SMEmPOWER Efficiency

Bucharest, 28.02.2020: Roxana Boboruta and Juergen Raizner attended Energy Efficiency Seminar organized within Horizon 2020 funded project “SMEmPower Efficiency”. Steinbeis was invited to present Learning Energy Efficiency Networks as best practice from Germany, ready for implementation in Romania.

SMEmPOWER Efficiency aims to

  • empower the knowledge and skills of at least 720 energy experts of SMEs and connect them into a platform
  • elaborate concrete energy savings proposals in at least 160 selected SMEs pilot sites
  • facilitate the connection with over 5000 energy professionals through the web platform.
  • enhance the energy efficiency of at least 80 pilot sites

Project website

Meassures to optimize energy efficiency require investments. To achieve a quick return of investment is cruicle success factor in promoting energy efficiency. Juergen Raizner introduced Learning Energy Efficiency Networks to the participants of the event.

Steinbeis is supporting actions aimed to improve framework in order to promote best practice examples. One of these initiatives is “Romania Eficienta” project to which Steinbeis center from Bucharest is willing to contribute by organizing expericence exchange mission.

Also in the field of energy efficiency, Steinbeis Transfer Management is willing to facilitate projects with Icelandic partners or to join international consortiums based on exchanging best practices. December 2019 was dedicted to build connections with most important companies from Iceland providing services for geothermal energy and energy efficiency in general.

We thank SAMER, Society of Auditors and Energy Manager from Romania, and Servelect for organising a high level seminar – and for inviting us.

Danube Rectors’ Conference Bucharest

Annual Conference 2019 – Consolidating the Role of Universities in Innovation Ecosystems: Challenges and Future Developments

Bucharest, 07.11.2019

Organizer: Danube Rectors’ Conference
Host: “Politehnica” University Bucharest

Danube Rectors Conference is a network of almost 70 universities in the Danube Region for fostering academic collaboration and lobby actions towards regional development. In order to perform these tasks, DRC maintains connections with national and international organizations, e.g. national Rectors’ Conferences, EUA, UNESCO, EU, Council of Europe, etc.

Jürgen Raizner as coordinator of Steinbeis Danube Competence Group (Stuttgart, Vienna, Bucharest, Uzhhorod) was invited as speaker to the annual event. Title of his presentation: “Science and Entrepreneurship. Synergies for economic growth“.

Technology transfer model applied by Steinbeis Network was explained to academic community as a feasible and proven method to connect industry with universities. Moreover, as a catalyst for better understanding, Jürgen Raizner presented examples from industy to point out what opportunities exist for universities to support enterprises in becoming innovation by solving problems (technology transfer). A challenge: What strategy should a well established enterprise with well known and traditional brands follow to keep its position on the market – taken into account growing international competition?

In compliance with EU strategy for Danube Regionk, tackling innovation gaps through technology transfer, Steinbeis implements also projects to foster entrepreneurship among scientists:

  • ifempower Erasmus + funded project not only tackles a gap in gender distribution in work fields but also opens a sensitive subject: women`s approach towards business environment in general. Entrepreneurship module built under the umbrella of this project will be piloted at partnering EU universities and promoted further.
  • Recently closed project under the leadership of Steinbeis center from Romania – European Early Innovators Initiative – aimed to support the entrepreneurship of young scientists by directing their focus closer to industry is another example of technology transfer that can be deepened by universities.

Given these two simple initiatives fostering university–industry collaboration in both directions: research and curricula focused on current industry and industry actors involved in education process.

Facts like Danubius Young Scientists Award should have priority for different industry departments in such a way that through technology transfer model, ideas become marketable products.

Besides its purposes, DRC serves also as platform for strengthening already existing partnerships. Thus, for Steinbeis event translated into a great opportunity for conversation to Ukrainian environment. Prof. Smolanka, rector of Uzhhrod university is already partner of Steinbeis network through Steinbeis Transfer Management Ukraine (led by Mike Nagorkin). Prof. Smolanka, as a reputated academician in Romania, /scientist, visited also STM headquarters in Palais Ghica Victoria and reinforced the partnership. So new actions are on the way to be designed.

Business Forum Geothermal Energy

Timisoara, 19.09.2019: Business Forum Germany-Romania on financing geothermal projects in Romania

Organizer: Romanian Association of Building Services Engineers
Host: “Politehnica” University Timisoara

Benefits of geothermal energy as an alternative to traditional energy supply started to gain more attention in Romania. Therefore a preparatory workshop to identify collaboration opportunities in exploiding geothermal energy took place with strong participation from research field, from business sector and from public administration.

