EUROQUALITY has participated to the 6th European forum organised by the CCI Paris Ile de France on the 19th May 2016 on “Leverage on Intellectual Property to reach Europe”. IP issues were addressed from an SME point of view, which is not so common to be highlighted! Take home message: a relevant IP strategy is crucial and strongly structuring in the development plan of a company, being possibly a driving source of innovation and value creation. Models are various, each company has to define the most convenient one in line with its business model.
More information: http://www.entreprises.cci-paris-idf.fr/web/international/forum-europe
On 18 March 2016, Euroquality and the FARBioTY team received a positive answer from the European Commission for the funding of the LIFE project which had been submitted in October 2015.
The LIFE FARBioty project, coordinated by the French SME Teillage Vandecandelaere, has the ambition to reduce the environmental footprint of the transport industry by enlarging the use of biocomposite materials in the transportation sector through the development of a fireproof flax fibre-based-biocomposite and demonstration of its efficiency and safety.
Following the revision phase, the project team just received the Official Grant Agreement which will be completed by the end of the summer for a project starting in September 2016, the 1st.
EUROQUALITY has participated to the Info Day organised in Brussels on the 2016 call for proposals of the Biobased Industry – Joint Undertaking on the 21st April 2016. BBI-JU is a public private partnership between the European Commission and the Biobased Industry Consortium to foster the transition of economy into a biobased system. Learning from first calls, the 2016 version is characterised by a will to speed up in the implementation of the strategy to reach the program objectives in 2020. This translates in the enlargement of the call scope – e.g. Blue Growth – and strengthening interactions between value chains. The links with industry is also reminded as a strong expected outcome of proposals.
More information: http://www.bbi-europe.eu/events/bbi-ju-2016-open-info-day-brokerage-event
Euroquality has participated to the info day dedicated to the SME funding opportunities at the European level on the 17th June 2016. Speakers have reminded that the Horizon 2020 framework programme, in contrast to previous programmes, is strongly orientated toward industry and makes a large place to SMEs with dedicated new programmes such as the SME instrument, the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot and older tools like Eurostars. The competition is hard but hope is allowed and many SMEs came to attest! Believe in your project and don’t be afraid to fail and try again! The key success factor: demonstrate a strong economic value creation potential.
More information: www.horizon2020.gouv.fr/cid103966/presentations-de-la-matinee-nationale-d-information-pour-les-p.m.e.html
On June 17th 2016, Euroquality attended the first info day on the LIFE programme organised by the European Commission at EU level. The Executive Agency for SMEs, EASME, in charge of the LIFE programme coordination, outlined the objectives of LIFE, as well as the new features for 2016 and a range of tips, useful for the submission of winning proposals. Euroquality, offering its expertise in the setting up and the management of LIFE projects, took the opportunity of this meeting to reinforce the continuous improvement of its services in order to maintain its high success rate of 75% on this programme.
Euroquality took part to the Sustainable Energy Week 2016 organised by EASME, the Executive Agency for SMEs, in Brussels, on June 16. In the framework of this session at the Networking village, Euroquality introduced a prototype of the Serious Game “Apolis Planeta” developed by the GreenPlay consortium, engaging citizens reducing their energy consumption. This event was also an opportunity to meet other projects coordinators to assess the possibility of developing new synergies and collaborations in the future.
On 22 March 2016, the Euroquality team members Myriam Doghmi and Cécile Fligny, leading the work package on ‘Agricultural research activity data’ (WP2) were invited with the IMPRESA project coordinator, Professor Peter Midmore, by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry (MAAF) in Paris to present the first IMPRESA results.
The audience at the AgroParisTech facilities was composed of ministry and research representatives, including Michel Beckert and Frédéric Lareyrie (Ministry of Higher Education and Research, MENESR), MAAF members Corinne Bitaud, Nathalie Commeau, Valérie Dehaudt, Emmanuèle Leblanc-Sylvestre, Madeleine Lesage, and Elisabeth Lescoat, as well as Egizio Valceschini (INRA).
The session started with a presentation provided by the Euroquality team covering the results on research activity data (WP2), and by Professor Midmore on the case studies on science-based innovation (WP3) and quantitative research impact assessment (WP4). This was followed by an in-depth discussion on the results obtained so far, notably concerning the French case, but also on the methodology used for efficiently measuring the actual impacts of research.
The IMPRESA team wishes to thank again the attending audience for its kindness and interest in the IMPRESA project.
On 24 May 2016, Myriam Doghmi (Euroquality), leading the IMPRESA project WP2 accompanied Professor Peter Midmore (Aberystwyth University), coordinator of the IMPRESA project and leader of WP4, and Prof. Davide Viaggi, leading the IMPRESA WP3, to Brussels to attend the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) group meeting.
This meeting was dedicated to revise the SCAR strategy, and follow up progress made in Bioeconomy. Prof. Peter Midmore had some time to present the first IMPRESA results to the group of European experts. These results were then discussed during a dedicated session.