Successful R and I in Europe 2019

10th European Networking Event


  • 14. Feb 2019 - 15. Feb 2019
  • Van der Valk Airporthotel   
  • Englisch
Van der Valk Airporthotel Düsseldorf, Am Hülserhof 57, 40472 Düsseldorf, Deutschland

Van der Valk Airporthotel    

Van der Valk Airporthotel Düsseldorf, Am Hülserhof 57, 40472 Düsseldorf, Deutschland

14. Feb - 15. Feb 2019


The conference, which was staged for the tenth time in 2019 and has been a great success with over 3000 participants since 2009, invited 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 and/or to present their research results from EU-funded projects that are ready for commercialisation.

In 2019, the special partner regions were Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland. However, the event was of course open to participants from all over the world!

There was also an exhibition entitled „Innovations for Europe based in North Rhine-Westphalia„.

In 2019, special partner regions were: Belgium, Finland, France, Israel, the Netherlands and Poland.

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

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)
  • Energy
  • Circular Economy
  • Life Sciences
  • Transport
  • Innovative Public Procurement (PCP/PPI)

The event addressed especially universities and research institutes as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Participants were 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 opened doors for new research and innovation projects in Europe with a focus on Horizon 2020.

The Workshop Programme features only those presentations where the presenters have consented to their online publication.

In order to follow up the event, we would appreciate some feedback from you, particularly about whether you have established any worthwhile contacts related to preparing proposals for Horizon 2020.

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

Invoices were despatched shortly before the event.

Free participation for speakers in sessions 1 to 5.

Please note that the event organizer does NOT cover any travel expenses, costs for hotels etc.! The conference fee includes dinner on 14. February, lunch on 15. 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 13 February 2019.


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

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

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



Professor Günter Huhle
Founder, COREVAS GmbH & CO.KG

“In 2017, Corevas attended the event to seek a Horizon 2020 partner. We not only found one and made valuable contacts, we also developed and launched our product EmergencyEye in a record time of 18 months.”

Eva Haas
TETRAMAX Project Manager, RWTH Aachen

“The event is the place to be for European researchers from academia and industry looking for partners. Our presentation led to considerable feedback, which we found both motivating and fruitful.”


Thursday, 14 February 2019 (Day 1)

including exhibition: Innovations for Europe based in NRW

13.05Opening session
Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
13.15Keynote speech:
“10 years Enterprise Europe Network: Results and Challenges”
Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Department Finance and Administration, Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), European Commission, Brussels 
13.35Success stories in Europe based in NRW
 NMM: Carbon4PUR, Dr. Liv Adler, COVESTRO Deutschland AG, Leverkusen

ICT: ROPOD, Prof. Dr. Erwin Prassler, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Sankt Augustin
Partner Regions and Services for Proposals and Projects
Dr. Karsten W. Lemke, ZENIT GmbH
14.00Coffee/Start of parallel sessions
14.15Session 1: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”
Pilot-Plant Synthesis of Highly Specific Nanoparticles for Industrial Applications
Tim Hülser, Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. – Particle Process Technology and Characterization, Duisburg, Germany

Nanodiamond technologies for industry, energy, science & medicine (H2020: FETOPEN, DT-NMBP-18, DT-NMBP-19, LC-NMBP-32, DT-NMBP-12, SC1-BHC-07)
Dr. Michael Farber, Ray Techniques Ltd. – Nanodiamond technologies, Jerusalem, Israel

Novel solutions for cellulose-based materials and advanced manufacturing technologies
Dr. Heli Kangas, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Espoo, Finland

Research for the Plastics Industry
Dr. Gregor Fornalczyk, Gemeinnützige KIMW Forschungs-GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany

Instytut Technologii Elektronowej: Research Activities and Opportunities for Collaboration (Div. of Silicon Microsystem and Nanostructure Technology)
Dr. Tomasz Bieniek, Instytut Technologii Elektronowej – Division of Silicon Microsystem and Nanostructure Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Interface design for structural materials of high strength and high ductility
Dr. Lorenz Romaner, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben, Austria

