Innovative and creative – that’s how the participants of the CopServ innovation dialogue presented themselves. The ZIM cooperation network CopServ has invited 25 representatives of client industries for remote sensing and Copernicus technologies into the conference rooms of AED-SICAD AG in Bonn on Friday, June 20, 2017.
“World-Café” was the concept of choice on this day and that meant for the participants primarily the possibility to exchange in a pleasant and uncomplicated atmosphere. In the World Café they discussed on alternating tables various questions around Copernicus. Along the theme “Europe’s perspective on the world” the participants determined possibilities for Copernicus regarding the topics “Cloud Computing”, “Data analysis and applications” as well as for “sensors and sensor systems”. In appealing short presentations the workshop participants introduced their results afterwards. These are relevant for the future networking as well as possible R&D projects.
The cooperation network CopServ is founded within the framework of the ZIM program of the BMWI (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and is a consortium of companies and research institutes as well as universities. The aim is to make Copernicus date more usable for energy and water industry, mining and post-mining, renewable energies, environment and nature conservation as well as forestry and to identify new applications for further industries which can apply these data for their products and processes profitably.
If companies, research institutes and universities are interested they can contact the network management and join the network in order to benefit from the advantages of the network. The network is in phase 1, which lasts until November 30, 2017 and shall win new partners for phase 2 (December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2019). The network is managed by a three-person management team of the ZENIT GmbH, Mülheim an der Ruhr.
Markus Müller, Business Unit Manager Public Sector at AED-SICAD, is looking forward to further exciting meetings. “The innovation dialogue was a very innovative opportunity to get together with representatives from totally different sectors – industry, public authorities and science. Gatherings like this give the chance to develop new creative ideas and to sound potentials” he says. “The network brings together companies and research institutes along the whole value chain and thinks also outside of the box” explains Peter Loef, network manager of the ZIM cooperation network CopServ. “For the network partners the project participation stands for protection of their innovative ability, higher sales in established market segments, opening up of new markets as well as easy access to subsidies and national and international projects.”