High Level Forum 2016

Leading Innovation Ecosystems

25-27 September 2016

"Collaborative Creativity"

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The High Level Forum was initiated in 2012 by Jean Therme, Director of the Technological Research CEA, CEA Tech on the GIANT campus. This annual event is attended by an international community of decision makers from the worlds of higher education, research, and industry, as well as civic and political leaders.
With each passing year, the High Level Forum which now counts more than twenty participating innovation campuses, has earned increasing recognition as a truly remarkable international event. The aims of the High Level Forum are to:

  • Encourage and strengthen cooperation between the world’s most powerful innovation ecosystems.
  • Develop common strategies to maximize the social and economic benefits of the activities of participating campuses.
Added value

Bringing together High Level Decision Makers and Policy Makers of innovation from Research, Education, Industry and Public Authorities
Having in common the willingness to promote research & innovation, technology transfer to industry, scientific education of talents and cross-sectoral relationships (public/private, start-up/large group, research/industry,…)

Sharing experience, best practices, lessons learnt, about innovation management within an ecosystem
Understanding different perspectives about strategy, the conditions for success, procedures, methodologies, efficiency metrics

Through joint initiatives or inter-ecosystem projects
With the goal to achieve better, faster, cheaper innovative solutions of common interest for several Innovation campuses

Initiating international debates dealing with specific issues of innovation
Advocating innovation and research within the world leading organizations or institutions and through international publications
Having as a vision the creation of the “Word Innovation Forum” where leaders share their vision about the way innovation can contribute to a more prosperous, peaceful and well-balanced world


The High Level Forum is a Grenoble, France-based event hosted off-site at a  partner campus every other year:

21 HLF DELEGATIONS having participated in 2012-2015:

  • Asia:
    • Japan: Tsukuba
    • Korea: Daejeon
    • Taiwan: Hsinchu
    • Thailand: Bangkok
    • Singapore
  • Americas:
    • Brazil: Sao Paulo
    • Canada: Montréal
    • USA:
      • Los Angeles (Caltech)
      • San Francisco (Stanford)
      • Atlanta (GIT)
      • Chicago (Argonne)
      • North Carolina (UNC)
  • Europe:
    • France: Grenoble (GIANT)
    • Israel: Haifa (Technion)
    • Switzerland: Lausanne (EPFL)
    • UK: Harwell/Oxford
    • Poland: Warsaw
    • Germany: Dresden (TUD)
    • Italy: Milan (Politecnico)
    • Finland: Helsinki (VTT)
    • Saudi Arabia: Thuwal (KAUST)

They have honored us with their presence:

2014: Richard Dasher, Alim-Louis Benabid, Jean-Louis Gassée
2015: Yuko Harayama, Tim Bestwick, Hiroshi Amano, Yoshiyuki Sankai


From September 25-27


Quick and easy access to the event


International decision makers


Keynote speech

USA, Stanford : Mr. Rick BARH, Executive Director, Stanford SystemX Alliance

Guest Speech 1

Israel, Haifa : Pr. Peretz LAVIE,  President, Technion

Guest Speech 2

Singapore :  Pr. Timothy WHITE, Research Director, President’s Office,  Nanyang Technological University

Coffee Break

Guest Speech 3

Taiwan, Hsinchu : Dr. Alex PENG, VP & General Director, ITRI

Roundtable : What’s the added value of collaborative creativity for the Innovation Programs of our leading ecosystems?

Moderator: Anjana AHUJA, Science journalist & Financial Times contributing writer Panelists : Keynote Speaker + Guest Speakers & Mrs. Yuko HARAYAMA, Japan Prime Minister Cabinet Office & Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) & Mr. Jean-Paul de GAUDEMAR, Rector

Guest Star Speech « Out of the box »

Luc JACQUET, French film director and screenwriter, winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2005


4 groups of 20 participants; 4 options: “education tour”, “start-up tour” & “show time tour”, “GIANT tour in electric vehicles”. –          The Show Time tour emphasizes how technologies could be showcased. Presentation made will deal with: o   The backstage of CEA Tech

Keynote Speech

Germany, Munich: Dr. Ing. Detlef NAGEL, Infineon Technologies AG, VP Front End

Guest Speech 1

Japan : Dr. Masaharu Sumikawa, Director General of Tsukuba Global Innovation Promotion Agency

Guest Speech 2

France, Grenoble : Patrick Mazeau, Director Business Relations and Marketing , Xerox Research Centre Europe

Coffee Break

Guest Speech 3

USA, Chicago : Dr. Paul KEARNS, Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer,  Argonne National Laboratory

Roundtable : How our leading innovative ecosystems, by practicing Collaborative Creativity, can go beyond a specific project and set up a large “structuring project » to address smart industry challenges?

