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June 21 Workshops

Workshop 10: Impact in Horizon 2020. A Crash-Course in how to make an impression with your project

June 21, 17.00-18.00, Syndicate Lounge 9

Workshop by Emma Buchet, International Cooperation Manager at Sparks & Co.


  • Introduction
  • Section 1: Impact in Horizon 2020
    This section will refresh the meaning of impact, communication and dissemination in Horizon 2020 and guide participants on the Impact sections of Horizon 2020 proposals. Invaluable “insider” information and expert knowledge will help guide the participants in their next proposal submission.
  • Section 2: How to use Communication and Dissemination to make the best impact
    Section 2 will delve deeper into the topic of section 1, giving expert tips on how to write the best Impact, how to create a good communication and dissemination strategies and real demonstrations of how to achieve the best Impact for their projects. This section will not only be applicable to Horizon 2020, but to other projects and even general communication strategies.
  • Section 3: How to implement your Impact
    The final section will explore how to implement the communication and dissemination strategies that have been described in the previous sections. Here tried and tested methods of implementing the impact of your project will be discussed. The participants will leave the workshop with a rounded and much better informed knowledge of how to use communication and dissemination in Horizon 2020 projects than before!
  • Questions

June 23 Workshops

Workshop 1: MATCH Final Workshop - European innovation networks on advanced materials

June 23, 9:00 - 11:00, David Bruce Hall

The effective two-hour workshop brings up prime examples of advanced materials activities and disseminates key results of MATCH project utilizing & complementing the three-days ENF program. The aim is to gather key stakeholders in EU Materials community to meet, discuss and set the next steps for European innovation networks on advanced materials.


Section 1: Materials Forum:

  • Sustainable Chemistry and Materials for circularity, Anne Chloe Devic, European Chemical Industry Council – Cefic
  • Accelerated product development with novel biocomposites, Keith Simons, Elastopoli
  • Ecosystem for application driven digitalized materials R&D, Markku Heino, Spinverse
  • Joint Q&A

Section 2: MATCH Results highlights:

  • Projects Database & Roadmapping early elements, Jérôme Gavillet, CEA
  • MATCH Observatory – Technology and market watch for the materials community in Construction, Creative Industries, Energy, Health and Transport sectors, Angélica López, Tecnalia
  • Building successful Material Networks in Europe, Lutz Walter, The European Apparel and Textile Confederation
  • Materials Future by a Common House Approach, Margarethe Hofmann-Amtenbrink, FEMS
  • Benchmarking Focus and Financing Practices of the Main National and Regional Funding Programs in Materials Research, Alberto Alberdi, IK4-TEKNIKER
  • Open Smart Hubs: The Materials Cross-Road in Europe, Rodrigo Ferrão de Paiva Martins, E-MRS

Workshop 2: Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe

June 23, 9:00 - 11:00, Vassalli Hall

The objective of the workshop is to give a comprehensive overview of the EMCC initiative and promote a fruitful discussion on the current main challenges related to Materials Characterisation for the European industry.

The scope of the workshop is to bring together multiple stakeholders in the communities of materials characterisation, modelling and manufacturing, to share ideas and discuss on key, strategic, future actions that are needed to strengthen materials characterisation in Europe, in particular regarding its pivotal role in supporting innovation in the nano-manufacturing industry.

Materials characterisation is a fundamental driver for innovation. A research survey conducted by the EMCC showed that 95% of EU funded projects apply metrology and characterisation techniques to support material upscaling for industrial applications.

Interested stakeholders, however, experience only limited and difficult access to characterisation infrastructure, sophisticated techniques, and specialised skill-sets. Often, industry is either not aware of or not in a position to utilise the latest technological solutions that could lead to innovative materials and improved processes. In addition, and to the detriment of the entire innovation chain, stakeholders are isolated from each other. These lacunae pose huge barriers also to the growth of the European industry of characterisation instruments, which comprises both SMEs and manufacturers of analytical equipment. The current situation calls for increased sharing of and access to data and knowledge and for a system that connects characterisation needs and competences.

Within this complex framework, the EMCC has a key and timely role to play. The EMCC has been working to develop the first European Roadmap for Materials Characterisation, where the most urgent actions are put forward, in terms of technology advances required by the European industry and in terms of efforts to establish a more favourable environment for materials research and development, upscaling and production at European level.


