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SPIRE Impact Workshop - 17 May 2017

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The 7th Impact Workshop on the contractual PPPs (cPPPs) was organized by the European Commission on 17 May 2017. The workshop gathered together representatives from a range of Horizon 2020 projects funded under recent cPPP calls and members of the cPPP Partnership Boards to discuss their experiences.

This was the first time that three cPPPs have presented together in a single Impact Workshop with the aim of learning from each other’s experiences. The focus was not just on technical aspects but also societal and business impact.

The workshop looked to share best practice and increase the potential impact of cPPP projects after the end of the current funding period and to collect evidence on the leverage and impact generated by the cPPPs in general, including as part of the mid-term review on cPPPs that is currently underway.

SPIRE was there with colleagues from two other cPPPs (Factories of the Future (FoF) and Energy efficient Buildings (EeB)) and three SPIRE projects were showcased: DISIRE, EPOS, and SHAREBOX respectively in three project success sessions focused on Industrial Exploitation, Energy Efficiency, and Smart Industry.

A number of commonalities emerged during discussions including the view that common IT tools are essential for smarter processes to improve energy efficiency and enabling new and attractive products and services. The extent of industrial engagement in large-scale collaborative research projects remains a concern including in terms of confidentiality issues.

Difficulties in capturing meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) and different approaches to calculating them between projects and cPPPs was noted and a more formalised basis for KPIs is required to make meaningful comparisons.

In the afternoon a panel discussion featuring A.SPIRE president Klaus Sommer discussed some of the lessons learned so far from the cPPP experience and looked forward to future developments.

Common points included the view that cPPPs brought more industrial partners into collaborative research and several future challenges were noted including ensuring that jobs generated by cPPP activities are kept in Europe, ensuring the synergies across and between industrial sectors are fully exploited, extending active participation in cPPPs to eastern EU countries, and ensuring that the vital role of digitisation in competitiveness is clear to all businesses.

The final session involved presentations from a series of European Commission initiatives – Fast Track to Innovation, EASME, and Smart Specialisation – that look to help stimulate greater impact once projects were completed. The key role of the new European Innovation Council (EIC) in stimulating and coordinating these initiatives to exploit their synergies and maximise their impact in the future was emphasised.

The workshop was web streamed and you can watch the proceedings here including the presenter’s slides in real time.