Moderator : Anjana AHUJA, Science journalist & Financial Times contributing writer  Panelists : Keynote Speaker + Guest Speakers & Pr. Joseph SIFAKIS, Turing Award 2007 & Mr. Didier MIRATON, Consultant and Professor at the Paris MBA « Collège des Ingénieurs »


SPEAKERSDiscover Speakers and Speakers PDF presentations

Anjana Ahuja

Freelance journalist and Contributing Writer (Science) at the Financial Times

Anjana Ahuja is a freelance science journalist based in London. After 16 years at the Times, she is now a Contributing Writer at the Financial Times, regularly commenting on science, technology and public health for a global business audience. She also works for the BBC, presenting science stories

Professor Peretz Lavie

President of Technion

Prof Lavie joined the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1975 after completing his doctoral and postdoctoral education in sleep research and sleep medicine University of Florida and University of Californian in San Diego.


Japan Prime Minister Cabinet Office, Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation

Ph.D. in Education, University of Geneva in 1996. Ph.D. in Economics, University of Geneva in 1997. Assistance Professor, Department of Political Economy, University of Geneva in 1998. Fellow, The Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (RIETI) in 2001. Professor, Management of

Paul Kearns

Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer

Paul K. Kearns is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and the Chief Operations Officer for the US Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory. He brings over three decades of management experience to the position, as well as a strong background


Tsukuba Global Innovation Promotion Agency Director General

Dr. Masaharu Sumikawa is Director General of Tsukuba Global Innovation Promotion Agency (TGI), Innovation Hub contributing Japanese Growth Strategy. He is also Chairman of Executive Board TIA and Senior Advisor of Hitachi, Ltd. Prior to these position, he served as Chief Executive

Timothy White

Research Director, President's Office, Nanyang Technological University , Singapore

“Tim White is a Director in the President’s Office Research Strategy and Co-ordination Unit at Nanyang Technological University, Professor in Materials Science & Engineering and Deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute. Previous affiliations include the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, the Australian

Alex Peng

Industrial Technology Research Institute

Dr. Alex Peng is Vice President of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and General Director of Material and Chemical Research Laboratories of ITRI ( MCL, ITRI). His fields of focus include Energy Materials, Electronic Materials, and Strategy and R&D Planning. He has

Joseph Sifakis

Turing Award 2007

Joseph Sifakis is a Greek-born French computer scientist, laureate of the 2007 Turing Award, along with Edmund M. Clarke and E. Allen Emerson, for his work on model checking. He studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and Computer

Patrick Mazeau

Director Business Relations and Marketing Xerox Research Centre Europe

Patrick Mazeau manages the Business Relations and Marketing team at the Xerox Research Centre Europe. His mission is to accelerate the pace of bringing disruptive technologies to market. He has extensive experience of how technologies can make a difference to our lives

Dr. Detlef Nagel

Vice President Frontend, Infineon Technologies AG

Dr. Detlef Nagel is member of the Infineon Frontend Board with Focus on Technology and Innovation. He holds a degree in Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and has 20 years of experience in Semiconductor Operations and Development in different markets

Didier Miraton

Consultant and Professor at the Paris MBA " Collège des Ingénieurs "

Civil engineer – Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées ’82 2016 : Consultant and Professor advisor for the french atomic energy agency on strategies in life sciences and innovation advisor to the french government on medical innovation advisor at Limagrain, world 4th

Luc Jacquet

Director, founder of NGO Wild-Touch

After biology studies, Luc Jacquet discovers his passion for image and scientific mediation after wintering in Antarctica. His first movie, March of the Penguins, brings together more than 35 million viewers worldwide and receives the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2006. In

Rick Bahr

Executive Director, Stanford SystemX Alliance

Rick Bahr is the executive director of Stanford’s SystemX Alliance.  Prior to Stanford, Rick was a Sr VP of Eng at Qualcomm, chartered with driving the company’s Wi-Fi technology.

Jean-Paul de Gaudemar

Rector of Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Mr Jean-Paul de Gaudemar has been elected in December 2015 as Chief executive Officer ("Recteur") of the Francophon University Agency (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie - AUF"), an international network gathering more than 800 universities located in more than 100 countries.



Arriving by plane

The nearest international airports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry (LYS) and Geneva (GVA). There are regular shuttle buses between the Grenoble train station and both airports:

Arriving by train

With a train to Grenoble from Paris (CDG), Lyon Saint-Exupéry (LYS) or Geneva (GVA) : www.voyages-sncf.com

From the train station to the hotel : 5 minutes walk or 2 minutes by tramway (line B).

If needed, people will welcome you. Please contact

ACCESS to the forum

Arriving by car

When arriving from Lyon or Valence  on A48, take exit 16 towards “Polygone Scientifique”. Continue over the bridge (Pont d’Oxford). At the junction turn left and follow the signs for MINATEC.

When arriving from Chambéry, Gap, or Sisteron on the A480, take exit 2. Continue straight along the rue Félix Esclangon and follow signs for MINATEC.


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