05 April 2012
15 May 2012: Joint partnering event for FP7 projects and COST actions
By Gus @ 08:26 :: 2381 Views :: Public News

When?     15 May 2012, from 10:00 until 17:00 (CET)

Where?    MUNICON Conference Center, Munich Airport, Germany


Objective – Goal of the brokerage event:
The event offers a unique opportunity to obtain actual information on tentative topics of the next and last calls for proposals under the 7th European Framework Programme for Research. Participants can present ideas for European projects and discuss them with potential partners.  They will also have the opportunity to give feedback and to support and supplement each other’s ideas. Usually such events are starting points for building consortia and core planning teams in order to submit research proposals at a later stage. Additionally participants are invited to present and discuss ideas and proposals for COST Actions within the COST Domain “Forests, their Products and Services

Who should participate?
Industrialist and research actors from the European forest-based sector coming from European Union member states and from associated countries (Norway, Switzerland, Israel, …), as they can fully participate in projects of the 7th Framework Programme and COST programme.
Representatives from:
· enterprises (large or small and medium sized)
· federations and associations
· universities
· private or public research institutes
· public bodies,
which are interested in participating in  research projects and/or COST Actions are welcome to this partnering event.  The activities, competences and interest can range from forest ecology, climate change and forest management to forest-based products and forest-based industries processes.

New calls for project proposals concerning collaborative research to be funded under the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) are expected to be launched in July 2012. These calls will be last ones under FP7, as the following Framework Programme HORIZON 2020 is goings to start in 2014. This partnering event is dedicated to calls of the Co-operation Programme, thematic priorities 2 ‘FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, AND BIOTECHNOLOGY’, 3 “INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES”, 4 “NANOSCIENCES, NANOTECHNOLOGIES, MATERIALS AND NEW PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES”, 5 ‘ENERGY’ and 6 ‘ENVIRONMENT (INCL. CLIMATE CHANGE)` as well as the Capacity Programme call on “RESEARCH FOR THE BENEFIT OF SMEs” (as far as information on the tentative content has become available) and to the open call for COST Actions (submission deadline: end of September 2012) proposals.

How does it work?
Partnering events are ideal platforms for people, working in similar areas, to meet, discuss and even start ideas for proposals. It will provide project coordinators with an opportunity to discuss project ideas with potential partners, so that consortia can be set up or strengthened, and proposal preparation can be supported.

The official invitation, registration document and full programme can be downloaded here.