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Innovation Week

2nd Forest Mediterranean Week for Innovation and Development

12-14 May 2016 , Tunis, Tunisia

 Organised by


MENFRI will organize a three days event in Tunis aiming at supporting Mediterranean forestry actors with effective services and information to ensure a sustainable use and exploitation of forests.

On Thursday 12th of May, a roundtable will be held on forest certification, presenting the opportunities of employment in Tunisian forests and forestry services for youngsters in risk of social exclusion.Find the agenda here!

On Friday 13th May, a brokerage event will be organized aiming to bring together all the the forestry sector actors, including representatives from the research community, from governments and from the industry, to encourage future collaborations in research, innovation and business activities. The "Green Idea" space will offer the opportunity to young innovators to present their project idea needing financing. There will also be the possibility to participate in bilateral meetings during the networking coffee.

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Participation is open and free of charge !

You can register to the brokerage event here until Thursday 5th May at 12:00!


The last day, Saturday 14th of May, will be dedicated to a series of field visits related to the forestry sector.


For further information:
Mr. Zouhaier Nasr – INGREF Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts, e-mail: safia_44@yahoo.fr 
Mr. Gianluca Rossi – Warrant Group srl, e-mail gianluca.rossi@warrantgroup.it  



"Training and exchange of best practices: Training on GIS and available spatial resources"

25-26 June 2015, Bellaterra, Spain


 Organized by 

In the framework of  MENFRI, focusing on the exchange of information for forest management between the northern and southern Mediterranean and aiming at promoting sustainable use of the forest in the region, this training aims to inform about the possibilities of application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in forest management.

Targeting forest owners interested in using new technologies for the management of their property and any other forest management organisation (public or private), this training will offer an introduction to applied GIS or strengthen foresters' knowledge on the subject.

The training  focuses on resources that are available publicly and free of charge and their use through close and accesible technologies (computers, smart phones and tablets).

The course will include a group of students from the Maghreb, also involved in the world of forest management to enhance the usefulness of the training at international level.

The training will be in Catalan and in French

Discover the agenda in Catalan here and in French here


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• Com utilitzar el GPS del mòbil o tableta amb finalitats forestals

Aplicacions de la teledetecció en gestió i planificació forestal (Aleixandre Verger)

Alguns exemples de l’ús de LiDAR en aplicacions forestals (Jordi Vayreda)

Introducció a Open Foris (www.openforis.org/)
Introducció a Open Foris Collect. Introducció de les dades de camp a Open Foris Collect
Introducció a Open Foris Calc. Utilització d’Open Foris Calc per a fer càlculs i generar resultats forestals amb Saiku.

• Introducció al mòdul Geospatial Toolkit

• Visualitzadors i/oservidors gratuits de cartografia

• Introducció de les dades de camp amb MOTI







Innovation Week

Seminar on HORIZON 2020: An insight into the EU framework programme for research and innovation

March 4th 2015

Organized by &

Horizon 2020 is the biggest Eropean Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020), the main EU instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The overall objective of the training day is to give an overview of the Horizon 2020 EU programme (how it works, the participations rules, project life cycle etc.) with a focus on the possibilities available for the Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Target groups: Public and private research institutions (Universities, Research Centres, Scientific Parks etc.), Industries (Large companies and SMEs).



The main objective is to provide the researchers, R&D managers and project managers with the basic knowledge about H2020 to achieve the following:

- To know more about the programme, the specific areas that are funded by Horizon 2020, financial and legal issues and the new rules of participation

- To enhance the participation in H2020 as well as to increase the proposal’s success rate

- To know the opportunities for collaboration under H2020

- To know useful tools for the preparation and planning of project’s proposals


The seminar will be held in French and the expected number of participants is over 40 researchers, R&D managers and project managers from the Maghreb.



- Introduction to H2020 and objective setting: Brief introduction to Horizon 2020 including some reflexions on what can be done to improve the participation of Moroccan research entities (public and private) and other types of organisations in the future and how the participation in H2020 can be an incentive for Moroccan organisations. Setting of objectives.

- Horizon 2020 the EU Programme for Research and Innovation - general structure: presentation of Horizon 2020 as well as Europe 2020, giving a general overview of the programme, how the programme is structured, main aspects, etc. 

- Instruments and rules for participation: what’s new?: This section will explain how Horizon 2020 -the European Programme for Research and Innovation- works, what its objectives are, the rules of participation, main financial and legal issues and some IPR issues that could be of interest for the audience.

- Future opportunities for the next calls for proposals (focus on MPCs): presentation on special areas of interest and future opportunities of collaboration for the next calls for proposals. Presentation of the most interesting calls.

- Life cycle of an H2020 project (submission, evaluation, implementation): practical and administrative aspects necessary for preparing a proposal, useful tools for partner search, presentation of the participant portal and other useful tips for writing a successful proposal.

- Reporting and financial aspects (focus on FP7): practical information on project reporting and financial aspects of EU-funded projects.

- How the Mediterranean Partner Countries can participate in H2020. Statistics and examples: Information about how Moroccan organisations and companies could take part in Horizon 2020, the advantages of participating in H2020, how international cooperation is encouraged through Horizon 2020, National contact Points (NCPs) in Morocco, etc.

-  Success cases: examples of MPCs participation in EU research and innovation projects Three Moroccan organizations will explain, from first-hand experience, about the advantages and disadvantages of participating in EU projects, main barriers, tips for potential participants, etc.



