Successful R&I in Europe 2017

Successful R&I in Europe 2017

8th European Networking Event

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Übersicht

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  • Van der Valk Airporthotel
  • Englisch
  • Konferenz

Van der Valk Airporthotel

Am Hülserhof 57
40472, Düsseldorf
Zum Ort

For the eighth 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 2000 participants since 2009.

In 2017, special partner regions are: Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland.

We offer an exhibition "Innovations for Europe based in North-Rhine Westphalia" (on 2nd March 2017) with a focus of selected projects in the field of Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI).

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

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

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.!

The conference fee includes dinner on 02.03., lunch on 03.03., tea/coffee/cold drinks during the breaks, the "Düsseldorf by Night" tour and the airport-venue shuttle (solely as provided by the organizers).

Call for presentations (ideas and/or results) was open until 19 February 2017.

Deadline for registration is: 26 February 2017.

Testimonials

Sule Adam
SUPREN GmbH, Dortmund

This event offered an ideal opportunity for networking between researchers and entrepreneurs. The parallel workshop sessions on various research topics provided added value for my network.

Philipp Saalmann
Department of Information Systems, University of Münster

I really appreciated the excellent organization and setup of the event. It offered lots of opportunities to get in touch with interesting partners and provided a platform for a lively discussion of ideas for potential cooperation and joint European proposals.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017 (Day 1)
including exhibition: Innovations for Europe based in NRW
13.00 Welcome
13.05

Opening Session
Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

13.15

Keynote Speech
Dr. Ruxandra Draghia Akli, Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels

13.35

Introduction of Partner Regions
Dr. Bernd Janson, ZENIT GmbH

13.40 Success Stories in Europe based in NRW
  • The fuel cell research center
    Dr.-Ing. Peter Beckhaus, ZBT GmbH, Duisburg
  • INVITE / F³ Factory
    Dr. Armin Schweiger, INVITE GmbH, Leverkusen
 
14.00 Coffee/ Start of parallel sessions
14.15

Session 1: Parallel Workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  1. Integration of Science and its importance for the Development of Innovation
    Jacek Olejnik, JAS technologie, Warsaw, PL
  2. RIFFLES - Rail Inspection and Failure Localisation System
    Dr. Otmar Schuster, GEOhaus, Muelheim an der Ruhr, NRW
  3. Penetration of niche technologies in their capacity as industrial shift trigger (FERI UM)
    Darja Kukovic, Univeristy of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Maribor, SI
  4. V2X RF FEModule : RF-SOI Process for RF Power Die
    Eric Mercier, CEA-LETI - DACLE, Grenoble, FR
  5. Digital-to-analog converter for mobile devices. Scientific and business usage of patent: system for remote controlling devices by a smartphone
    Jan Ekiel, Liki Mobile Solutions, Łódź, PL
  6. Auto scalable applications on cloudSME platform - looking for use case partner
    Andreas Ocklenburg, cloudSME UG, DE

Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)

  1. Design for the Benefit of Research
    Robert Henderson, UNStudio - Knowledge Platforms, Amsterdam, NL
  2. Multi-physic and multi-scale modeling for Metal Additive Manufacturing Processes
    Wolfgang Ottow, ESI Software Germany GmbH, Essen, NRW
  3. Center of Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
    Professor Jacek Polit, University of Rzeszow - Center of Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, Rzeszow, PL
  4. Smart Metrology - Metrology for Industry 4.0
    Dr. Marijn van Veghel, VSL, Delft, NL
  5. Value-Added Manufacturing for Energy and Transportation Industries
    Dr. Omer Necati Cora, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, TR
  6. Combining process and product innovations in Solgel to address new markets
    Emmanuel Daugeras, Solgelway, L'étang la ville, FR
  7. Development of the high strength Fe and Cu based alloys for additive manufacturing
    Dr. Wojciech Burian, Institute of Non Ferrous Metals, Giwice, PL
  8. Micronit Microtechnologies, innovative solutions for Lab-on-a-chip applications
    Dr. Aliki Tsopela, Micronit Microtechnologies, Enschede, NL

