The event started with a welcome coffee in LEITAT facilities (Terrassa) and the intervention of Dr. Eckart Bierdümpel (WAITRO Secretary General) and Dirk Saseta (WAITRO Regional Representative for Europe) who thanked WAITRO members for coming and open the event with the expectations of WAITRO and its activities post pandemics. Laia Piñol (WAITRO Regional Focal Point for Europe) followed with a presentation of the overall aim of the event, the agenda and an introduction of the first speakers.
The first keynote speech was given by Verena Fennemann (Head of Fraunhofer EU Office Brussels) who talked about the evolution of international cooperation in the different framework programs, Horizon Europe Work Program, general conditions, targeted international cooperation actions and initiatives at regional level (Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific) and multilateral activities.
Edgar Valverde (Senior Innovation Consultant at PNO) introduced the lessons learnt in the first deadline of Horizon Europe through a dynamic presentation on the step-by-step phases of the proposal submission: funding opportunity, RDI plan, proposal development, review and submission.
After a networking lunch, the following international WAITRO members pitched on their organizations, capacities and interest in Horizon Europe topics: TISTR, RMRDC, CENAT, CENIBIOT, University of Yaoundé, IWRP, SENAI, JITRI and BRIN.
Sergi Artigas (Innovation Strategy Director at LEITAT) guided the visit to LEITAT facilities before the networking cocktail in which WAITRO members had the opportunity to meet and network to each other.