Meeting Venue: kenzi Tower Hotel. Twin Center, bd Zerktouni, 20 100 Casablanca.

Date: Casablanca, 4th March 2015


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One-day training seminar on Horizon2020

9:00 – 9.15

Welcome and registration

9.15 – 09.30

Introduction to H2020 and objective setting

Enrique Doblas  - CREAF

9.30 – 10.00

Horizon 2020 the EU Programme for Research and Innovation - general structure

Elena Melotti - Warrant Group

10.00 – 10.15

Coffee break

10.15 – 11.00

Instruments and rules for participation: what’s new?

Elena Melotti - Warrant Group

11.00 – 11.45

Life cycle of an H2020 project (submission & evaluation) 

Cristina Puch - CCI

11.45 – 13.00

Reporting and financial aspects (focus on FP7)

Cristina Puch - CCI

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.30

How the Mediterranean Partner Countries can participate in H2020. Statistics and examples

Gianluca Rossi - Warrant Group

14.00 – 14.30

Future opportunities for the next H2020 calls for proposals (focus on MPCs)

Gianluca Rossi - Warrant Group

14.30 – 16.00

Success cases: examples of MPCs participation in EU research and innovation projects

Rachida Naafa,  University Hassan II – MENFRI project

M. Zmirili my Youssef, Centre Marocain des Techniques du Cuir, CMTC – SOHEALTHY project

Moroccan Cleaner Production Centre (CMPP) - MED TEST II project (TBC)

16.00 – 17.00

Q&A session

17.00 – 17.10




M. Zmirili my Youssef and Aissam Malouk, CMTC – SOHEALTHY project: yzmirili@cmtc.ma / amalouk@cmtc.ma

Gianluca Rosi, Warrant Group S.r.l. – MENFRI project: Gianluca.Rossi@warrantgroup.it



BUSINESS & INNOVATION training in the Mediterranean area

March 5th 2015

Organized  by 

Research & Innovation cooperation between the Euro-Mediterranean areas is a critical factor for the development of a ‘Common Knowledge and Innovation Space’, in order to jointly tackle important global challenges.

In this context, MARE and MENFRI projects are joining forces to foster cooperation for bridging the gap between research and innovation in the EUROMED area aiming to performance improvement in managing, transferring and using knowledge resulting from research to business.

The Abdelmalek Essaâdi University Tetouan, partner of MARE project, in collaboration with The University of Hassan II Mohammedia-Casablanca, partner of MENFRI project are organizing a training seminar entitled BUSINESS & INNOVATION TRAINING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA, it will be held on Thursday 5th of March 2015 in Casablanca, Morocco, in the framework of the Innovation Week.



The seminar will bring together researchers, representatives of research & technology organizations, SMEs, start ups, technology transfer offices and other stakeholders of the EUROMED innovation ecosystem, aiming to:

- Facilitate the knowledge, innovation and technology transfer from academia to business.

- Support the commercialization of research results.

- Offer the beneficiaries the opportunity to build better skills on exploitation of research results emphasizing to the soft side of innovation and the role of human capital in TT activities, from research to industry.

- Develop and deepen awareness and usage of commercialization instruments for research organizations, start-ups and SMEs, and innovation agencies to avoid pitfalls.


The participation to the seminar is free of charge; however registration is required, due to limited seats available.




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09:00 – 09:30

Participants’s registration and welcome coffee



09:30 – 09:45

Short Presentation of MARE project- Mediterranean Activities for Research and Innovation in the Energy sector

Mr. MIMET Abdelaziz Abdelmalek Essadi University, Tetouan-Morocco

09:45 - 10:00

Short Presentation of MENFRI project- Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation

Mrs. NAFAE Rachida Université Hassan II - Mohammedia - Casablanca-Morocco

10:00 - 10:30

Research to Innovation in the Mediterranean partner countries (framework, support, tools, statistics etc)

AZZIOUI Ilyas CNRST-Rabat-Morocco

Session I

Opportunities and networks supporting Research to Innovation

10:30 - 11:00

Funding opportunities and mechanisms for SMEs - COSME programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Ms. Elena MELOTTI Warrant Group, Italy

11:00 - 11:30

Enterprise Europe Network support research to innovation

Gianluca ROSSI Warrant Group, Italy

11:30 - 11:45

Coffee Break

Session II

Exploitation and market uptake of technology opportunities

11:45 - 12:15

Exploitation of Research Results - process, tools and tips

Mohammad ALJAFARI EHBP, Jordan

12:15 - 12:45

Industrial & Commercial Property in Morocco

Direction of Scientific Research and Innovation /Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, Rabat Morocco

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch Break

Session III

Fostering Entrepreneurship and innovation Ecosystem

13:30 - 14:00

Entrepreneurship awareness

Mrs. Roula Rafic Haidar
expert of CCIAT, Lebanon

14:00 - 14:30

Joint development of the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas. computerization of forestry management

Mohamed BENZEYANE Expert on International Development Casablanca Morocco

Session IV

 Case studies / successful examples of research to innovation & market uptake examples

14:30 - 15:00

experiences of specialist consultancies in forestry developments

Mustapha EL HADDAD Forestry Company Casablanca Morocco

15:00 - 15:30

Adsorption Desalination System


15:30 - 16:30

Discussion - Closing Remarks



Dr. Abdelaziz Mimet

212 6 61 86 90 40

Email: az.mimet@menara.ma



Dr. Rachida NAFAA

212 6 13 18 99 11



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 609542.