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High profile speakers announced for Horizon 2020 briefing event on 13th Oct, Manchester

Learn about funding opportunities for primary production, food, marine & the bioeconomy

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in collaboration with Innovate UK, invites you to join us at our free briefing event on 13th October in Manchester to learn about funding available within the Horizon 2020 programme.

The 'Societal Challenges' pillar of Horizon 2020 has a budget in the region of €30bn, and has many areas of relevance to Agri-Food, Bioscience and Biotechnology .

We have a great line up of high profile speakers, ready to share their expertise on industry R&D collaborations, how to apply for EU funding, and the evaluation processes. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking and consortia building.

Briefing event on funding opportunities in primary production, food, marine and the bioeconomy

Tuesday 13th October 2015 (10:00-17:00), Manchester

KTN, in collaboration with Innovate UK, is organising a series of events to launch the 2016 Horizon 2020 work programme for Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and Societal Challenge 5 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials).

This event will feature presentations by:

  • Annette Schneegans (European Commission, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, Unit Research & Innovation)
    Annette will provide an introduction to the funding available from Horizon 2020 funding and Resilient Value Chains under Societal Challenge 2 (SC2).
  • Fiona Angus (Regulatory Lead for Coca Cola based in London)
    Fiona was previously Head of Nutrition at Leatherhead Food Research. Coca Cola are a multinational organisation with huge global presence and a significant R&D presence.
  • Dr Veronique Braesco (CEO of VAB Nutrition) - TBC
    Veronique was a member of the most recent H2020 evaluation process meeting in Brussels. Previously Director of Research at INRA, she has also directed nutrition research for Danone Group from 2000 to 2003, in charge of designing and implementing scientific strategies in nutrition and health and to aid the development of innovative products. She was the Director at the CRNH (Centre for Research into Human Nutrition) in Auvergne until 2007.

  • Professor Bryan Hanley (KTN)
    Bryan was Director Scientific Discovery with the Wm Wrigley Company in Chicago and Associate Director for Scientific Discovery with Mead Johnson (Evansville, Illinois). He has experienced EU funding as an applicant, as an evaluator and from both industrial and academic perspectives in the UK and US.

The event will also provide:

  • Guidance on how to write a good proposal
  • Opportunities for 1:1 sessions with the UK's Horizon 2020 National Contact Points (NCPs), KTN and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
  • Networking and pitch presentations by delegates

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Who should attend?

  • Businesses and other organisations from any industry sector wishing to lead or collaborate in European-funded research and innovation

  • Businesses from any industry sector wishing to understand the potential for participating in European projects in the future

Pitch your project idea or capability

A limited number of short pitch presentations slots will be available to enable delegates to pitch project ideas or capabilities. Please indicate you interest in a pitch presentation slot on the registration form. We will then contact you to allocate slots.

Event at a glance

What: Briefing event for Horizon 2020 funding for 'Resource Efficient Value Chains'

When: Tuesday 13th October 2015 (10:00-17:00)

Where: Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT

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Bryan Hanley ( will be happy to to provide advice and further information about this event.

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