​​​​​​UKRO Annual Conference 2015
​Horizon 2020 - Bridging Research and Innovation​

The 2015 edition of the UKRO Annual Conference took place at Conference Aston in Birmingham on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th June 2015.​​

This Conference focused on lessons learned from the first 18 months of Horizon 2020, and on sharing best practice in order to improve institutional success rates and manage oversubscription. In particular, the conference addressed how to better respond to the research and innovation agenda, how to work with business and adapt to new approaches and policy orientations in EU research funding.


Conference Programme


Biographies of Speakers


Thursday 18 June 2016

Conference Opening
Christina Miller, Director, UKRO

Opening Plenary Session​

Keynote Speakers

European Research & Innovation Agenda: A view from Brussels
Christopher North, Policy Officer, DG RTD, European Commission

Thrills and Spills in Interdisciplinary Research: the Case of Future and Emerging Technologies in Horizon 2020
Professor Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey​

Parallel Session 1

Finding SMEs for Horizon 2020 Actions – How to Work with the Enterprise Europe Network and the UK National Contact Point for SMEs?
Jane Watkins, National Contact Point for SMEs, Innovate UK
Alex Mauser, Programmes Manager, EEN Midlands

Parallel Session 2

Societal Challenge 3 – Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
Gianluca Tondi, Acting Head ​of Sector, Executive Agency for SMEs

Friday 19 June 2016​

​Plenary Session

Peter Härtwich, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD, European Commission​​

Parallel Session 3

Making Sense of the Knowledge Triangle – Preparing for the 2016 Call for New Knowledge and Innovation Communities.

Paul Harris, Policy Officer, DG EAC, European Commission

​​Plenary Sessions