Successful R&I in Europe 2015 - 7th European Networking Event

Now in its seventh year, the importance of the “Successful R&I in Europe” conference series was reflected once again in the number of participants: Over 280 representatives of enterprises (30 %) and universities or research institutes (70%) from 21 countries attended the European Networking Event in Düsseldorf on 5th and 6th November. Half the participants came from abroad, which underlines how the event answers the demand for networking platforms at international level.

Guests were treated to an eCar shuttle service between Düsseldorf Airport and the same elegant venue as the previous year, Van der Valk Airporthotel. Over the two days, delegates profited from the opportunity for an exchange of experience as well as to meet new potential partners and - most importantly - initiate joint EU projects. 

The conference, which was organized by ZENIT GmbH on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, was opened by Deputy Minister Dr. Thomas Grünewald. Dr. Rudolf W. Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, gave the keynote speech. Both emphasized the importance of research and innovation for all regions of the European Union and encouraged the audience to participate actively in Horizon 2020.

Dr. Thomas Grünewald, Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Research, North Rhine-Westphalia
Dr. Rudolf W. Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

The event was structured in thematic workshops and open networking sessions. Researchers previously selected within a call for proposals had the opportunity to present not only new ideas for future projects but also research results ready for commercialization: Some 110 pitches in two days!

Topics were:

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)


Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (NMM)

Sustainable Economy

Life Sciences

SME Instrument/Fast Track to Innovation

In the framework of a parallel exhibition entitled “Innovations for Europe based in NRW”, a number of selected start-ups generated by European R&D projects in the 7th Framework Programme, Interreg and Horizon 2020 presented their innovative products and services.

The event benefited from promotional activities undertaken by the Enterprise Europe Network, the largest business, technology and innovation support network in the world (over 600 organizations in over 60 countries), of which ZENIT is partner in a consortium with NRW.BANK and NRW.International. Further assistance was provided by the National Contact Points in Germany, the clusters in North Rhine-Westphalia and a large number of organizations in this year’s partner regions of Belgium, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

Enterprise europe network NRW Europa