Successful R&I in Europe 2018

Successful R&I in Europe 2018

9th European Networking Event




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  • Van der Valk Airporthotel
  • English
User Area

Van der Valk Airporthotel

Am Hülserhof 57
40472, Düsseldorf

For the ninth time, the conference invites researchers and entrepreneurs from North Rhine-Westphalia and regions in Europe to find new European research and innovation (R&I) partners for Horizon 2020 projects.

The series of events has been a great success with over 2300 participants since 2009.

In 2018, special partner regions are: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland. The event is, however, of course open to participants from all other countries!

There will be an exhibition "Innovations for Europe based in North Rhine-Westphalia" on 15 March 2018.

The networking event will be structured in parallel workshops focussing on seven topics:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM) 
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Economy
  • Life Sciences
  • Transport

The event addresses especially universities and research institutes and small as well as medium-sized enterprises. Participants are invited to become involved in established and new technology networks between researchers, entrepreneurs and multipliers related to Horizon 2020. Giving a short presentation (ideas and/or results) or finding a partner by talking to decision-makers opens doors for new research and innovation projects in Europe with a focus on Horizon 2020.

Conference fee: € 120 (€ 95 one day) per person including VAT. Free participation for speakers in sessions 1 to 5.

Invoices will be despatched after the event. You can settle it in cash at our reception desk during the conference as well. We will issue a receipt.

Please note that the event organizer does NOT cover any travel expenses, costs for hotels etc.! We suggest, however, that you check whether such expenses count as eligible costs within your Horizon 2020 project.

The conference fee includes dinner on 15.03., lunch on 16.03., tea/coffee/cold drinks during the breaks, the "Düsseldorf by Night" tour and the airport-venue shuttle (solely as provided by the organizers).

The Call for presentations (ideas and/or results) is open until 20 February 2018.

Deadline for registration is: 7 March 2018.

Contact persons

Dr. Bernd Janson
Telephone: 0049 208 30004-22
Email: bj(at)

Heike Hoffzimmer
Telephone: 0049 208 30004-35
Email: hz(at)


Melanie May
HGC GesundheitsConsult GmbH

The event‘s format is very interesting with lots of pitch presentations and great opportunities to discuss international innovation projects both with potential partners as well as competent consultants.

Prof. Dr. Michael Bongards
Faculty for Computer Science and Engineering Science Automation - Energy and Environment

I and my team use the platform to find new international contacts or deepen existing ones. It‘s an excellent starting point for technology partnerships and funding proposals, especially for Horizon 2020.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 (Day 1)
including exhibition: Innovations for Europe based in NRW
Opening Session

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (tbc)

Keynote Speech

Erich Unterwurzacher, Director, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Success Stories in Europe based in NRW
    Sebastian Hähnel, Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen  
  • Energy: HELIS
    Dr. Marian Stan, University Münster, Münster
Introduction of Partner Regions and Services for proposals and projects

Dr. Bernd Janson, ZENIT GmbH

Coffee/Start parallel sessions
Session 1 Workshops

“European projects seeking partners”

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Economy

Coffee/Find a Partner

Session 2 Workshops

“European projects seeking partners”

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)
  • Energy
  • Life Sciences

Coffee/Find a Partner

Session 3 Workshops

“Services for proposals and projects” - Presentations by National Contact Points (NCPs), Enterprise Europe Network / ZENIT

Workshop: Innovation and Financing Support for SMEs

  • Horizon 2020: SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation
    René Siffrin , National Contact Point for SMEs
  • Access to Finance
    Verena Würsig, NRW.BANK
    Timon Gottschalk, NRW.BANK
  • IraSME & ZIM-International
    Georg Nagel, AiF Projekt GmbH
  • Other European Funding Programmes for SMEs
    Benno Weißner, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
  • Scale-up NRW
    Juan Carmona-Schneider, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa

Workshop: Exploitation of R&I Results – Entering the Marketplace

  • Horizon 2020: TETRAMAX – Technology Transfer Experiments and Digital Innovation Hub
    Dr. Bernd Janson, ZENIT GmbH
  • Digitalisation in NRW
    Oliver Weimann, ruhr:HUB
  • Cluster Innovative Medizin NRW
    Dr. Andreas Nagel
  • Digitalisation in Europe
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rams, Climate-KIC (tbc)
  • Enterprise Europe Network Services
    Sabrina Wodrich, Dr. Uwe Birk, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa

Workshop: Innovation Procurement in Horizon 2020

  • Introduction
    Anne Müngersdorff, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
  • PCP Contractors wanted
    Florian Berberich, Supercomputing Centre Institute for Advanced Simulation
  • Best Practice report from a company: Strategic Planning and Business Development
    Fabrizio Magugliani, E4 Computer Engineering SpA
  • KOINNO EU Contact Point: Innovative Procurement in Germany
    Doris Scheffler, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
“Düsseldorf by night” bus tour/city sightseeing
Friday, 16 March 2018 (Day 2)
Services for Proposals and Projects

