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MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

Improving noise reduction

The Silentwood project has developed sophisticated noise-reducing wall panels and doors. In addition to spurring growth and jobs in the doors/panels application sector, Silentwood will provide direct economic and health benefits to the EU.
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EuResist - Enhancing HIV treatment with more precise patient modeling

HIV is not curable but it is treatable, states Dr Francesca Incardona, CEO of EuResist Network GEIE and research area manager at Informa Srl, the SME responsible for coordinating the EuResist project.
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SILCO - Doing away with bacteria in water systems

The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems. The prototype successfully killed legionella bacteria at a natural source spa in Slovakia
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FIRELI - New hose equipment to increase safety of firemen

Every year, fires affect large areas of forest in Europe - mostly in the Mediterranean countries, where an average of around 500,000 hectares are destroyed annually. That is the equivalent of 50 times the land area of Paris. The economic cost is estimated at between €600 and €800 million per year.
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Smart irrigation technology set to reduce costs and save water

Due in large part to inefficient water irrigation systems, the agriculture industry wastes 60% of the water it uses each year, or 70% of the world's freshwater. WaterBee has developed a smart irrigation system to reduce this wastage, thereby saving money and increasing both crop quality and yield.
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NANORAY - A portable x-ray machine

X-ray technology has existed for more than 100 years, but in spite of repeated efforts no one has found a way of solving the problems involved in making X-ray machines portable. Now, thanks to an innovative European Union (EU) funded multinational research project, that breakthrough has at last been achieved.
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CleanHatch - New high-tech solution to clean fish hatcheries

Due to increased market pressure to produce high quality and low cost fish, the aquaculture industry has been forced to develop technologies that reduce the level of risk to investors yet maintain reliable production output.
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Let there be sight

Transplanting the human cornea (1) can enable a blind person to see. But it requires the perfect human donor match and there are no guarantees of success. A group of EU-funded SMEs and researchers, however, has developed an artificial cornea that offers failed transplant patients a potentially life-changing alternative.
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SMEs and Horizon 2020 – Information Day – November 25

Conference Centre Albert Borschette (Room 0A)
Froissardstraat 36, Rue Froissard – Etterbeek (Brussels), Belgium

9:00 – 9:40 Arrival of participants – Welcome Coffee
9:40 - 10:05 Welcome / Introduction – Horizon 2020: what’s in it for SMEs? Clara de la Torre, Director of Directorate C, Research and Innovation, DG RTD
10:05 - 11:50 SME Support under Horizon 2020: the SME instrument Bernd Reichert, Head of Unit, and Igor Jelinski, Policy Officer, Unit C.4 SME, DG RTD
11:50 - 12:30 SME Participation in Collaborative Projects: the Case of Industrial Technologies Kristiina Urpalainen-Menon, Policy Officer, Unit G.1 Industrial Technologies, Horizontal Aspects, DG RTD
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break.
14:00 - 14:30 Access to Risk Finance for SMEs under Horizon 2020 Marie-Cécile Rouillon, Policy Officer, Unit C.3 Financial Engineering, DG RTD
14:30 - 14:55 SME participation via the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal: a preview Peter Haertwich, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit M.2 Business Processes and Simplification, DG RTD
14:55 - 15:20 Participation through Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: how to raise SME potential through EU researcher mobility Paul Harris, Unit C.3 Training and mobility of researchers; Marie Curie, DG EAC
15:20 - 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 - 16:10 The Eurostars Joint Programme / 2014-2020 Magda de Carli, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit C.4 SME, DG RTD
16:10 - 16:35 Enhancing Innovation Capacity of SMEs under Horizon 2020 Sven Schade, Policy Officer, Unit D.2 SME Access to Markets, DG ENTR / / Cluster animated projects for new industrial value chains Carsten Schierenbeck, Policy Officer, Unit D.5 SMEs: Clusters & Emerging Industries, DG ENTR
16:35 - 17:00Final Q&A