emtech europe


Taking Forging a Brighter Future as its theme, EmTech Europe unites leaders in academia, business and government to share ground breaking research-to-market advances and explore the latest breakthroughs in transformative technologies. Europe’s most brilliant minds will converge to discuss cutting-edge, solutions-focused technology across three episodes — An Intelligent Future, A Healthy Future and A Sustainable Future. Major questions around ethics and equity will feature across the two days of conference.

9am-6pm CEST, Thursday 1 July, 2021


Welcome to EmTech Europe


A Shared Future


Conference Keynote


Introduction to A Sutainable Future
Meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, polemicists, funders, futurists, and founders who areleveraging emerging technologies to stave off planetary meltdown addressing solutions from renewables and green energy solutions to optimizing manufacturing processes. What is the promise and potential of these breakthrough technologies?

Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO, Artemis Technologies, Belfast




The Green Consumer Driving Change
Europe’s Consumers are demanding that brands take real action to develop a truly authentic green approach. An overview on the companies which are ahead of the curve and winning the loyalty of the empowered customer.

Thomas Husson, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester


Breaking the Mould
Mitigating the carbon impact of large-scale industrial facilities such as data centres and assessing carbon tax initiatives. Identifying the new green technologies which can succeed in business and environmental terms. Plus an expert insight into the emerging technologies being adopted by cement producers in response to changing consumer demand and governmental action to tax carbon emissions.
  • Rebecca Lamas, European Investment Bank Chair Team, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Elena Walder-Schiavone, Managing Partner Übermorgen Ventures, Switzerland
  • Eric Trusiewicz, Entrepreneur in Residence, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Madrid, Spain (Invited)


Switching from Emissions to Removals
How much CO2 do we need to remove over the next decades? How can we integrate removals into our economy and create carbon-negative products and value chains?

Petrissa Ecklenow, Executive Director of sus.lab, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland


Cementing Change
Cement production worldwide releases nearly four times as much carbon dioxide into the air as global air tra c. This session introduces next-generation technology for the mineralisation of carbon dioxide, turning broken concrete into stone granulate as a replacement for sand and gravel in fresh concrete.

Valentin Gutknecht, CoF0under and CEO, Neustark, Berne, Switzerland


Removing Carbon from the Sky
A multitude of challenges face the cutting-edge companies deploying ‘miracle’ technologies to capture carbon. Vital questions abound: How e ective is it to deploy these technologies at the mammoth scale our overheating planet requires? How will the carbon be stored? And how to avoid pumping even more CO2 from carbon capture machines into the atmosphere?

Nathalie Casas, Head R&D, Climeworks, Switzerland


Green Energy at Industrial Scale
Which alternative fuels provide the best solutions for energy-hungry large industries reliant on coal, oil and gas? Can bulky batteries compete with hydrogen, methanol or, indeed, the latest breakthrough in ‘mini-nuclear’ power?

Carsten Reincke-Collon, Director Future Technologies, Aggreko, Germany


Is Battery Technology the Solution to the Green Transition?
Carmakers are under pressure in Europe to sell more electric cars or face huge nes for breaching new emissions rules aimed at tackling global warming. However, signi cant barriers to truly widespread adoption of electric batteries in vehicles remain in relation to cost, energy storage e ciency and recharging. But are exploiting the full potential of the electric vehicle revolution to accelerate a societal green shift?

Peter Rawlinson, CEO & CTO Lucid Motors, California, USA


Taking Flight
Anxiety bedevils plans for all-electric aircraft — to date the technology to enable sustained battery power over thousands of kilometres doesn’t exist. And then there are issues of weight and of cost, not to mention production at sector scale and safety. However, NASA has advanced proposals to test electric, vertical take-o and landing aircraft while Rolls Royce claims to be on the cusp of manufacturing power systems for some of the rst eVTOLs. Which technologies will fuel a clean and green aviation industry?

Clay Dumas, Partner, Lowercarbon Capital Partners, USA

Anders Forslund, CEO Heart Aerospace, Sweden (invited)


Charging Forward
If sustainability is to be a pillar of the global economic recovery, then the innovation and swift rollout of new electric charging solutions will form the bedrock of tomorrow’s energy landscape. Consumers used to three-minute fuel stops are demanding batteries which can be charged in minutes, not overnight, and they want access to that solution to be ubiquitous. Who is best-placed to ensure the switch to electric cars runs smoothly?