Looking for partners
Dr. Ojars Balcers, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences – Socio-technical Systems Engineering Institute, Valmiera, Latvia

Aledia partnership for microLed display
Eric Mottin, aledia, Grenoble, France

Advanced structural characterization and multi-scale simulation of nanomaterials
Alexander Neirinckx, Universiteit Antwerpen – NANOcenter, ANTWERPEN, Belgium

EmergencyEye X – Digitization connects people in crises situations with professional services
Prof. Dr. Guenter Huhle, Corevas GmbH & Co.KG – EmergencyEye®, Grevenbroich, Germany

Smart packaging for the food industry using a plastic NFC chip and printed graphene antennas
Martin Scattergood, SES RFID Solutions GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

Integrated Circuits & Systems Development: R&D Activities and Collaboration Opportunities for Sensor Networks, Power Electronics and Telemedicine
Dr. Grzegorz Janczyk, Instytut Technologii Elektronowej – Integrated Circuits and Systems Design, Warsaw, Poland

Machine Learning and Cyber Physical Systems: Let’s move towards Digital Transformation
Prof. Dr. Mahdi Bohlouli, Petanux GmbH, Bonn, Germany

User-in-the-Loop : A paradigm shift for assisted sustainable living
Prof. Dr. Rainer Schoenen, HAW Hamburg – Kommunikationstechnik, Hamburg, Germany

Intelligent Behavior Research Platform
Dr. Andrew Spink, Noldus Information Technology BV, Wageningen, Netherlands

Strengthening European research and industrial capacities through interactive technologies
Jens Piesk, Nuromedia GmbH, Cologne, Germany

Secure chips for Cyber Intelligent Physically Independent Objects
Fethulah Smailbegovic, CognitiveIC, Delft, Netherlands

DIH-HERO – Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics
Jonas Gesenhues, RWTH Aachen University – Insitute of Automatic Control, Aachen
Circular Economy I

Sustainable Technologies and Resources for Circular Economy from Laboratory to Industrial Scale on our Research Site :metabolon
Prof. Dr. Michael Bongards, TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences – Institute Metabolon for Sustainable Technologies and Resources, Gummersbach, Germany

Bioelectric Systems for next generation biofuels and chemicals
Prof. Dr. Fabian Fischer, HESSO Valais – School of Engineering, Sitten, Switzerland

Thermochemistry as a key tool in the development of innovative materials and processes
Dr. Stephan Petersen, GTT-Technologies (GTT Gesellschaft für Technische Thermochemie und -physik mbH), Herzogenrath, Germany

Opportunities for circular economy in project-based industries
Dr. Tuomas Ahola, Tampere University – Industrial management, Tampere, Finland

CO₂-free Hydrogen Production by physical Carbon Capture from Methane
Stefan Petters, guo – Business Development Consult – Carbotopia Syndicate, Vienna, Austria

Positive environmental Impact of actively cooled floating Solar PV
Christian Kirschning, SolarAnts, Düsseldorf, Germany

Treasure in the toilet
Brendo Meulman, DeSah, Sneek, Netherlands
Energy I
Towards Sustainable Process Industries
Prof. Dr. Axel Gottschalk, SUPREN GmbH, Dortmund, Germany

Clean, Sustainable Transportation in Sea, Air and Land
Dr. Ömer Cora, Karadeniz Technical University – Mechanical Engineering, Trabzon, Turkey

Applications of ultrasonic technologies for different sectors of industry, energy and life sciences
Prof. Dr. Renaldas Raisutis, Kaunas University of Technology – Ultrasound Research Institute, Kaunas, Lithuania

Patent: EP15713831.4 Energy- and resource-efficient, sustainable drive system „Energy-Light“
Juan Carlos González Villar, Kabel.Consult.Ing – Engineering, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Saule Technologies and Saule Research Institute – Optoelectronics from Poland
Dr. Dávid Forgács, Saule Technologies, Warsaw, Poland

