Innovative Partnering Event in Berlin

On 18 May, over 60 people joined the latest CORNET & IraSME Partnering Event in Berlin which took place in sunny atmosphere at the open-air-ground of the AiF Projekt GmbH in the context of the Innovation Day for SMEs. Every year, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is hosting this traditional summer event on the grass which turns the area in Berlin-Pankow into a white tent scenery each showing successfully funded innovative exhibits.

Meeting international partners

On that day, the “International Area” was the place to be to get in touch with future project partners from different countries having a scientific or business backround in order to discuss cooperation possibilities. For that purpose, participants had the opportunity to schedule face-to-face meetings with other participants already in advance so that each participant was able to design his or her personal agenda for the day.

Innovative concept for Innovation Day

Matching the innovative character of the Innovation Day, CORNET and its partner network IraSME presented a novelty in the programme of their Partnering Event: After the opening speech of Dr. Ole Janssen, Deputy Director General from the Innovation Policy Department of the BMWi, and general presentations of the international funding networks, attendees of the event had the possibility to participate in small workshop sessions in personal atmosphere taking place in parallel to the face-to-face meetings. Some participants made also use of the opportunity to have a guided tour across the exhibition grounds.

Right beside the workshop tents, there was the chance to examine some best-practice-examples. The exhibitors who recently performed international CORNET and IraSME projects were happy to inform the visitors about their success stories. According to this, the exhibition stands were very well frequented.

“Partnering Event facilitates open exchange”

Among others, the German-Flemish CORNET project iAlgaePro was exhibited. It focused on the innovative application of algae in the food and feed industry and the energy sector.

We are happy that our project found such broad interest. We had really interesting talks, with visitors but also with colleagues from other projects and representatives from politics and foreign project agencies”, says Dr. Jan Jacobi from the Research Association of the German Food Industry (FEI), an AiF member organisation and the coordinator of the project iAlgaePro. He adds: “The whole event was inherently consistent and very well-organised. I liked the open design of the tents in particular which sort of invited people in and facilitated an open exchange.

Next Partnering Event in Brussels

The next CORNET & IraSME Partnering Event takes place in Brussels on 19 October 2017. Further information about the next event will be provided in due time on and


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