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IZES March 2015

Horizon 2020: New opportunities for new (and old) partners

Science and innovation are high priority areas for Europe. Both are vital to European relations and cross-country working. In Germany in particular, these areas are of huge importance and priority. Within the recently established funding framework programme Horizon 2020, these priority areas are brought together to achieve sustainable economic growth whilst strengthening a competitive European market within a global setting.

German BioenNW project partner, IZES gGmbH – in cooperation with EURICE GmbH – recently held an event in Germany to provide a platform for local stakeholders to discuss opportunities for research and innovation in environmental and energy technologies.

There were a series of relevant and interesting presentation. As the key note speaker Bernhard Wern of IZES gGmbH explained the role of bioenergy in the production of power and heat by showing the impact bioenergy has within the German energy market. Jörg Scherer  (EURICE GmbH) and Patrick Rosar ( gave an overview on the funding opportunities within Horizon 2020, as well as within other regional and local funding programmes, particularly for the Saarland region of Germany.

Other BioenNW partners were asked to participate in the event to introduce the feeling of working in an international environment. As such, Paul Knobbs (Aston University) highlighted further funding opportunities within Horizon 2020 calls for projects in the field of biomass, bioenergy and wastes. Finally, Christelle Harrison (EBRI, Aston University) presented example projects from the UK and invited participation from attendees in specific Horizon2020 calls.

There were plenty of networking opportunities where participants were able to take the opportunity to get connected or re-connect with old partners, as well as to find new potential collaboration partners among the participants.

Words by Anna Currin
IZES GmbH, Germany