Aymard de Touzalin
Organisation: European Commission, DG for Communications Networks, Content & Technology
Position in the organisation: Deputy Head of Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Unit
Biography note: Aymard de Touzalin, is an engineer by education from the Ecole Polytechnique in France. He has worked for more than 10 years at Accenture mainly on large international IT projects before joining the European Commission in 2002 at the Information Society Directorate General.
Since2007,he works as Deputy Head of Unit in the unit “Future and Emerging Technologies”, mainly dealing with the strategic planning of the research policy for future technologies and with the implementation of the related part of the European research program (calls for research proposals, management of evaluations and scientific follow-up of running projects).
Parallel Workshop Session W2.3 – “Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) in H2020“
Within the H2020 program, the mission of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is to turn Europe’s excellent science base into a competitive advantage by uncovering radically new technological possibilities through unexplored collaborations between advanced science and cutting-edge engineering. It will help Europe to grasp leadership early on in those future technology areas that promise to renew the basis for future European competitiveness and growth and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come. FET actions will help to create in Europe a fertile ground for responsible and dynamic multi- disciplinary collaborations on future and emerging technologies and for kick-starting new European research and innovation eco-systems around them. They will be the seeds for future industrial leadership and for tackling society’s grand challenges.
In order to succeed in this mission FET promotes research beyond what is known, accepted or widely adopted and supports novel and visionary thinking to open promising paths towards powerful new technologies. The supported research will be interdisciplinary and positioned between research driven by science and research driven by societal challenges or by industrial competitiveness, bringing closer science and engineering. It will contribute to accelerating the transition from upstream research to technology development.
The FET programme shall address the entire spectrum of science-driven innovation: from bottom-up, small-scale early explorations of embryonic and fragile ideas to building new research and innovation communities around transformative emerging research areas and large collaborative research initiatives built around a research agenda aiming to achieve ambitious and visionary goals.