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Below you find the available summaries of the projects and organisations which will be presented at the conference (ordered by project name). You can jump to the description by clicking on the respective logo below.


Strata Technology Ltd

Strata designs and builds pilot plants and bespoke equipment. Our experienced team of Process, Electrical and Mechanical engineers work with you to deliver precision engineered rigs, assembled by our in-house craftsmen. Strata specialises in innovative solutions to unusual or challenging requirements that cannot be met through use of off-the-shelf equipment.

As one of the UK’s leading specialist engineering companies, Strata Technology designs, manufactures, commissions, inspects and maintains bespoke laboratory equipment, skid mounted rigs and pilot plants in the petroleum, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, subsea and water treatment industries, to name but a few, along with working with many of the world’s leading universities.

Strata’s highly qualified and multi-disciplinary project teams of electrical, mechanical, chemical and process engineers work alongside skilled mechanical and electrical technicians to provide its customers with innovative and cost-effective installations for the generation of reliable test data or the manufacture of products, typically in a process-engineering environment.

The company also offers problem-solving consultancy services, including feasibility studies and project evaluation and inspection services to advise on statutory requirements and carry out preventative maintenance examinations and certification of plant and equipment for health, safety and environmental assurance.

The company is accredited under ISO 9001:2008 for quality management and ISO 17020:2012 for inspection services and is currently working towards the adoption of ISO14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 quality standards along with Fit for Nuclear (F4N) and Investors in People.


Contact person:
Nazar Ibrahim: +44 (0)7801 337292


Main Outcomes of Reshaped Partnerships for Competitiveness and Innovation Potentials in Mechanical Engineering Project

Reshaped Partnerships for Competitiveness and Innovation Potentials in Mechanical Engineering (RePCI, www.repci.eu) was EU granted Life Long Program project which was carried out 2013-2015. In this project there were four higher education institutions (HEI) and five companies from four European countries (Finland, Germany, Hungary and Romania) as full partners and 11 associated partners from three European countries. Full partners from Finland were JAMK University of Applied Sciences (the coordinator of the project, www.jamk.fi) and Elomatic Oy (www.elomatic.com), from Germany Esslingen University of Applied Sciences (www.hs-esslingen.de/en) and Festo (www.festo.com), from Hungary University of Miskolc (www.uni-miskolc.hu/en), Konecranes (www.konecranes.com) and FUX Zrt. (www.fux.hu/en) and from Romania Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (www.utcluj.ro/en) and SC Prototip SRL (www.prototip-construct.ro). As full company partners there were small and middle size companies but also large ones, academic research universities but also universities of applied sciences. It was interesting and fruitful to cooperate with different size and kind of HEIs and companies and found out differences and similarities. All partners have the same opinion that we learnt a lot from each other and got many new and useful experiences. Partners cooperated intensively and well and we felt that we were not only partners but like a big family.


Contact person:
Anneli Kakko
Senior Lecturer and Develop of International Activities, Manager of RePCI (2013-2015)
School of Technology, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland

cap4inno project &

Knowledge transfer capacity building for enhanced energy access & efficiency in the Caribbean - cap4inno

Launched in October 2013, the three-year project cap4inno is an ACP/Edulink project funded by the European Commission, which aims to provide a solution to the challenges of energy access & efficiency through building the capacities of Caribbean Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to promote knowledge transfer, and offer relevant training programs to students and professionals of the sector. This will be achieved through the stimulation of inter-institutional networking and co-operation between the partnership HEIs and the four associated partners and other stakeholders. A combination of academic and institutional capacity building actions, including the modernisation of curricula and training programmes utilising stakeholder networks will upgrade qualifications of academic staff of ACP HEIs’ – in delivering transversal skills to science & technology students related to innovation, technology transfer, and intellectual property management. The project will modernise study programmes in high-level skills required by the national and regional labour markets. For its transversal relevance, the modernization of energy curricula shall serve as pilot model for other S&T curricula, as well as other areas including economics, management, and law.


