• Published on 11 May 2016
  • Calls for Projects

ECSEL Call Forum 2016

Despite the tragic events that took place the Brussels International Airport at Zaventem, and elsewhere in Brussel on March 22nd, the Call Forum went ahead at its already planned location – at Brussels Airport – and ECSEL was pleased to welcome roughly 120 participants.

In addition to the introductory speeches, information about the Call and “Lighthouse” initiatives, and a very practical presentation by Werner Weber about managing larger RD&I initiatives, the day was organised to emphasise and actively encourage networking around the project proposals. From less formal networking around coffee to more structured sessions, the initial feedback from participants about the event was encouraging. Indeed, some 12 project coordinators or prospective partners presented their project ideas, emphasising the types of partners and/or technologies still needed to complete some very interesting proposals. Of the 10 private sessions foreseen (in separate “break-out” rooms – 5 rooms allocated into two time-slots each), 8 were intensely in use throughout the day, the other two more sporadically.

All in all, the day was a success despite the lower-than-usual numbers caused by concerns after the above-mentioned events, and ECSEL is happy not to have given in to outside pressures and in this way been able to assure a grand boost of the ECSEL Calls 2016, as well as for holding future such events in Brussels.

Presentations are available when you have visited the event via login details you received per email. Pictures can be found via this link.