Monday, 10 March 2014

Second SPIRE Brokerage Event in May!

The second Brokerage event to be organized by the Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) will be held in Brussels on 23 May. The objective of the meeting will be to look more closely into preparations for the SPIRE 2015 calls and to consider the first ideas for shaping SPIRE and related Horizon 2020 work programmes for 2016-2017. 

Following the very successful first SPIRE brokerage event held on 22 October 2013, the initial SPIRE calls under Horizon 2020 were published on 11 December 2013. The 23 May event will look at future calls under the theme of: ‘Outlook and perspectives in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 work programmes.’

The brokerage event will be held at the the Sheraton Brussels Hotel. The event is free of charge, but participation is subject to registration and restricted to members of A.SPIRE aisbl: the body that coordinates industrial contributions to the SPIRE PPP. Membership of A.SPIRE is open to all organisations with an interest in research and innovation activities for improving resource and energy efficiency in Europe.

Due to limited capacity and to ensure fairness the number of representatives from A.SPIRE  members will also be restricted to two each from A.SPIRE industry and research members and one each from A.SPIRE associations members and associate members. Registration will close on 25 April and it is strongly recommended that coordination takes place between representatives within member organizations before registration.

Soren Bowadt of DG Research and SPIRE’s R&D chair Ignacio Calleja of Tecnalia will open the brokerage proceedings with some feedback on the first 2014 SPIRE calls in Horizon 2020 and give a presentation on the upcoming 2015 calls.

There will then be parallel sessions of potential project ideas for 2015 in SPIRE’s Key Component areas: PROCESS, APPLICATIONS, FEED, WASTE2RESOURCE, and HORIZONTAL. The deadline to receive project idea submissions for presentation is 8 May 2014. All project presentations must be submitted via the SPIRE website.

After lunch the discussion will move on to the first ideas for 2016 and 2017. This will include work on the evolution of the SPIRE strategic research and innovation roadmap, discussion of gap analysis and presentations on the outcomes of recent Working Group days.

Attendance at the brokerage event will allow participants to exchange the latest information on relevant 2015 calls of Horizon 2020 in the areas of resource and energy efficiency. It will allow participants to present innovative project ideas to potential partners and to meet prospective partners and start building consortia involving both industry and academia. And the event will allow A.SPIRE members to present and exchange ideas about what technologies could inspire the development of 2016-2017 call priorities.

More information
For more information, including how to become a member of A.SPIRE, please contact the SPIRE secretariat or visit the SPIRE website.

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