Jean-Eric Paquet is no ordinary man. If you have heard of Horizon 2020 (the “largest ever European research & innovation program ever funded”), that’s on his watch. If you haven’t, you must have been hiding in the last 7 years. The unit that he leads (DG Research and Innovation) is of one of the largest (“~1500 in staff, ~3000 if we include the researchers”) and most impactful units of the European Commission.
I had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time with Jean-Eric, back in Feb 2020 (a lifetime ago…) during his last visit to Silicon Valley and I was particularly impressed with his ability of eloquently address audiences very different in nature (researchers, investors and entrepreneurs), and being equally effective and to the point.
Our Mind the Chat spans from the role of science and research in Europe today, to the opportunities created by the European Green Deal, with a deep dive on the successor of Horizon 2020, called Horizon EU a ~€100B program that will deeply impact the outcome of the research and innovation in Europe and globally.