On 23 October 2019, a brokerage event facilitating the creation of mutual collaborations under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 was held in Brussels. The event was organised by the Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development (SLORD), Czech Liaison Office for Research Development and Innovation (CZELO) and Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office (LINO), in cooperation with the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice.
The aim of the half-day event named „Brokerage and networking event on innovative technologies and materials for energy storage and conversion“ was to present five selected calls for proposals related to the highly relevant topic of renewable energy storage and conversion and the development of advanced battery types focused on their industrial sustainability. The event created a unique space for an exchange of information, project ideas and relevant expertise to create partnerships between the represented institutions. The event was attended by approximately 55 participants from different EU countries and associated countries.
The welcome speech was given by Simonas Šatūnas, Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU, who welcomed the participants at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU and encouraged their collaboration.
Rector of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Pavol Sovák, opened the event by presenting the activities of the Šafárik University being implemented towards greater participation in Horizon 2020 and other EU initiatives, with an emphasis on Horizon Europe, the upcoming EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Representatives of the European Commission, working in the Directorates-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT), presented in detail the selected calls of the current Horizon 2020 work programmes for (i) Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy, (ii) Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing and (iii) Cross-cutting activities, with a particular focus on innovative battery development.
During the event, participants had a unique opportunity to network, establish new contacts and promising partnerships for future cooperation within collaborative calls of the Horizon 2020 programme. A total of 15 participants decided to make use of the space offered and give a short pitch presentation, whose aim is to gain the interest of potential partners sitting in the audience.
The closing remarks were delivered by Carlos Navas, representative of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), who informed participants about the latest developments in the FCH JU programme implementation and brought more information about the possible participation in the future FCH JU calls for proposals.