BioHorizon Food Brokerage Event


Societal Challenge (SC) 2 in Horizon 2020: 'Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy'


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Do you intend to prepare a proposal addressing a topic under the challenge?

The European Commission organises an Info Week on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2  (SC2) ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’. The event will take place in Brussels on 14-17 November 2017. The usual SC2 Info Day on the new SC2 Work Programme for 2018-2020 will be complemented by two high level dissemination and policy events and a bioeconomy village highlighting SC2 projects and initiatives.
Compulsory registration for these events is open. More detailed information on the programme of each day and links to all events are provided on this page.

Following the Info Day, on the 15th November 2017, there will be a corresponding brokerage event organised by the EU-funded BioHorizon project. Offered free of charge, the purpose of the brokerage event is to help you find the right partners for the upcoming 2018 calls under SC2 and the Key Enabling Technology 'Biotechnology' (KET-B). The 2018-2020 work programmes have been published on 27th October 2017, making this the perfect opportunity to start building your consortium!

The event organiser reserves the right to close the registration before the indicated date in case the maximal capacity is reached!


15th November 2017 – BioHorizon International Brokerage Event

The BioHorizon brokerage event will be dedicated to consortium building. The main part of the event will comprise bilateral meetings between people interested in the same call topics. Following successful registration for the event, participants can pre-arrange these bilateral meetings automatically by means of a sophisticated, user-friendly match-making tool based on the profiles and research interests recorded in the system by participants.

In addition to the bilateral meetings between potential project partners, participants will also be able to meet with representatives of various supporting bodies and initiatives, as well as with the NCPs from the BioHorizon project, responsible for the organisation of the event. This represents an opportunity for attendees to draw on personalised support and information.

The event programme will also provide researchers and entrepreneurs a platform to present their project ideas in 5 minute presentations.

The event will be webstreamed. Links are provided in the programme.


M2M + Symposium

Find cooperation partners for the upcoming 2018 calls in Horizon 2020's SC2


M2M + Symposium

Present your project idea to a diverse and enthusiastic audience in a 5 minute pitch


The BioHorizon brokerage event will target a wide spectrum of companies, universities, government organisations and NGOs, and others involved in research, from Europe and beyond, interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners. The thematic focus of the event will cover all of the Horizon 2020 SC2 and KET-B work programme for 2018.


Main topics

  • Sustainable food security – Resilient and resource-efficient value chains
  • Blue growth – Demonstrating an ocean of opportunities
  • Rural renaissance – Fostering innovation and business opportunities
  • KET-Biotechnology

Why participate?

  • To facilitate the setup of Horizon 2020 project consortia
  • To present, discuss and develop new project ideas at an international level
  • To initiate cross-border contacts
  • To receive first-hand advice and support from Commission and NCP staff


The organisers expect that the demand for places will be high. Priority of participation will be granted to registrants who provide high quality research profiles and indicate specific project application initiatives based on the upcomg calls. Participation is limited to two people representing the same department/organisation.


Flash presentations

Researchers and entrepreneurs are also invited to present their project ideas addressing topics contained in the SC2 and KET Biotechnology work programme for 2018 in short 'flash presentations'. Interest in presenting a flash presentation can be indicated at registration. These presentations should preferably be made by prospective project coordinators. A presentation template will be provided by the event organisers.


Webinar ‘How to maximize your matchmaking opportunities’

Matchmaking events offer participants the opportunity to expand their network, find potential collaboration partners with the right expertise, and establish new project consortia. However, newcomers to this kind of events that are not well aware of the rules of the game of networking are often not able to utilize their full potential.

With this webinar, Ms Elena Angiolini from the BioHorizon NCP network explained how to make best use of matchmaking events and provided attendees with some do’s and don’ts and valuable tips how to maximise the event’s outcome. All steps, from the creation of cooperation profiles before the event to the pitching during an event and the follow-up afterwards have been addressed.

The training took place on 28th September 2017. Here you can watch the recording of the webinar and download the presentation in PDF format.


BioHorizon EU funding

Supported by

closed since 20 Oct 2017
Registration 12 Sep – 20 Oct
Meeting Selection 26 Oct – 9 Nov
Event 15 Nov
Language English
Costs Free of charge
Venue Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 234
Meetings 576
Austria 1
Belgium 36
Bulgaria 2
Canada 1
Croatia 5
Cyprus 1
Czech Republic 3
Denmark 2
Estonia 2
Finland 2
France 16
Germany 16
Greece 6
Hong Kong 1
Hungary 5
Iceland 1
Ireland 8
Italy 25
Korea, Republic Of 1
Latvia 1
Lithuania 2
Malta 2
Netherlands 5
Norway 14
Poland 11
Portugal 7
Romania 3
Russia 1
Serbia 1
Slovak Republic 2
Spain 40
Sweden 3
Switzerland 2
Tunisia 3
Turkey 13
Ukraine 3
United Kingdom 17
Total 264
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Before Event11427
After Event 12135