Workshop organisers: Sophia Fantechi (European Commission) and Marco Sebastiani (EMCC)

Chair: Sophia Fantechi, European Commission


9:00 – 9:50: Materials characterisation as fundamental driver for open innovation: the view from academia and industry

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome and introduction (Gerhard Goldbeck, Operational Management Board, EMCC)

09:10-09:30: Invited talk n.1 – Alexander M. Korsunsky, Oxford University

From macro- to nano-scale: characterisation challenges for industry – the example of additive manufacturing

09:30 – 09:50: Invited talk n.2 – Spyros Diplas, SINTEF

Defining the role of advanced characterisation in production upscaling for the manufacturing industry


09:50 – 11:00 – Round table. Characterisation technology: a key enabling technology to accelerate materials and products development in Europe

Moderator: Bojan Boskovic, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd, CEO and Principal Consultant


Round table participants:

Gerhard Goldbeck, Goldbeck Consulting Ltd

Spyros Diplas, Research Manager, Materials and Chemistry, SINTEF, Oslo (Norway)

Marco Sebastiani, assistant professor, Roma TRE University, Engineering Department, Rome (Italy)

Ehrenfried Zschech, Division Director, Microelectronic Materials and Nanoanalysis, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), Dresden (Germany)

Elias Koumoulos and Kate Trompeta, School of Chemical Engineering, NTUA Athens (Greece)

Syed A.M. Tofail and John Mulcahy, Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick (Ireland)

Alexander M. Korsunsky, professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford (UK)

Kay Gastinger, Director of NTNU’s strategic initiative for nanotechnology, NTNU (Norway)

Michael Morris, professor, AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) (Ireland).

Workshop 3: Open Innovation by PILOT Upscaling – the strategic framework and the EPPN

June 23, 9:00 - 11:00, Temi Zammit Hall

The networking of Pilot projects/lines enables the rapid deployment of new technology and holds an important business potential. Europe must exploit this potential and there is a need to facilitate collaborations and business development, and to look at value chains across borders.

The development of new nano-enabled production systems is complicated and the development of products even more, as it requires cooperation along the value chain.

The establishment of a quality network to support pilot production is hence crucial.

The aim of European Pilot Production Network (EPPN) is to address these challenges and opportunities. The EPPN CSA initiative, funded by the European Commission, has the ambition to develop a solid network of European pilot production pilot facilities in the area of nanotechnology and advanced materials, and set up the pillars for its efficient implementation with a sustainable strategy that, ultimately, will contribute to reinforcing the European pilot ecosystem and the creation of new businesses.



09:00 – Presentation of the European Pilot Production Network (EPPN) and expectations from the EC on the EPPN Innovation Hub CSA,

  • Hans Hartmann Pedersen, European Commission

09:10 – Presentation EPPN CSA,

  • Lars Montelius, Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal

09:30 – Successful example of an existing ecosystem as a potential Innovation Hub

  • Andreas Falk, CEO of BioNanoNet ForschungsGmbH,

09:50 – Q&As

10:00 – 11:00 – Panel Discussion. The Objective of the panel discussion will be to discuss:

  • What are the success criteria for pilot facilities? What makes a pilot facility attractive to users?
  • How to facilitate transnational access to pilot facilities?
  • The Innovation hubs concept and how to implement and operate succesfully?
  • The role of regional/national funding agencies in the promotion and implementation of the Innovation Hubs?

Speakers: Magnus Ryde, partner and principal investor of Ryde Invest AB Sweden, Quan VC and Mars capital group in the US, Maurice Mourad, Material Solutions group at TNO, Benno Weissner, SG Micro- & Nanotechnologies, ZENIT GmbH

11:00 – End of Workshop

Workshop 4: Malta High Value-added Industrialisation. Perspectives of a Small Economy

June 23, 9:00 - 11:00, Syndicate Lounge 9

From a local perspective, high value-added manufacturing (HVAM) involves the application of state-of-the-art technical knowledge and expertise to the creation of products, production processes, and services which have strong potential to bring sustainable growth and high economic value to Malta.

At the same time, within a European context, industry is facing many challenges such as global competition, and the need to become more efficient in the use of energy and resources. In order to become more competitive and sustainable, it is essential that manufacturing challenges and opportunities are addressed by deploying technologies and methodologies including enablers such as nanotechnology, advanced materials, micro and nano-electronics and advanced manufacturing systems (the latter includes technologies related to digital manufacturing such as additive manufacturing, simulation and modelling, etc)

Within this background, this interactive workshop will help attendees understand how HVAM in Malta can be amplified through the use of the abovementioned technologies and methodologies.


