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Conferences and briefings for the SME community

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We've put together details of two FP7 events which will help SMEs with the disciplines of proposal writing and presentation. ENVIETECH introduces SMEs to opportunities in the renewable energy market.

Opportunities for SMEs

14-15 February, Istanbul (Turkey)

Organised by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), the Programmes National Coordination Office (NCO) and National Contact Point (NCP), this conference examines the opportunities for SMEs in the world's largest research funding programme - FP7 (see this issue's Points of View).

The draft agenda includes a number of top government officials and high profile speakers - including the Head of the Directorate's T.4 unit, Dr Bernd Reichert. Networking opportunities with delegates will be scheduled during the conference.which will be held at the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, Istiklal Street, Taksim.

SMEs will also be able to see how other EU-funded organisations are already benefiting from programme support, learn more about how potential project proposals are evaluated, and attend FP7 training sessions to find out more about writing competitive proposals, financial management and reporting.

FP7 Collaboration in Manufacturing

17-18 January, Zurich (Switzerland)

The general aim of this International Partnering Meeting for the Second Call for Proposals in the NMP Programme is to promote trans-national R&D collaboration between industry, SMEs and research organisations active in the field of manufacturing, and in particular to set up FP7 projects.

The two-day event - a series of strategy presentations and partnering workshops - is organised by Euresearch (the Swiss National Contact Point) and Swiss ManuFacture, and being held at the ETH main building in Zurich.


31 January - 1 February, Vienna (Austria)

The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) is organising an International Congress on Renewable Energy in Vienna. This congress will be a part of ICC's 'Science meets Industry' series, and will mainly focus on technology transfer in renewable energy, biofuels, new plants, wind and solar energy, and sustainable agriculture sectors. It will also examine the response to climate change and climate protection efforts, and analyse new developments and markets.

The ICC Congress is part of an extensive technology exhibition alongside other workshops and meetings. Among others, the event is aimed at scientists, representatives from EU-funded research projects, SMEs, and those from national and international institutions (including the European Commission).