Accelerating Inertial CO2 Extraction System (ICES)
Ekaterina Masloboeva, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology – Center for Design, Manufacturing and Materials, Moscow, Russia
16.15Session 2: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”
Release of Nanomaterials during their Life Cycle
Dr. Burkhard Stahlmecke, Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. – Particle Process
Technology and Characterization, Duisburg, Germany

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) including chemical reactions
Dr. Els Nagels, InsPyro, Heverlee, Belgium

Closed-loop and self-corrective system for process monitoring and quality control of injection molding process
Sandrine Lebigre, IPC – R&D, Bellignat, France

Massively-parallel FPGA-based simulator of complex systems (ARUZ)
Dr. Krzysztof Halagan, Lodz University of Technology – Department of Molecular Physics, Lodz, Poland

AdWoPlas – “Advanced Workbased and Virtual VET Environment for Plastics Education in Europe“
Torsten Urban, Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid – Education & Training, Lüdenscheid, Germany

Facile separation of rubidium and cesium from aqueous brines. From proof-of-principle to application
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Richard Pörschke, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Innovative and high quality rotomoulded liners for hydrogen tanks
Solenn Taveau, RAIGI SAS – Hydrogene, Rouvray-Saint-Denis, France

Nanotechnology – the basis for successful research and innovation in Europe
Dr. Michael Hornung, AMO GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Integrated Material Modelling- Materials for European Industrial Manufacturing
Dr. Amir Horr, Austrian Institute of Technology – Low Emission Transport, Vienna, Austria


EU Research Activities at Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems: Cooperation Opportunities
Julia Hauser, Fraunhofer IMS – CMOS Microsystem Technology, Duisburg, Germany

Pilotproject “Big Data driven B2B and B2C infrastructure to disclose Romania for Europe”, as implementation model to disclose all EU Member States.
Ad Popper, Xilion webservices – R&D, Heiloo, Netherlands

Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories
Damian Borowski, BOR&BAR, Berlin, Germany

MonetDB: your analytical database in the cloud and on HPC platforms
Dr. Ying Zhang, MonetDB Solutions, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Combining digital twins to build virtual test beds for complex application scenarios
Frank Heinze, RIF Institute for Research and Transfer e.V. – Department of Robot Technology, Dortmund, Germany

Proof-of-concept: stability and reliability of emergency services based on smart watches as medical devices in health care
Dr. Achim Hager, Vitatel GmbH – eHealth / emergency solutions, Oberkotzau, Germany

Releasing Potentials of interconnected process chains in the manufacturing of personal protective clothing (PPE)
Arash Rezaey, RWTH Aachen – Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Understanding MRI: information and training website on magnetic resonance imaging for patients with multiple sclerosis
Natalie Tutzer, TAKEPART Media + Science GmbH, C, Germany

Wearable health monitor for health and elderly care
Emrah Aydinalp, Pandora X Software Studios – IT, Bursa, Turkey

Life Sciences II

From animal venoms to pharmacology  and drugs
Prof. Dr. Victor Tsetlin, Limited Liability Company „Syneuro“ – Department of molecular bases of
neurosignalization, Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Natural phage-based solutions for bacterial pathogens
Adrian Augustyniak, PhageArmour LTD, Pyrzyce, Poland

Quantitative analysis (qSERS) is an affordable assay for absolute quantification of analytes such as drugs proteins and pesticides within few seconds
Dr. Mohammad Salehi, CENIOS – Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Osnabrück, Germany

A novel laser-based precision Endoscopy knife using multimode fibre
Gerardo Nahum, Rosetta IP, Netanya, Israel

KomIT – Center of Competence for Innovative Diabetes Therapy
Prof. Dr. Juergen Eckel, German Diabetes Center, Düsseldorf, Germany

C-myDNA „Genetic discovery marketplace for medical, health and fun use“
Peter Walgemoed, Carelliance, Eindhoven, Netherlands

mRNA-based nanomedicines for tissue regeneration
Prof. Dr. Raymond Schiffelers, University Medical Center Utrecht – Nanomedicine, Utrecht, Netherlands

