29.11.2016 - 30.11.2016 | Bratislava, Slovakia

H2020 Training & Networking for Eastern Partnership Experts at Energy Networking4Innovation Event

With the support of the IncoNet EaP project, energy experts from Eastern Partnership countries participated in the Networking4Innovation event in Bratislava. This international brokerage event focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The EaP energy experts also took part in a Horizon 2020 training provided by RCISD back-to-back with the brokerage event.

Horizon 2020 Training in Bratislava | © Ildikó Dorogi, RCISD

Horizon 2020 Training in Bratislava | © Ildikó Dorogi, RCISD

On 29 November RCISD provided a H2020 training back-to-back with the brokerage event for 11 energy  experts from Eastern Partnership countries (in alphabetical order):

  1. Petro Iukhymets, Paton Electric Welding Institute of NAS of Ukraine;
  2. Gagik Kirakosyan, National Polytechnic University Of Armenia;
  3. Vladimir Makarenko, Institute for Nuclear Problems of Belarusian State University;
  4. Vitali Mikutski, State Scientific Institution 'Powder Metallurgy Institute' (PMI), National Academy of Sciences of Belarus;
  5. Iraki Nanobashvili, Andronikashvili Institute of Physics of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University;
  6. Valentin Olesciuk, Academy of Sciences of Moldova;
  7. Elnur Safarov, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography;
  8. Natalia Shatirishvili, Think tank 'World Experience for Georgia';
  9. Karen Trchounian, Yerevan State University - Faculty of Biology;
  10. Ruben Vardanyan, National Polytechnic University of Armenia – Cybernetics; 
  11. Artur Voronych; Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas).

During the workshop the following topics were introduced:

  • Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
  • General indications and advice on Horizon 2020 proposal writing
  • Preparation of the proposal
  • Financial issues
  • Submission process of project proposal illustrated on European Commission's H2020 Participant Portal and project proposal template
  • New Work Programmes 2016-2017 on SC3 ('Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy') and SC5 (Climate Action, Environment)

In line with the needs of the Eastern Partnership experts  – who had also participated in previous similar trainings that took place in Amsterdam and Graz – this training included in some additional relevant topics such as financial issues, guidelines on how to find the best partners, information on the proposal are evaluation process and common problems in proposal writing.

The training closed with a ‘questions and answers’ session and a long discussion.

Networking4Innovation Event in Bratislava | © Ildikó Dorogi, RCISD Networking4Innovation Event in Bratislava | © Ildikó Dorogi, RCISD

On 30 November the EaP researchers participated in several 20-minutes face-to-face bilateral meetings that facilitated the setup of Horizon 2020 project consortia. This Networking event targeted a wide spectrum of companies, universities and researchers in the field of energy from all over Europe and beyond interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration within the upcoming calls in Horizon 2020.

185 researchers from almost 40 countries attend the bilateral meetings. The Networking4Innovation event was funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Danube-INCO.net project. The event was co-organised by the Enterprise Europe Network, Europe's largest network for internationalisation and innovation of SMEs.

The EaP researchers had bilateral talks with 5 to 15 researchers from EU countries and other regions. They managed to establish contacts with organisations like ADEME (France), ECOPolis Cluster (Hungary), MOL (Hungary), NCP Energy (Germany), University Centre for Energy Efficiency Buildings (Czech Republic) as well as other innovative companies, universities and consulting organisations.

Based on the follow-up reports of the EaP participants, the events provided the scientists with valuable networking opportunities for future EU-EaP collaboration.

Source and contact: Ildikó Dorogi, Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, RCISD


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