On Friday, the 25th of November 2016 in Brussels, Petr Očko the Chairman of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic took over the annual presidency of the TAFTIE network of 30 European innovation agencies from the hands of Laure Reinhart of the French agency Bpifrance.
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The third annual Technology Agency CR Day was held on Thursday the 20th of October 2016. It began at the National Technical Library with a morning conference entitled Smart Life, which opened up the topic of a smart future. The day culminated in a gala dinner in the new building of the National Museum, where prizes were awarded to the authors of the best applied research projects, with the participation of public officials, researchers and academics, as well as other prominent figures.
On 19th October 2016, TA CR actively parcitipated in the Fraunhofer Institute Day and strenghtened relations with this key institution for German applied research. It was very well received that TA CR operatively prepares a first call for joint projects of applied research with Germany with a focus on Industry 4.0. This is a concrete step for broadening of mutual cooperation. Further more, a closed collaboration with the Fraunhofer institutes on the preparation of the National Competence Centres Programme was discussed for which the system of funding of the Fraunhofer institutes is a big inspiration for the Czech Republic. Similarly, a closer coordination with the Fraunhofer institutes and with other German institutions in the participation in the key European R&D support programme Horizon 2020 was proposed. A director of one the Fraunhofer institutes, Prof. Wehrspohn, was also one of the main guests of yesterday's TA CR Day which carried the title of Smart Life.
Representatives of the Slovak Agency SIEA, Polish Agencies NCBR and PARP and Hungarian Agency NRDI have accepted the invitation of Petr Očko, Chairman of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, to a meeting. After a short visit of Brno International Engineering Fair and Export House where the TA CR and EGAP project Support of Export of Research and Development was presented, a highly interesting exchange of information followed with an intention to strengthen the cooperation, including the preparation of TA CR Chairmanship to TAFTIE.