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Ivana Maletić MEP - new Chair of the K4I Forum Governing Board



The Knowledge4Innovation Forum Governing Board Meeting, which took place on 1 February 2018, announced a new leadership. Ms. Ivana Maletic was welcomed as the new Chair of the K4I Forum Governing Board, alongside the new Vice-Chairs Mr. Andrey Novakov, Ms. Angelika Mlinar, Mr. Paul Rubig and Ms. Henna Virkkunen.

After almost a decade of leadership, Mr. Lambert Van Nistelrooij and Mr. Jerzy Buzek, facilitated the transition towards a new leadership. They backed this smooth transition, which looks to the future, beyond next year’s elections in May.

K4I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Lambert Van Nistelrooij and Mr. Jerzy Buzek for their dedication and support, while leading the K4I Forum Governing Board since 2009. They have worked alongside K4I members to promote its aim of making innovation a top priority for Europe. Both will continue to support K4I Forum activities as K4I Forum Governing Board Honorary Presidents until the end of this term.

K4I and its members are looking forward continuing this important work, together with the new leadership.




K4I welcomes new members in 2018


Knowledge4Innovation is happy to welcome Răzvan Popa (S&D) to the K4I Forum of the European Parliament:

  • Răzvan Popa is a Member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee on Budgets. He is also a Substitute of the Delegation for relations with Canada, the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

We are also happy to welcome ASML, Silent Sensors and Prof. Eunika Mercier - Laurent as K4I Association Members:

  • ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Silent Sensors is an innovative provider of smart electronics for rubber and polymer based materials. They create exciting opportunities for lifecycle management of physical assets that both increases performance and reduces total cost of operations, headquartered in County Durham, England. 
  • Prof. Eunika Mercier - Laurent is the Founder & Strategic Director of Global Innovation Strategies, President of  Innovation3D, Associate Researcher at University Jean Moulin Lyon3, Professor at EPITA International Masters Program and Autor of Innovation Ecosystems.




EU Industry Day


Cefic will be organising a session on the 22 February, where the PHOENIX initiative will be introduced, a project which aims to facilitate the development and deployment of CO2 valorisation technologies on national and European level. The session will also include an exchange on the value of an integrated European approach on CO2 valorisation to transform technology developments into real benefits for Europe.


The European Commission will be organising a Sustainability Industry session on the 23 February, where Daniel Gauthier, President of A.SPIRE and HeidelbergCement, will be a keynote speaker and where three Vice Presidents from the SPIRE sectors will be represented in the panel: Harmann Bach, Covestro (chemical sector); Carl De Mare, ArcelorMittal (steel sector); and Rosa Garcia Piñeiro, Alcoa (non-ferrous sector).




P4P - Low Carbon Process Industries through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture & Utilisation

The 'Low Carbon Process Industries through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture & Utilisation' report, which was based on the findings from a study performed by André Bardow and Damien Green in the framework of a "project for policy (P4P)" initiative organised by DG RTD, has finally been published and can be downloaded here.
The report assesses the results from all SPIRE projects together with other projects of H2020 and other EU funded instruments, and further strengthens the position of implementing low carbon technologies in industry. Detailed in the document is the assessment of 599 European funded research projects, as well as reviewed literature from the field and a survey with the objective of collecting policy related input from project stakeholders. Included are recommendations on how to make industry in Europe more sustainable and competitive.
From an A.SPIRE perpective, we are aligned with the overall spirit of the recommendations of the P4P report. We consider that the EU's ambitious goals to fight Climate Change requires developing breakthrough technologies, which in turn, requires high levels of investment. In the case of the Process Industries, these investments are long term, which makes the risk higher.
We agree that the EU needs to put efficiency first in policymaking, and it is important that the European Commission and the Member States are fully aware that this means continuing to finance industry, as it will not be possible for industry to reach these targets alone.
SPIRE sectors are willing to contribute their share to achieve the set goals and are currently defining a joint strategy for the next decade. We welcome the EC's goal to double the budget for FP9 and the recommendations of the report in that sense. We consider that an important part of the budget needs to be invested in solutions for energy and resource efficiency, including CCU, Industrial Symbiosis, and digitalization as a key enabler.




COST Governance approves strategy for a stronger position of research networks in FP9

On 12 December 2017, COST’s governing board, the Committee of Senior Officials, chaired by COST President Sierd Cloetingh, in the presence of Director-General Robert-Jan Smits (DG Research and Innovation, European Commission) approved the strategy that will drive COST throughout the end of Horizon 2020 and the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). All information can be found here.




