LONDON CALLING - Speak to a representative of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation between 09:45 – 16:15 BST at the Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, 
London, W1G 9DT.



Horizon 2020 Information & Brokerage Event: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Blue Growth and the Bioeconomy.
Wednesday 26 September 2018, London, England.


Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) event which is aimed at supporting collaboration across the UK and Europe.

We will be promoting funding opportunities available for food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy through Horizon 2020, the EU's largest research and innovation funding programme, with over 1 billion Euros earmarked for calls in 2018-2020.


You can access the presentations and pitches from the day via: 




When preparing bids make sure you use the latest version of the Societal Challenge 2 Work Programme - this can be found at: h2020-wp1820-food_en.pdf


In light of Brexit a new system is being rolled out as a first step towards supporting the continuity of funding for UK organisations with H2020 grants. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is asking recipients of Horizon 2020 grants to input basic information about their awards into a bespoke portal, which went live on 27th September. For more information and access to the portal please visit:







09:45 Registration


10:15 Welcome Susanne Coles (KTN)


10:30 The 2018-2020 H2020 Work Programme Ian Holmes (Innovate UK)


11:00 Success Story: Industry Paul Rogers (CABI)


11:15 Tea & Coffee - Networking


11:45 Evaluators Perspective: Hints & Tips Success Rebecca Colley-Jones (Ynys Resources)


12:15 Success Story: SME Claire Claessen (KTN)


12:30 Lunch


13:30 2019 Call Topics Overview Ian Holmes & Stafford Lloyd (Innovate UK)


14:00 Multi-actor approach Elaine Groom (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute)


14:15 Brexit Implications & Procedures Stephen Alexander (Innovate UK)


14:30 Collaboration Support Landscape Tim Benzie (EEN)


14:45 Agriculture as a Service Elie Aad (NOKIA)


15:00 Project Pitches Participants


15:45 Networking, 1:1 meetings (optional) – Tea & Coffee provided


16:15 Close




* pointers and tips on achieving success in Horizon 2020 

* valuable insights on topics around the Societal Challenge 2 to be funded by the EU in 2019

* an overview of the support available locally and nationally to develop applications
* brokerage sessions throughout the day

* consortium building and proposal development on specific call topics

Find out more about the development of the Horizon 2020 work programme at:


And specifically this challenge:





Hear from the European Commission and the UK National Contact Point (NCP) about the development of the Horizon 2020 2018-2020 work programme and the forthcoming 2019 call topics.

Be inspired by success stories. Gather information about the proposal evaluation and guidance on dos and dont’s for proposal preparation.




Informal networking during breaks staggered throughout the day. Book 1-to-1 meetings with other delegates including NCPs, KTN, EEN.




Brokerage Activities - Pitch your project idea on stage and promote your profile on our networking walls.



Chris, Richard and Nelson


CHRIS, RICHARD & NELSON - The Three Musketeers returning home from a briefing event in London in October 2017 that the Cleaner Ocean Foundation did not qualify for, being a charity. In addition the funding rate would have been unsuited to a social challenge that is cleaning the ocean of micro and macro plastics. We live in hope the Whitehall wakes up to this particular problem before plastic outweighs fish in our oceans - estimated to be around 2050 at our present rate of dumping.


There are people like the Ocean Musketeers who are willing to accept the ocean cleaning challenge if they are given the right level of support and will not lose anything other than their time in coming to the fore.



It appeared to us that SeaVax is at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3-5 where research is required before moving on to develop a SeaVax prototype at full scale in year six of the development programme. SeaVax may be considered under Sustainability Development Goal SDG2 where this is to ensure Zero Hunger.


Innovate UK promote funding opportunities available for food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy through Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest research and innovation funding programme, with over 1 billion Euros earmarked for calls in 2018-2020.