Human placental stromal cells therapy for tissue regeneration in degenerative and inflammatory conditions and mitigation of radiation damages
Prof. Dr. Raphael Gorodetsky, Hadassah hebrew University Medical center, Jerusalem, Israel / Head, Lab. of
Biotechnology and Radiobiology, Sharett Institute of Oncology, Jerusalem, Israel

Digital tools for program evaluation of intraoperative Aseptic Practices
Prof. Dr. Teija-Kaisa Aholaakko, Laurea University of Applied Sciences – Development Unit Education, Vantaa, Finland

New technologies and solutions for early diagnosis and personalized prevention of neurodegenerative diseases
Prof. Dr. Olga Safonicheva, First Moscow State Medical Universitet – Department of Post-Graduate education for Doctors, Moscow, Russia

Energy II

Use of low grade heat for power generation, pumping & compression
Patrick Bliek, Encontech BV, Enschede, Netherlands

Clean Air Foundation – how to deal with household energy poverty?
Dr. Anna Dyląg, Fundacja Czyste Powietrze, Szczecin, Poland

Design of perovskite-based materials with active learning techniques
Dr. Lorenz Romaner, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben, Austria

Solar Lighting for Healthier Living
Ofer Becker, Solight LTD, Tirat Hacarmel, Israel

Modelling innovation in the energy industry
Salome Gonzalez Vazquez, VDE|FNN – International Relations, Berlin, Germany

Solar Roof Tile for photovoltaic & solar thermal
Johannes Heun, paXos Consulting & Engineering GmbH & Co. KG – Engineering, Monheim, Germany

Capacity building programmes to support implementation of energy audits
Jesús Serrano, Sustainable Innovations Europe – R&D Department, Madrid, Spain
18.15Session 3: Innovation & Impact
“Science Show” Physikanten & Co
“Horizon Europe: Challenges and Instruments”
Dr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
“Horizon Europe: First Impressions from NRW”
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
Panel discussion “Impact-oriented Support for Innovation: Today and Tomorrow”
Dr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
Prof. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia
Moderation: Dr. Peter Fisch, Coburg

Friday, 15 February 2019 (Day 2)

including exhibition: Innovations for Europe based in NRW

9.35Services for Proposals and Projects
Jan Skriwanek, National Contact Point Life Sciences, DLR-PT
9.45Success stories in Europe based in NRW
Life Sciences: P4SB, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars M. Blank, RWTH Aachen, Aachen

Life Sciences: PICASO, Dr. Carlos A Velasco, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Sankt Augustin
10.05Coffee/Start of parallel sessions
10.15Session 4: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

Circular Economy IV
Tapping the Full Inter- and Transdisciplinary Potential: Social Science and Humanities as a USP in European Research and Innovation Projects
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gerber, Hochschule Rhein-Waal – Wissenschaftskommunikation, Kleve, Germany

SPIN APP, a security, energy, environment, water & waste performance assessment tool in line with COP 21 and subsequent COP agreements
Anne Leemans, Yellow design Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

Restoration of urban ecosystems
Prof. Dr. Michel Chalot, Université De Bourgogne Franche Comté – Chrono-environment Laboratory, Montbeliard, France

AI solutions for circular economy
Dr. Markus Sihvonen, Luas Oy – ICT, Lahti, Finland

Circular economy concepts towards the mitigation of greenhouse gases: A multiscale approach
Dr. Manuel Morillas, Institut Quimic de Sarria – Research, Barcelona, Spain
„From analogue Photography to high-tech Data-Archiving“ The piqlfilmGO Project Horizon2020
Moritz Graf zu Eulenburg, InovisCoat GmbH, Monheim., Germany

Network of European-level digital platforms supporting the development, business growth and internalisation of Solo- and Micro-enterprises
Dr. Kai Hänninen, University of Oulu – Kerttu Saalasti Institute, Nivala, Finland

CAPID: a novel way to communicate with smartphones. Current implementations (card games, access gates, payments) and future prospects
Tomasz Stachewicz, Rebased sp. z o.o., Warsaw, Poland

