3rd Innovation Congress –
Revolutionising the Economy
Innovation policy is also always a national effort.
Thomas Sattelberger, MdB
Innovation affects all of us, whether in our private lives or in successful businesses. New innovations contribute to making more efficient use of resources and to protecting the environment. Without technological progress in the shape of innovative technologies and products, many political goals would be out of reach and we would all be worse off. Thus, the 3rd Innovation Congress of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, held in 2019 in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Society, the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF e.V.) and the German Federation of Chemical Industries (VCI e.V.) was dedicated to the question how politics can contribute to an innovation-friendly climate. Following the opening keynote by Prof Uwe Cantner, chairman of the federal government’s Committee of Experts on Research and Innovation (EFI), the focus was on Germany’s current fitness for innovation. Recent developments have shown that development periods for innovative products and technologies are becoming more important while, at the same time, marketing times are shortening. This increases the risk for businesses engaged in research.
The discussion, chaired by Corinna Lampadius, between Prof Uwe Cantner (chairman of the federal government’s Committee of Experts on Research and Innovation (EFI)), Prof Martin Neumann, member of the Bundestag (spokesman on energy policy of the FDP group in the German Bundestag), Dr Wolfgang Grosse Entrup (chief executive of the German Federation of Chemical Industries), and Dr Stefan Rinck (chairman of the board of Singulus Technologies AG, member of the senate of AiF) on innovation activity in Germany finally turned to energy supply, which is approaching a period of sweeping change. It emerged from the discussion that there was a need for more exchange both nationally and internationally. Furthermore, the state should only set goals, so that research on solutions could continue without constraints on the technologies used. The discussion was followed by two panels on biotechnological research and development and regional economic and innovation policy in Germany.
The Innovation Congress 2019 was dedicated to the question of how politics can contribute to an innovation-friendly climate