The Industrial Innovation in Horizon Europe

18th October 2018

Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace 
(Harmony meeting room)
 Rue Gineste 3 
1210 Brussels – Belgium

Organized by: 

With the support of:

Project funded under EUROPA CENTROS TECNOLÓGICOS 2017 [contract ECT-2017-0267 – max. Funding: 249.762,50€) by the Ministerio de Ciencia, innovación y Universidades, in the frame of Plan de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016

In the recent years, European industry is suffering several threats which impact its global competitiveness. Cost of energy, automation, skilled professionals, social acceptance and digitalisation are only a few of them. Experts identify innovation as one of the best and powerful tools to face these threats.

The European Commission has already implemented in the current framework programme instruments to incite industrial innovation. The current debate on the new coming Horizon Europe framework programme is a good scenario to share successful experiences among different European industrial sectors and also to raise new concepts to ensure a fruitful use of the European funds.





Mr Joan Guasch, Senior Area Manager | Public Programmes Eurecat


Keynote Speech: “The Industry as driver of the innovation in the new Horizon Europe”
Mr Jürgen Tiedje, Head of Unit of Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.


Panel Discussion: “Is EU industry bridging the gap from research to market?
Moderator: Ms Muriel Attané, Secretary General of EARTO
Ms Àngels Orduña, Executive Director of A.SPIRE
Mr Patrick Kennedy, Communications Advisor of EFFRA
Mr Lutz Walter , Secretary General of the Textile ETP


Wrap up and Closing


Networking Cocktail


Mr Joan Guasch – Senior Area Manager | Public Programmes Eurecat

Joan Guasch, Dipl. Industrial Engineer and Master in Business Administration. Dtor of Public Programmes Area at Eurecat.
He has 20 years of experience in innovation programmes. He started his career as technologist participating in EU-funded projects of the 5th Framework Programme. Then, he become project coordinator in Ascamm Technology Centre.
At the end of the 6th Framework Programme, he was promoted to Head of Public Programmes, at Ascamm. As he has also large experience in industrial-driven projects, he has been participating in European, Spanish and Catalan industrial innovation programmes.
Since the creation of Eurecat, Mr. Guasch is managing a team of highly experienced experts in public fundings for research and innovation in the fields of knowledge of the centre.

Mr Jürgen Tiedje – Head of Unit of Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

Jürgen Tiedje, working with the European Commission since 1992; German nationality; lawyer as educational background,  wide experience in different Commission departments of European policy making, including industry, services and financial services, in the last years.
He joined DG Research and Innovation in the Commission in January 2017. He works as a Head of Unit for Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies. The unit focus on managing and funding around 260 research projects under Horizon 2020 with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing processes, including biotechnology. The unit also coordinates all the work around so-called contractual Public Private Partnerships (cPPPs) within the Commission.

Ms Muriel Attané – Secretary General of EARTO

Muriel Attané is EARTO Secretary General since July 2013.
Before joining EARTO, she was Secretary General of EARPA, the European association of automotive R&D organisations for seven years.
In parallel, she worked as EU affairs manager for more than 10 years for TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), the largest Dutch RTO. There, she gained extensive hands-on experience on EU Research & Innovation Policies & Funding Programmes.

Ms Àngels Orduña – Executive Director A.SPIRE

Àngels Orduña is the A.SPIRE’s Executive director since 2017 (
She is a seasoned EU and international collaboration leader with proven track record championing success in technology and business development through multi-partner, multi-country and multidisciplinary collaboration. With an academic background in International Relations, she has managed and led a number of RDI projects in the EU and Canada in technology areas related to value chain productions and enabling technologies such as ICT, energy, renewables, environment, advanced materials or manufacturing.
She has shown great ability to translate technological concepts to market opportunities and to link partners’ commitment through a win-win perspective.

Mr Patrick Kennedy – Communications Advisor of EFFRA

Patrick Kennedy is EFFRA’s Communications Advisor. In this capacity he manages EFFRA’s communications and outreach activities.
He is also responsible for providing support to the Factories of the Future community”.

Mr Lutz Walter  Secretary General of the Textile ETP

For almost 20 years as Head of R&D and Innovation and currently as Director for Innovation and Skills at EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, based in Brussels and Secretary General of the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, Lutz Walter has been actively following the technology and innovation trends in Europe’s textile and fashion sector.
He has coordinated several large-scale European research and training-related programs, advised companies, research organisations and public authorities and authored various studies and strategy papers on the future of Europe’s textile and fashion industry.