Monday, 12 May 2014

Register for the SusChem Stakeholder event now!

SusChem’s 12th Stakeholder event and 10th anniversary celebration takes place on 11 and 12 June at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. Have you registered yet? If not you need to hurry as places are filling up quickly – and with new features just announced (including a brokerage session) you need to act fast to secure your seat at the stakeholder event of the year!

You can download the latest programme for the event here. The theme of the event is 'Sustainable Chemistry: At the forefront of Innovation'. Activities on the first day will open with plenary sessions on SusChem’s achievements and future challenges and then focus on the presentation and discussion of the new SusChem Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA). The new SIRA will guide the platform’s activities for the next few years and is organised around six main topic themes:
  • Resource and energy efficiency
  • Biotechnologies and the bioeconomy
  • Clean and efficient energy
  • Transportation
  • Health and well-being
  • Horizontal issues
At the stakeholder event on 11 June you can participate in a round-table discussion on one of these themes and be one of the first to provide your views and input. Registered participants for the stakeholder event will receive a copy of the SIRA before the event.

Your input is important. We want to hear what you think about the proposed priorities. Are they relevant? Are there missing topics? What relative priorities should we assign to the various topics?

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of European innovation in sustainable chemistry for the coming decade.

The first day of the event will close with a review of the role of SusChem’s National Technology Platform network in delivering the outcomes of the new SIRA and a networking poster session with cocktails.

Funding, ICT and chemicals
Opening the morning of the second day will be a panel discussion on innovation opportunities through combined funding with representatives of the European Investment Bank, DG Enterprise and Bayer Technology Services.

This will be followed by a presentation on the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme under Horizon 2020.

After coffee there are two parallel sessions to choose from. ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is of great importance to contemporary concepts in chemical processing and SusChem is dedicating one event session to the topic. ICT will be considered in broad terms to include topics such as:
  • Fundamental and data-driven modelling (molecular, processes and equipment, applications)
  • Material, product and process design
  • Process engineering techniques
  • Process and equipment monitoring and maintenance techniques
  • Data handling and data analysis techniques
  • Process control, including hardware and software 
Break out for process KIC
A parallel session will address how the SusChem community can help shape a successful KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) in advanced manufacturing. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) aims to enhance Europe’s ability to innovate by integrating higher education, research and business in areas of major concern to society through the establishment of appropriate KICs. Presentations will be made on the EIT and KICs and this will be followed by contributions from SusChem stakeholders already involved in the Climate KIC.

Just before lunch SusChem chairman Dr Klaus Sommer (right) will close the main stakeholder event with a summary of learning points and will outline the near-term way forward for the platform including the process for finalising and implementing the SIRA.

H2020 brokerage
After lunch on day two the brokerage session will focus on Horizon 2020 call topics with their call dates falling in the second half of 2014 or in 2015. The session offers a unique opportunity for industry, academia, SMEs and other actors to start developing consortia ready to submit funding applications.

You can download a list of SusChem relevant calls that will be subject of discussion at the brokerage session here. And new project proposals can already be submitted via the SusChem / Cefic Grant-It portal. Participants can also submit posters for the informal poster session and/ or register to take part in our popular ‘speed dating’ sessions!

Register today!
For more details on the brokerage session – and all other aspects of the stakeholder event – register today. For more information, please email the SusChem secretariat or visit the SusChem website.

See you in Brussels on 11 and 12 June!

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