Wednesday, 15 September 2010

SusChem Brokerage 2010 - Second Phase

On 20 September SusChem will organise the second part of its 2010 FP7 brokerage programme at the Hotel Bloom (right) in Brussels.

The first part of the 2010 Brokerage programme was held on 4 June and involved European Commission officers describing the content and objectives of four relevant FP7 funding programmes for the chemical industry: NMP, KBBE, ENERGY and ENVIRONMENT.

In parallel Cefic has developed with the support of PNO Consultants an on-line grant information tool called GRANT-IT, to provide easy access to all relevant EU funding opportunities.

“The overall aim of this integrated approach is to prepare the chemical industry and the SusChem community in a timely way for the upcoming calls for proposals that have submission deadlines at the end of 2010,” explains Ron Weerdmeester of PNO.

The second event on 20 September will be targeted at brokering and matching partners around FP7 emerging project ideas and proposals that are under preparation. More than 50 participants from large chemical corporates (including Dow, Solvay, Rhodia, BASF, DSM and UMICORE amongst others), research institutes (for example VITO, Dresden University and TNO) and cluster organisations (Cefic, Essenscia, EuropaBio, Dechema and VNCI) will join together to present and discuss their interest to participate to specific FP7 projects.

Following a brief introduction by SusChem coordinator Ger Spork of Cefic and an overview of the process from Ron Weerdmeester, the morning sessions will focus on participants presenting project ideas and their expressions of interest.

Expressions of interest
A large number of expressions of interest have already been received covering a range of interesting FP7 topics such as:
• Active nanomembrane/-filters/-adsorbents for efficient water treatment,
• Smart and multifunctional packaging concepts utilizing nanotechnology ,
• Large-scale green and economical synthesis of nanoparticles and nanostructures
• Multiscale Modelling as a tool for Virtual Nanotechnology
• Materials for new energy efficient building components with reduced embodied energy
• The Eco-Factory: cleaner and more resource-efficient production in manufacturing
• BioWASTE - Novel biotechnological approaches for transforming industrial and/or municipal biowaste into bioproducts

The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to “speed-dating” in which participants will meet with possible project partners around these and other dedicated FP7 topics.

“The purpose of this activity is to facilitate the direct networking with potential interested partners that can contribute to your project idea,” explains Ron.

For more information and registration, please visit the Brokerage page on the SusChem website.

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