Successful R & I in Europe 2022

11th European Networking Event

Overview

  • 17. Feb 2022 - 18. Feb 2022
  • Van der Valk Airporthotel   
  • English

17. Feb - 18. Feb 2022

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

Participants are invited to give a short presentation (ideas and/or results) with a focus on Horizon Europe calls, where a budget of approx. € 95.5 billion is available up until 2027.

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

  • Cluster 1: Life Sciences
  • Cluster 4: Digital (ICT)
  • Cluster 4: Industry (Materials)
  • Cluster 5: Energy
  • Cluster 5: Mobility
  • Cluster 6: Circular Economy & Sustainability
  • Innovative Procurement (PCP/PPI)

The event addresses especially universities and research institutes as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Participants are invited to become involved in established and new technology networks between researchers, entrepreneurs and multipliers related to Horizon Europe.

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 Europe.

Conference fee: € 120 (€ 95 one day) per person including VAT.

Invoices are despatched before the event.

Free participation for speakers in sessions 1 to 4.

Please note that the event organizer does NOT cover any travel expenses, costs for hotels etc.! The conference fee includes dinner on 17 February, lunch on 18 February, tea/coffee/cold drinks during the breaks and the airport-venue shuttle (solely as provided by the organizers). Registration is binding. We reserve the right to charge the participation fee if a delegate fails to cancel his or her attendance by sending an email to the contact persons indicated below by 16 February 2022.

Contact:

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

Rebecca Großmann
Telephone: 0049 208 30004-16
Email: gr(at)zenit.de

Agenda

Thursday, 17 February 2022 (Day 1)

including exhibition: Innovations for Europe based in NRW

13.00Welcome
13.05Opening session
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (tbc)
13.15Keynote speech
"Horizon Europe - investing in R&I to shape our future”
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth,
European Commission, Brussels (tbc)
13.35Success stories in Europe based in NRW
13.55Introduction
Partner Regions and Services for Proposals and Projects
Dr. Bernd Janson, ZENIT GmbH
14.00Coffee/Start of parallel sessions
14.15Session 1: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

- Cluster 4: Part Digital (ICT)
- Cluster 4: Part Industry (Materials)
- Cluster 5: Part Energy
- Cluster 6: Circular Economy & Sustainability
16.15Session 2: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

- Cluster 4: Part Digital (ICT)
- Cluster 4: Part Industry (Materials)
- Cluster 5: Part Energy
- Cluster 1: Life Sciences
18.15Get-together and Online Game
18.45Dinner

Friday, 18 February 2022 (Day 2)

including exhibition: Innovations for Europe based in NRW

9.30Welcome
9.35Services for Proposals and Projects
Jan Skriwanek, National Contact Point Life Sciences, DLR-PT (tbc)                                                                                              
9.45Success stories in Europe based in NRW 
10.05Coffee/Start of parallel sessions
10.15Session 3: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

- Cluster 4: Part Digital (ICT)
- Cluster 4: Part Industry (Materials)
- Cluster 1: Life Sciences
- Cluster 5: Part Mobility
12.00Session 4: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

- Cluster 4: Part Digital (ICT)
- Cluster 4: Part Industry (Materials)
- Cluster 6: Circular Economy & Sustainability
- Innovative Procurement (PCP/PPI)
13.00Interactive lunch/Find a partner

Van der Valk Airporthotel

Am Hülserhof 5740472, Düsseldorf

Airport-Venue shuttle

The shuttle with e-cars will run from the airport to the venue (and back) on 17 and 18 February 2022.

There will be more information about the shuttle service soon.

About one week prior to the event, we will inform all participants who have indicated that they require an airport-venue shuttle where and when the shuttle service will run!

The meeting point at the airport where the shuttle leaves will be signposted.

The service is operated free of charge as a courtesy to our participants and on a “first-come, first served” basis. Please note that it is not possible to book the shuttle.

How to participate in the Call for Presentations

Thank you very much for your interest in participating in the Call for Presentations
of the eleventh European Networking Event!

The aim of the Call for Presentations is to facilitate communication between the participants.

Speakers profit threefold:

  • They have the opportunity to present their Horizon Europe projects/ideas for joint Horizon Europe proposals/EU-funded research results to the audience in the specific workshop.
  • During the breaks there are special booths for further discussions between presenter and audience.
  • The conference participation fee is waived for speakers! (One per presentation.)

Each presentation lasts a maximum of 6 minutes.

