LightCoce Kick-off Meeting
The kick-off meeting of the LightCoce H2020 project was held in Athens, on 23-24 January at the premises of the project coordinator, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The project focuses on building an Ecosystem for the up-scaling of lightweight multi-functional concrete and ceramic materials and structures. During this two-day meeting, the consortium has discussed the overall project objectives and tasks, including detailed presentations of the five pilot lines provided by the project partners, as well as the test cases that will be implemented by pilot users for the validation of the ecosystems’ operation. A number of services have been considered in order to create an attractive and win-win innovation journeys for customers, scaling-up in size and ambition and fully enabled by the project’s pilot plants. Possible barriers which could be encountered during project implementation as well as after the pre-competitive stage were discussed, covering both technical and non-technical issues, with a special emphasis on the creation of a dedicated Non-Profit Organisation which is instrumental to ensure financial sustainability after the project completion. Overall, 26 partners from 9 EU countries will collaborate during the next four years in the LightCoce project, representing 5 Large Enterprises, 8 Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs), 12 SMEs and 1 Association.

Under LightCoce AXIA will lead WP2 of the project related to the administrative and operational set up of the ecosystem and they will in particular be in charge of setting up the LightCoce Ecosystem under T2.1. The development of a single entry point through a centralised platform will be at the focus of AXIAs activities as well as the formation of a non profit organisation to run the ecosystem services during and after the project. AXIA will also be involved in the dissemination activities targeting to communicate all the results to targeted audiences (tradeshows, exhibitions, community, stakeholders and other channels), in close collaboration with Task 11.1 leader UNISMART. AXIA will be responsible for the development of the project’s website and social media platform which will be updated regularly. AXIA will also lead activities related to the development of the Exploitation strategy of the ecosystem (Task 11.3).

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814632.