The theme of the HIGH LEVEL FORUM 2018 was:
This theme was 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 were leaving opportunities for enjoying relaxing times, discovering the hosting ecosystem of Grenoble and networking between delegations and organizations.
The program and agenda of the HLF2018 edition were as following:
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The High Level Forum 2018 was taking 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 was taking place at three adjacent locations:
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” !