Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans

Nikola Benin, PhD


Two research institutions from Italy and Austria would like to participate as a coordinator respectively partner in a Science with and for Society (SwafS) topic on gender equality plans.

The University of Verona and the JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft GmbH are planning to participate in SwafS-03-2017: Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans.

  • The University of Verona would like to participate as a coordinator. It has previously been involved in H2020 projects, both as a partner and a coordinator.
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  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft GmbH (JOANNEUM RESEARCH) offers its expertise as a partner. JOANNEUM RESEARCH is a business oriented leader of innovation and technology providers. It is linked to a worldwide network and has been providing research for more than thirty years.

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Partner Offer for Security Topics

Nikola Benin, PhD


The Federal Computing Centre of Austria is offering its expertise for Horizon 2020 topics on cybersecurity and border security.

The Federal Computing Centre of Austria – Bundesrechenzentrum (BRZ) is the main e-government partner of the federal administration in Austria. It runs one of Austria’s largest computing centres, its own parallel computing centre and ensures one of the most reliable infrastructures available. BRZ has been successfully involved in various H2020 projects.


Business Opportunities in the Circular Economy

Nikola Benin, PhD


Participate in this one-day event which includes a matchmaking event and conference with the latest policy news, an introduction to forthcoming calls and a presentation of already successful Horizon 2020 projects within circular economy topics. The main target group for the event is businesses looking for partners in innovation and R&D activities / developing new business models and value chains within the area of circular economy.

The matchmaking covers following topics:
• Reducing material and resource inputs
• Maintaining the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible
• Minimising the generation of waste
• Replacing non-renewable resources with biomass
• Protecting oceans and land from waste and litter by remediating existing concentrates, mitigating new pollution and developing biodegradable bio plastics.
• R&D, new business models and value chains


Webinar on Funding Opportunities under Innovation Procurement

Nikola Benin, PhD


The public sector in the EU, as elsewhere in the world, is faced with important challenges. These include modernising internal operations of public services to make them run more efficiently, as well as improving the external quality of public services to the citizens, e.g. improving high quality affordable health care to cope with an ageing population, improving energy efficiency, etc.

Addressing such challenges can require new and better solutions:

  • Procurement of solutions new to the market where the public sector acts as first customer: Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI)
  • Procurement of R&D services to tackle specific public needs when solutions are not yet on the market:  Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP)

Horizon 2020 reinforces these co-financing mechanisms and will continue boosting in the upcoming work programme for the calls in 2018-2020.

This webinar aims to give more information on how PCP and PPI work. The agenda consists of a detailed presentation by the EC representative on basic info, benefits, eligibility, etc. and a successful Swiss PCP project testimonial.


Smart Health Conference

Nikola Benin, PhD


Thursday 29 June 2017

Zurich, Switzerland

Smart Health and virtual reality are not only science & technology driven trends with a significant global market potential: Smart Health is also a big promise to patients. Smart Health technologies, solutions, devices and services will rapidly change the healthcare environment. Companies and institutions able to leverage the rapid convergence in the life science technologies will be the pace makers of this revolution.

The Zurich conference and partnering event will provide decision makers of life sciences companies, scientist from leading R&D institutions and healthcare & innovation specialists with latest insights into trends and show opportunities for transdisciplinary and cross-industry R&D. It will also be an ideal meeting point for companies and institutions looking to extend their network and gain visibility within the Smart Health community.


Health Information Event

Nikola Benin, PhD


This event will provide detailed information on the upcoming calls in the 2018-2020 “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” Work Programme. Topics include “Understanding health, well-being and disease”, “Preventing, treating and managing diseases”, “Active ageing and self-management of health”, “Methods and data (digital diagnostics, in-silico methods)” and “Health care provision & integrated care”.

After the event, participants preparing a Horizon 2020 proposal are offered 20 min. bilateral meetings on content, admin or budget questions with the National Contact Point Health from the Euresearch Head Office and Grants Advisors from the University of Bern. These meetings are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be booked by sending an email to Aline Schögler –

Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Network

Nikola Benin, PhD


Thursday 1 June 2017 to Friday 2 June 2017

The Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) will in 2017 be organized in Luxembourg, between 31st May and 2nd June, in cooperation with the Department of Adult Education of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth in Luxembourg. The event is organised as part of the national program for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Luxembourg.