High Level Forum
2020 Edition

The theme of the HIGH LEVEL FORUM 2020 was: LEADING INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS

Considering the current health crisis and the recent developments on travel restrictions across Europe and the World, the Grenoble Senior Level Group of the HLF has decided to postpone the 2020 summit until autumn 2021.

This decision has been taken as an opportunity to create a differentiated digital event with innovative and valuable content to encourage more global participation within the HLF network. Therefore, the postponed summit was replaced by the first HLF Connect briefing hosted online from Grenoble on Dec 1st, during which Innovation Ecosystems of the HLF discussed three critical issues of our time :

  • Innovation ecosystem resilience: Impacts in the short to long term
  • New collaborations and alliances; strategies for integrative innovation
  • Winning innovations in the time of Covid and beyond
  • An awarded-startup Show & Contest and highlights from HLF ecosystems punctuated this one-day HLF event.

Video Replay

Opening ceremony

Startups Show & Contest

Panel 1

Panel 2

Panel 3

HLF Innovation ecosystems galleries

Closing ceremony

Speakers

9:00 - 09:30 Forum Opening

Karen AMRAM

CEA Tech Director for Europe and HLF Chair
Grenoble France

Robert Thomas

Technology transfer officer, Deputy Chair of the High Level Forum GIANT
Grenoble, France

Loïck Roche

General Director Grenoble Ecole de Management
Grenoble, France

Pierre Fort

General Director Crédit Agricole Sud Rhône Alpes
Grenoble, France

Thierry Fensch

Innovation & Collaboration Director STMicroelectronics
Grenoble, France

9:30 - 11:00 STARTUPS Show & Contest

Agnès BRAIZE

Director of Development – Grenoble Ecole de Management
Grenoble, France

11:00 - 12:00 ECOSYSTEMS GALLERY
12:00 - 13:30 SESSION 1: Strategies for integrative innovation: new collaborations & alliances

Keynoter

Edward Mitchell

Head of Business Development and staff scientist, ESRF, The European Synchrotron
Grenoble, France

Karine Samuel

Vice President for International Affairs at Université Grenoble Alpes
Grenoble, France

Yusuke Mori

Director General of Policy Innovation Department
City of Tsukuba, Japan

Janekrishna Kanatharana

Executive Director, Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi), National Science and Technology Development Agency
Thailand

13:30 - 14:00 ECOSYSTEMS GALLERY
14:00 - 15:30 SESSION 2: Winning innovations in the time of covid and beyond

Keynoter

Sylvie BLANCO

Executive Director for Innovation Grenoble Ecole de Management
Grenoble, France

Robert Thomas

Technology transfer officer, Deputy Chair of the High Level Forum GIANT
Grenoble, France

Patrick LEVY

IDEX Coordinator, Office of the President & former President of Université Grenoble Alpes
Grenoble, France

Koby RUBINSTEIN

Professor of Mathematics and Executive Vice President for Research, Technion
Haifa, Israel

15:30 - 16:00 ECOSYSTEMS GALLERY
16:00 - 17:30 SESSION 3: Innovation ecosystem resilience: impacts in the short to long term

Keynoter

Richard DASHER

Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
San Francisco, U.S.

Greg MORIN

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Argonne National Laboratory
Chicago, U.S.

Peter Ylén

Principal Scientist and Team leader of Smart City Impact Assessment team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Espoo, Finland

Koby RUBINSTEIN

Professor of Mathematics and Executive Vice President for Research, Technion
Haifa, Israel

Stephen SU

Vice President and General Director, Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center, ITRI
Hsinchu, Taiwan

17:30 - 18:00 HLF PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AND CLOSING WORDS

Karen AMRAM

CEA Tech Director for Europe and HLF Chair
Grenoble France

Léa Pelosi

GIANT Communication and Promotion Actions Coordinator
Grenoble, France

Startups Show & Contest

Ten award-winning startups from various HLF ecosystems were competing for threes “Startups Show & Contest” awards. In a film, each Startup presents itself as well as how it connects with its own ecosystem and describes the short- to long-term future of its product or service in the post crisis context. The competition was followed by a roundtable that examined how the beyond-crisis models of innovation ecosystems will have an impact on the start-up world. The debate also explored to what extent both private and public actors consider start-ups as key-players in the global economy and their strategies to support them. The three honorees – two awards in the Innovation ecosystem category and one award in the beyond crisis category – have been elected by an international jury bringing together the HLF Steering Commity members.