4th FTP Conference: Future Lead Markets of the Forest-based sector - 15-16 May 2007, Hannover (Germany)
The Conference will take place on 15th and 16th May 2007 in Hannover, Germany, as an official event of the German presidency of the European Union, and in connection with Ligna+.
The Conference will focus on the topic of “lead markets”. Lead markets are markets for research and innovation-intensive products and services with a high potential for growth, thus promising a leading role for the European economy at the global level. This initiative has been launched by the Member States of the European Union to create and stimulate lead markets in order to reach the goals of the Lisbon strategy for the development of the EU.
At the Conference experts from industry, research and politics will discuss the opportunities for lead markets and indicate concrete steps towards their realisation. Mr. Esko Aho, former Prime minister of Finland, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Conference. Mr. Esko Aho, as Chairman of the Aho Group on Innovation Policy and President of the Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA), will report on ways to improve the research and innovation performance of the European Union. The objective is to point out the political aspects and to outline a vision of an innovation-friendly and competitive Europe.
Representatives of the media are warmly invited to attend the Conference and, particularly, the news conference in which the keynote speakers will participate. The news conference is scheduled on 15th May, following the morning programme. Media representatives are kindly asked to state on their registration form whether they would like to participate in the entire conference or in the news conference only. Registration for official media representatives is free of charge.