Science Not Fiction 2: Hardware

Science, Not Fiction 2: Hardware

29 September 2021 | 09.30 – 12.30 (CEST)  | Autoworld Brussels & Online


Who doesn’t like a good fiction novel about the future? It takes us to a distant land, centuries into the future and it shows us what the human race can achieve if it has the right conditions to flourish. Once we close the book and we think of the present day, we cannot help but wonder what needs to be done now in order for the human race to turn fiction into reality.

ELF is happy to finally hold its first public in-person event on 29 September at Autoworld, Brussels.

Join us on this journey of discovery and of realisation that the power to change our future for the better lies within us all. How can liberals foster innovation in Europe and reach new frontiers? We need not be scared of the future, but embrace its challenges and see how we can encourage and contribute to the creation of a liberal environment and mindset at the cutting edge of certain fields: digital, health, and hardware.


Innovation can (or should) be found in all areas of life. Ranging from the digital domain and the hardware that we use, to our education and health systems. More and more hardware dreams are slowly becoming a reality, from reusable space rockets and self-driving cars to new renewable energies and delivery drones. But how many of the developments are taking place in Europe compared to other geo-political actors.

As with all areas, liberals need to keep their eyes on the horizon and even try to see what is being prepared right after the horizon. We will be able to see that only by supporting and further developing today’s hardware advancements. We need to facilitate the creation of an innovative environment in which all sectors have everything they need to succeed right here in Europe.

How can we provide enough incentives for hardware innovators and companies of all sizes to stay or come to Europe? What is the most beneficial environment for citizens, entrepreneurs and companies? How should the EU support cutting-edge hardware start-ups in order to remain an important innovative environment on the world stage? What can the EU change so that we can transform fiction into science?

Speakers include:

  • Svenja Hahn, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group & First Vice-President, European Liberal Forum
  • Dita Charanzová, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group & Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Kathrin Watson, Head of EU Affairs Office, Bosch
  • Amaryllis Verhoeven, Head of Unit in charge of Digital transformation, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Vincenzo Conforti, Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs for the European Union, ABB
  • Metin Sitti, Prof. Dr., Director of the Physical Intelligence Department, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
  • Ivan Mrvoš, CEO, Include
  • Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Cabinet Expert on Industrial Innovation, Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, European Commission

Moderated by Jennifer Baker, EU Policy and Tech Reporter

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