Technology transfer via multinational application experiments in customized and low‐energy computing
Eva Haas, RWTH Aachen University – Forschungsförderung, Aachen, Germany

AI Supported No-Code Application Design & Marketing Platform
Yagmur Melih Gurtunca, YALIN SOFTWARE – Project Department, Bursa, Turkey

Industry Related Research and Development Interests
Dr. Heli Helaakoski, VTT, Oulu, Finland

CyberSecurity and Artificial Intelligence
Ralf Benzmüller, G DATA Software AG – SecurityLabs, Bochum, Germany

The Internet of Citizens: Social Commitment in Smart Communities
Prof. Dr. Piet Kommers, Helix5 – Dept Research and Development, Enschede, Netherlands

Implementation, application and utilization of ‘smart systems’ in the real-virtual world
Prof. Dr. Robert E. Wendrich, University of Twente – Dept. of Design, Production and Management, Enschede, Netherlands
Life Sciences IV

Mossakowski Medical Research Centre (MMRC) – bridge between medical biology and clinical medicine. Current research scientific and human potential
Dr. Dorota Makarewicz, Instytut Medycyny Doświadczalnej i Klinicznej PAN – Administration, Warsaw, Poland

Combination of several commercial movement sensors with ECG / HR capabilities
Nico Kaartinen, Kaasa solution GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

Increasing the Efficiency of IVF
Czibok Balázs, University of Pécs – Technology Tansfer Office, Pécs, Hungary

Milteny Biotec Empowering Discovery – Advancing Therapy
Dr. Manal Hadenfeld, Miltenyi Biotec – R&D, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

How can SPECT imaging help you
Dr. J. Arturo García-Horsman, University of Helsinki – Faculty of Pharmacy, Helsinki, Finland

Artificial intelligence methods for supporting drug design
Szymon Bazan, Alphamoon – R&D, Wrocław, Poland

From Fertility Microbiome profiling to Fertility Therapy
Dr. Jonathan de Jonge, ARTPred BV, Den Bosch, Netherlands

Integration and analysis of biomedical data for patient stratification
Dr. Lorna Morris, LifeGlimmer GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Creation and use of an electronic, clinics and patients comprehensive, monitoring and tracking system (PMCF system) for class III medical devices using the example of hip implants
Dr. Dieter Werdier, SAM Gesellschaft für Statistische Analysen und Monitoring mbH – RDE/PMCF System Development, Aachen, Germany
Transport IV
Quick-Charging-Plug and -Cable for electric mobility
Johannes Heun, paXos Consulting & Engineering GmbH & Co. KG – Engineering, Monheim, Germany

Anna Nikodym-Bilska, Air Force Institute of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Light aircraft equipped with electric power system based on hydrogen fuel cells
Dr. Piotr Czarnocki, Warsaw University of Technology – Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics, Warsaw, Poland

Join analytical calculation to numerical simulation of scroll compressors
Dr. Manuel Buisson, Institut of Physics of Rennes- University of Rennes – Mechanics & Glasses Department, Rennes, France

Advanced Concepts for Aero‑Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors (ACASIAS)
Dr. Marta Martinez-Vazquez, IMST Gmb , Kamp-Lintfort, Germany

FIT-4-AMandA. Future European Fuel Cell Technology
Patrick Wunderlin, United Parcel Service – Automotive Engineering, Langenhagen, Germany

Environmental transformation
Miguel Gallardo, Vertech Group – R&D, Nice, France

Smart Factory Development and Implementation for Production of Aircraft Wing and Fuselage Structures
Dr. Amool Raina, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
12.00Session 5: Parallel workshops
“European projects seeking partners”

Nanostructured Hybrid Materials
Prof. Dr. Amir Fahmi, Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences – Faculty Technology and Bionics, Kleve, Germany

Theoretical Boussisnes indentation of an elastic-brittle material : investigate nucleus of cone-crack via Cartan geometry
Dr. Manuel Buisson, Institut of Physics of Rennes- UMR6251CNRS-University of Rennes – Mechanics & Glasses Department, Rennes, France

