Training and capacity building on Horizon 2020 for Mediterranean and Middle
East NCPs and Research Managers
& MedSpring Science Café

Fairmont Nile City
Cairo – Egypt
28-30 October 2015

the event description


Day 1: Wednesday, 28th October 2015

8:30 – 9:00

Venue: Lavender & Lime

Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:30

Venue: Lavender & Lime

Welcome Remarks

Prof. Dr. Hazem Mansour, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Scientific


Claudio Bogliotti, CIHEAM (Coordinator of MedSpring)

Zeinab ElSadr, H2020 Coordinator NCP, Egypt

9:30– 9:45

Venue: Lavender & Lime

H2020: an overview

Simona Deluca, CNR

9:45– 10:00

Venue: Lavender & Lime

MED Participation in FP7 and Horizon 2020

Dr. Heba Gaber

Research and Innovation Officer, EU Delegation to Egypt

10:00 – 11:30

Venue: Lavender & Lime

Deepening relevant call-topics 2016-2017:

This session will provide a detailed insight of call-topics relevant

to Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation. Identified calltopics will be analysed and possibly used as a base for preparing a

frame of interests expressed by Mediterranean researchers to be

published on-line through the MedSpring AGORA and be visible to

EU researchers. Outcomes will be used as a base for Day 3

activities. The presentation will be followed by open discussion

and expression of interest in specific topics by participants.

Raniero Chelli, UNIMED/ Virginia Belsanti, CIHEAM/ Omar

Amawi, HCST

11:30– 11:45

Venue: lavander and Lime

Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:30

Venue: Lavender & Lime

H2020 web portal:

The trainer will work with participants surfing the H2020 Portal,

getting acquainted with the web-map, finding calls, learning rule,

building a consortium

Davide Meinero, ID consulting

12:30 – 13:30

Venue: Lavender & Lime

Have your say:

Showcase of best practices from EU and third country NCPs

concerning their experiences in supporting the researchers of

their countries. The outlines of previous successful EU projects

from MPCs and Middle East countries will be also presented by

NCPs or Thematic Focal Points. This will stimulate the discussion

to highlight success factors and lessons learned that could be of

interest. The audience is expected to play an active and crucial

role by bringing their successful experiences and expectations

regarding the new FP into the discussion.

Facilitator: S. Deluca, CNR

Speakers: Valentina Fioron, APRE , Z. El-Sadr, MoSR

13:30 – 15:00

Venue: Napa Grill

Lunch Break
15:00 – 17:00

Venue: Lavender & Lime and Scarlet & Maroon

Workshop: what makes a good proposal- Part I

This session foresees practical training/exercise on proposal

writing for two parallel working groups. The workshop will deliver

tips and tricks on what makes a good proposal, familiarize

participants with the main phases a partner should undertake

when joining a proposal preparation. It will also reflect on

requirements and standards of a proposal contribution under

H2020. Finally, the session will include a fast-track exercise on

proposal coordination by an MPC/Middle East project participant:

based on the stocktaking of H2020 call-topics presented in Day 1.

Two trainers will support each working group that will develop a

case to be presented in plenary session.

Working group 1 (Lavender & Lime): R. Chelli, UNIMED/Moez

Jbara, MESRS

Working group 2 (Scarlet & Maroon): C. Polidori C&S Europe

Consulting/Z. El-Sadr, MoSR


Day 2: Thursday, 29th October 2015

9:00 – 10:00


Lavender & Lime

Roles and Responsibilities of National Contact Points and thematic

focal points

V. Fioron, APRE

10:00 – 11:00


Lavender & Lime

Supporting Services from NCPs – Partner Search tools

V. Fioron, APRE

11:00 – 11:30

Venue: lavander and Lime

Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:30

Venue: Lavender& Lime

Workshop: what makes a good proposal- Part II

This session will focus on the EU initiatives aimed at enhancing the

competitiveness of the industrial sector. The trainer will discuss the

H2020 opportunities intended to promote research and innovation

on the linking of the physical and digital worlds. Particular emphasis

will be placed on the calls designed to foster cooperation between

Middle East and Mediterranean industries and their EU counterparts

and on how to embed socio-economic sciences and humanities in


D. Meinero, ID consulting

13:30 -15:00

Venue: Napa Grill

Lunch Break
15:00 – 17:00


Lavender & Lime and scarlet and Maroon

Workshop on project management and implementation:

This session includes practical training/exercise on project

implementation and management for two parallel groups. The

training will aim at successfully tackling the different issues and tasks

to be addressed when managing and implementing the project,

particularly partners management, Work Package management, task

management, financial/resources management, reporting (technical

and financial), dissemination and outreaching etc. (two trainers for

each working group)

Working group 1: C. Polidori, C&S Europe Consulting/ D. Meinero, ID


Working group 2: O. Amawi, HCST

17:00 – 17:15


Lavender & Lime

Wrap-up and conclusions
9:30 – 11:30

Venue: Saigon Lounge

MedSpring Science Café

“Role of Local Innovation in Sustainable Development”