Special Sessions 2016

Special Session I “From Impact to Business: Beyond TRL7”

14th November 2016, 10:30 – 12:30, Stephen Webb

Researchers who want to access H2020 grants are confronted with a dilemma. After years of pursuing scientific excellence and becoming specialists in their fields, they now need a new skill set to obtain the European funding. Understanding the facets of ‘Impact’ related to their science and technology requires an understanding of issues like business development and planning, IPR commercialization strategies, marketing & communications.

This two-hour session covers the fundamentals of understanding ‘Impact’ in the H2020 context: analyzing EC policy expectations, stakeholder interests, and market needs as well as justifying the technical goals to develop a storyline / business case to be achieved within – and beyond – the project. A case study will exemplify how exploitation planning both within the proposal planning phase and consequently in the project implementation can contribute to the overall project success.

 Short CV
 Stephen WebbNEU
Stephen Webb
CEO & Founder

Stephen Webb is founder and CEO of RTDS Group, specialised in the development and implementation of EU funded projects, supporting the full “research to market” process. He began his EU project career in FP4, worked in automotive sector in FP5 (with AVL List) before establishing his own company in the beginning of FP6. By the end of FP7, RTDS was the No. 1 Austrian SME and EU consulting company with 15 project participations including 3 coordination roles. They now have three H2020 / BBI projects running. Stephen has a PhD in environmental risk management, an MBA in marketing and innovation and an LL.M in IPR.

Special Session II acib Connecting Regions – Slovenia

14th November 2016, 18:00 – 19:30, 

Urban Krajcar
Science Directorate Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, Slovenia
Martina Hartl
Deputy Head of Department International Research Cooperation – Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Econom, Austria
Sabina Cimerman
Office of the Styrian Provincial Government, Dpt. 17 – Provincial and Regional Development, Austria
Robert Steinegger
Institut for Economic and Site Development, Styrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austria
Karin Stana-Kleinschek
Guest Prof. Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials (ICTM) of TU Graz, Austria
Klemen Hrovat
Director of Sales, Genialis, Start up, Slovenia

One of the aims of the European Union is to strengthen the European regions. esib is the platform to enhance the possibilities and perspectives for a better cooperation in central Europe. Industrial Biotechnology in Austria and Slovenia – we take the first step, we open new pathways, we discuss new strategies – let’s join forces!

Special Session III “One egg is like another? – Food profiling using quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer technologies”

15th November 2016, 10:00 – 12:00, Franz Siegfried Wagner

High value food products with defined origin and quality have increased substantially over recent years. To maintain a maximum level of quality and security for such products rigorous controls are necessary, which at current state are very expensive and still will not fully guarantee prevention of fraud. Food profiling using quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer technologies provides accurate chemo metric fingerprinting and offers a powerful tool to create control mechanisms which are capable of answering important questions regarding geographical origin, type, breed and quality of high value products.
Within a forty-minute talk the concept of food profiling using new quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry will be explained. An overview of applications will show the necessity of an effective, technological control mechanism which will open a new field of explaining food quality. Examples for already existing applications and successful studies will be given as well as an explanation of the technology itself and the methodological approach of our new project.

 Short CV
Franz Siegfried Wagner is biochemist and founder and owner of Institut Dr. Wagner Lebensmittel Analytik GmbH, with emphasis on food analysis and development of new food concepts. His laboratory is accredited regarding standard ISO 17025 specialized for the analysis of pesticides and contaminants in food and feed. His institute supervises many companies involved in developing and producing high quality food products.
Max Schicher is chemist and head of the department of food analysis at Institut Dr. Wagner. Thomas Flecker is chemical engineer at Institut Dr. Wagner and is currently studying technical chemistry at Technical University Graz.

Special Session III “From Crowdfunding to Crowdbusiness -successful business design with the power of crowds”

15th November 2016, 16:00 – 17:30, Reinhard Wilfort

Some years ago, crowdfunding activities represented a small niche market, far away from seriously impacting the existing financial markets. But this has changed. Crowdfunding, used as umbrella term for alternative financing, is becoming mainstream. Many businesses are already taking advantage of increasing their access to finance via alternative financing platforms, and thus to enhance their business success. Pioneers already enrich their business models with crowd-based elements. The isn Crowdbusiness framework goes one step beyond, and provides a systematic approach and services for companies basing their core business model on crowds. Crowdbusiness initiates and supports real innovations also in research networks. The secret of success lies in the combination of professional innovation services and crowd-based mechanisms supported by social media. The isn Crowdbusiness framework describes a threefold approach for the creation, the selection, the realization and financing of project ideas. In this Crowdbusiness session we discuss about the involvement of the intelligence of the crowd in the creative idea finding, selection and development phase. Based on real project experiences in the innovation areas of isn we also talk about the planing of successful crowdsourcing and crowdfunding projects.

Short CV

Reinhard Willfort
Since 2001 Willfort is founder and CEO of isn-innovation service network, Austrian’s leading innovation company. As entrepreneur and founder of five further startups he supervises the innovation management processes of several leading Austrian companies. 2007 he started Austrian’s 1. Crowdsourcing platform www.neurovation.net. In 2012 he established Austria’s first crowdinvesting platform 1000×1000.at. Reinhard Willfort is co-founder of the European Crowdfunding Network and Secretary of the Board of Directors.