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    nov 2007
    Donau-City-Strasse 1 1220 Tech Gate

    The event is intended for large and medium-sized enterprises, universities, representatives of higher education institutions, research institutes as well as banks and intermediaries interested in financing R&D projects and R&D infrastructure. The EIB will present the ways in which it can finance research, development and innovation and hold three in-depth workshops: Workshop I: Financing projects in the higher education sector; Workshop II: Financing R&D and innovative projects in the corporate sector – the Risk Sharing Financing Facility (RSFF, the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme); and Workshop III: Technology Transfer Accelerators (TTAs). Participants are requested to indicate which workshop they would like to attend.

    Time Programme
    13:30 Registration

    Introduction: Dr Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

    Conference chairman: Dr Emanuel Maravić, Head of EIB’s Vienna Office

    Funding and promoting research

    • Dr Johannes Hahn, Federal Minister for Science and Research
    • Dr Richard Schenz, Vice-President, Chamber of Commerce, Austria
    • Dr Ewald Nowotny, Chief Executive Officer, BAWAG
    • Thomas Barrett, Director, Action for Growth Instruments, EIB
    15:15 Coffee break
    Need for funding and finance available
    15:30 WORKSHOP I - Financing projects in the higher education sector

    Topics: Higher education, research and loan finance – the EIB’s experiences and successful projects

    Chairing the discussions: Paolo Munini, Head of Division for Lending Operations in Austria and Hungary, EIB

    Taking part in the discussions:

    • Prof. Christoph Badelt, Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) and Chairman of the Austrian Rectors’ Conference
    • Friedrich Faulhammer, Head of Section VII, Federal Ministry for Science and Research
    • Prof. Albert Tuijnman, Senior Economist, Human Capital, Projects Directorate, EIB

    WORKSHOP II - Financing R&D and innovative projects in the corporate sector – Risk Sharing Financing Facility (RSFF)

    Topics: Innovative SMEs, risk sharing with banks and corporates, loan finance for joint ventures

    Chairing the discussions: Kim Kreilgaard, Head of Division for Financing Research, Development and Innovation, EIB

    Taking part in the discussions:

    • Dr Kurt Bayer, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Finance
    • Monika Kircher-Kohl, CEO, Infineon Technologies Austria
    • Dr Reinhard Hönig, Director for Corporate Banking, Investkredit Bank AG
    • Martin Koch, Policy Officer, Regions of Knowledge, Research Infrastructure Unit, European Commission

    WORKSHOP III – Technology Transfer Accelerators (TTAs)

    Topics: Financing technology transfer, financing models, successful technology transfer projects and criteria. What are the advantages of being involved in such an approach for a university or research institute?

    Chairing the discussions: Thomas Barrett, Director, Action for Growth Instruments, EIB

    Taking part in the discussions:

    • Helmut Bousek, Managing Partner, Invest Equity
    • Matthias Bischof, Head of Development Policy and International Agendas, Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS)
    • Laurent Braun, Head of Technology Transfer, European Investment Fund (EIF)
    • Felicitas Riedl, Life Sciences Specialist, Projects Directorate, EIB
    17:30 Following on directly: Cocktail reception