Online networking event

In a context of already dense research cooperation, this networking event aims to encourage the development of new collaborations between Belgian, Dutch and French actors in the field of global health research.

This event is a follow-up to the webinar organised on 2 December 2020 which presented good practices on joint PhD’s and opportunities for cooperation in the field of health (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKFTrEm5Or0). It is co-organised by the French Embassy in Belgium, the French Institute of the Netherlands and Campus France.

Participation in this online event on 17 June, from 9am to 12.30pm is free, but registration is required. The morning programme will be focused on a series of dynamic presentations in the form of pitching videos. These will highlight the scientific projects and activities of laboratories seeking new partnerships. Participants will find the videos as well as information on the participating institutions and projects in a dedicated space, which will be open a few days before the event.

In addition to traditional chat and video conferencing options, the event will enable participants to be automatically put in touch with their contacts on the basis of common interests (‘speed dating‘). The event is open to universities, research labs, competitiveness clusters, businesses and researchers,

A specific focus will be put on the central themes in the upcoming calls for Horizon Europe:

  • Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society.
  • Living and working in a health-promoting environment.
  • Tackling diseases & reducing disease burden.
  • Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable & high-quality healthcare.
  • Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society.
  • Maintaining an innovative, sustainable & globally competitive health industry.

Target audience: international offices, doctoral schools, research laboratories focusing on health, representatives of administrations in charge of research and PhDs, companies working in the field of health and looking for cooperation on R&D projects, etc.


  • To encourage the establishment of new partnerships.
  • To promote existing cooperation tools such as the Hubert Curien Partnerships https://www.campusfrance.org/fr/phc.
  • To encourage partners to project themselves at the European level, particularly in the framework of European Universities and the Horizon Europe programme.

Read more and register free here.

Are you active in Artificial Intelligence (AI) with applications for industry and services? Strengthen your position on the French and European markets. Go to the 1st European AI Village at the Global Industry Fair. This mission is headed by State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK). In collaboration with the Dutch AI coalition, the Netherlands has a country pavilion there, just like other European countries such as Germany, Finland, France and also European regions.

French President Macron is patron of this international fair. About 40 sectors are represented. It is expected that around 50,000 key decision-makers, 2,500 exhibitors, 17,000 companies and 1,000 training institutions will come from 84 countries.

Read more: https://www.rvo.nl/actueel/evenementen/nederlands-paviljoen-ai-village-global-industrie-fair

Are you active in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Do you want to scout R&D or business opportunities in France? Then register for the digital AI mission to pitch your solutions to potential business partners. Explore options for collaboration within the European Union programmes. Learn more about the ambitions of the Global Partnership on AI.

Suppose we create the right environment for AI entrepreneurs to move past the COVID-19 crisis. Suppose we can put entrepreneurs in a position to reach their full potential. In that case, tens of thousands of smaller, innovative growth companies in the European Union can generate sustainable new jobs. Artificial intelligence is at the core of the digital and energy transition of the EU. Public-private collaboration is needed to create the right climate for innovative entrepreneurs. For that reason, the Dutch AI Coalition has organised an online AI mission with France and the Netherlands. This mission’s goal is to build awareness about the relevance of an AI ecosystem. We need this system to create and save jobs. We also need it to develop smart solutions for our health, mobility, nutrition, and, of course, our planet and climate.

Why France?

In Europe, France is leading the way in AI by seeking international cooperation. On 29 March 2018, President Macron launched his plan to invest €1.5 billion in AI over the next 5 years. His vision was to place France among the world leaders in AI R&D and innovation. The €1.5 billion is invested in:

  • Developing offensive data policy;
  • Focusing on 4 strategic sectors;
  • Boosting French research;
  • Planning the impact of AI on the labour market;
  • Making AI more environmental-friendly;
  • Opening the AI black boxes, and
  • AI as support for inclusivity and diversity.
Read more about the background.

Mission purpose

Participating in the virtual AI mission to France has 3 objectives:
  1. Positioning Dutch companies and knowledge institutions as innovative solution providers in the field of artificial intelligence, in cooperation with the Dutch AI Coalition;
  2. Building a relevant network to scale up AI solutions, promote trade and explore opportunities for R&D collaboration;
  3. Exploring the European, and specifically the French market, with associated French and European developments in the field of AI.

The mission is led by State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Mona Keijzer and Focco Vijselaar, Director-General for Business and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

The programme

For whom?

For entrepreneurs, policymakers and researchers in artificial intelligence, interested in the French market/research community. The focus of the mission is on the health, mobility, energy, agriculture/food and high-tech systems and materials sectors.


Please sign up to participate.

We request active involvement before and during the mission. Please, supply data, pitch material, and so on. This mission is part of a pilot to organise online missions. For this reason, we do not ask for a financial contribution. We do ask participants to purchase a VR headset (Oculus Quest) for the programme on the third day.

More details

For more details or questions about the mission, please contact: Marloes Pomp, International Strategy National AI Coalition.

If you have any problems with your registration, please e-mail innovatiemissies@rvo.nl.