ECSEL JU Symposium 2020 in Brussels

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been moved online. 

Digital Symposium

Online conference

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has proved that the Digital Transformation hugely impacts all sectors of our economy; from agriculture to public services, from industry to public administration, it radically changes the way we live and work.

These evolutions are empowered by advances in artificial intelligence, improved cyber-security, reinforced connectivity through 5G (and 6G), edge computing, sensors, power management etc., many of which will significantly contribute to the ‘European Green Deal’, as well as providing the necessary means for stimulating industry and employment - which is likely to be a critical societal concern during the recovery from the pandemic crisis.

But the EU today is at risk of losing its digital sovereignty. Lately the sense of urgency has increased, but unless quick and more targeted actions are taken the EU may risk losing its global position.

Join the ECSEL JU community for its annual event, exceptionally taking a shape of a digital conference, where we will discuss some of the most urgent issues and try to answer the questions, such as:

  • How can instruments like ECSEL JU contribute in a pragmatic way to speed socio-economic recovery and strengthen the the EU’s digital sovereignty?
  • What are the new opportunities created by digital industries for the short and mid-term?
  • What level of investment and strategic global alliances for RD&I should the EU contemplate?
  • How to mobilize the required financial resources supporting national and European policy measures in Key Digital Technologies?

Of course, COVID-19 has shown the importance of the digital innovation in healthcare based on artificial intelligence. But it is an opportunity to rethink not only the doctor-hospital-patient relationship, but also business relations more generally, to ensure continuity, economic stability, resilience, safety and security. And most of all, solutions that are highly relevant for the post COVID-19 scenario.

More information, including a draft agenda and practical details, will be available soon. 


09:50 - 10:00

Welcome words by Bert De Colvenaer, Executive Director of the ECSEL JU

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote speech by a Member of the European Parliament 

10:30 – 11:30

“The new post-COVID-19 challenges for Europe and the Electronic Components and Systems industry”

Speakers will discuss the electronic components and systems sector future growth and its contribution with solutions to societal challenges, including the “European Green Deal”.

11:30 - 12:30

“Re-building and strengthening European Digital Competences: the need for a European partnership on Key Digital Technologies”

How can Europe successfully adjust to current dynamics and how can industrial policy effectively support the electronic components and system value networks in Europe? How to put adequate policies in place and secure long-term investments? 

12:30 – 13:00

Closing speech by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

13:00 – 13:10

Closing words


Speakers from leading industries and public sector - full list to be confirmed soon.

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Maria Carvalho

Maria da Graça Carvalho

Member of the European Parliament

Sabine Herlitschka

Sabine Herlitschka 

Chief Executive Officer of Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Bert De Colvenaer

Bert De Colvenaer

Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking

Milan Petkovic

Milan Petkovic

Department Head, Philips CTO Organization – Research Digital Europe


Available soon.