Luca Dalla Valle

Business Partner Coordinator

Inspiralia USA

Luca Dalla Valle will be giving out his best tips to be successful in the SBIR programme. With his team, at Inspiralia, they have helped their customers to obtain SBIR non-dilutive funding from several US Federal Agencies (AFWERX, NSF, NIH and others) in many different sectors like advanced materials, robotics, biomedical and biological technologies, AI and more. Stay tuned to know more! Luca has 5 year experience in research and innovation programme for Small Business and he covered multiple position within the industry, from proposal writer; proposal editor with a background in Engineering – Electronic and Telecommunication; team coordinator and now business partner manager.

Keynote: SBIR·STTR – American’s seed funding

Maud Evrard

Head of Policy Affairs

Science Europe 

Maud has 16 years expertise in research policy development at the pan-European and global levels including 15-year experience in membership-based organisation in the non-profit sector. 

Currently Head of Policy Affairs at Science Europe (the pan-European association gathering the major public research performing and research funding organisations), Maud oversees the association’s policy activities in line with its mission, i.e. collaboration amongst member and advocacy for the collective interest of members. Over recent years she has managed a portfolio of  various policy topics (including Cross-border Collaboration, Research Infrastructures, Access to Research Data, Research Integrity). 

Keynote: Major principles of national funding agencies inEurope 

Yingjie Fan

Deputy Director General

Bureau of International Cooperation at National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Prof. Yingjie Fan is the Deputy Director General of Bureau of International Cooperation at National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). She is also the Chinese Director at the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, a joint funding agency established by NSFC and DFG in Germany in 2000. 

She has been working at NSFC since 2000, previously as Program Officer and Division Director of European Affairs. She has been involved in setting up and shaping many bilateral and multilateral programs between NSFC and European funding agencies. She owns a PhD degree in Science Policy from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, a postgraduate degree in Public Policy from University College London, UK and a Bachelor degree in English Literature from Beijing Language and Culture University.

Keynote: Major principles of national funding agencies in China

Jackson Howard

Regional Representative

EURAXESS North America

Jackson Howard is the Regional Representative for EURAXESS North America, responsible for Canada and the U.S. His main role is to inform the community of researchers of all scientific domains and nationalities based in North America about the funding and career opportunities that the European Research Area (ERA) offers (including, European, national, and regional funding opportunities). Another important role is the management of the European Scientific Diasporas in North America initiative together with the EU Delegation and EU Member States & Associated Countries. Prior to joining EURAXESS, he worked in the diplomatic and nonprofit sectors. Jackson holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University.

Keynote: EU-US Cooperation and success stories through H2020

Stefano Lami

Dr. Stefano Lami, currently serving as the Science Counselor at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. responsible for basic research, energy, and environment. A particle physicist by training, and with decades of experience in science diplomacy and policy, project management in international organizations, Dr. Lami’s interests are focused on facilitating international scientific and innovative research collaboration, increasing researcher mobility, and developing research coordination mechanism. 

Dr. Lami has participated in numbers of international funded collaborative project, including:

  • Fermi Lab: where the Top quark was discovered, the last foreseen quark particle still to be observed. 

  • LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN: Co-Spokeperson for the TOTEM Project.

  • Researcher and faculty member in University of Heidelberg, Stony Brook University, Rockefeller University. 

Authored and co-authored  600+ scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and have been a member of several international scientific committees

Keynote: Science Diplomacy for international collaboration

Wenbo Liu

Deputy Division Chief

Division of Multilateral Cooperation, Department of International Cooperation at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)

Dr. Liu joined CAAS in 2011, and now he is mainly responsible for the multilateral cooperation affairs of CAAS, including the focal point of EU-China Task Force on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology, APEC agricultural technology cooperation, the cooperation with IAEA in the field of agricultural research and innovation, etc. Mr. Liu received his Ph.D in Agriculture from China Agricultural University in 2011. 

Keynote: EU-China cooperation under Horizon 2020

Sara Medina

Board Member

 Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)

 Dr. Sara Medina is a Member of the Board of SPI, an international consulting Group with offices located in Europe (Portugal and Spain), North America (USA) and Asia (Beijing and Macao) and SPI Ventures. Dr. Medina contributes to the overall management of SPI, being responsible for managing SPI's activities and services in China since 2004 as well as in the Southeast Asian market. SPI is the coordinator of EU Horizon2020 Project ERICENA, from which ENRICH in China is established.

Welcoming speech: ENRICH in China

Seán McCarthy

Managing Director

Hyperion Ltd.

Dr. Sean McCarthy has been involved in all aspects of European Research since 1980. He has been active as a researcher, research manager, research group leader, and company director. Today he specialises in helping organisations design and implement their European Research Strategies. 

In 2017 the European Commission published a list of the top 100 universities and research organisations participating in Horizon 2020. Dr. McCarthy has delivered training courses in 74 of these top 100 universities and research organisations.

Since 1995 over 80,000 participants have attended his courses in 29 countries.

In 2017, EARMA (European Association for Research Managers and Administrators) awarded him their first EARMA Professional Recognition Award in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to the European research management and administration profession.’

Keynote: Getting ready for Horizon Europe

Jennifer Ponting

Executive Director, Sponsored Programs in University Research Administration

University of Chicago

Jennifer is currently the Executive Director, Sponsored Programs in University Research Administration at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining UChicago, Ms. Ponting was the Director, Pre-Award Services in the Office for Sponsored Programs at Harvard University. She also served as a Senior Contract Officer at Columbia Technology Ventures, the tech transfer and licensing office at Columbia University as well as the Export Control Officer and Contract Specialist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Ponting received her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.