SeaVax concept model in the new robotics laboratory


SEAVAX - Proof of concept model at 1/20th scale in the new robot laboratory, waiting for more outings in a test tank where experiments will continue into 2018 to define the best methods and most suitable machinery for filtering plastic waste from seawater. The results from this series of tests could be fed into a predictive application to further refine the concept to help development of the prototype vessel at quarter scale or even full size.







A transition is needed towards an optimal and renewable use of biological resources and towards sustainable primary production and processing systems. These systems will need to produce more food, fibre and other bio-based products with minimised inputs, environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions, and with enhanced ecosystem services, zero waste and adequate societal value.

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, together with the bio-based industries, are integral parts of the European economy and society. Relying on the use of limited natural resources, these sectors produce and process biological resources to satisfy the demand of consumers and a wide range of industries for food, feed, bio-energy and bio-based products. While they enhance Europe’s self-reliance and provide jobs and business opportunities essential for rural, coastal and marine areas, these sectors are also facing significant challenges which require solutions based on research and innovation.

Agriculture and forestry

Agriculture and forestry have always had and maintain an important role for EU’s society: they supply reliable, healthy and nutritious food as well as feed and non-food products for a wide range of industries, shape and take care of our landscapes, provide public goods, and keep the countryside alive by providing jobs. Research activities and policies will help to cope with the three main challenges these sectors are facing today: securing viable food production in face of a growing world food demand; ensuring sustainable management of natural resources and climate action; and finally to contribute to a balanced territorial development of the EU’s rural areas and their communities.

Agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet

Ensuring food security goes beyond securing a sufficient supply. It also requires social and economic access to safe and nutritious food. Food consumption has an impact on human health and the environment. The challenge is how to meet consumers' needs and preferences while minimising the related impact on health and the environment. Research and innovation will address food and feed security and safety, the competitiveness of the European agri-food industry and the sustainability of food production, processing and consumption. It will cover the whole food chain and related services from primary production to consumption.




OCEAN SYMPOSIUM - Nelson Kay presenting at the marine event in Hastings 22-10-18.



Aquatic living resources and marine research

Oceans and seas represent over 70% of the earth's surface, and living aquatic resources can provide a significant contribution to food, energy and bio-based products. The objective is to sustainably manage and exploit aquatic living resources to maximise benefits from Europe's oceans, seas and inland waters. This includes optimising the sustainable contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food security, boosting innovation through blue biotechnologies and fostering cross-cutting marine and maritime research to harness the potential of Europe's oceans, seas and coasts for jobs and growth.

Bio-based industries

The transition from fossil-based European industries towards low carbon, resource efficient and sustainable ones is a major challenge. It entails the transformation of conventional industrial processes and products into environmentally friendly bio-based ones, the development of integrated bio-refineries and the opening of new markets for bio-based products. Research and innovation will provide the means to reduce the Union's dependency on fossil resources and contribute to meeting its energy and climate change policy targets for 2020.

Investments in research and innovation under this societal challenge will support Europe in contributing to food security, climate protection and sustainability. It will also enable Europe to take leadership in the concerned markets and will play a role in supporting the goals of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Bioeconomy Strategy, and more broadly of the Europe 2020 strategy and its flagship initiatives 'Innovation Union' and 'Resource-efficient Europe'.







See the background to the development of the Horizon 2020 work programme at:







KTN - Organiser of Horizon 2020 Information & Brokerage Event: Food security, sustainable agriculture, blue growth and the bioeconomy (Societal Challenge 2)


www.ktn-uk.org • @KTNUK • LinkedIn


The Knowledge Transfer Network is the UK’s innovation network. They aim to bring together business, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services.


By this means they might help you develop ideas, expertise and technologies, that have the potential to be world-beating products. Central to what they do is the initiation and building of collaborations designed to lever funding for new products, skirting around intellectual property rights that innovators relinquish in exchange for a percentage of funding.





Cavendish Conference Centre
22 Duchess Mews
London, W1G 9DT


09:45 – 16:15 BST


51°31'36.0"N 0°07'46.8"W


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