Nikola Benin, Ph.D



Friday October 20th

  • 10:00 reception at the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya in Terrassa – visit to the museum
    Registration of the participants
  • 16:30: at the Col·legi d’Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya, Via Laietana, 39, 08003 Barcelona
    – registration of participants
    – workshop “European Cultural Heritage Year 2018: position and role of the industrial heritage, planned actions and activities”
    18:00 :  networking, meeting in the bar of the Col·legi d’Enginyers
    – 19:00 – 20:00 : presentation of the industrial heritage of Catalonia, its safeguarding and its interpretation

Saturday October 21st

  • 09:30 : meeting at the Water Museum, Museu de les Aigües, Ctra. de Sant Boi, 4-6, 08940 Cornellà de Llobregat
  • 10:00 – 11:30 : plenum on the theme Industrial Heritage – exploring opportunities for education and lifelong learning
    – presentation of the E-FAITH report on the topic, resulting from the EU COSME project EUmillennialsTOUR
    – the Premis Bonaplata for young people
  • 11:30 – 12:00 : coffee break
  • 12:00 – 13:30 : second plenum session on the same topic
  • 14:00 – 15:00 : lunch
  • 15:00 – 16:00 : visit to the museum and its steam engines
  • 16:00 – … : working session : the associations present their experiences and activities

Sunday October 22nd

  • 09:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 – guided visits – local associations show and explain citizen’s initiatives that were and are at the origins of the safeguarding of industrial heritage in Barcelona


All locations can easily be reached by the Barcelona public transport



CALL FOR PARTNERS. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN)

Nikola Benin, PhD


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Horizon 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) Applicants Training

Learn how to write a competitive ITN proposal

24-10-2017, 09:30–17:00 in Bern

Registration fee: free

The aim of this event is to train researchers, research managers and research support services in writing competitive ITN proposals. The training will tackle the success criteria for ITN proposals and the common challenges in ITN proposal writing. It will contain exercises regarding the different parts of the proposal, information from an evaluator and exchange of information with a successful applicant.


09:30–10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00–11:30 Training Session I
Dr Sibylla Martinelli – Euresearch
11:30–12:30 Questions & Answers with Evaluator
12:30–13:15 Lunchbreak
13:15–14:00 Success Story – ITN Coordinator
14:00–17:00 Training Session II
Dr Sibylla Martinelli – Euresearch

Nikola Benin. Increase the efficiency of biomass supply chains for the bio-based industry

Nikola Benin, Ph.D



Identify feasible opportunities for ICT to improve the efficiency and sustainability of supply chains through cooperation between biomass suppliers and technology providers.

Proposals should cover several supply chains handling different kinds of biomass coming from multiple sources. Proposals should include a description of the (combined) feedstock and its potential for sustainable value chains.

Proposals should also assess the efficiency and sustainability improvements of logistical supply chains by applying the proposed ICT solutions, including also biomass resource modelling.

Proposals should also address the assembly and financing of new and technically improved equipment possibly required to collect and store feedstock for the bio-based industry, in the short time window after harvesting.

The industry should actively participate to help prove the benefits of the project results to the full bio-based sector.

Indicative funding: It is considered that proposals requesting a contribution of maximally EUR 1 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Expected Impact:

  • contribute to KPI 1: create at least 2 new cross-sector interconnections in bio-based economy clusters;
  • reduced biomass losses and costs associated with feedstock supply logistics compared with similar existing benchmark supply chains;
  • improved direct involvement and commitment of biomass suppliers and technology providers, and the resulting introduction of ICT in the biomass feedstock supply chain for the bio-based industry.

Nikola Benin. 5th Cluster Matchmaking Conference

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


5th Cluster Matchmaking Conference

 – Bringing Cluster Collaboration to the Next Level

Stuttgart // September 21-22, 2017

For the 5th time BSR Stars hosts the Cluster Matchmaking Conference. After five years with cluster matchmaking and cluster internationalisation (through Innovation Express) it is time to bring cluster collaboration to the next level. The Cluster Matchmaking Conference offers excellent matchmaking opportunities with Europe’s leading cluster organisations, lot’s of networking opportunities and a thrilling interactive programme in a vibrant and learning atmosphere. So far more than 150 clusters from 26 countries have already signed up.

Nikola Benin. AquaMatch: brokerage event

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


Thursday 02 November 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

AquaMatch will be organised during the Aquatech Amsterdam the international brokerage event on Water Technology, Water Management & Innovation. It enables fair exhibitors and visitors (companies, research institutes and Universities) to find partners for cooperation and to license or acquire new technologies. There is also the possibility to meet investors or development partners for future international funding calls (e.g. H2020, Eurostars).


