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

Guest Speech 1

Israel, Haifa : Peretz Lavie,  President, Technion

Guest Speech 2

France, Grenoble : Monica Beltrametti , VP R&D XEROX Europe

Coffee Break

Guest Speech 3

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


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, Dresden)

Guest Speech 1

(USA , Pasadena)

Guest Speech 2

(Korea, Daejeon)

Coffee Break

Guest Speech 3

(KSA, Riyadh)



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

Monica Beltrametti

Xerox Chief Services Research Officer

Dr Monica Beltrametti is Xerox Chief Services Research Officer. She directs Xerox research related to services and how this research is commercialised. Beltrametti is also vice president of the Xerox Innovation Group and director of the Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE). Beltrametti

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.

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.



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.


Discover Grenoble

Grenoble delivers the best of both worlds. This dynamic city is surrounded by an incredibly diverse natural environment offering a landscape of soft rolling countryside and breathtaking Alpine peaks.
This precious natural heritage has spurred the development of a broad range of sustainable development initiatives across the French Alps


Grenoble tourist office


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