The biennial European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation discusses on issues related to the economics and policy of corporate R&D and innovation.

  • General information
  • Why to join
  • UNIDO’s contribution
  • When: 22-25 November 2021

    Organizers: CONCORDi 2021 is organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in association with the European Association for Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

    Objective: The Conference aims to identify the research, business and policy challenges in this area for the decade to come, and to provide guidance to the EU industrial research and innovation policy agenda.

    Target audience: The R&D and innovation community, also within the Commission (RTD, GROW, ECFIN, CNECT), the co-stakeholders of CONCORDi OECD/UNIDO/EARTO and the scientific community.


    • Industrial transition in times of recovery (organized by the EC-JRC)
    • Industrial innovation for sustainable transformations (organized by the OECD & EC-JRC)
    • Industrial strategy in a post pandemic world: Focus on developing countries (organized by UNIDO & the EC-JRC)
    • Technology infrastructures to deliver on the twin transition (organized by EARTO & the EC-JRC)

    More information about the event is available here.

    Please register here.

  • Here are 10 reasons for joining us on the 8th edition of this leading science & policy Conference:

    • The socio-economic crisis trigger by the COVID19 pandemic calls for academics, industrials and policy makers to come together and produce their best efforts to overcome the difficulties we are all experiencing. CONCORDi is a unique forum that pulls together all these different stakeholders and gives a chance to work together to build a better tomorrow.
    • We gather the best scientists. In 16 years, we have enjoyed the insights of three Nobel Laureates (Robert Solow, Eric Maskin and Finn E. Kydland). Among this year participants we find top list "ISI Highly Cited Researchers", chief editors of leading journals, top executives from preeminent European and American academic institutions.
    • CONCORDi shapes the research agenda. We exploit the full potential for synergies of the best available knowledge across Europe and beyond. Examples are research common streams of financing R&D and innovation, internationalisation of R&D, scientific evidence for policy, and growth of innovative firms.
    • Selected outcomes of the Conference are published in special issues of top scientific journals, such as Economics of Innovation and New Technology; Industrial and Corporate Change; Science and Public Policy; Structural Change and Economic Dynamics; Journal of Technology Transfer
    • CONCORDi 2021 is organised in association with the European Association for Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as an example of the growing partnership and the ongoing collaboration between the Directorate for Growth and Innovation of the JRC and mentioned international organisations..
    • A plenary session of CONCORDi always focuses on the link between scientific output and the EU policy agenda. It allows discussion and re-assessment of the policy agenda, based on recent research findings by its main actors.
    • Participating included Ministers, European Commissioners, Commission Director-Generals, representatives from the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank, United Nation for Industrial Development Organization, and many more.
    • CONCORDi makes explicit impact into EU policy stakeholders, as for example in the Competitiveness Council meeting on Creating an innovative Europe.
    • CONCORDI also hosts the input of industry representatives who validate the output of the Conference. It has enjoyed participation from market leader companies and European business associations; Truffle Capital, Philips, Merck Group, Dow Chemical or the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME).
    • CONCORDi 2021 focuses on "Industrial innovation for competitive sustainability". It will provide a timing opportunity for discussing about certain aspects of the Next generation EU fund and how to boost a sustainable recovery.
  • UNIDO will organize activities on day 3 of the conference, Wednesday 24 November 2021. The Organization invites participants to learn about pertinent developing country perspectives and initiatives to tackle the green and digital transitions, as well as efforts towards the achievement of the global sustainability agenda. Hence, UNIDO hopes to broaden the scope of policy recommendations stemming from this CONCORDI 2021, while providing food for thought for those interested in novel policy-related research agendas.

    Special Session: “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Recovery through Digital Transformation”

    24 November 2021 at 11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. (CET)

    UNIDO has been at the forefront of the global manufacturing recovery efforts, inter alia through its tailor-made COVID-19 Industrial Recovery Strategy for MSMEs; its development of a laboratory policy for the industrial sector; the deployment of advanced technologies in the global recovery efforts; the elaboration of industrial policy advice through the Industrial Development Report 2022; inter alia. As the international community implements recovery actions to realize a post-COVID world, there is a “unique window of opportunity” for industrializing economies to revamp their manufacturing sector by leveraging new technologies that are  green, circular, scalable and customizable.  

    This special session offers a chance to discuss the potential navigation routes through which digitalization will evolve and advance as a result of COVID-19. The facets of this transformation to be explored in this session will be promotion of digital and green skills; development of digital policies & innovation strategies; catalyzing  gender inclusivity; and the digital-clean energy-circular economy connection.

    Special Session: “The future of industrialization in a post pandemic world: Focus on developing countries”

    24 November 2021 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:25 p.m. (CET)

    Digitalization and economic greening stand out as promissing strategies to serve this purpose. Both strategies require the accumulation of industrial capabilities. Just as it is difficult to imagine a resilient public health system without an industrial infrastructure to supply it, so it is to plan for a greener future without the capabilities to design, manufacture and deploy renewable infrastructure. Similarly, the evolutionary nature of new technologies means that leapfrogging into a digital economy is likely impossible without a solid foundation of firm-level skills in production and innovation on which to build. Accordingly, the future of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) crucially depends on fostering manufacturing capabilities.

    This special session offers an opportunity to deepen the discussion about the future of industrialization in a post pandemic world, particularly the prospects for developing and emerging industrializing economies. To set the stage, two keynotes presentations are proposed, by Professor Fionna Tregenna, from the University of Johannesburg, and by Professor Keun Lee, from the Seoul National University. After these presentations, two comentators will provide further insights emerging from the ongoing work that the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, and UNIDO are conducting on these topics. Participation from the audience will be encouraged in order to make the event as interactive as possible.