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High-Level Roundtable: Towards Industry 4.0 and a Digital Single Market

Date: 16 October 2014
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 14:00 - 18:00


16 October, 2014 - Résidence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM


There is an urgent need to revive flagging European growth and counter the widening productivity gap with other advanced economies. Digital technologies are widely recognised as being key in driving innovation and helping companies move up the global value chain. Two particularly promising prospects are the digitalisation of industry – an area where Europe has significant strengths – as well as the completion of the digital single market – a long-overdue effort to overcome the fragmentation in what is the fastest growing segment of the economy.

Two of the worldʼs foremost experts on information technology and productivity will present their latest research at this High-Level Roundtable on Digitalisation and Productivity, honing in on Europeʼs opportunity to use Industry 4.0 and completion of the single market to kick-start innovation and growth. This High-Level Roundtable is hosted by the European Digital Forum, a think tank led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta. Its website is www.europeandigitalforum.eu

Keynote Presentations

  • Bart van Ark, executive vice-president, chief economist and chief strategy officer, The Conference Board; author of Productivity and Digitalisation in Europe: Paving the Road for Faster Growth

  • Robert D. Atkinson, president, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; co-author of Raising European Productivity Growth Through ICT

Additional Interventions

Francisco Caballero Sanz, chief economist and head of unit, industrial competitiveness for growth, DG enterprise and industry, European Commission

  • Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, member, vice-chair, committee on internal market and consumer protection, European Parliament

  • Wolfgang Dorst, head of department, Industry 4.0, Bitkom

  • Gerard de Graaf, director, co-ordination, DG communication networks, content and technology, European Commission

  • Dennis Kredler, director-general, European Retail Round Table (ERRT)

  • Valerie Mocker, senior researcher, startups and entrepreneurship, Nesta

  • Mark Purdy, managing director and chief economist, institute for high performance, Accenture

If you plan on attending this High-Level Roundtable, please send an e-mail at your earliest convenience with the subject heading "Productivity Gap" to rsvp@lisboncouncil.net . Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Only registered participants will have access to the venue.

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