Keynote: EU-US Cooperation and success stories through H2020

Alessio Petino

Individual Consultant in area of Chinese R&I Policy and Funding

Alessio Petino is an individual consultant currently working in the field of research and innovation policy and funding in China. In particular, he was a key expert under the EU FPI-funded project 'Improving EU Access to National and Regional Financial Incentives in China’ – under which two guides for European actors on Chinese R&I funding were produced.

Keynote: Chinese local government funding and incentives for tech SMEs

Katrin Reschwamm

Managing Director

EUrelations AG

In early 2011, Katrin became the Managing Director of EUrelations AG, a company specialised in complementary skill training for post-docs and EU funded project development and management. Before that, she worked as Project and Research Manager at Fraunhofer IFF, Magdeburg, Germany for more than ten years. 

She has a track record in managing international teams and broad expertise in research fields such as internationalisation of SMEs, innovation management and entrepreneurship, logistics and manufacturing. Katrin coordinated the successful EU project “smE-MPOWER – Collaborating into the Future” and since then she has been involved in many more European funded projects supporting coordinators and entire consortia. Within the ‘Fraunhofer Society’ she co-initiated the Fraunhofer EU-Network which still meets twice a year and provides an ongoing platform for exchange on EU funded projects across all Fraunhofer institutes.

In addition to her work engagements, Katrin is active in a number of associations: she was a Member of the Conference Committee of the European Association of Research Managers (EARMA) from 2011 until 2019 and is now part of the Membership and Communications Committee; Head of the Working Group “Project Management in R&D” of the Swiss Project Management Association since 2011, Board Member of spm (Swiss Project Management Association) and responsible for Networks & Events since 2012 and Board Member of VNL (Verein Netzwerk Logistik) since 2013. 

Keynote: EU fundings for startups and SMEs

Mary Ritter

International Ambassador and former CEO, EIT Climate-KIT

Emeritus Professor Imperial College London

Mary was CEO (2010-2014) of the EU’s EIT Climate-KIC - Europe’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change - guiding it from inception to a pan-European cross-sectorial innovation community in of >200 (in 2014/15; now >400) partners from academia, business and regional/city government, working to innovate for net zero-carbon prosperity and climate resilience. She is now the KIC’s International Ambassador looking to deploy the full force of European ingenuity beyond the borders of Europe, connecting with and building key climate innovation ecosystems globally for accelerating and scaling impact. In 2015-2016, she established and led a cross-sectorial team in Australia to develop the independent ‘Climate-KIC Australia’ - launched in 2017 and now providing a collaborative innovation platform in the Asia-Pacific region. Her current work focusses on collaboration with innovation ecosystems in California, India, China and Israel, working not only with EIT Climate-KIC but also across the whole EIT Community of 8 Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). Mary is Professor Emeritus and previous Pro Rector for International Affairs at Imperial College London (2004-2011). She sits and has sat on many international and national boards, currently including: Climate-KIC Australia Governing Board; National Research Foundation Fellowship Evaluation Panel, Singapore and Bernal Institute Advisory Board, University of Limerick, Ireland  and until recently the RISE Advisory Group for EU Commissioner Moedas. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and City and Guilds Institute (FCGI). She was awarded an OBE in the UK 2014 New Year Honours for her services to scientific research and innovation.

Keynote: Opportunities by EIT Global Outreach Hubs in China and Silicon Valley

Xia Wenhuan manages 761C·Space (Beijing) Technology Development Co., Ltd. 761C·Space, acting as ICI (Beijing B&R International Co-Incubation) Secretariat, which is a professional international technology transfer and business support service provider, a subsidiary of the 2nd largest Beijing-based state-owned corporation, Beijing Electronics Holding Co., Ltd. 761C·Space is an international consultancy and facilitator for international knowledge-based companies and innovative organizations market access in China. Likewise, 761 C·Space is an international bridge for Chinese investors and companies to global market.

Before joining ICI-761C·Space, Xia Wenhuan was a Managing Director of International technology commercialization division of CCPIT-CIECI. Xia managed international innovation zones throughout China. Xia Wenhuan works with local governments to facilitate international technologies and startups to China market. Prior to CCPIT-CIECI, Xia Wenhuan acted as a Founder and Secretary General of International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN), which is a global international technology transfer organization sponsored by Ministry of Science & Technology, PRC and Beijing Municipality. Xia Wenhuan successfully built partnerships with over 300 supporting partners across 30 countries. 

Keynote: How can European SMEs and startups attract venture investors in China?

Zhonghua Xu

Vice President, Research and Development, Head of Total R&D for Asia, Total

National Chair, R&D WG for European Chamber of Commerce of China (EUCCC)

Zhonghua has 20+ year working experience on R&D development and management both at academy and industry. He has been working on various domains covering materials, energy, environment, microelectronics, etc. He devotes most of his career life to innovation, R&D strategy & intelligence management, R&D project management, partnership development, etc. In past 20 years, he built up strong network with academy, industry and government in Asia.

 He was the founder of International Green Electronic Conference. As Deputy Managing Director, he founded International Institute of Ecodesign and Microelectronic Packaging Ltd., As Representative, he built up Tokyo University Representative Office in China on science and technological cooperation. He has worked together with 10+ Japanese semiconductor giants to develop Superhigh-density interconnection technology. As Chief Scientist of Total in China, he initiated and managed to develop Total R&D strategy and activity in China. As VP of Total R&D for Asia, he is now managing group R&I for the region.

Since 2019, he was National Chair for R&D WG of EUCCC.

 Zhonghua has been awarded several times for his technological achievement and management contribution, i.e. Ranked 2nd for Sino-Franco Climate Solution Innovation at Cop 21, Significant Contribution Award for China Electronic Packaging Technology, etc.

Keynote: Advocacy for Science & Innovation between Europe and China

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