Best practices

ProPAT Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil, Switzerland

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ProPAT (Robust and affordable process control technologies for improving standards and optimising industrial operations) was the first project granted to a Swiss Institution, within the H2020 program ( The Swiss Team is led by Prof. Yeretzian from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil 

"International cooperation, exchange, and extension of our networks are increasingly important for successful applied sciences – indeed it is an indispensable success factor. It is my firm believe that many of our future scientific and societal challenges can only be solved, when working within multidisciplinary and international teams.  The ProPAT consortium, composed of 16 partners, is a unique opportunity for us to sharpen, apply and demonstrate such skills.” says Prof. Yeretzian.

ProPAT aims to develop novel sensors and analysers for providing measurements on composition, particle size and local bulk properties, as well as more traditional but smart sensors for measuring other process parameters, such as temperature, flowrate, pressure, etc., and integrate them into a versatile global control platform for data acquisition, data processing & mining and User Interface in order to measure properties of process streams and products, accurately and in real-time. The platform also provides self-learning and predictive capabilities aimed for dramatically reducing overcosts derived from even slight deviations from the optimum process.

PROMINENT FH OÖ University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria
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Coordinated by a company, FH OÖ (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria) participates the PROMINENT project, funded by Horizon 2020. PROMINENT will address the key needs for technological development, as well as the barriers to innovation and greening in the European inland navigation sector. PROMINENT is ultimately aimed at providing solutions which make inland navigation as competitive as road transport in terms of air pollutant emissions by 2020 and beyond. In parallel PROMINENT aims to further decrease the energy consumption and carbon footprint of Inland Waterway Transport (IWT), an area where IWT has already a strong advantage compared to road transport. PROMINENT focuses on:
  • Massive transition towards efficient and clean vessels;
  • Certification and monitoring of emission performance and development of innovative regimes;
  • Harmonisation and modernisation of professional qualifications and the stimulation of the further integration of IWT into sustainable transport chains.

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
MORE-CONNECT: Development and advanced prefabrication of innovative, multifunc¬tional building envelope elements for MOdular REtrofitting and CONNECTions (Innovation Action; Horizon2020 – Energy efficiency call 2014)

EU member states are required to implement nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) retrofitting of houses (EU Directive EPBD1  Recast). The urgency is underlined by the Paris Climate Agreement, last December. In the EU, over 250 million houses have to be retrofitted, and a strong match between what suppliers can offer and what end-users actually need is essential in this context. Unfortunately, the building sector is not yet equipped with the necessary tools and approaches to adequately address this challenge. A series of EU funded projects has been launched to support this, of which MORE-CONNECT was the first.

In 2014, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences teamed up with 17 European partners in the multidisciplinary MORE-CONNECT consortium to develop large-scale prefab renovation solutions towards nZEB, including (production lines for) prefabricated modular renovation elements. Zuyd develops a method to integrate materials impacts into the decision-making process, based on a redefined target: zero-energy retrofits, to be incorporated by all partners. Zuyd helps select and develop the necessary components, such as modular elements for facades/roofs and smart connectors. Zuyd also plays a role in categorizing and selecting buildings for demonstration purposes, and in developing a platform for modular concepts.
1 Energy Performance of Buildings Recast
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Applied Research at Thomas More Kempen University of Applied Sciences, Flanders

From a local question to a EU project in six Member States

In 2006 some local municipalities in the north of Flanders requested the university of applied science (UAS)Thomas More Kempen to carry out a research in the field of the income of an individual household and its minimally needs to reach an acceptable standard of living. The Social Service Departments of the local municipalities in the Flemish provinces Antwerp and Limburg asked the UAS for a norm for the judgement of the social situations of poor families in function of the human dignity.

Bérénice Storms, researcher at the UAS of Thomas More Kempen, started with a basic and practically oriented inquiry and surrounded herself with a steering committee of practice workers, policy officers of municipalities and scientists. She worked on the development of the Flemish reference budgets and a standard to evaluate poor family’s needs. These are priced baskets of goods and services which illustrate the minimal income an individual household needs to live efficiently. After the development of Flemish reference budgets she started to develop a standard for Belgium as a whole.

Simultaneously, the European Commission organised a peer review in the Walloon parliament about reference budgets as a tool to help shaping the protection of the minimum income in Europe. Subsequently, the Belgian approach was expanded to Europe. The European Commission financed a project in 2014 – 2015: research teams and interested people from all EU-member states made up a common methodology to develop cross-national comparable budgets for Europe. By doing this, the European Commission wants to support Member States in their policy on an efficient protection of incomes. How a local practical question finds her way to a approachable UAS, which have traditional very good links with the work field, can foster a solution for questions in the EU.

EU-XCEL among other at: SCE (Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship) at Munich University of Applied Sciences (DE) 
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EU-XCEL (Accelerating Entrepreneurial Learning across European Regions) is a Horizon 2020 and Startup Europe initiative which supports aspiring young tech entrepreneurs interested in co-founding new multi-national information, communication and technology (ICT) startups through a new startup scrum training and mentored virtual accelerator initiative. Ultimately, the EU-XCEL European Virtual Accelerator is seeking to identify and empower aspiring young tech entrepreneurs to become ‘incubator ready’ with real products of promise in the areas of 
  • Internet of Things;
  • Health Informatics;
  • Big Data
  • ICT4Development;
  • Predictive Analytics; and
  • E-/M-Commerce.
EU-XCEL has created an intensive, specially designed entrepreneurship programme which includes:
  • One week intensive training and mentoring in one of the EU-XCEL start-up scrums across Europe where EU-successful EU-XCEL applicants participate alongside some of the most promising and talented aspiring tech entrepreneurs and commence the process of co-founding new startup ideas;
  • Access to online technical and business development supports through the EU-XCEL virtual accelerator where teams further develop their startup ideas over a 12 week period passing milestones and submitting key deliverables en route;
  • The opportunity to pitch for investment and win a prize in the EU-XCEL Challenge Final in October 2016 in Munich, Germany.
The EU-XCEL consortium comprises tech entrepreneurs, tech industry experts and talented entrepreneurial educators from six of Europe’s leading organizations with proven track records in successful incubation: University College Cork (IE), DTU Skylab (DK), SCE (Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship) at Munich University of Applied Sciences (DE), Athens University of Economics and Business (GR), Poznan Science and Technology Park (PL), and Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (ES).