Contact person:
Noelia López

IPICA project

Empowering knowledge transfer in the Caribbean through effective IPR & KT regimes – IPICA

Launched in January 2014, the three-year project IPICA is an ACP S&T project funded by the European Commission, which aims to reinforce innovation systems in the Caribbean by empowering the generation, application and transfer of scientific knowledge for enhanced energy access and efficiency. Different innovation system stakeholders − higher education institutions (HEIs), national intellectual property offices, ministries and international organisations, researchers, enterprises, as well as students – will be trained to modernise national and institutional intellectual property and knowledge transfer policies and strategies. This will create practical support to facilitate knowledge transfer and to promote innovation culture in Caribbean societies.


Contact person:
Noelia López

The Innovation Alliance

Strengthening the knowledge triangle, building sustainable collaborative relationships between universities, SMEs and innovation support organizations

The project responds to the problem of increasing fragmentation in the field of innovation promotion, especially the dislocation between those who generate knowledge that could spur innovation (HEIs), and those who can translate that knowledge into marketable strategies and use it to produce economic growth (SMEs). Since the SME sector accounts for 99% of all businesses, provides two thirds of private sector jobs and contributes more than half of the total value-added created by businesses in the EU, the implementation of greater innovation in SMEs in an effective and cost –efficient way is vital to fulfilling not only Europe’s economic objectives, but also those of a more equal and productive society with higher social and economic integration.

The project will consolidate cooperation as a key feature of the knowledge economy, reshaping traditional roles by multiplying outlets for HEIs to generate direct economic impact from their work, and breaking down barriers so that SMEs of all shapes and sizes can actively implement academic-based innovation to boost their own competitiveness, and that of the wider economy.


Contact person:
Joe English
Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office at Louth Country Council

European University-business cooperation (UBC)

University-business cooperation in Europe: drivers, challenges, and opportunities

A consortium led by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre from the Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany has been contracted by the DG Education & Culture at the European Commission to conduct a Europe-wide study on cooperation between universities and business. From 2016, the consortium will undertake two major quantitative studies to understand UBC from the perspective of both Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as business, together with the production of 50 good practice UBC case studies and European policy recommendations. The project is a follow-up project from an earlier tender which was also executed by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre in 2010-2011. This study was the largest study ever undertaken on the topic of UBC in Europe. In contrast to the previous study, the current tender will also take the business perspective into account and will have a larger focus on indicators.


Contact person:
Todd Davey
Director for International Projects at Münster University of Applied Sciences


RESTART Entrepreneurship

Learning from entrepreneurial experiences

RESTART aims to bridge the gap between policy statements and concrete action by facilitating a business environment that values learning from failure and by enabling VET providers to offer improved training to second-time entrepreneurs, so that they may learn from experience and initiate new ventures. Restart Entrepreneurship will make an immediate and proactive contribution to the creation of a new European approach to business failure, generating both attitudinal and behavioural change (top down and bottom up), while also making a significant improvement in the supply of training for this specific group, whose experience and potential has been under-recognised in the VET and business support community until now.

We believe by joining forces on this project will be able to leverage a much greater understanding of the needs and solutions for second time entrepreneurs than could be achieved on our own, thus producing a much more relevant, high quality, sustainable learning resource.

Find out more:

Contact person:
Padraig Gallagher
External Services Manager at Letterkenny Institute of Technology


LE@D3.0 Academy

A Digital Academy for the development of new European leaders

Best practices like Coursera & Stanford University online courses demonstrate that it is possible and effective, both for learners and for training providers, to offer a variety of open online learning resources. These pilot experiences are totally changing the scenario of learning and training and the related business models. And today, as never before, Academy & Industry have to be open to innovate and work together on the development of EU educational open platforms - underpinning innovative business models - so as to overcome fragmentation of efforts and resources.

Le@d3.0 Academy (project financed by the European Commission–Erasmus PLUS Programme, Knowledge Alliance Action) intends to create a long lasting co-operation between the Academy and Industry. The challenge is to widen the use of social learning and open educational resources by trainers in order to develop soft e-leadership skills that are required by the labour market in the digital age. Le@d3.0 Academy wants to become the learning virtual platform and an international academy for trainers from Universities, Business Schools & Industry that work on the development of the horizontal skills set of the “e-leader”.


Contact person:
Maria Laura Fornaci
Senior Project Manager at Fondazione ISTUD

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