COST Connect 

Quantum: Where will the next jump go?
08 March 2018 | Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland

“Quantum: Where will the next jump go?” will be an open space for participants to discuss the importance of quantum technology and research. With increasing global interest in exploiting quantum technologies, the COST Connect event will provide networking opportunities that link active researchers with representatives from the Quantum sector and EU stakeholders.

How to Shape a Sustainable Urban Mobility for all?
25 - 26 April 2018 | Bucharest, Romania

The COST Connect Event on “How to Shape a Sustainable Urban Mobility for all?” aims at bringing together relevant actors, funding initiatives and researchers to reflect on the current state of the art, and to identify and provide input on desirable developments on urban mobility.

Climate Change and Forest Systems
05 June 2018 | Sofia, Bulgaria

The COST Connect event on "Climate Change and Forest Systems" will look at new horizons for research and innovation in the forest-based sector. The event will be held in Sofia on the 5th June and is by invitation only.





Eight years of EGI at the forefront of innovation

EGI is celebrating their 8th anniversary as an organisation that empowers researchers to transform data, software and expertise into knowledge and innovation.

The EGI Foundation was established in Amsterdam in 2010 to coordinate the activities of EGI on behalf of the community and to build an integrated pan-European infrastructure to primarily support European research communities.

EGI was a large infrastructure right from the beginning. What started at 200.000 CPU cores and 100 Petabytes available in 2010 reached about 850,000 cores and 650 Petabytes in 2018. This impressive growth is a response to the demands of new user communities in various scientific fields, from high-energy physics in 2010 to life sciences, astronomy, humanities & environmental sciences, among others, in 2018. Read more here.




EOSC-hub: integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud

The EC-funded project EOSC-hub project started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research. Read more here.




The Big Data Analytics Workshop (BigDAW18)
8-10 May 2018 | Italy 

Managing and processing large volumes of data, or “Big Data”, and gaining meaningful insights is a significant challenge facing the distributed computing community. As a consequence, many businesses are demanding large-scale streaming data analytics. This has a significant impact on a wide range of domains, including health care, biomedical research, internet searches, finance and business informatics, and scientific computing. Read more here.




Water Market Europe 2018


Market & Investment for Innovative Digital Solutions
21 March 2018 | Brussels

Under the title 'Market & Investment for Innovative Digital Solutions’, Water Market Europe is coming back for its 2018 edition on 21st of March to open up new pathways for investment within the water sector and create business opportunities, by bringing digital innovative solutions to the market.

The agenda of WME will feature three exclusive sessions: The Market Scenario for the Digital Water Sector/Investment Perspectives & Opportunities; Showcase your Digital Solution and Matchmaking session, which will be followed by the Water Market Europe 2018 Competition and a networking cocktail. Learn more about WME18.




PolyTalk 2018 - Register now!
26 - 27 April 2018 | St Julian’s ,Malta

On Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April 2018, PolyTalk – PlasticsEurope’s Forum to debate, act, change - will address one of today’s largest environmental challenges: plastics in the marine environment. Held in St Julian’s, Malta, we invite all stakeholders to join the debate and share solutions to prevent marine litter from around the world. Confirmed speakers include Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment and Jim Seward, Chair of the World Plastics Council, and Daniele Ferrari, President of PlasticsEurope and CEO of Versalis. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. 

For more information, visit the website
Be part of the change and register now!




The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP)


The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is an action of the Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs funded under COSME launched by DG GROW of the European Commission in 2016.
The ECCP provides networking and information support for clusters and their members aiming to improve their performance and increase their competitiveness through trans-national and international cooperation. 

The services include:


•    a dynamic mapping of more than 750 profiled cluster organisations worldwide 
•    the largest information hub for clusters offering latest news/events/open calls to a broad community, with more than 5000 subscribers to its Weekly Digest
•    matchmaking events supporting the development of cooperation between clusters in Europe and beyond
•    a unique database on regional, national, international and sectoral cluster networks 
•    detailed information on the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships
•    a “partner search” facility, where cluster organisations can exchange their offers and demands
•    dedicated pages supporting international cooperation including profiles of selected countries of strategic interest and related European international support services
•    a unique database of profiled cluster-related projects developed under various European programmes.


The ECCP addresses primarily the needs of cluster managements, but its rich content is useful for both the SME cluster members and for the cluster policy makers at regional, national or international level.

For more information visit our homepage, follow us on Twitter @Clusters_EU, on LinkedIn or write us.


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