Energy

  1. Opportunities of High-Temperature Thermal Energy Storage Technologies
    Dr. Thomas Bauer, German Aerospace Center (DLR) - Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Cologne, NRW
  2. Advanced Power Systems
    Dr. Vasileios Gregoriou, National Hellenic Research Foundation - Central Administration, Athens, GR
  3. Tidal Turbine Power Take-off Accelerator (TiPA)
    Tobias Duda, RWTH Aachen University - Chair for Wind Power Drives, Aachen, NRW
  4. The Solution is right beneath our feet: Energy that is free, unlimited, without cost, and patently consistently available
    Geerling Offereins, TDD International, Hilversum, NL
  5. Affecting energy demand peaks with Demand-Response
    Tapio Toivanen, Salusfin Ltd, Espoo, FI
  6. Funded research and innovation activities at Eaton
    Jörgen von Bodenhausen, Eaton - Corporate Department Government Programs EMEA, Bonn, NRW
  7. Using Aerial Thermography and Satellite Data for Energy Efficiency Applications
    Rolf Wilting, EUROSENSE, Rheinbach, NRW
  8. Key Enabling Technologies in Aerospace
    Manuel La Rosa, PI Integral Solutions Limited, Cologne, NRW
  9. Market understanding and social acceptance as a condition of succesful implementation of R&D projects
    Przemyslaw Dana, ASM-Market Research and Analysis Centre - Department of International Cooperation, Kutno, PL

Sustainable Economy

  1. Biopolymers in textile process chain and economy
    Benjamin Weise, Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH University, Aachen, NRW
  2. BIOFOREVER, a Horizon 2020 project to demonstrate the viability of a commercial scale biorefinery in Europe
    Anton Robek, Bio Refinery Development BV, Brunssum, NL
  3. SuperBIO: supporting SMEs to innovate in the biobased economy
    Dr. Stefan Ruyters, Flanders BioBased Valley, Ghent, BE
  4. Upgrading of liquid manure to a natural organic fertilizer: Lignite acts as collector of plant nutrients and source of humic matter for soil fertility
    Dr. Horst Meyrahn, Agrihumin GmbH, Brühl, NRW
  5. Product design in Biobased Plastics
    Paul Eilbracht, PE Design & Engineering BV - Design Bio based Plastic products, Rotterdam, NL
  6. How informal learning can help you in the deliverables of your H2020 project? Go beyond text deliverables to create an impact
    Dr. Carolina Islas, Ubium Oy, Joensuu, FI
  7. Impact for your R&I H2020 project
    Emma Buchet, Sparks & Co, Paris, FR

Coffee/Find a Partner

16.15

Session 2: Parallel Workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  1. R&I at the ALTRAN group - call for partnering
    Dr. Daniel Fulger, ALTRAN SAS & CO KG, Düsseldorf, NRW
  2. One step forward to ICT Innovation in Agriculture
    Łukasz Łowiński, Industrial Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Poznań, PL
  3. Computer Vision and Machine Learning applied in Security, Health and Education
    Dr. Stylianos Asteriadis, University of Maastricht - Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht, NL
  4. Successful R&I in Hungary
    Tamas Varga, Regens Plc., Budapest, HU
  5. Gamification: going beyond engagement
    Andrii Pomazanskyi, Nurogames GmbH, Cologne, NRW
  6. Innovative science communication in H2020 projects
    Dr. Dennis Fink, mediomix GmbH, Cologne, NRW
  7. Audio Game Hub - Audio Games Platform for rehabilitation of disabled people
    Szymon Dudek, Liki Mobile Solutions, Łódź, PL
  8. Build your smart factory
    Dr. Stéphanie Philippe, PERFECT INDUSTRY, Orléans, FR

Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)

  1. Biobased composite materials based on foam technology
    Dr. Ulla Forsström, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd - Fibres and biomaterials, Espoo, FI
  2. The Technology Partners Foundation experience in nanomaterials and nanotechnology development
    Professor Anna Boczkowska, Technology Partners Foundation, Warsaw, PL
  3. Synthesis of Highly Specific Nanomaterials on the Pilot Plant Scale - An Approach to New Energy and Environmental Applications
    Tim Hülser, Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. - Particle Process Technology and Characterization, Duisburg, NRW
  4. Wear resistant composites and high-conductive composites
    Dr. Szymon Malara, Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals - Department of Metals and Alloys Processing, Gliwice, PL
  5. New materials and solutions for Plastic Wall & Floorcovering
    Dr. Olivier Ceysson, GERFLOR Group, Saint Paul, FR
  6. Sustainable materials for tunable micro- and nanoelectronics
    Dr. Johannes Frantti, Finnish Research and Engineering, Helsinki, FI
  7. DEMCON
    Dr. Tim Gorter, DEMCON, NL
  8. Nanostructured Hybrid Materials Fabrication and Characterization
    Professor Amir Fahmi, Hochschule Rhein-Waal - Faculty Technology and Bionics, Kleve, NRW
  9. Research and development service for tire manufacturers
    Dr. Sirkka Hagman, Black Donuts Engineeering, Pirkkala, FI