Imagine Chemistry, Nouryon’s Collaborative Innovation program
Minke Janssens, Nouryon – Research, Development and Innovation, Deventer, Netherlands

Trusted Environments: safe information exchange in the innovation process
Dr. Teun Sluijters, Public Impact, Voorburg, Netherlands

Easy and secure data sharing in the value chain
Sibel Kuzgun Akın, Yakamoz Software, Bursa, Turkey

Software Modules Like Lego Blocks
Zuhal Soyaslan, Nota Software – Software, Bursa, Turkey

Aptoide app store: H2020 partner search
Joao Casal, Aptoide, SA, Lisbon, Portugal

Efficient and precise exploration of large data sets
Prof. Dr. Leon Bobrowski, Bialystok University of Technology – Faculty of Computer Science, Bialystok, Poland

Augmented accessibility – potential benefits and risks of using disruptive technologies in public services and public spaces
Radoslaw Nagay, Panopticum, Szczecin, Poland

Life Sciences V

In Field Management Zoning Technologies in potatoes: IoF consortium and farmer experiences
Albert Schirring, Bayer – Crop Strategy and Portfolio Management, Monheim, Germany

Proven Antibiotic effect of an Ayurveda Herbal Formula to treat Bacterial infections, including MRSA.
Cornelis Peters, Europa Ayurveda Centrum – Product development, Witharen, Netherlands

Hyper-accumulation and detoxification of heavy metals by conditioned plants and bacteria
Prof. Dr. Egon Amann, University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt – Ham1, Hamm, Germany

Urban Environment, Nature Based Solutions (NBS), and Quality of Life
Dr. Herbert Haubold, European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil systems, ETC/ULS – Environment Agency Austria, Vienna, Austria

Serco’s H2020 experience in the MOSES and EOPEN Innovation Projects – some synergies for fostering their commercial exploitation
Dr. Maria Gabriella Scarpino, Serco Italia S.p.A., Frascati, Italy

Bacteriocins applications for the development of new genetic control of microbial strains in industrial fermentation
Guy Helin, SYNGULON, Seraing, Belgium

Would the following suit: PPI Activities from Ireland – a startup story
Mike Mc Grath, PTI, Cork, Ireland

STARS: reduction of patient stress in case of elective surgery
Dr. Ine Vandewauw, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands

From requirement assessment to certification – Development of a Certification Framework for Intelligent/Smart and complex PPE
Jan Jordan, Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Best Practices in Sustainable Procurement
Vaishali Baid, Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship, Cologne, Germany
13.00Interactive lunch/Find a partner

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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.


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)

Dr. Bernd Janson
Tel.: +49(0)208 30004 22

Prior to the conference each year we announce a Call for Presentations.

Delegates are invited to submit suggestions for the presentation either of an idea for a joint Horizon 2020 proposal or of results from an EU-funded project ready for commercialisation. The presentations are held in the framework of workshops on specific themes, which are announced together with the conference programme.

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

Speakers profit threefold:

  • They have the opportunity to present their ideas for joint Horizon 2020 proposals/EU-funded research results to the audience in a thematically related 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.)

Once the Call for Presentations has closed, all submissions are reviewed against specific criteria as follows:

  1. Was the required information provided (and within the deadline)?
  2. Is there evidence of sufficient experience in EU R&D&I programmes?
  3. Is there clear potential for joint projects within Horizon 2020, e.g. are concrete calls mentioned, or do the R&D&I results have real potential for commercialisation?
  4. Does the proposed topic fit in with the overall concept of the foreseen workshop and complement (and not duplicate/is not similar to) the other presentations?

The selected speakers are notified and allocated a 6-minute time slot in one of the thematic workshops. They are then asked to submit a draft of their presentation so that the workshops can be prepared. Presenters are welcome to bring a final version to the event and upload it before the start of their session.

Presentations are uploaded on the conference website after the event.

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.

Happy Viewing!

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