The theme of the HIGH LEVEL FORUM 2018 will be:


This theme will be worked through two plenary sessions and workshops, addressing the Challenges of Infrastructure projects, the contribution of Innovation Ecosystems to Infrastructure initiatives, the Infrastructures for the Cities of the Future and the Infrastructures for an efficient transfer of Innovation from Research to Industry.

Other parts of the Program will leave opportunities for enjoying relaxing times, discovering the hosting ecosystem of Grenoble and networking between delegations and organizations.

The program overview (subject to further adjustments) is as following: Download program overview.

A detailed program is still under preparation and will be made available by May 2018


During the two sessions of the Forum, Speakers will be:

  • Keynote Speakers, who will provide a high level point of view with an international approach about “Innovation and Infrastructures” regarding challenges, trends, actors, financing and other strategic considerations.
  • Ecosystem Spokespersons who will deliver testimonials about the way their respective ecosystems are managing or envisioning innovative solutions for Infrastructures with the goal to provide added value to their regional infrastructure projects.

During the Conference Dinner, a High Level Executive from a large industrial Group of Grenoble region will highlight the contribution of its Company in the domain of Infrastructures, with the support of the local Innovation Ecosystem of Grenoble “GIANT”.

Speakers are currently under selection; their name, title, bio and abstract will be made available by June 2018.

International Speakers were selected in relevance with the theme of the Forum : « Innovation & Smart Living » ; they were be from the attending Ecosystem Delegations, from Canada/Quebec and the Longueuil-Montréal Ecosystem as well ; their high level presentations were addressing innovative strategies, projects and solutions during the three sessions of the Forum : « Innovation and Smart Transport », « Innovation and Smart Energy »,  » Innovation and Smart Society » .
They were joining other Panelists during four panel discussions, involving High Level Representatives from more than 20 Ecosystem Delegations.

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At each edition of the High Level Forum, attendance is made of High Level Executives – Policy or Decision Makers- as Representative’s of regional Innovation Ecosystems, where they are fully engaged in the regional  Innovation strategies and programs.

Each delegation from an Innovation Ecosystem is expected to be well balanced with Delegates coming from various domains, as Education, Research, Industry, Business and Public Authorities.

More specifically for the 2018 edition, and considering the theme of the Forum about Infrastructures, delegations are expected to include Actors of Infrastructure initiatives, including Representatives from Public Authorities, Business and Financing organizations.


Registration to the High Level Forum is free
(Attendees have to cover their travelling and hotel charges)

The registration process – including the hotel reservation at a pre-booked recommended hotel – will be made possible in this web site in September and October 2018. For any issue, please contact: alain.astier@cea.fr


The High Level Forum 2018 will take place at Grenoble (France) on November 11-14 2018, in the « Presqu’île » area which is the district where the GIANT campus is located. Most part of the Event will be take place at three adjacent locations:

  • Hotel NOVOTEL Grenoble Centre:  7 Place Robert Schuman, 38000 Grenoble
  • World Trade Center: 5-7 Place Robert Schuman, 38000 Grenoble
  • MINATEC house: 3 Parvis Louis Néel, 38054 Grenoble

Capital of the Alps, Capital of Innovation

Grenoble is a French city with half a million inhabitants, located in the south east of France, in the foothills of the Alps, where nature, well-being and innovation come together. Grenoble’s industrials roots and early innovations were the result of its geographic location and the rush of water down from the mountains. Water provided the literal force for the development of the region’s metallurgical industries in the 17th and 18th centuries and through an early example that mixed education, research and industry, the region became a pioneer in hydraulic technology with the development of hydroelectricity in the 19th century.

Ranked by Forbes as the world’s fifth most inventive city in 2014, Grenoble is the destination in France most preferred by students (1 inhabitant in 5 is a student) and is the location of CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives ) which is ranked as the world’s second most innovative public research institution, the first in Europe. Grenoble also hosts several internationally leading companies in energy (Schneider), in microelectronics (STMicroelectronics), in medicine (Biomérieux), in machinery (Caterpillar) and in many other sectors. It is also home to a dense cluster of innovative start-ups that has helped to make France the first foreign country exhibiting at the CES Innovation Show in Las Vegas.

Grenoble, with its DNA marked by Innovation and its international Innovation Campus “GIANT”, was a natural place in which to initiate the High Level Forum in 2012, with the vision to create an international community of regional Ecosystems, driven by Innovation and Collaboration, with the dream to transform it into the “World Innovation Ecosystem Forum” !

@ 2018 Giant - High Level Forum 2018