Networking Conference 2023: “Halfway to the Horizon”


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Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), because of their regional embeddedness and close links to industry, public authorities and citizens, are important actors in realising the EU’s ambitions of a climate-neutral and technologically sovereign global player.

With the goal to foster international collaboration, Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, allocates a large part of its budget to application-oriented research. This comes with a lot of potential for UAS.

Therefore, we want to dedicate our 3rd Networking Conference to offering a mid-term review of Horizon Europe from the perspective of the applied sciences.

The conference will be structured in two parts. Starting with political discussions on 22 May 2023, we want to debate Horizon Europe with policymakers and industry representatives in high-level keynote speeches and panel debates, followed by a networking reception. The second day, 23 May 2023, will be dedicated to interactive breakout sessions in which applied research experts can engage with one another to discuss Horizon Europe in detail.

Based on the discussions and exchanges during the conference, we will prepare a thorough written contribution to the mid-term review of Horizon Europe, from the perspective of the applied sciences and arts.


Download the full programm here

17:00 - 18:00
Registration and pre-reception
18:00 - 18:05
Welcome address by the host
  • Dr. Armin Hartmuth, Deputy Director, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU
18:05 - 18:15
Opening speech
  • Prof. Dr. Angelika Niebler, MEP, EPP, Member of the Committe on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) & Honorary Professor at Munich UAS
18:15 - 19:00
Keynote speeches
  • Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science
  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
19:00 - 20:00
Panel Discussion: "Reach for the Horizon: What's next for applied research in European R&I"
Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, CEO, Science|Business
  • Pernille Weiss, MEP, EPP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) & Member of the Panel on the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)
  • Julien Guerrier, Director of the Common Policy Centre, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Prof. Dr. Armando Pires, UAS4EUROPE Board Member & EURASHE President
  • Industry representative (tba)
20:00 - 22:00
Networking reception
8:30 - 9:00
Arrival and morning coffee
9:00 - 9:30
Broadening the Horizon: R&I collaboration beyond the EU
  • Prof. Dr. Martina Hirayama, Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
  • Representative from Israel (tbd)
9:30 - 9:45
Transition break
9:45 - 10:45
Parallel breakout sessions
  • The R&I dimension in the European Universities Initiative
  • Cluster 5: Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Regional perspectives on Horizon Europe Missions
  • Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space
  • Innovative Europe: UAS and innovation in Horizon
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break
11:15 - 11:45
Stocktaking / summary of the breakout sessions
11:45 - 12:15
Looking back and ahead: Pathways for Horizon Europe
  • Dr. Mohammed Chahim, MEP, S&D, Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
  • Julien Guerrier, Director of the Common Policy Centre, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
12:15 - 12:30
Wrap-up and closing
  • Marjolijn Brussaard, Prof. Em., UAS4EUROPE Chair
What is the cooperation corner?
As an integral part of the network conference, we decided to offer our cooperation corner / poster exhibition again, as in previous years. This allows participants to demonstrate their institutions, EU projects or university alliances to a large audience of international R&I practitioners. The posters will be displayed in the main event hall, very visible to all. Every participant is warmly invited to share their experiences via our cooperation corner.
How can I participate?
You will be asked in the registration sheet if you want to contribute to the cooperation corner. If you click "yes", the organisers will sent the template form to you via mail.
How does the poster look like?
You can take a look at an example here



Yes! You can promote your institutions, alliances or projects in our cooperation corner/poster exhibition. In the registration sheet, you will be asked if you want to contribute to the cooperation corner. If you click "yes", you will receive the poster template from the event organisers. For more questions, please contact
The event will take place at the following address:
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU
rue Wiertz 77
1000 Brussels

You will have to pass the gates in order to enter the premises. Please make sure to prepare the personal QR code you will receive shortly ahead of the conference, as well as your ID card. For more information on the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU, please click here.
After completing your registration, you will receive a personal QR code to enter the location a couple of days before the conference. Upon arrival at the location, you will be asked to show your QR code and ID at the entry. This is mandatory and required to access the State Representation of the Free State of Bavaria. In case of questions, please contact
There are multiple hotels in walking distance to the event location. We have compiled a list of suggestions for you here.
No! You can only register yourself! Group registrations are not possible. This is due to the fact that a personalised QR code will be sent to each participant in order to access the State Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU.
The event is an in-person conference only! Virtual participation is not possible to ensure a real networking experience.