The Call for Presentations will be open soon.

Around 400 stakeholders from science and business took part in the international networking event “Successful R&I in Europe 2019” on 14 and 15 February.

It was the tenth time that the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia had extended an invitation to the “Successful Research & Innovation in Europe” conference in Düsseldorf. In its anniversary year, a record 400 delegates from science and business (double the figure from the first conference in 2009!) from 30 countries seized the opportunity to present not only new ideas for future projects but also research results ready for commercialisation, seek potential partners for joint “Horizon 2020” proposals and engage in networking.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister, and Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary, both from the Ministry of Culture and Science, took part on behalf of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the international platform organised by the NRW.Europa team at ZENIT. The European Commission was represented by Dr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation and Mattia Pellegrini of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

The conference focussed on “Horizon 2020”, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, for which a budget of about € 80 billion was/is available for research projects in the period from 2014 to 2020. About € 20 billion in funding are still available for the last two years of the programme.

Klaus Kaiser
Mattia Pellegrini

“Few other regions spend as much on research as we do. North Rhine-Westphalia is in a good position to deliver a valuable contribution,” said Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture and Science, in his welcome address. He went on to say that the platform is an excellent opportunity for stakeholders in North Rhine-Westphalia to establish interesting contacts with whom to put innovative ideas into practice.

Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Department Finance and Administration at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (the European Commission body in charge of the Enterprise Europe Network), spoke on “Ten Years of the Enterprise Europe Network: Results and Challenges”, stressing the Network’s importance for Europe’s business and research landscape.

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Dr Wolfgang Burtscher
Panel Discussion

“Engaging with proposers is essential in order to identify what advice and support they require. Only in this way can a seamless transition from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe succeed in 2021 and can we continue to expand North Rhine-Westphalia’s participation in the forthcoming Framework Programme for Research and Innovation,” said Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, NRW’s Minister of Culture and Science, in her keynote speech entitled “Horizon Europe: First Impressions from NRW”.

Dr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, explained the draft proposal for Horizon Europe, which will follow on from Horizon 2020 and run from 2021 to 2027. The programme has a budget of € 100 billion and represents a revised and improved research and innovation agenda aimed at making better use of Europe’s globally leading role in research excellence and of its industrial strengths.

Workshop
Exhibition
Network

The conference was structured in thematic workshops – with about 120 pitches over the two-day event – and open networking sessions. The topics presented originated, amongst others, from the fields of ICT, nanotechnologies, energy, life sciences and transport.

With over 3,000 delegates in total, the “Successful R&I in Europe” conference series, for which the working language is English despite the German venue, has been a tremendous success since it first took place in 2009. This large number of participants substantiates its importance for Europe’s research and innovation calendar. The consortia it has produced have led to over 100 project proposals at EU, national and regional level. The fact that over half the delegates came from abroad confirms that the format answers a demand for networking platforms at international level.

In the framework of a parallel exhibition entitled “Innovations for Europe based in NRW”, a number of selected projects and initiatives were presented.

Delegates had at their disposal an eCar shuttle service provided with the support of local sponsors that ran between Düsseldorf Airport and the impressive venue of Van der Valk Airporthotel.

The conference profited from a broad spectrum of promotional activities undertaken by the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest business, technology and innovation support network in the world (over 600 organisations in over 60 countries), of which ZENIT is a partner in a consortium with NRW.BANK and NRW.International. Further assistance was provided by many organisations in this year’s partner countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland.

(From left to right: Dr. Karsten W. Lemke, ZENIT GmbH; Dr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission; Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Dr. Bernd Janson, ZENIT GmbH; Dr. Peter Fisch, moderator)

Contact:
ZENIT GmbH
Dr. Bernd Janson
Tel.: +49(0)208 30004 22
bj(at)zenit.de

Video "Impressions from Successful R&I in Europe 2019: 10th European Networking Event"

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the conference series "Successful R&I in Europe: European Networking Event", ZENIT GmbH/NRW.Europa produced a new video to celebrate its success over the last decade. The video features both the keynote speakers (Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, NRW's Minister of Culture and Science; Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture and Science; Dr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission; Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Department Finance and Administration,  Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME)) and testimonials from other important players in the European innovation and technology landscape, such as Dr. Peter Fisch, former Head of Unit at DG Research and Innovation, representatives of the Enterprise Europe Network, the National Contact Points as well as project managers and innovative enterprises in NRW.

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