This workshop is a satellite event to the cross-border matchmaking and networking event 'Pitch perfect and boost the European bio-economy' organised in Brussels, Belgium, on 7 November 2018.

Aim and focus of this specific 'Horizon Scan' workshop

Besides the establishment of a database, the project also carried out an online survey to understand the equipment needs and related services required by potential users of open-access pilot and demonstration facilities.

By comparing the contents of the database with the survey results, Pilots4U is currently performing a gap analysis to understand where the EU may have over/under capacity and vulnerabilities now and in the near future. This gap analysis will be the initial point for discussion during the workshop and the basis for investment business cases to improve and strengthen the European landscape of pilot and demonstration facilities.

Why do we need your input?

We would like to validate our findings by discussing them with a broad range of experts, including representatives of EU industry, research, open access pilot facilities and SMEs that have brought or are looking to bring innovative bio-based, biorefinery or biotechnology processes towards commercialisation.

With your input, Pilots4U will build efficient business cases for investment to strengthen the European landscape of open access pilot and demonstration facilities, which will, in turn, contribute to speeding up bio-economy innovation.


Registration is free of charge but mandatory. One needs to register separately for both events (‘Pitch perfect and boost the European bio-economy’ event and/or HS Workshop). The Horizon Scan Workshop can be attended without registering for the ‘Pitch perfect and boost the European bio-economy’ event. You can register for the workshop through the form below.

Please find below the draft programme for this event. The agenda for the workshop will follow soon.


Cannot join this particular Pilots4U Horizon Scan Workshop? Maybe one of the other dates/venues suit you better?

  • 26 September 2018, Turin, Italy – Satellite event of IFIB 2018
  • 16 October 2018, Toulouse, France – Satellite event of EFIB 2018
  • 22 October 2018, Espoo, Finland - Satellite event of NWBC 2018  
1:00pm - 5:15pm
Event Location: 

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, Brussels National Airport, Brussels, Belgium

Supporting Documents: 

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s 'Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme', under Grant Agreement No 730052