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Record turnout for Begbroke Science Park Horizon 2020 Breakfast Seminar
Begbroke International Seminar Series
Head of Research Services’ European Team at the University of Oxford, Gill Wells, kick started the highly anticipated Begbroke International Seminar Series on 16 January providing delegates with information on Horizon 2020, the EU’s new funding programme for innovation and research.
Horizon 2020 aims to create economic growth, through excellent ‘bottom up’ science, with a key focus on SMEs. The scheme has a budget of over €70 billion for the next 7 years and is split into three main pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.
Gill Wells said of the morning, “Begbroke offered the perfect location to reach both academics and SMEs, and allow networking between these key communities. With innovation at the heart of European funding and SMEs being seen as critical to growth, Academia-Industry collaboration will play a key role in collaborative research proposals”
With the official UK launch of Horizon 2020 fast approaching on 31 January 2014, delegates left the seminar well placed to get ahead of the game. Michael Taylor, Chairman, WheelRight, commented “The SME side was very useful”.
The seminar closed with John Knights, chair of the newly established Oxford International Business Club, providing details of how their forum would allow international business professionals to share their knowledge.
See the slides from the event here.
The next seminar in the series will see Roope Aaltonen, International Trade Advisor for Oxfordshire, share how UK Trade & Investment can help support international business growth.
Caroline Livingstone, Manager of Begbroke, said “Numbers for our breakfast seminars keep increasing, a clear sign that Begbroke hits the mark, in both the subject and the quality of the speakers we are able to attract. We are looking forward to continuing this with the rest of our international breakfast seminar series”.