Energy

  1. Smart Mobility - Pollution reduction
    Julian Wruk, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Wuppertal, NRW
  2. Applications for green and sustainable energy transfer by Industrial microwave
    Renaat Van Geel, MEAM bvba, Herk-de-Stad, BE
  3. Compact electromechanic energy store
    Dr. Zbigniew Kulesza, Bialystok University of Technology - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Bialystok, PL
  4. Best practice regional decarbonisation as applied to the transboundary German-Czech-Polish triangle
    Professor Carmen de Jong, University of Strasbourg - Institute of Imagery, City and Environment, Strasbourg, FR
  5. Noise Abatement and Sustainability
    Michael Dreesmann, NiELS eG, Berlin, DE
  6. Torque Measurement in the MNm range (MNm Torque)
    Stefan Kock, RWTH Aachen - Chair for Wind Power Drives, Aachen, NR

Sustainable Economy

  1. Energy and material from waste by innovative treatment technologies in technical and industrial scale on the research site :metabolon
    Professor Michael Bongards, TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences - :metabolon research Cluster, Gummersbach, NRW
  2. Intensification of international cooperation through participation in Horizon 2020
    Dr. Aleksandra Koteras, Central Mining Institute, Katowice, PL
  3. Systems level circular economy expertise and SME partner for projects
    Paula Fontell, Ethica Ltd, Helsinki, FI
  4. SCREEN: Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions
    Carlo Polidori, VELTHA ivzw - VELTHA ivzw, Tervuren, BE
  5. Furthering the reuse of notebooks from private households and SMEs - the eco-innovation project RUN (ReUse Notebook)
    Julia Wolf, Dr. Brüning Engineering UG, Brake, DE
  6. Implementing circular economic industrial ecosystems on the operative basis of natural ecosystems
    Dr. Devrim Murat Yazan, University of Twente - Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems, Enschede, NL
  7. Partner for Scientific Research in the Field of Sustainable Economy, Location and Space
    Friedrich Schulte-Derne, University of Duisburg-Essen - Department of Geography, Essen, NRW

Coffee/Find a Partner

18.15

Session 3: Parallel Workshops
“Services for proposals and projects”

1. Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI)

  • Roman P. Willweber, BHO - Baumann Heinrich Ortner
  • Doris Scheffler, Juan Carmona-Schneider, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
  • Reinhard Hammerschmidt, empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH
  • Philippe Segers, GENCI
  • Dr. Robert Deiszs, Universitätsklinikum Aachen

2. European financing instruments

  • Benno Weißer, Dr. Karsten W. Lemke, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
  • Dr. Dirk Bessau, InnoEnergy Germany
  • Dr. Bernward Garthoff, BIO.NRW

3. Exchange of experience for SMEs and other companies (IPR, exploitation, dissemination)

  • Bernd Meyer, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
  • Dr. Andrea Di Anselmo, META Group
  • Marie Sorivelle, Danish Technological Institute
  • Felix Richter, AiF Projekt Gmb

4. Enterprise Europe Network – How the network supports organisations in the area of R+D+I

  • Sabrina Wodrich, Agnieszka Kaminska-Swiat, ZENIT GmbH / NRW.Europa
  • Enterprise Europe Network partners from the Netherlands
  • Rainer Dorau, Deutsche Messe
 
19.15

Interactive Dinner & Science Slam
Science Slam by Remco Castelijn, NL

20.30

“Düsseldorf by night”
bus tour/city sightseeing

Friday, 3 March 2017 (Day 2)
9.30 Welcome
9.35 Services for Proposals and Projects
Jan Skriwanek, National Contact Point Life Sciences, Project Management Agency - part of the German Aerospace Center, PT DLR
9.45

Success Stories in Europe based in NRW

  • Health: my-AHA
    Nico Kaartinen, Kaasa solution GmbH, Düsseldorf
  • Plant-inspired Robotics: flora robotica
    Prof. Dr. Heiko Hamann, University of Paderborn
 