Jan Skriwanek, National Contact Point Life Sciences, Project Management Agency - part of the German Aerospace Center, PT DLR

Success Stories in Europe based in NRW
  • Life Science: PoC-ID
    Dr. Albert Schnieders, CNM Technologies GmbH, Bielefeld
  • Life Science: ASSESS CT
    Prof. Dr. Sylvia Thun, Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld
Coffee/Start parallel sessions
Session 4 Workshops

“European projects seeking partners”

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)
  • Life Sciences
  • Transport

Coffee/Find a Partner

Session 5 Workshops

“European projects seeking partners”

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)
  • Life Sciences
  • Sustainable Economy
Interactive lunch/Find a partner


  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Economy
  • Life Sciences
  • Transport

List of Participants

Profile Image Title First name Last name Organisation / Company Town/City Country
Dr. Nhien Nguyen Nordland Research Institute Bodø Norway
Jan Ekiel Liki Mobile Solutions LODZ Poland
Dr. Horst Meyrahn Agrihumin GmbH Brühl Germany
Dr. Catalina Spataru UCL London United Kingdom
Susanne Kurz Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME) Frankfurt Germany
Paul Houston CDISC Europe Foundation CENON France
Mariusz Walczak Liki Mobile Solutions Łódź Poland
Dr. Christoph Beck COREVAS GmbH & Co. KG Grevenbroich Germany
Simon Harris ZapGo Ltd (Zap&Go) Oxford United Kingdom
Szymon Dudek Liki Mobile Solutions Łódź Poland
Christian Winkler DIVE Turbinen GmbH & Co. KG Amorbach Germany
Juan Carlos Martinez Barrio CEEI-Burgos Burgos Spain
Dr. Rajarshi Sanyal BICS Brussels Belgium
Dr. Mirosław Brzozowy Warsaw University of Technology Warszawa Poland
Dr. Joanna Kulasa Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals Gliwice Poland
Amol Chinchole Graphinnovat BV lelystad Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Wioletta Knapik University of Agriculture in Krakow Krakow Poland
Dr. Paul Smit BioVolt Enschede Netherlands
Dr. Kakha NADIRADZE South Caucasus Countries of the Coalition for Sustained Excellence in Food and Health Protection, CSEFHP Tbilisi Georgia
Matthias Schneider IMST GmbH Kamp-Lintfort Germany
Dr. Christian Busch VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH Düsseldorf Germany
Dr. Padraig Gallagher Letterkenny Institute of Technology Letterkenny, County Donegal Ireland
Dr. Jonas Higl VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH Düsseldorf Germany
Dr. Hans Fredriksson Syngaschem BV Eindhoven Netherlands
Dr. Tobias Teckentrup University of Duisburg-Essen Duisburg Germany
Cristina Quintana Jordán Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen-Buer Germany
Dr. Ahmad Al-Halbouni Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V. Essen Germany
Michelle Poirot PNO Consultants Rijswijk Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Olga Smolyaninova Siberian Federal University Krasnoyarsk Russia
Dr. Marko Paavola University of Oulu Oulu Finland
muzaffer beygirci nablet GmbH Aachen Germany
Guillermo MONTALT AYMING Gennevilliers cedex France
Dr. Uta Baddack-Werncke National Contact Point Health Bonn Germany
Marcin Łotysz Infocode sp z o.o. Poznań Poland
David Doerr TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH Cologne Germany
Dr. David Butler Manning Projektträger Jülich GmbH Jülich Germany
Vicky Leloup Province of Antwerp Antwerp Belgium
Dr. Piotr Swiatek National Contact Point Energy Juelich Germany
Renee Wansdronk Wansdronk Architektuur Amsterdam Netherlands
Dr. Stefan Rüdiger Utrecht University Utrecht Netherlands
Dirk Beckmann DLR - German Aerospace Center Ixelles Belgium
Erich Hutter Sigmund Hutter GmbH Salzburg Austria
Nils Haarman Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland Den Haag Netherlands
Stan Francke Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland Den Haag Netherlands
Maciej Brylewicz Lacan Technologies Sp. z o.o. Warszawa Poland
Ad Popper Xilion webservices Heiloo Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Jan Kleibrink Handelsblatt Research Institute Düsseldorf Germany
Juan Carmona-Schneider ZENIT GmbH Mülheim an der Ruhr Germany
Prof. Dr. Ofer Hadar Ben Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva Israel
