 Day 2 Workshop Closes