For 3 days, the Kanal was the scene of a unique event aimed at defining the future of research and innovation in Europe. Organised for the European Commission, in collaboration with VO Europe, VO Event took advantage of an unusual venue that broke with the kind of setting traditionally chosen for this type of event. 20,348 m2 of gross space was thus set up, notably with 13 conference rooms to accommodate no less than 660 speakers. In the end, more than 8,367 participants from the four corners of the globe were able to hold discussions, be inspired and exchange ideas in a collaborative manner, thanks to the new conference format. It was a successful gamble for VO, which was able to reinvent the codes of the traditional European convention by making the R&I Days the most visible event of the year in the field of research and innovation.