Conditions for creating impact

Europe is strong in research and development, but valorisation of new scientific insights and new technologies in commercial innoFrejafonvative products faces several barriers. What barriers are hindering the scaling-up of new technologies and industrial innovation in the European economy and society at large? What does European industry need to fully exploit new industrial technologies and embrace industrial innovation to get fit for the future?

Wednesday 22 June


Innovative financing for future industry

22 June 13:30-15:00 hr

Discussing the variety of possibilities for financing innovation projects and especially the need for new combinations of public & private funds to finance capital intensive scale-up and large scale facilities & pilot lines as well as new ways to leverage private investment.

New business models for furture industry

22 June 15:15-16:45 hr

Innovative manufacturing approaches and processes often require organizational redesign and rethinking of a company’s strategic value. Product and service innovation go hand in hand with innovations in business models. Relevant developments are the increasing importance of information in business models and the increasing importance of customization, but also the cross-sectoral collaborations in which these innovative industrial technologies are developed. What type of new business models are being developed, how to select the partners, how to deal with IPR, how to integrate the virtualisation and digitalisation of manufacturing into new business models?


Digital Innovation Hubs

22 June 13:30-15:00 hr

With the rapid pace of change in digital technologies, most decision makers in industry have difficulties to decide when to invest, up to what level and in which technologies. Industrial stakeholders point out to the urgent need for "facilities to experiment with, and test digital innovations" before investing in digitisation. This concept of providing any SMEs and mid-caps in Europe, wherever it is located, with access to advanced technologies and competences for mastering their digital transformation is key for Europe to remain competitive.
European competence centres such as top universities, application oriented research and technology organisations, testbed facilities, "maker labs" or "fab labs" have been supported by European funding programmes to ensure specialisation and excellence in providing industry with experimentation and testing facilities for advanced ICT and with competences and best practise examples.
However, the impact is even higher when support to competence centres is combined with actions to facilitate access to finance and with outreach and brokerage actions. The result is a full "digital innovation hub" (DIH) fostering "many-to-many" connections between competence centers, industry users and suppliers, technology experts and investors and facilitating access to EU-wide markets. Networking these DIH across Europe would create a one stop-shop to the latest digital technologies accessible for any business.
Several European networks of DIH exist, often funded in FP7 and H2020, they complement national infrastructure such as the Field Labs in the Dutch Smart Industry initiative and the Vanguard initiative. During this workshop we want to draw lessons learned on how they support SMEs and midcaps, and those sectors with a low digitisation degree, and use them for further development of networks of DIHs.

Nanosafety: From research to implementation of risk management and Safe Innovation in the nanotechnology industry

22 June 15:15-16:45 hr

A central challenge to ensure the sustainable production and use of nanotechnologies is to understand the risks for environment, health and safety associated with this technology and resulting materials and products (engineered nanomaterials), and how to identify and implement practical strategies to minimise these risks. In this workshop, we will discuss and illustrate, through recent and running R&D projects and initiatives, ways and solutions to bridge this gap between scientific knowledge and the market. Presentations could include:

  1. From background research to operational tools for nanotechnology industry: the case of the EU projects NanoMILE, NanoFase, NanoReg2
  2. A management system for occupational nanosafety for the construction for the construction sector: Results of the EU project Scaffold.
  3. Fully integrating pre-normative activities in European nanosafety projects to overcome the Death Valley between Research and standardization.
  4. A sustainable structure to transfer nanosafety research to the market: the European Centre for Risk Management and Safe Innovation in Nanomaterials & Nanotechnologies (EC4SafeNano).


Thursday 23 June


Connecting connected factories

23 June, 10:00-12:00 hr

Connected factories are core to smart industry, but bring various challenges: How can we manage big data in process industry? How can the convergence of (industry and ICT) standards facilitate the digitalization of the industry? What is the role of the different standardisation initiatives for the industry? What is the role of formal and informal standards for the industrial developments? How to deal with data ownership and legal, economic and technical conditions for data-sharing?


MANUNET: Boosting SMEs Competitiveness in Manufacturing 

23 June 10:00-12:00 hr

MANUNET is a network funded by the European Commission under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes. Since 2006, MANUNET has been working with the objective to promote and fund transnational research and development projects in the field of manufacturing.
By gathering together regional and national agencies, MANUNET has successfully launched 10 calls within the last 10 years, supporting the collaboration between companies, research centres and universities at European level in more than 200 projects. With a success rate of 45%, MANUNET has become an ideal complementary programme halfway between the European Framework Programme for transnational research cooperation and the national/regional funding programmes, especially for SMEs.
The main objective of the session is to address the activities where MANUNET should focus on in the future years in order to increase the value of the network and the impact in the European Research Area. The session will also present the challenges that MANUNET has overcome and the impact that its activities have had especially on the competitiveness of European SMEs.

Standardisation for smart industry

23 June 13:30-15:30 hr

Standardization plays an important role in the success of the smart industry. Its importance lies especially in integration and interoperability of the entire novel value chain. The standardization is also seen as catalyzer of innovation. Realizing the importance of the standardization, in the Netherlands a nation-wide project “Smart industry and standardization” is developing  a standardization framework and a roadmap. The project  focuses on the needs of the Dutch industry while taking into account the international standardization developments. In this session we would like to:

  • Discuss the identified current needs for standardization in the  areas of smart; industry/industry 4.0
  • Present the priority standardization areas for the near future
  • Present and discuss the standardization roadmap
  • Present the global strategic view from ISO  Strategic Advisory group industry 4.0/Smart manufacturing.
  • Session chair: Claire Stolwijk, TNO
  • Roos Kist, ECP
  • Matthijs Punter, TNO
  • Vlora Rexhepi, NEN
  • Eelco Ronteltap, Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs
  • Kristel Wattel-Meijers, Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs

Creating value in connected value chains

23 June 13:30-15:30 hr

On new ways to creating value in global value and supply chains. In this session we discuss latest developments in network-centric approaches to production, new approaches to creating greater flexibility in production and supply chains, the importance of data and data sharing in supply chains as well as approaches to deal with the growing complexity and multidimensionality of supply networks.

Friday 24 June


Looking for Europe's next innovation leader. Horizon 2020- SME Instrument funding scheme

24 June 12:00-13:00 hr

Are you a highly innovative and ambitious small- or medium-sized business with global ambitions? Are you looking for support to master the death valley? Are you looking to invest and/or create business partnership with the most innovative European SMEs?

The European Commission is creating a "Hub" of the most innovative European SME with disruptive businesses by investing on each of them up to € 5 million under the SME Instrument funding scheme of Horizon 2020 programme. The granted SMEs receive world-class business coaching and much other support to commercialization services, such as partnering with sources of finance like investors/banks, creating business opportunities with potential clients, e.g. corporate actors and public buyers, and bringing delegation of SMEs to overseas trade fairs.

The programme is targeting high growth, highly innovative SMEs with global ambitions that want to disrupt the established value networks and existing markets. Companies should be market driven, actively investing in innovation, and looking to grow. The ambition of the Programme is to support the Champion’s League of innovative SMEs in Europe.

The session will help you understand the "DNA" of the SME Instrument programme, how it works and the business opportunities it offers to the granted SMEs to make a successful business out of their projects.