Mission board chairs announced

On July 4th, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, officially launched the work on five major European research and innovation missions under Horizon Europe (HUE) with announcing the chairs of the mission boards.

  • The mission board on ‘Soil Health and Food’ will be chaired by mr. Cees Veerman, former Dutch Agriculture Minister;
  • The mission board on ‘Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation’ will be chaired by ms. Connie Hedegaard, former European Commissioner for Climate Action;
  • The mission board on ‘Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters’ will be chaired by mr. Pascal Lamy, former Trade Commissioner and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation;
  • The mission board on ‘Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities’ will be chaired by professor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, former Mayor of Warsaw;
  • The mission board on ‘Cancer’ will be chaired by professor Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology of Medicine.

Missions and partnerships are novel tools to implement the new HEU framework Programme, to direct research and innovation investments and maximise the impact of investing public funds towards achieving global challenges and European policy objectives. Missions are a completely new approach, while the partnerships build on the experiences in H2020. The common aim is to tackle global challenges in a coordinated way through creating scale and critical mass, integrating demand-side policies and engaging with end-users. Partnerships should allow to combine and coordinate a broad range of (mainly existing) research and innovation activities to address common priorities jointly with Member States, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders.

Missions will spark and steer (mainly) new research and innovation activities to achieve targeted, ambitious and measurable goals which speak to citizens, engaging with and leveraging policies and actors well beyond research and innovation. The current five mission areas were identified during the negotiations of the Horizon Europe programme. The mission boards will have to  narrow down the broad areas into specific missions with concrete targets and timelines by the end of 2019. Each mission board will consist of 15 experts, including the chair. The Commission expects to announce the full composition of the mission boards by the end of July 2019.

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