Deadlines Tasks
02 Nov. 2017 Registration and profile submission
01 Sept.- 01 Nov. 2017 Online selection of bilateral meetings
02 Nov. 2017 Bilateral meetings


Contact person in Switzerland Kathrin Rüegg            +41 (0)31 380 60 19
Participant list Search Online

Nikola Benin. STRAIGHTEN Basic Skills project

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


Work-related training as a tool to encourage adult learning

It is estimated that one in five adults in Europe have poor literacy skills – around 55 million people between the ages of 15 – 65.  Not only does this make it hard for them to find or keep a job, it also increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion, and limits opportunities for cultural and political participation, lifelong learning and personal growth. And this is not simply a question of reading skills. Today, a whole range of personal, work and social activities are mediated through technology, placing digital and literacy skills at the heart of everything from finding work to keeping in touch with friends. Participation rates in the kinds of learning that help adults to develop these skills vary considerably between EU countries, but generally low rates of participation are a challenge. In England, for example, participation in adult literacy and numeracy provision has fallen by around 25% in the last five years.

Recently, there has been increased interest among EU and national policymakers in the role that learning in the workplace can play in helping to tackle European needs for improved basic skills. The evidence suggests that policies which support the provision of work-related training can motivate adults to participate in learning, as well as encourage employers to train and develop their employees. The workplace is a natural setting for learning to take place – indeed, in most workplaces, a great deal of informal learning already takes place. Opportunities to learn at work, particularly where there is the prospect of improved or more sustainable work, have the potential to encourage participation in more formal learning, training and opportunities for ‘upskilling’. This is particularly so for adults who might not consider returning to college, or ‘going back to school’.


The STRAIGHTEN Basic Skills project

However, poor basic skills can inhibit participation in learning and training in the workplace, and for many will limit their employment prospects altogether, along with the ability to participate in employment-related training. So in order to support adults to access the kinds of higher level technical skills and training which benefits employers, improves productivity and supports the wider economy, there is also a need to create effective progression pathways which address individuals’ basic skills needs, both for adults seeking work and for those already in employment. This would have the advantage of not only addressing basic skills needs and supporting progression to further learning and better work, but also unlocks the potential of the workplace as a natural location for learning to take place.

The STRAIGHTEN Basic Skills project(link is external) has been examining these issues for the last three years. Funded by Erasmus+, six project partners representing Austria, France, Germany, Norway, Romania and the UK, have come together to explore effective policy and practice in work-related basic skills. Earlier in the project, we shared our first output, a summary of ‘success indicators’ or pre-conditions for effective policy and practice in work-related basic skills(link is external). Over the past two years, we’ve examined the situation in partner countries, and held a transnational training event in Romania, bringing together over twenty practitioners and trainers to share their approaches to work-related basic skills teaching, learning and training.

The partners have now concluded their work with the final project output – a ‘European Roadmap’ for work-related basic skills. As well as summarising the main lessons of the project, it highlights ways in which policymakers, providers and practitioners can take forward and develop basic skills in the work place. Among these are:

  • Developing national frameworks, sustained funding, and a clear definition of basic skills – these provide an enabling environment in which providers can develop a clear offer to employers.
  • Professionalisation of the trainers – effective work-related basic skills teaching and learning is oriented towards the workplace and uses relevant approaches, e.g. integrating the learning into workplace tasks.
  • Engagement of all relevant stakeholders – work-related basic skills requires close partnership working between training providers and employers, as well as between practitioners and employees / learners, to tailor the content to meet the needs of all involved.

Nikola Benin. UK sees 10 partners and one lead supported

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


Results from Creative Europe’s 2017 European Platforms call have been published, with one of the 13 selected projects involving a UK lead and 10 UK organisations involved in projects as partners.

Aerowaves is being supported as a Platform for the second time to lead a hub for dance discovery – also called Aerowaves – receiving €500,000 for the first year of the Platform. Aerowaves’ network of partners in 32 countries enables younger choreographers to bring new dance to new audiences.

The 10 partner organisations that have been announced as part of 2017 European Platforms include:

  • Folkestone Fringe, Magic Carpets 
  • Ledbury Poetry Festival, Versopolis
  • FACT, European Media Art Platform 
  • Barbican, Classical Futures Europe
  • The Place, Aerowaves 
  • Derby Quad, PARALLEL European Photo Based Platform 
  • Limewharf Annexe, Distributed Design Market Platform 
  • English National Ballet, FEDORA Platform 
  • Sadler’s Wells, FEDORA Platform 
  • Village Underground, Liveurope 

The application success rate for UK organisations in 2017 Platforms is 14%, higher than the programme-wide average of 13%.

European Platforms promote new and emerging talent though co-development, co-production and programming.  They involve a minimum of 10 members from 10 countries (including five EU member states).

Projects cover diverse art forms, such as live music, architecture, poetry, media art, classical music, contemporary dance, pop music, photography, maker and design labs, interdisciplinary sound art, opera and ballet.