Clean energy

Supporting and financing SMEs and startups in the transition towards a clean energy future

Time and date: 17.30-20.00, 21 February 2018
Location: EIT House, rue Guimard 78, 1040 Brussels

The International Climate Show and the Jacques Delors Institute wish to contribute to the debate on the achievement of climate goals by addressing the obstacles that clean businesses face and the way to overcome them. Discussions will include the importance of synergies between start-ups and their eco-system, and how private and public investments can further contribute to the achievement of climate goals. 

Supporting and financing SMEs and startups in the transition towards a clean energy future

Food and drink

From research to innovation: Bridging the gap

Time and date: 16.00-18.00, 22 February 2018
Location: Press Club Brussels, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

FoodDrinkEurope is hosting a high-level debate around the importance of research for the food and drink industry and society at large, its translation into innovation, and its role as a catalyst for jobs, growth and for meeting consumer needs. The aim of the event is to highlight innovation as a key competitiveness factor of the industry including SMEs (99% of the sector).

Future supply chains

New generation technologies and business models for networked Europe

Time and date: 14.00-18.00, 21 February 2018
Location: Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 1, 1040 Brussels

The main objective of this workshop is to bring together a group of experts, both industrialists and academics, to discuss major trends and challenges (such as technology and the environment) for the development of future supply chains in the manufacturing, distribution and process industries. The workshop also offers the chance to discuss possible development paths for the most important trends.

Humanitarian aid

High tech for humanitarian aid

Date: 23 February 2018
Location: Brussels

This event will present the European Innovation Council Horizon Prize on 'High Tech for Humanitarian Aid'. It will identify and discuss humanitarian needs that could be better addressed through the application of advanced technologies such as nano-technologies, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology or advanced manufacturing. It will raise awareness on the potential of new and innovative technologies to improve the impact of humanitarian aid delivery and how the private sector could contribute to it.

The event will bring together a limited number of representatives from the humanitarian sector, industry and research centres. For participation (by invitation only), please email:

Affordable high tech for humanitarian aid prize

Industrial symbiosis

Industrial symbiosis, towards a European standard (CEN-CENELEC workshop agreement kick-off)

Time and date: 13.00-17.00 (followed by a reception), 21 February 2018
Location: International Synergies, Avenue d’Auderghem 22-28, Floor 6, 1040 Brussels

As industrial symbiosis finds its way into the policies and recommendations of the European Commission and its member countries, the variety of terminologies and methodologies used in these documents can be confusing and sometimes misleading. This event kicks off a CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) workshop agreement process to document a consensus on best practice methodologies supporting industrial symbiosis implementation across Europe.

Industrial symbiosis, towards a European standard

Industrial transformation/modernisation

European Policy Centre policy dialogue: What are the real drivers of the ongoing industrial transformation?

Time and date: 14.00-17.00, 20 February 2018
Location: European Policy Centre (EPC) conference centre, 14-16 Rue du Trône/Troonstraat, 1000 Brussels

At this event we will discuss the state of play of industrial transformation, its impact on European industry, factors for industrial transformation, the challenges that industry faces to adapt, and possible drivers for success. We will pay special attention to identifying and quantifying the implications of globalisation, digitalisation, automation, trade, resources, climate change and migration on industry in general, and on jobs in particular. The objective is to distinguish myths from facts in the usually politically heated debate on the future of work.

Industrial transformation: understanding the real drivers for change (registration)

EFSI investment platforms as a promising instrument for coordinating and supporting interregional investment projects for industrial modernisation

Time and date: 9.00-12.00, 21 February 2018
Location: Rue du Commerce 123, 1000, Brussels

This event will explore how the instrument of investment platforms under the Investment Plan for Europe can support interregional projects in industry. It will make both industry and financial institutions aware of the challenges, needs and possible solutions to finance interregional investment projects.

Investment platforms as a promising instrument for coordinating and supporting interregional investment projects for industrial modernisation

A cross-industry perspective on the evolution of digital manufacturing

Time and date: 19.00, 22 February 2018
Location: Free State of Bavaria to the EU, Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels

An evening event on innovation is hosted by Texas Instruments and the Representation of Bavaria to the EU. We will show demos on educational technology and industry automation. The discussion panel features technology providers, policy makers and academics. The focus is on digital skills in the context of Industry 4.0 and the need for enhanced collaboration between industry and academia to succeed in the era of digital manufacturing.

