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Towards 2020: New Horizons for RTD and Innovation in the Western Balkan Region

WBC-INCO.NET Final Conference and Brokerage event

WBC-INCO.NET operates e.g. to provide high quality and targeted information on research in and from the Western Balkan countries, with the goal to contribute to the integration of these countries´ research and innovation systems into the European Research Area.

Now, after 6 years the project has entered its final phase and a large event entitled “Towards 2020: New Horizons for RTD and Innovation in the Western Balkan Region” – WBC-INCO.NET Final Conference and Brokerage Event” is being organised on 27-28 March 2014, in Vienna – to which we are looking forward to welcoming you!

This event intends to bring together about 200 science policymakers, scientists and industry representatives from the Western Balkan Region, SEE, Danube Region but also other EU countries who are interested in cooperation with WB countries.

While the core focus of the conference will be primarily on Horizon 2020 and thus the collaboration in science between WBC and EU Member States under the new Programme, information on other on-going/up-coming activities in WBC – in particular focusing innovation issues – will be exchanged. So for example, FORSEE project is co-organiser of the the parallel session dedicated to the topic of Information and Communication Technologies.

The event will entail parallel sessions where results and lessons learned in previous collaboration will be presented so as to also merge the knowledge gained within several other projects and strategic approaches focusing on the region. 

On the first day, before the Brokerage event, the parallel sessions will deal with the question How to effectively support the participation in Horizon 2020, while the results from selected thematic priorities (Energy, ICT and SSH) as well as the way forward will be discussed.

On the second day, the parallel sessions will focus on the performance of the research and innovation sector in WBC and discuss the achievemnts, challenges and the way forward in the following areas: Human resources and brain drain, RTDI Infrastructues and Knowledge and Technology Transfer.

A back-to-back BROKERAGE EVENT will be held in light of the Horizon 2020 intending to support the networking and cooperation in Horizon 2020 by focusing the calls in selected areas:

  • Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies

The overall goal of the conference, project exhibiton, and the brokerage event is to provide an environment also to build new partnerships for cooperation in Horizon 2020. Thus scientists, both from WBC and EU Member States are supported by e.g. travel costs, while e.g. research organisations or industry representatives are offered a platform for promoting dedicated projects or own innovative products in selected fields (promotion stands).