The European Union’s ambition to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 will hinge on its ability to scale innovations that can accelerate the journey to net-zero.

Creating the conditions for this is the goal of the burgeoning European Innovation Area (EIA), an ecosystem Dr Roland Strauss, co-founder of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), the organisers of next month’s inaugural EIA Summit, says can become a “single market for innovation” that can make net-zero happen.

“The EIA initiative is about strengthening innovation ecosystems at the local, regional and national levels and better connecting them across Europe,” Dr Strauss said. “What we want in essence is a single market for innovation that can accelerate the types of solutions we need to become a climate-neutral continent by 2050.”

And in organising the first-ever EIA Summit, which will run from 27-30 June, the K4I Forum in the European Parliament will bring together the MEPs, innovators, academics and startups that will define the role innovation can play in getting to net-zero.

And there is an open invite to the summit for anyone who wants to be part of shaping the future of innovation in Europe.

“I invite you to be a big part of this journey towards creating a European Innovation Area,” Dr Strauss says. “And the simplest way you can do it is by going to our event website and signing the EIA Manifesto, as this will secure your invitation to the summit.”

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