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New Addition to Shannon ABC Science Team

June 2013

Dr Tanya Beletskaya attended the second day of Irish Presidency European SME Conference – ‘EuroSME 2013’. The event was held in Dublin Castle from the 11th to 12th June.

The EuroSME 2013 conference was focused on SME (Small Medium Enterprise) aspects of innovation, growth and jobs and the role of the SME in the “Europe of 2020” for smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive economy, where research and innovation are at its very core. About 500 delegates from Europe and around the world such as USA, Canada, Korea were attended the conference.

The second day of conference was dedicated to two main themes: Supporting Innovative SMEs and “Horizon 2020”.

The second day was opened by presentation of Keary Crawford, the Growth Strategy Company, “Supporting Innovative SMEs in their ambition to grow”. The panel discussions were held around: How small companies can compete effectively in an increasingly globalized world, and how they can gain growth and maximum benefit from existing and future private and public support mechanisms.

The discussions on the “Horizon 2020” were held around the EU’s upcoming Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, which is less than one year away from its official launch. The European Commissions: Clara de la Torre, Director of Research and Innovation Directorate, and Bernd Reichert explained the role of SMEs and innovations in Horizon 2020, why they are important and what kind of support and access to risk finances access.