The National Documentation Centre (EKT), National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 and coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, is organising an Info Day on ‘Information and Communications Technologicy (ICT) in Horizon 2020’. The event, which is being organized with the support of the European Commission and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, will take place on Tuesday 27th February 2018 (09.30-15.00) in the L. Zervas Amphitheatre, National Hellenic Research Foundation ( 48, Vas. Konstantinos Avenue, Athens).
The purpose of the event is to present Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in ICT, the programme’s new calls and the EU’s new relevant initiatives, such as Digitising European Industry and Digital Innovation Hubs.
Representatives of the European Commission will present the new work programme ‘Information & Communication Technologies’ for 2018-2020, while the National Representative of the Horizon 2020 ‘ICT’ programme will provide data on Greece’s participation in it. This will be followed with useful advice and good practices from the Greek co-ordinators of the project, 5G-Essence and ACTiCLOUD, both having received excellent ratings in previous calls.
The National Documentation Centre will present its actions and services as National Contact Point for Horizon 2020, as a member of the Ideal-ist network and as coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas. In addition, it will explain the conditions of Open Access to research results of Horizon 2020 as well as present ‘Knowledge and Partnership Bridges’, an initiative to connect all Greeks wherever they are.
Through the EU funding framework for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020, the EU is investing more in ICT Research and Innovation, supporting relevant actions and promoting the development of science, industry and facing societal challenges. The EU’s objective is a Digital Single Market, the strengthening of Public Private Partnerships to enable industry in Europe to lead the way in new calls (eg. 5G cPPP, Photonocs cPPP, etc), European Infrastructures supporting Big Data, Cybersecurity, Digitising European Industry and creating Digital Information Hubs to which there will be easy access for all interested parties.
Admission to the event is free, but completion of a registration form online is necessary. For further information about the programme and the speakers see its official site and its event page on Facebook.
The event will be broadcast live at http://media.ekt.gr/live.
It is worth noting that during the ‘ICT Proposers’ Day 2017 ‘ bilateral meetings, for which there was a record number of participants, the National Documentation Centre, the main co-organiser, successfully supported the 92 Greek participants; 52 of them chose EKT as Helpdesk, 16 did not choose a helpdesk and 24 chose another helpdesk.
The National Documentation Centre, as National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 and a number of its individual programmes such as ICT, supports the participation of Greek academic, research and business communities. All stages of the research project are covered, from preparing proposals to implementation and use of research results. To achieve this, EKT provides the following services: Information and Advisory Services, Helpdesks, Development and Information Material Management, Organisation of events and seminars, Partner Search for the formation of consortia and submission of joint proposals, Mapping of Greek participation and publication of statistics and performance indicators. EKT has already published relevant reports on the participation of Greek organisations in Horizon 2020’s ICT programme so far.
EKT also participates in the Ideal-ist project as the Greek node of the corresponding European network. The Ideal-ist project aims to reduce the barriers met by organisations which wish to take part in ICT Programmes. This is achieved by supporting transnational co-operation searches and mediations between the Commission and potential participants.
In addition, the National Documentation Centre, co-ordinator of the largest entrepreneurial support network, Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, in response to the needs of the Greek community, has included a dynamic grid of systematic information services and support for those enterprises which exhibit potential and target foreign markets exclusively through innovative technologies in the services it provides.
Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, the Greek node of the global network Enterprise Europe Network, provides integrated business support services for outward-looking enterprises and innovative orientation, in order to strengthen their competitiveness. Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, which has been in operation since 2008 through the support of the European Commission, is made up of 12 organisations (research and technological organisations, business associations, chambers, development companies), from all over the country, enables enterprises access to new markets, private and public funding, technology transfer and innovation management, alignment with European policies and consultation with stakeholders in the development of new policy initiatives.