09:00 Welcome and introduction

  • Pierre Vella, University of Malta, Dept of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

09:05 Three Case study presentations from local industry

  • Fabio Gualandris, EVP, ST Microelectronics
  • Martin Hignett, MD, Trelleborg
  • Michael Attard, IMA Engineering

09:50 Q&As

10:00 Introduction to breakout sessions

  • Pierre Vella, University of Malta, Dept of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


10:10 Breakout sessions.The objective will be to discuss:

  • What are the latest technologies which could be leveraged to help amplify HVAM?
  • Which methods need to be exploited to amplify HVAM?
  • What can we learn from our foreign peers?
  • What are the benefits of amplifying HVAM through the implementation of such              technologies/ methodologies?
  • What are the challenges faced by local industry concerning the adoption and implementation of these technologies and methodologies?

10:40 Breakout session reporting

10:55 Closing of workshop

Workshop 5: Delivering safe nanotechnology to market

June 23, 9:00 - 16:00, M.A. Grima Hall

The full-day meeting will be dedicated to open discussion and interaction with active nano-sector players, from the European Commission, regulatory authorities, large companies, SMEs and research centres, all of whom work globally to build the nano-ecosystem.

Delegates will gain an insight into the state of the art while examining the changing regulatory framework, policy perspectives and societal expectations. Throughout, the discussions will have an active industry focus in terms of current practice, expectations and requirements.

The day will provide projects working in the field of nano-safety, the opportunity to present their tools, practices, results and industry impact that address the many challenges that exist in delivering nano-enabled materials and products to market.


09:30 Welcome and introduction

  • Bengt Fadeel, Karolinska Institutet, William Davis, IPL

09:40 Delivering safe nanotechnology to the market

  • Georgios Katalagarianakis, EC, DG Research & Innovation

09:50 Creating a nanosafety community for market success

  • Éva Valsami-Jones, Univ of Birmingham EU NanoSafety Cluster

10:00 Creating a standards community for market success

  • Patrice Conner, AFNOR, and CEN/TC 352

10.15 Tools for safety assessment. This session explores how recent advances in hazard and safety assessment can help regulatory bodies to develop robust and scientifically valid regulatory requirements that can be used at EU and national levels

  • Bengt Fadeel, Karolinska Institutet (FP7-NanoSolutions) – Moderator
  • Vladimir Lobaskin, University College Dublin (H2020-SmartNanoTox)
  • Andrew Nelson, University of Leeds (H2020-HISENTS)

11.15 Break

11.45 Towards safe-by-design. This session showcases the types of tools emerging and also to highlight what industry needs in order for these to be genuinely integrated into product development processes

  • Claire Skentelbery, Nanotechnology Industries Association (H2020-NanoReg2) – Moderator
  • Claus Svendsen,Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (H2020-nanoFASE)
  • Alejandro Vilchez, LEITAT Technological Center (FP7-GUIDEnano)

12.45 Lunch

13.45 The future of risk governance. This session will discuss the way forward for long term risk assessment, risk management and risk governance

  • Keld Alstrup Jensen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment (H2020-caLIBRAte) – Moderator
  • Willie Peijnenburg, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (FP7-FutureNanoNeeds)
  • Danail Hristozov, University of Venice (FP7-SUN)

14.45 Discussion round table. This panel will take a look at the long term future for nanotechnology, from a research, consumer and industry perspective and explore with the audience what roadmap needs to be in place. Members will provide a vision of the future and the panel will discuss how regulation, funding and safety can make this happen.

  • Barry Hardy, Douglas Connect GmbH (FP7-eNanoMapper) – Moderator
  • Emeric Frejafon, INERIS (H2020-EC4SAFENANO and H2020-NanoReg2)
  • Lisa Friedersdorf, Director of NNCO
  • Andrea Haase, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
  • Keld Alstrup Jensen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment (H2020-caLIBRAte)
  • Georgios Katalagarianakis, Programme Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
  • Tom van Teunenbroek,Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (FP7-NanoREG)
  • Éva Valsami-Jones, University of Birmingham (FP7-NanoMILE)

15.30 Summary and close

  • Claire Skentelbery



Workshop 6: COST contribution to the fields of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

June 23, 11:30 - 14:00, Syndicate Lounge 9

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. It allows researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and take new initiatives across all fields of science and technology, while promoting multi- and interdisciplinary approaches. COST aims at fostering a better integration of less research intensive countries to the knowledge hubs of the European Research Area.

The main objective of the Workshop is to showcase successful COST Actions in the fields of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials highlighting the added value of Pan-European Networks of Science and Technology in strengthening Europe’s research and innovation capacities.



