Innovate with France & EU Infoday

Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 | 13:45h - 15:45h | Plenary session | Hybrid

The opening plenary of Sustainable Places 2022 will be an invitation to innovate for sustainability with France, its Region Sud, and Nice Côte d’Azur. With keynotes from the European Commission, the French Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Mayor of Nice as well regional industrial innovation clusters, this session will include an Info Day to present a relevant selection of upcoming EU funding opportunities through Horizon Europe and LIFE calls. The event will be followed by a networking and welcome cocktail allowing the international Sustainable Places community to connect and create Research and Market opportunities with this vibrant French sustainability and cleantech ecosystem.

“Innovate with France” presentations (compiled PDF):

  • “Welcome to Sustainable Places 2022, overview of the programme” Sophie Dourlens-Quaranta Managing Partner French Branch, R2M Solution
  • “Opening address: “Nice, a pioneering smart city” Dr. Richard Chemla, Deputy Mayor of Nice in charge of Health, Ecology and Well-being and Vice President of the Metropole Nice Côte d’Azur – in charge of Ecological Transition
  • “Welcoming words: international collaboration at University Côte d’Azur” Nadine Tournois, Professor Emeritus, ex-Dean of the IAE Nice Graduate School of Business and Vice-President for continuing education, University Côte d’Azur
  • “Testimony from a local industrial player with international outreach: Malongo” Jean-Pierre Blanc, CEO of Malongo
  • “How a business ecosystem supports a territory’s energy transition” Ludovic Asso, Industry and Energy team leader, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nice Côte d’Azur
  • “Energy efficiency policies: European background” Thibault Roy, Policy Officer, DirectorateGeneral for Energy, European Commission and Margot Pinault, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission 
  • “Building in France: A revolution?” Emmanuel de Lanversin, Deputy Director for Housing, Urban Development and Landscape, French Ministry for Ecological Transition
  • “Advancing the transition to net zero” Raphaël Rinaldi, Director for Europe and International Activities, Capenergies 

“Innovate with France” SME pitch presentations:

“EU Infoday” presentations (compiled PDF):

  • “Funding Opportunities in Horizon Europe Energy” Stavros Stamatoukos, CINEA, European Commission
  • “Horizon Europe current funding opportunities for smart, sustainable and energy-efficient buildings” Enrico Mazzon, French National Contact Point for Horizon Europe Energy and Climate
  • “LIFE current funding opportunities for clean energy transition and climate adaptation” Pierre-Antoine VERNON, Project Advisor, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

Full program brochure (PDF):

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