Tuesday, 21 September 2010

2010 Brokerage Part Two: Projects, partners, networking

With military precision the SusChem brokerage event yesterday (20 September) in Brussels successfully brought together dozens of potential FP7 project proposals and ideas with a wide variety of collaborative research expertise and experience from across Europe.

Opening the event at the Hotel Bloom in Brussels SusChem coordinator Ger Spork told the capacity crowd of delegates that “this is very much your event.” He reminded them of the many opportunities to make contact with collaborators provided throughout the day and the main aim: “to support chemistry and industrial biotechnology to take up the opportunities in the FP7 2011 call for projects.” He wished all delegates a “creative, dynamic and successful day.”

Ron Weerdmeester of PNO outlined the day’s programme and also the follow-up process. Two formal presentations sessions before and after lunch covered specific project proposals and expressions of interest or expertise respectively. With each session involving around a dozen individual presentations good time-keeping was essential. The formal presentations were followed by a speed networking / speed dating session and a parallel poster/ networking event.

Follow up
Following the brokerage event all the presentations will be published on the members’ area of the SusChem website and may be published on the public site if the presenters wish.

Delegates can also request for a specific partner search to fill expertise gaps in their project by contacting PNO via Ron Weerdmeester or Pablo Garcia Tello.

Finally PNO can support validation of a project outline description either through the Grant-It website (for Cefic members only) or by submission of a project concept in a template that will be sent to participants after the event by email. This later option is open to both Cefic members and others.

For more information, please contact the SusChem secretariat.

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