Chair: Science Officers, COST Association

11:30-11:45    Welcome and Introduction

11:45-12:00 Prof. Stavros Kassinos, Action Chair, University of Cyprus (CY), COST ACTION MP1404: Simulation and pharmaceutical technologies for advanced patient-tailored inhaled medicines (SimInhale)

12:00-12:15 Prof. Nigel Mason, Action Dissemination Manager, The Open University (UK), COST ACTION CM1301: Chemistry for Electron-Induced Nanofabrication (CELINA)

12:15-12:30, Dr Erich Kny, Action Chair, CEST (AT), COST ACTION MP1206: Electrospun nano-fibres for bio inspired composite materials and innovative industrial applications

12:30-12:45 Dr Sharali Malik, Action Chair, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Nanotechnology (DE), COST ACTION CA15107: Multi-Functional Nano-Carbon Composite Materials Network (MultiComp)

12:45-13:00 Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, Action Chair, University of Leipzig (DE), COST ACTION CM1302: European Network on Smart Inorganic Polymers (SIPs)

13:00-13:15 Dr. Francesca Brunetti, Action WG Leader, University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT), COST ACTION MP1307: Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: Unraveling degradation mechanisms of Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells by complementary characterization techniques (StableNextSol)

13:15-13:30 Prof. Julien Bras, Action Vice Chair, Grenoble INP PAGORA (FR), COST ACTION FP1405: Active and intelligent fibre-based packaging – innovation and market introduction (ActInPak) 

13:30-14:00    Questions and Final Discussion

Workshop 7: Nanotechnology & advanced materials for the energy union – Going circular

June 23, 9:00 - 12:00, Syndicate Lounge 8

Advanced materials are key to tackle climate change, Energy Union and re-industrialization in Europe. On the other hand, a large-scale transition towards circular economy is urgently needed in order to avoid the depletion of raw material resources and reduce the impact of human activity on the environment. This workshop aims at providing some insights from both industry stakeholders and research organizations on how Europe is addressing the challenge of circular economy from the perspective of clean energy materials.

The workshop is organized by NAMEC (Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials for Energy Cluster), the overarching cluster aiming at regrouping all European projects focused on nanotechnologies and advanced materials for low carbon energy, energy storage and energy efficiency technologies (more information can be found at www.namec-cluster.org). NAMEC was set up in 2016 by the EC as a unique initiative to identify common R&I priorities for bridging the gap between advanced materials and nanotechnology-based innovation and the successful commercialisation of innovative products and industrial technologies for energy. It looks at common challenges across the different existing clusters and projects, including cross-cutting topics (materials engineering and upscaling, characterisation, modelling, standardisation, safety and pilot lines) and highlights transferable lessons between clusters and projects. NAMEC builds on the experience of the EU PV Cluster (www.eupvcluster.eu), which runs with success since 2010 to highlight the key enabling role of nanotechnology for photovoltaics and to help, in a bottom-up approach, the nanotechnology and PV communities in Europe to consolidate joint collaborations for strategic industrial partnerships.



  • Simon Perraud, CEA, France: Opening & introduction to NAMEC
  • Daniele Pullini, Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy
  • Fabrice Stassin, Umicore, Belgium
  • Edel Sheridan, SINTEF, Norway: ECOSOLAR & REE4EU European projects
  • Edgardo Saucedo, IREC, Spain: STARCELL European project
  • Victor Trapp, Fraunhofer ISC, Germany: ECO COM’BAT European project
  • Round table

Workshop 8: Nanotechnology scenarios to 2025 and beyond

June 23, 11:30 - 13:30, David Bruce Hall

The NanoData project, commissioned by DG Research and Innovation, is providing information and informing policies to enable researchers, European industries and others to innovate with nanotechnology in a safe and responsible manner.

The project has been gathering and analysing data on projects, publications, patents and products for nanotechnology, to provide systematic insights into the whole nanotechnology value chain. It is also working with experts in exploring future technology trends and potential impacts of nanotechnology to 2020 and 2025 to inform European policy-makers and others.

In this workshop, participants will review scenarios that have been developed for nanotechnology to 2025 and beyond. In these postulated futures for nanotechnology, sequences of events and policies affecting the domain have been identified. Through teamwork, participants will exchange their views on European, national, local and global policies, with the aim of creating the best appropriate future for nanotechnology, through well-informed policy-making.


  • Welcome, Introduction to NanoData (10 mins)
  • Review of the NanoData scenarios, understanding the process (15 mins)
  • Teamwork (in groups of 5 to 8):
    Identifying the key policies and externalities directly affecting nanotechnology impact within the scenarios, to 2025 and beyond (60 mins)
  • Feedback to plenary (30 mins)
  • Final thoughts and reflections, next steps (5 mins)

Workshop 9 is now canceled

June 23, 11:30 - 13:30, David Bruce Hall