Enrice Asuncion, CEO Wallbox, Spain (invited)


Green Gamechangers
Cities with ambitious green agendas are critical if Europe is to do more than just pay lip-service to its Sustainable Development Goals. Barcelona is regarded as one of the most exciting cities in Europe, can it also become a hub of innovation and Europe’s Green Capital? Lahti, Finland, rst unveiled plans to drive down emissions in 1997. Today it is a global leader in air quality, waste, green growth and eco-innovation, earning it the European Commission’s title of Green Capital 2021

Moderator: MIT Technology Review

Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor, Barcelona (invited)

Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, Finland, Green Capital 2021 (invited)


The Future is Wood
The developers and architects behind Europe’s rst timber skyscraper plan nothing less than a social and ecological paradigm shift.

Thomas Bestgen, Founder and Managing Partner, UTB, Berlin, Germany

Martina Ellsel, Mad Arkitter, Oslo, Norway


Small is Beautiful
One of the regions at the very cutting edge of technological change and the creation of smart cities is Andorra, a tiny country tucked between Spain and France. The 180-square-mile nation of 77,000 people has served as a ‘living lab’ for researchers for MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative to prototype, deploy and test urban innovation.

Luis Alonso, Principal Investigator Andorra Living Lab Project, Andorra and MIT, USA Speaker from Government of Andorra TBC


A Twin for Planet Earth
A new digital model of the earth being developed by the European Union will enable the testing of breakthrough technologies to tackle the climate crisis. Rending the planet’s atmosphere in boxes one kilometre across, Destination Earth will use arti cial intelligence and draw on advances in weather prediction to forecast oods, droughts and res from days to years in advance. The creation of this digital twin will be part of a €1tn investment by the EU in green technologies.

Grazyna Piesiewicz, Head of Destination Earth, EU Commission (invited)


The Breakthrough Technologies which Can Help Us Avoid a Climate Disaster

Speaker TBA


New Food
Cattle are the No. 1 agricultural source of greenhouse gases worldwide. Ine cient animal agriculture practices that contribute to climate change drive the need to create safe, humane and sustainably produced animal proteins. Can new breakthroughs in bioscience not only bring us dairy products without cows but make cheese and butter which is just as tasty?

Dr Britta Winterberg, Founder Legendairy (Germany) (invited)


The Covid-19 Pandemic continues to put healthcare services under unprecedented pressure. Yet there are technological breakthroughs to navigate this crisis and usher in a healthier future across many other elds of medicine. How is the innovative use of data across Europe being used to improve health outcomes? Practitioners and thought leaders examine emerging solutions in connected health and telemedicine, and breakthroughs in the development of Messenger RNA vaccines for Covid. How can these advances be applied to tackle other healthcare delivery issues and disease states?

Brian O’Connor, Chair
European Connected Health Alliance


Telemedicine and Connected Health
Arti cial Intelligence, blockchain, chatbots and personalised mobile apps are among the advances in technology being utilised to transform healthcare. Meet the experts on the frontlines of the healthcare revolution and hear about the innovative work making a real di erence in the lives of patients.

Moderator: Bleddyn Rees, Chair of the Digital Health Society (DHS), Vice Chair of ECHAlliance

Rachel Dunscombe, CEO at NHS Digital Academy, St Helen’s, UK

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of information, Oxford University, UK (invited)

Tomaz Gornik, Co-Chair of the OpenEHR foundation, CEO, Better, Slovenia (invited)

Liz Ashall-Payne CEO, ORCHA, Bolton, UK (invited)


Sweden as a Biotech Hotspot – the Best is Yet to Come
Sweden (population 10m) regularly ranks Number One in the European Innovation League Table and its status as a biotech hotspot – with its very own Medicon Valley — has been burnished by Swedish involvement in the development of the Moderna and AstraZeneca Covid vaccines. Does the country and its capital, Stockholm, long a magnet for Nobel Prize-winning scientists, o er a template for life sciences enterprise which can be copied by other regions? And what are the societal and governmental building blocks which underpin the city’s deserved reputation as an entrepreneurial powerhouse? We chat with acclaimed scientist and Moderna co-founder Kenneth R. Chien — who hails from the global life sciences capital of Boston but is a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm — to get his take.