Danielle De Boer Fontys Expertise centre of Health and Technology / Dutch Knowledge Distribution Centres for Logistics / Dutch Agro-Education Value chain Eindhoven Netherlands
Ingrid Willems DataScouts Gent Belgium
David Shiels IRconsult creative strategies-Shiels Thalwil Switzerland (partial association)
Anno Jordan Zenit e.V Mülheim an der Ruhr Germany
Miguel Gallardo Vertech Group Nice France
Dr. Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé Demos Helsinki Helsinki Finland
Dr. Vesna Middelkoop VITO Mol Belgium
Katharina Sehnert DIN e. V. Berlin Germany
Stefanie Müller DIN e. V. Berlin Germany
Aleksandra Ihnatowicz Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw Poland
Dr. Martynas Mockus The Law Institute of Lithuania Vilnius Lithuania
Dr. Stephan Pabinger AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Wien Austria
Dr. Metodi Bozukov DB Liege Belgium
Prof. Dr. Sylwia Morawska Warsaw School of Economics Warszawa Poland
Dr. Rainer Hainberger AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Wien Austria
Corinna Kunert EEN Sachsen-Anhalt / tti Technologietransfer und Innovationsförderung Magdeburg GmbH Magdeburg Germany
Frank Michelberger University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten St.Pölten Austria
Frank Heinze RIF Institute for Research and Transfer eV Dortmund Germany
Paweł Kasperek KSK Developments Sp. z o.o. Zabrze Poland
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Koenitz HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Utrecht Netherlands
Georg Nagel AiF Projekt GmbH, Project management agency of BMWi Berlin Germany
Aleksandra Karimaa Gasera Ltd- Ultimate Performance Gas Analysis Turku Finland
DUPIN Géraldine NCP Wallonie Wavre Belgium
Jesus Serrano Sustainable Innovations Europe Madrid Spain
Erik Thomas METALogic Gelrode Belgium
Dr. Jorge Mejia University of Namur Namur Belgium
Jens Piesk Nuromedia GmbH / Nurogames GmbH Köln Germany
pawel matusiak fast development sosnowiec Poland
Dr. Gari Arutinov Holst Centre/TNO Eindhoven Netherlands
Dr. Farouk AYADI CELABOR SCRL Herve Belgium
Robbin te Velde Dialogic innovatie & interactie Utrecht Netherlands
Dr. Ioannis Zois Public Power Corporation (PPC) S.A. Greece Kantza, Attica Greece
Thorsten Niebuhr WedaCon GmbH Muenster Germany
Dr. Jonathan de Jonge ARTPred Hoofddorp Netherlands
Frederic COLOMINA HOLO3 Strasbourg France
Robbert Jan Kooij Oost NL Apeldoorn Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Zohar Ben-Asher EuCRF European Centre for Research & Financing Binyamina Israel
Prof. Dr. Radoslaw Nielek Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology Warsaw Poland
Prof. Dr. Noel Crespi Institut Mines-Telecom Evry France
Simon Serowy German National Contact Point for Energy Jülich Germany
Dr. Heli Kangas VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd Espoo Finland
Dr. Frans Cruijssen Argusi Breda Albania
Eelko Steenhuis Cities Northern Netherlands Brussels Belgium
Pieter Faber Cities Northern Netherlands Brussels Belgium
Prof. Dr. Sanjay Mathur University of Cologne Cologne Germany
Dr. Monika Kavaliauske CasZyme Vilnius Lithuania
Dr. Martijn Springer Henkel AG&Co. KGaA Düsseldorf Germany
Dr. Martin Timmer Eindhoven University of Technology Eindhoven Netherlands
Dr. Dorota Makarewicz Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw Poland
Dr. Albert Schnieders CNM Technologies GmbH Bielefeld Germany
Prof. Dr. Victor Tsetlin Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Moscow Russia
Dr. Paola Castrillo Vertech-Group Nice, France France
Samantha Chadwick British Broadcasting Corporation Salford United Kingdom
Dr. D.B.R.K. Gupta Udatha DIGITALNORWAY / Oslo Cancer Cluster Oslo Norway
Dr. Carsten Schauerte solid-chem GmbH Bochum Germany
Thomas Zadrozny Pro-Active sprl Brussels Belgium
Uriel Loutina Bii-Mwinda Joué les Tours France
Dr. Yulia Matskevich Brunel University London Uxbridge United Kingdom
Dieter Dollase KoWi Brussels Belgium
Dr. Andrew Spink Noldus Information Technology BV Wageningen Netherlands
Dr. Stéphanie Roosa Materia Nova Mons Belgium
Dr. Carla Pereira Controlar, Lda Alfena Portugal
Stefan Kurzmann Kurzmann-Consulting Bonn Germany
Bénédicte Renaville progenus gembloux Belgium
Dr. Jon Arambarri Virtualware Basauri Spain
Sara Zeinal Zadeh The University of Queensland Brisbane Australia
Dr. Robert Stalmach Newspoint Sp z o.o. Warsaw Poland
Dr. Mithat Akgün Ordu Univercity Ordu Turkey