Skip to main content

Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers' Day 2019

ICT PD 2019
ICT PD 2019

This event will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the main policy drivers of the digital transformation of European industry and society and how the EU research and innovation agenda can best contribute to these objectives. The event will also present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, and serve as a unique networking platform for ICT enthusiasts and professionals.

The programme

The Digital Excellence Forum will start with a plenary debate on “Partnering for Digital Excellence”. Partnerships are a strategic implementation mechanism to align research agendas, leverage investments at European and National levels, and mobilise private co-investment from industry. This plenary session will be an opportunity to listen to European leaders debating about key challenges that Europe will face in the coming decade and how European programmes catalyse investments in shared R&I goals.

The event will have a separate track of open dialogue sessions on the upcoming Digital Europe Programme, which main objective is to boost Europe's sustainable digital transformation for the benefit of citizens and businesses. These sessions will provide a unique opportunity for participants to get an insight of the Commission proposals and to share their views and ideas for programme investments focus in the next two years.

ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 tracks will focus on the upcoming calls of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme in the field of Information & Communication TechnologiesFuture and Emerging Technologies (FET), and Societal Challenges. The event will offer an exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.

Commission officials will be at your disposal to reply to your questions on ICT-related topics of the 2018-20 work programme and the content of the next calls for proposals. Networking stands will serve as meeting points to facilitate interactions between people interested in the same research topics.

Information sessions are designed to present the main features of the work programme and to assist participants on how to prepare and submit a proposal to answer a Horizon 2020 call.

Discover the agenda


Site visits

On 18 September, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland organises site visits to the ICT innovation ecosystem in the city of Espoo, home to VTT, Aalto University, and CSC IT Center for Science. Four different visits, ranging from Microelectronics to 5G to Digital Innovation Hubs for Factories, are offered to show the diverse ICT research and innovation infrastructures and to connect with ICT experts.

Read more and register

Networking and Information

These sessions will include an introduction of upcoming Horizon 2020 calls by Commission officials, and presentations of projects ideas by potential proposers.

Ideal-ist Activities & Services

Ideal-ist, the network of National Contact Points for ICT research and innovation is organising a series of events at the ICT Proposers day, including a Face2Face brokerage event, an exhibition booth, a series of workshops, and a proposal idea check service:

Date Time  Room Activity
20 Sep 15:00 - 16:15 Hall 3 Workshop:
Building the Project of the Future
19-20 Sep by appointment F2F area Free Ideal-ist service:
Proposal idea checks
19-20 Sep by appointment F2F area Networking Opportunity:
Cascading Grant Arena
19-20 Sep  All day F2F area Face2Face Brokerage Event
19-20 Sep  All day EC Village Ideal-ist Booth


Ideal-ist Face2Face Brokerage Event @ ICT Proposers' Day 

When: 19-20 September 2019
Where: Face2Face area

Ideal-ist invites the ICT community to engage in pre-arranged meetings at its Face2Face Brokerage event organised to facilitate the formation of consortia for upcoming Horizon 2020 calls and beyond. Ideal-ist, the network of National Contact Points for ICT in Horizon 2020 is organising this event in cooperation with EEN (European Enterprise Network) within ICT Proposers' Day.

This networking event will target a wide range of actors in the ICT sector from academy and industry from Europe and beyond, interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners for ICT oriented calls across Horizon 2020.

At our previous events, over 1200 participants from 58 different countries, representing universities, research institutes, SMEs and large companies all across Europe and beyond, joined the brokerage event co-organised by Ideal-ist and EEN, and held over 6000 meetings. Come and be part of our 2019 brokerage event! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with potential partners from all over the world!


Proposal Idea Checks - a free Ideal-ist service

When: 19-20 September 2019, by appointment
Where: Face2Face area

To help potential applicants with their ideas, Ideal-ist National Contact Points (NCPs) will be available near the Face2Face brokerage area to review any project ideas. Discuss discretely with NCPs whether your idea will fit within the topic description from the work programme you have chosen or help you find another. 

Registration:  Register for Face2Face meetings on the b2match system. Mark "Yes, I would like to book a free proposal idea check"  on your profile. You will receive further instructions and an appointment schedule in September.

Further information: 
Download proposal idea check flyer
Fill proposal idea check form

Cascading Grant Arena

When: 19-20 September 2019, by appointment or on-the-fly
Where: Face2Face area

Financial Support to Third Parties (FSTP) – also known as Cascading Grants – can be found in topics from platforms and pilots, digital innovation hubs, to FET flagships. And it doesn't stop there: I4MS, SAE, IoT-EPI, AI4EU, FIRE, and more. Complex terms, a multitude of initiatives, yet so many opportunities! But what do these mean in practice? In simplified terms, they describe an opportunity offered in many Horizon 2020 topics for consortia to reach out and involve new actors in their research and innovation process

Registration:  Register for Face2Face meetings on the b2match system. Book a meeting with a Cascading Grant Project representative. A list of projects will be published when bookings open at the end of August.

Further information: download flyer

Would you like to register your project? Contact the organiser

Ideal-ist Workshop: Building the Project of the Future

When: 20 September 2019, 15:00 - 16:15
Where: Hall 3

Within each ICT Event, Ideal-ist organises a series of highly popular workshops of relevance to the Horizon 2020 context. This year this session will address how EU projects have evolved over time, especially from FP7 through H2020, from single technology development to broad research, from broad research to close to market introduction. It will include a panel discussion on how projects have evolved to specifically meet the challenges of digital transformation.

Further information:  download flyer

    Ideal-ist Exhibition Booth 

    When: 19-20 September 2019
    Where: EC Village

    As the network of National Contact Points for ICT in Horizon 2020, Ideal-ist, supports organisations interested in EU research and innovation in over 65 countries. The exhibition stand at the ICT Proposers' Day will be a meeting and information point for anyone interested in learning more about ICT in Horizon 2020, and Ideal-ist activities and services. Visitors can hold Face2Face meetings with Ideal-ist representatives, pick up Ideal-ist promotional materials, and try on-line demonstrations of tools and services, including our:

    More Information

    For more information on ICT Proposers' Day and the Digital Excellence Forum please visit or write to us

    For additional information or questions, please contact organisers via email.

    Date: 19/09/2019 - 20/09/2019

    Location: Messukeskus Center, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki, Finland

    More details: here

    Add to Calendar 2019-09-19 00:39:30 2019-09-20 00:39:30 Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers' Day 2019 <p>This event will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the main policy drivers of the digital transformation of European industry and society and how the EU research and innovation agenda can best contribute to these objectives.</p> Messukeskus Center, Messuaukio 1 Helsinki Finland Ideal-ist Europe/Chisinau public