Workshops and Special Sessions

Innovation Through Knowledge Transfer is proud to bring delegates a blend of invited sessions and workshops to accompany the main plenary sessions. Details for these are provided below including:

  • Horizon2020 Special Session
  • BENEFITS Workshop

Horizon 2020 Session

Horizon 2020 is the European Union financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 provides major simplification over previous funding mechanisms through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Horizon 2020 will offer major opportunities to those involved in research and knowledge transfer. The Workshop on Horizon 2020 at InnovationKT will explore the ways that the routes can be exploited.

The Horizon 2020 workshop at InnovationKT will feature invited talks from:-

Peter Walters, Collaborative ICT research towards H2020 - a personal view from a National Contact Point'
Dr Ciaran Duffy, Enterprise Ireland, National Contact Point for Health

This will be followed by a discussion and question/answer session.


BENEFITS (Building an Enterprise Network for an Efficient Innovation and Training System) is a project funded under the EU Interreg France (Channel) - England programme. Benefits involves partners in North France (Le laboratoire IRISE - Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation en Sciences de l’Entreprise - du Cesi) and the South of England (Universities of Greenwich and Exeter). At its core is the building of cross-Channel partnerships and expert networks to support knowledge transfer and innovation in SMEs which improve global competitiveness.

The project can be broken down into three main objectives:-

- Structuring a network of stakeholders and establishing transnational exchange programmes
- Ensuring the innovation abilities of people and companies
- Maintaining and developing the industrial and manufacturing fabric

The BENEFITS Workshop at InnovationKT consists of a sponsored Keynote talk given by Dr Harry Hatzakis, Founder and CEO of Biotronics3D (see Keynotes Speakers page for more details) and several sessions of contributed papers from project partners on different aspects of the project.

An invited/special session consists of a presentation session of six to 12 or more papers on a specific conference topic, organised as half or full day mini-conference. We invite senior scientists who have a special interest in a specific conference topic to to take responsibility for an invited session, gathering papers from a range of research expertise around the world.

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