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Future Internet in Horizon 2020: how to build a pan-European framework to support Innovation in SMEs

18 March 2015, Rome, Italy

Fostering effective collaboration between European and National Innovation Programmes

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A one-day summit organized by the Italian National Research Council and supported by the XIFI project that will gather key players in the European scene to present and discuss how EC-driven programmes and National initiatives will boost innovation for Small and Medium Enterprises across Europe.

Starting from the H2020 framework, which actively supports SMEs by providing both direct financial support, and indirect support to increase their innovation capacity, the main goal of the summit is to discuss how coordinated actions between the European Commission and various National Programs can boost R&D and Innovation as key pillars of the European SMEs' ecosystem growth.


  • The event will gather a number of key decision makers in the European scene and National Institutions as invited speakers - see the detailed agenda below!
  • Targeted stakeholders are:
    • decision makers of Public Authorities and Industry, including EC,
    • Industry Associations,
    • Regional Incubators,
    • Research Directorates of National Governments,
    • NRENs, etc.


9:30  10:30   Registration of participants

 10:30   Welcome: Luigi Nicolais, President of Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche Italy

 10:45   Keynote speaker: Roberto Viola, Vice General Director

 11:30    Gabriela Styf Sjoman, Managing Director TIlab

 12:15    Ilkka Lakaniemi, Chairman Public Private Partnership on Future Internet

13:00 – 14:30   Lunch break

 14:30    Marco Mancini, Head of Italian Ministry of Research (has to be confirmed)

 15:00     Walter Mattauch, Ministry of Research and Innovation of Germany

 15:20    Matthias RauchFraunhofer Germany

 15:40    Lisbeth Mosnik, Ministry of Research and Innovation of Austria

 16:00    Piotr Kepski, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland

 16:30    Open Discussion

17h30               End of event


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