10.05 Coffee/Start of parallel sessions
10.15

Session 4: Parallel Workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  1. Sparse Signal Processing
    Professor Aydin Sezgin, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, NRW
  2. Representation of conflicting narratives: methods and platforms to represent complexity for public discourse
    Professor Hartmut Koenitz, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht - Professorship Interactive Narrative Design, Utrecht, NL
  3. Handelsblatt Research Institute - EU Experience and Interest
    Dr. Jan Kleibrink, Handelsblatt Research Institute, Düsseldorf, NRW
  4. Emotional remote sensors in virtual reality: the underestimated role of emotions in human interaction
    Miriam Reiner, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, IL
  5. Model-Aided Engineering of Complex Socio-Cyber-Physical Systems
    Thuy Nguyen, EDF, Chatou, FR
  6. mmW and THz toward wireless Tbps’
    Eric Mercier, CEA-LETI - DACLE, Grenoble, FR
  7. Nearshoring in Horizon 2020 projects: the possibility or necessity
    Przemek Mikus, Liki Mobile Solutions, Lodz, PL
  8. Academy Het Dorp
    Professor Jos Lichtenberg, Academy Het Dorp, Arnhem, NL

Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)

  1. Successful R&I – a lighting example
    Jennifer Geldt, InovisCoat GmbH, Monheim, NRW
  2. Metal science for renewable energy and transport applications
    Dr. Karen Hemelsoet, Ghent University, Zwijnaarde, BE
  3. Business Research at VTT
    Jukka Hemilä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd - Business Ecosystem Development, Espoo, FI
  4. Current R&D-Projects at Coatema: Scaling and Pilot Lines for innovative Applications
    Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Dormagen, NRW
  5. EU Partner Search – Collaboration opportunities
    Rafael Michalczuk, Swarovski Professional, Wattens, AT

Life Sciences

  1. Inspiring Technology for Neuroscience
    Dr. Bram van de Laar, ANT Neuro, Enschede, NL
  2. Towards prospective life-support systems for ultra-hyperbaric environments: biophysical and biomedical approaches
    Dr. Yevgeny Moskovitz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Physiology & Cell Biology, Beer-Sheva, IL
  3. Mossakowski Medical Research Centre – bridge between medical biology and clinical medicine. Current research and scientific potential
    Professor Andrzej Ziemba, Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, PL
  4. A novel approach to the oncology biobank integrated with omics analysis in the University setting
    Professor Jacek Niklinski, Medical University of Bialystok - Department of Clinical Molecular Biology, Bialystok, PL
  5. OncoCiDia: A Small Molecular Dual Targeting Pan-anticancer Chemoradial Theragnostic Strategy
    Professor Yicheng Ni, KU Leuven - Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Leuven, BE
  6. CEACAM1: novel therapeutic target in immuno-oncology and infection
    Dr. Bernhard B. Singer, Univeristy Duisburg-Essen - Institute of Anatomy, Essen, NRW
  7. Precise Motion and Gas Control for Medical and Diagnostic Applications
    Adrien Tenga, PARKER HANNIFIN, Longvic, FR
  8. New and Improved Enzymes for Industrial Applications or Biomass Degradation
    Dr. Mareike Dirks-Hofmeister, WeissBioTech GmbH, Ascheberg, NRW

Transport

  1. Rail Vehicle Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Sebastian Streit, German Aerospace Center, Cologne, NRW
  2. Business project: Global online system for monitoring integrity of containers and safety of cargo
    Evgeny Novikov, GPC Doerfer International GmbH - StopGuard, Aachen, NRW
  3. From ordinary travel to enhanced trip, with sensory design
    Alexandra Despres, RCP Design Global - Certesens, Tours, FR
  4. Sustainable Propulsion Systems
    Bastian Lehrheuer, RWTH Aachen University - Institut for Combustion Engines, Aachen, NRW
  5. INTERMODEL EU: Improvement of mobility infrastructures design, construction and operation through BIM implementation and its 8th Dimension - Process simulations
    Mikel Borras Morrison, IDP Ingeniería y Arquitectura Iberia S.L.U. - R+D Department, Sabadell / Barcelona, ES
  6. Less noise, less weight, more reliability in the transportation and energy sectors
    Henri Saucy, Vibratec SA, Ecully, FR
  7. SAFEPOST Project Results
    Dr. Antonino Scribellito, PostEurop, Brussels, BE
  8. Research strategy of the Department of Off-Road Machine and Vehicle Engineering
    Dr. Damian Stefanow, Wrocław University of Science and Technology - Department of Off-Road Machine and Vehicle Engineering, Wrocław, PL

Coffee/Find a Partner

12.00

Session 5: Parallel Workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  1. Discovering opportunities on foreign markets, with prescience from Big Data - Towards the European emancipation of SMEs
    Ad Popper, Xilion webservices, Heiloo, NL
  2. Web Search and Data Mining at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies: Cooperation Potentials
    Dr. Mahdi Bohlouli, University of Koblenz - Institute for Web Science and Technologies, Koblenz, DE
  3. Show Fairs - software supports innovation
    Przemyslaw Koper, Liki Mobile Solutions, Lodz, PL
  4. H2020 ICT30 project proposal on disruptive method for optical components manufacturing
    Dr. Yves Hernandez, MULTITEL - Applied Photonics, Mons, BE

Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)

  1. High-throughput electrosprayed particles as time-regulated drug delivery systems
    Matej Buzgo, InoCure s.r.o., Prague, CZ
  2. Collaborative Research in the Materials Group at TWI
    Damien Kirkpatrick, TWI Ltd - Materials Group, Cambridge, UK
  3. New vision of "high-security" products - "graphene hologram". Application of graphene as unique alternative of holograms - method of authentication and verification by using Information and Communication Technologies
    Piotr Nawrocki, ID Block Systems, Warszawa, PL
  4. Standardization in European R&D projects
    Christine Fuß, DIN e. V., Berlin, DE

Life Sciences

  1. Liège University Hospital,...Why more than a Hospital
    Dr. Marcela Chavez, Liège University Hospital, Liège, BE
  2. Seeking collaborative research ideas - Erasmus MC
    Dr. John Hays, Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam (Erasmus MC), Rotterdam, NL
  3. Electrospinning, the versatile nanofibre and nanoparticle production method
    Magnus Kruse, Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University - Medical Fiber Systems, Aachen, NRW
  4. STATICE: Your Partner for Innovative Medical Devices
    Dr. Pierre Pouponneau, STATICE, Besançon, FR
  5. Insights into ADHD care in Germany based on SHI claims data – Results of CoCA study
    Melanie May, HGC Gesundheitsconsult GmbH, Düsseldorf, NRW
  6. Implementation of H2020-MSCA-COFUND grant "International PhD studies in Biomedical Research and Biostatistics" by Medical University of Bialystok
    Professor Marcin Moniuszko, Medical University of Bialystok, Bialystok, PL

SME Instrument

  1. GreenAlyze : An Integrated Simulation and Optimization Platform for Bio-Refineries
    Michel Lenoel, P+I, Aix en provence, FR
  2. The Human Factor in Innovation – Complex challenges in society require the application of new insights in the human factor in organisational innovation
    Dr. Vincent Pieterse, WhozNext, Amsterdam, NL
  3. Framework Ecosystem for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Fashion industries
    Mustapha Sahin, Vnus GmbH, Düsseldorf, NRW
  4. Innovative drug-releasing scaffolds for advanced organotypic models
    Radovan Vacek, InoCure s.r.o., Prague, CZ
  5. Hybrid Realms, Tools and Convolutional Neural Networks for Natural and Synthetic Technological Relationships
    Professor Robert Wendrich, Rawshaping Technology [RST] - RBSO - University of Twente, Nieuwkoop, NL
 
13.00 Interactive lunch/Find a Partner

Van der Valk Airporthotel

Am Hülserhof 57
40472, Düsseldorf

ANFAHRTSBESCHREIBUNG / ITINERARY

The importance of the “Successful R&I in Europe” conference series for Europe’s research and innovation calendar was substantiated once again in 2017 by the number of participants. Around 300 delegates from 26 countries attended the European Networking Event in Düsseldorf on the 2nd and 3rd of March: 50 % were entrepreneurs and 50 % were representatives of universities or research institutes. The fact that half the participants came from abroad confirms that the event answers a demand for networking platforms at international level.

Delegates had at their disposal an eCar shuttle service between Düsseldorf Airport and the impressive venue of Van der Valk Airporthotel.

The conference, which was organized by ZENIT GmbH on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, was opened by Minister Svenja Schulze, who said: “International events like this are very important for initiating new projects and an exchange of experience”. Keynote speaker was Dr. Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels, who reported on some successful examples from Horizon 2020 which document long-term and sustainable growth.

The event was structured in thematic workshops and open networking sessions. Researchers previously selected within a call for proposals had the opportunity to present not only new ideas for future projects but also research results ready for commercialization: Some 110 pitches over the two-day event! Delegates profited from the opportunity for an exchange of experience as well as to meet new potential partners and - most importantly - initiate joint EU projects.

Topics were:

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

In the framework of a parallel exhibition entitled “Innovations for Europe based in NRW”, a number of selected projects and initiatives in the area of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) were presented.

The event benefited from extensive promotional activities undertaken by the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest business, technology and innovation support network in the world (over 600 organizations in over 60 countries), of which ZENIT is a partner in a consortium with NRW.BANK and NRW.International. Further assistance was provided by the National Contact Points in Germany, the clusters in North Rhine-Westphalia and a large number of organizations in this year’s partner regions of Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland.