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Announcement of second cohort of Mission Innovation Champions

Mission Innovation Champions is a recognition initiative that seeks to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are helping to accelerate the clean energy revolution. This edition of the recognition award closed in late April 2020 and for the first time, the MI Champions ceremony will be followed by a private co-creation dialogue (“Promoting clean energy innovation in a post-COVID world”) with this year’s 21 MI Champions.

The online launch ceremony is open to the public and will take place on Friday 12 June 2020 (13:00-13:30, Brussels time).

Link to: web-streamed ceremony.

13:00-13:30 CEST
Moderator: Patrick Child, Deputy D-G, DG R&I, European Commission
13:02 European Commission Welcome address/Presentation of winners
Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission
13:15 Pass on the baton
Alvaro Beltran, CEO and Founder of Onyx Solar, EC MIC 2019
13:17 Acceptance message from award-winners
13:23 Mission Innovation 2020
John Loughhead, Chair of Mission Innovation Steering Committee
13:25 Closing address
Renu Swarup, Secretary DBT, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Mohamed Ghazali, General Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco
Sebastian de Toro, State Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Sweden
13:29 Final Remarks Henrik Asheim, Minister of Research and Higher Education, Norway


The ceremony will be followed by a private co-creation webinar for MI Champions, Judges, MI members and affiliated institutions. Registration is now closed.

13:45-15:00 CEST
Promoting clean energy innovation in a post-COVID world
Moderator: Helene Chraye, HoU of Clean Energy Technologies for Clean Energy Transition, DG R&I, European Commission
13:45 The role of Champions in Mission Innovation and Q/A
Javiera Aldunate Bengolea, Head of the Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Chile
14:00 Panel discussion MIC 2020 and Q/A
14:55 Debrief on the panel session
Anna Krzyzanowska, Advisor for Mission Innovation, DG R&I, European Commission
14:59 Closing Remarks
Helene Chraye, HoU of Clean Energy Technologies for Clean Energy Transitions, DG R&I, EC
When & Where
Date & Time
12 June, 2020
type of event
Venue Virtual event
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