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  1. COST Action Participation – Through the eyes of an SME Dr Antonis TOUMAZIS Dinner Debate, European Parliament, 29 January 2013

  2. Who I am • The firm / SME • COST experience • Innovation through EU Projects • SME role • Constraints • Suggestions Presentation Overview

  3. Civil Engineer • PhD Hydraulics • Partner in an Architects’ and Consulting Engineers’ firm • Visiting Lecturer UCY, CUT • Vice-President Nicosia - Kyrenia Branch of CACE Antonis TOUMAZIS

  4. Architects and Consulting Engineers • 4 Partners • 3 Professional Staff • 2 Technical/ Administrative staff • Fields: • Structures • Water • Transport • Energy Dion Toumazis & Associates

  5. COST Action C22 ‘Urban Flood Management’ 2006-2009 COST Action ES0901 ‘European procedures for flood frequency estimation’(FloodFreq) 2010-2013 COST Actions

  6. Reliable estimates of expected extreme flood events FloodFreq

  7. Networking: COST C22 FP7 SMARTeST Project • Exchange (STSM): Firm staff member trained for 2 weeks in another organisation Knowledge applied in actual projects • Training Schoolin Cyprus COST: benefits for SMEs

  8. Transfer of real-life challenge to the research world • Adaptation and implementation of research findings to actual challenge • Direct contact with industry, small business, home owners Benefits for COST from SMEs

  9. Applied Research Important to SMEs Dissemination: • Universities • Research organisations • Practising firms • Industry / users Importance of Research

  10. Flooding is a natural risk Floods become: • More frequent • More intense • Living with Floods • Recent Concept - Potential for new products, more jobs, less damage Innovation potential

  11. Innovation potential

  12. Barrier development

  13. Barrier development

  14. Conferences: OK… …While COST: • Enhances networking • Cooperation • Exchange of staff • Advancement of Science and Technology CONFERENCES Vs. COST

  15. Applying/ Joining • Networking • Learning/ Sharing Knowledge • Inspiration/ Perspiration • European Integration • Administration/ Financial Issues COST Vs. FP7 Project

  16. Main participation: universities and Large Research Organisations • Advise COST to increase promotion to SMEs - focus on mutual benefits Challenges – How to overcome them?

  17. What about… • More COST Actions on applied research Increase SME participation and lead • Balanced Mix of Proposal Evaluators More Evaluators from SMEs? Suggestions

  18. SMEs can offer much, much more: • European Innovation • Competitiveness • Economic Growth Some variations in rules can help us achieve this… • COST Actions are a huge success. Conclusions

  19. Dr Antonis TOUMAZIS Civil Engineer Partner Dion. Toumazis & Associates Cyprus COST Action ES0901 www.cost-floodfreq.eu adtoumazis@cytanet.com.cy Thankyou! www.cost.eu