Moderator TBC

Kenneth R. Chien, Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Messenger RNA Technology
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has catapulted Messenger RNA Technology into the limelight. What are the prospects for this breakthrough technology in the future and which governments, academic institutions and business leaders are best-placed to exploit mRNA to tackle other intractable medical problems?

Ruchi Jain, Associate Director, Moderna, Boston (invited)

Noubar Afeyan, Founder & CEO, Flagship Pioneering, Cambridge, MA (invited)

Jurgi Camblong, CEO, Sophia Genetics, Geneva, Switzerland (invited)

Hans Lehrach, Director at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genomics, Berlin, Germany



Day two

Day 2

9:00am-4pm CEST, Friday 2nd July, 2021


Opening Address

Lord Mayor of Belfast


Tech Innovation as a Force for Good

Marga Hoek, Author, The Trillion Dollar Shift



Speaker TBA


The European Health Data Space
The creation of the European Health Data Space is a priority for the EU but what are the key technologies which will ensure its success and how will it make a real di erence to the health of Europe’s citizens? Who are the researchers in academia and industry who will best leverage this data pool to enable scienti c breakthroughs in the treatment of illness and how will the regulatory environment hinder or help their work?

Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (Invited)

Hubert Tardieu, President and Interim Director of the GAIA-X Project (Invited)

Elie Girard, CEO ATOS (Invited)

Markus Kalliola, Project Director EHDS at SITRA (Invited)



Regulation of AI — Obstacle or Enabler of, Innovation
This session looks at both the positive incentive function of regulation alongside the negative compliance burden, and how these may play out in the context of the application and abuse of AI.

Joanna Bryson, Hartie School, Berlin


AI Wars Around the World
What is required to be a leader in AI, and how can smaller countries, particularly in Europe, rise above their weight, alongside giants like the US and China. Compare the di erent approaches across Europe from Finland’s mass upskilling, to Greece’s dual focus on regulation and innovations, and more. What are the lessons from states to apply at a regional and company level?

Kai Fu Lee, Author ‘AI Superpowers’, Beijing (invited)

TBA, Elements AI, Finland (invited)

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of State and Digital Governance, Greece (invited)

12 noon

Weaponized AI
AI technologies are being weaponized to an algorithmic battle eld. These algorithmic weapons can sow physical harm, and spread misinformation, collapse organisations and economies. Examine cutting-edge o ensive and defensive AI and ask what comes next.

Máire O’Neill, Irish Professor of Information Security & Inventor, Queen’s University Belfast (invited)


AI NEXT: The View from the Labs
In this session, examine the cutting edge of AI Research from University and Corporate Labs across Europe and meet the researchers who are shaping the future of AI.

Opening Address: Nora Khaldi, Founder & CSO, Nuritas, Dublin


Invisible AI
Increasingly, interacting with AI happens with no awareness., - be it Net ix tuning suggestions for binging pleasure, or urban surveillance keeping populations safe (theoretically). In addition, technology is starting to disappear - either literally as sensors shrink to microscopic size, or cognitively as devices like Alexa speakers, Nest thermostats, Hue bulbs, etc become the background of a home. This is leading to an age of Ambient Computing. In this session, we look at the drivers and impacts of Invisible AI.

Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify, Sweden (invited)

Shosana Zubo, Professor/Author, Harvard, Boston (invited)

Nicole Egan, CSO & AI O cer, Darktrace (invited)

Vincenzo Loia, Italy (invited)


Participatory AI: Building a Brighter Future
Public faith in democracy has been wounded in recent years. This is increasingly a factor within the ongoing political polarization across many societies, along with growing inequality. Yet, new technologies are enabling access to the domains of law, politics, nance, and decision-making in powerfully democratic and participatory ways.

Audrey Tang, Minister without Portfolio, Digital Ministry, Taiwan (invited)

Joshua Browder, CEO, Do Not Pay, London (invited)

Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder, What 3 Words, London (invited)