Eurocities Secretary General among the top experts selected to define Horizon Europe mission

31 July 2019

Anna Lisa Boni has been selected as one of the 15 experts who will help define the objective the Horizon Europe mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities.

Each Horizon Europe mission board consists of 15 experts. Following a selection process, which produced over 2,100 applications, the five mission boards are composed of creative and highly motivated experts from a wide range of backgrounds, including academics, innovators, civil society, industry, finance and end-users.

Professor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, former Mayor of Warsaw, and ex EUROCITIES president, has also been selected as chair for the mission on ‘Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities’. All EUROCITIES members will be invited to collaborate and provide contributions.

If you are interested in being involved please contact: Anja De Cunto

Background information

As part of the EU’s next long-term budget for 2021-2027, the Commission proposed the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, the continuation of Horizon 2020, with a proposed budget of €100 billion.

Missions are one of the main novelties of Horizon Europe. By addressing important societal challenges, such as cancer and climate change, through ambitious but realistic research and innovation activities, they will make clear to citizens how the EU can make a real difference in their lives and in society as a whole.

They boost the impact of EU-funded research and innovation by mobilising investment and EU wide efforts around measurable and time-bound goals around issues that affect citizens’ daily lives.

By the end of 2019, the mission boards will identify the first possible specific missions, with a concrete target and timeline.

The boards will discuss with citizens, stakeholders and experts from member states at the first European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels from 24-26 September.

Professor Mazzucato’s first report for Commissioner Moedas, called ‘Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation in the European Union’ set out the main characteristics of mission-oriented research and innovation:

  • Bold, inspirational, with wide societal relevance;
  • Targeted, measurable, and time-bound;
  • Ambitious, but realistic R&I actions;
  • Cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-actor innovation;
  • Drive multiple, bottom-up solutions.

Find out more in the European Commission press release.