Science Policy session at ESOF2020 – Innovation in times of Covid-19

At ESOF2020 EuroScience Science Policy Working Group will host a panel discussion to explore how the current pandemic has impacted the innovation and entrepreneurship arenas. The session will be held on Thursday 3 September 2020 from 18.00 – 19.30 both virtually and physically in Trieste, Italy.

Detailed description:

The current pandemic has brought up a global state of alarm, acting as a strong driver of innovation and entrepreneurial activities to face the immediate challenges. Large enterprises have redirected their work to develop diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus, new start-ups have emerged with digital health solutions to offer virtual care and track the spread of the virus. Hubs, venture partners and investors also play a crucial role by driving the innovative processes with funding support.

This session uses COVID-19 as a context to explore how innovation looks like from a business and technological transfer point of view. What is successful innovation and what are the steps and barriers faced along the way? How can we exploit innovations and proposals derived from this pandemic as tools to be used to increase emergency preparedness for future threats?

Representatives from large enterprises, start-ups, venture partners and/or investors will give a short overview of the challenges faced (from their own perspective) and then provide the theme for the main discussion as part of the event. This session examines how innovation and entrepreneurship are key to human progress and how the pressure exerted by unforeseen situations can result in impactful solutions.

Name of the session: Innovation in times of COVID-19

When: 3rd September 18.00 – 19.00 (CET)
Location: Virtual, Room 27A


  • John Murray, Research Director at Linqto – Private Investing
  • Leena Pishe Thomas, Director of Global Business Inroads – Innovation Management
  • Fabrizio Conicella, General Manager of Zcube, Zambon Group – Innovation Accelerator
  • Vesna Prchkovska, COO and co-founder of QMENTA – Medical Imaging Start-up


  • Nandakumar Krishnaswamy, Mentor & Investor in innovative solutions