Industry 4.0

Kick-off field labs Industry 4.0 in Flanders

Time and date: 14.00-18.00, 19 February 2018
Location: Flanders

In 2018, 7 new Flemish field lab projects will start their activities to demonstrate and develop advanced Industry 4.0 technologies. During this meeting the researchers will meet and discuss their cooperation across the 7 projects. Companies will explain their expectations. The field labs will focus on the use of big data, smart connectivity, advanced maintenance, operator support, digital servitisation, applications in manufacturing and agrofood production.

Kick-off field labs Industry 4.0 in Flanders

Delivering advanced manufacturing for European Industry 4.0

Date: 22 February 2018

This workshop targets advanced manufacturing maturation in Europe, bringing together pilot line projects: INSPIRED (nano-enabled printed electronics) and NECOMADA (functional materials in conductive inks). Together with the European Pilot Production Network (EPPN) and other pilot line projects, the workshop will address the critical pathway to achieve European global competitiveness.

Industry 4.0 and smart cities: What is the role of the Internet of Things?

Time and date: 10.00-17.30, 23 February 2018
Location: B-Sprouts Incubator & Accelerator, 10 Place de la Minoterie, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean

We are heading for Industry 4.0 which is fully connected through the application of the Internet of Things (IoT). This also impacts how we construct our buildings and cities to become smart and support Industry 4.0. To achieve this, talent and technology have to be identified and developed that enable Industry 4.0 and smart cities and buildings to happen in Europe.


Metallurgy Europe - matchmaking event

Time and date: 10.30-15.00, 21 February 2018
Location: EUREKA secretary office, 4th floor, Rue Neerveld 107, 1200 Brussels

Metallurgy Europe (a 'EUREKA cluster' project) creates projects in the metallurgy domain. The organisation has recently opened a call for proposals and this event will gather the community together to discuss innovative project ideas that could be prepared for the call. As examples, the current call covers: 

  • new metallurgical materials or products
  • new production processes
  • ecological challenges of metallurgy

Metallurgy Europe

Multi-material manufacturing

Multi-material manufacturing: industrial approaches and solutions

Time and date: 15.30-18.30 (followed by a cocktail), 21 February 2018
Location: Marivaux Hotel, Brussels

This workshop will serve as a forum where industry stakeholders and research experts can share experiences and knowledge, and discuss multi-materials manufacturing challenges to develop common visions and roadmaps for the future.

Multi-material manufacturing: industrial approaches and solutions


Foster resilience of the tourism industry through innovative value chains

Time and date: 10.30-14.00, 21 February 2018
Location: Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU, Rue du Commerce 44, 1000 Brussels

The European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN) is organising a panel discussion on innovative value chains in tourism.  Tourism is a highly customer-focused and dependent industry. From idea to realisation the whole value chain delivers a lot of non-technological and social innovations. Innovative value chains imply collaboration between industries, brands, stakeholders and the involvement of the users. The latter is especially important when it comes to groups with specific needs, tastes and expectations. The workshop will show concrete examples of building such collaborations, and will include the example of a group of citizens with particular needs: people with disabilities.

Foster resilience of the tourism industry through innovative value chains

Investing in the European tourism of tomorrow

Time and date: 10.00-13.00, 22 February 2018
Location: Jacques Delors building, Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels

NECSTouR is organising a 2-hour workshop aiming to raise awareness of the importance of providing the appropriate tools and resources to the specific challenges of tourism. The event will stimulate debate on:

  • public private investment to boost tourism business resilience
  • workforce skills and entrepreneurship
  • research and cross-cutting innovation

Investing in the European tourism of tomorrow

Walloon clusters

Journée des pôles de compétitivité et des clusters wallons

Time and date: 13.30-19.00, 21 February 2018
Location: Ferme de Mehaignoul, Rue de Mehaignoul 6, 5081 Meux

The event will showcase the benefits of participation in EU projects and networks for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the presentation of success stories and discussions with key regional stakeholders. The objective is to foster Walloon SMEs’ ambitions in developing European collaboration. The event will touch on topics such as:

  • key success factors and the support role of intermediaries such as the Wallon national point of contact and clusters
  • the benefits for SMEs of the participation of regional clusters in EU collaborative projects and networks, notably regarding internationalisation and innovation
  • possible synergies between our regional policy and EU policies
  • involvement in networks as first step towards EU successes

Journée des pôles de compétitivité et des clusters wallons(in French only)