In the West Region of Romania drilling research projects were already performed so data are available for stakeholders and investors interested in developing business projects. Progress in implementation can be proved by already existing good practice examples, e.g.

  • Beius city – the single city in Romania what is entirely heated by geothermal energy;
  • Oradea city – location of first geothermal power plant;
  • Therme Bucharest – first aquapark based on geothermal energy;
  • ELI-Np Magurele – the largest shallow geothermal application in Europe;

Steinbeis actions in Romania are aimed to connect research with industry in various fields. Thus, in this sector, actions based on request from German investor interested in producing vegetables in greenhouses heated through geothermal energy, resulted into expanding the market potential by organizing a specialized business forum.

Specialized bodies in the field like Geoexchange Romanian Society with wide expertise in geothermal area through prof. Robert Gavriliuc and Mr. Gabor Kaba is the main promoter of the meeting that took place in Timisoara in order to tackle the subject.

Support actions were carried out by Mr. Ioan Dobosi, representing the Romanian Association of Building Services Engineers (AIIR – Timisoara). Contribution came also from local administration bodies like “Vest” Regional Development Agency and Vice-mayor of Timisoara municipality, Mr. Dan Diaconu. Openness to collaborate in the field was expressed by presenting both national funding programs with target-axis and already funded projects.

Presence of “Politehnica” University of Timisoara enhance the probability of future projects to happen as facilities from Research Institute for Renewable Energy are enough to carry out the needed future complimentary research requests.

Future forum on geothermal potential is planned to take place in April 2020 and it is aimed to be a platform on which

  • an economic mission from Germany would support the business collaboration and
  • Romanian geothermal market potential will be presented to future business partners.

Steinbeis is ready to facilitate technology transfer by getting directly involved or finding suitable partners for applying in projects funded through Geothermica, Operational Program Large Infrastructure Program (Priority Axis “Promoting clean energy and energy and energy efficiency in order to sustain low-carbon emissions economy”) and Horizon 2020 component addressing to SMEs. Learning Energy Efficiency Networks (LEEN), management system developed by Fraunhofer Institute is under STM facilitation and could become basis for various projects carried out with companies, local administration bodies and universities. For this, more than 40 specialized centers on energy/geothermal field could be involved in different initiatives for geothermal energy potential in Romania.

Director of Steinbeis Transfer Management, Jürgen Raizner, explained areas of collaboration within next German–Romanian Business Forum. Project manager for different initiatives on behalf of Steinbeis Romania, Roxana Boboruta was present in this meeting in order to follow-up on diverse opportunities raising from the discussions held.

YES! EUSDR

26.06.2019, Bucharest: Youth – Entrepreneurship – Science. YES! EUSDR. Steinbeis Romania organised this official side event to Annual Forum of EU Strategy for Danube Region.

For details, please go to our Event website.

STM at National Participation Days EUSDR

Tulcea, 15./16.05.2019: Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration of Romania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, in partnership with the Tulcea City Council and the Agapedia Foundation organized for the first time in Romania, the EUSDR National Participation Days. Indeed, this was an unique event dedicated to the promotion of the progresses and challenges diffrent countries are facing within the EUSDR.

National Participation Days (NPD) are  meetings of actively involved, interested or potential stakeholders of the EUSDR on the national, regional, and local levels. These meetings address civil society organisations and networks, local actors, academia, public authorities on the local and regional level as well as national institutions and experts active in the EUSDR institutions.”

Among speakers: Melania-Gabriela Ciot (State Secretary Ministry of Foregin Affairs), Radu Gorincioi (National Coordinator EUSDR), Claudia Singer (PAC 10), Stefan Barth (Agapedia), Stefan Lüdgenau (Civil Society Forum) – and Jürgen Raizner, Steinbeis Romania.

Revision of EUSDR Action Plan is going on. Jürgen Raizner pointed out that Romania, currently holding the presidency of EUSDR, should use this leading role to contribute to a new strategy with profund knowledge on what is really necessary to do. A clear statement followed: projects can be financed by using various programs of EC. Danube Transnational Program contributes significantly to the success of EUSDR. But there exist programs with larger budgets and less bureaucracy. Jürgen Raizner mentioned an example. Steinbeis is project partner in ifempower, funded by Erasmus+. There are 4 Danube countries involved in this action to empower females to become entrepreneurs. Other project partners come from Spain, Portugal and Iceland. Important is that a project brings impact to the Danube Region.

Jürgen Raizner invited participants of NPD 2019 to Steinbeis’ side event to EUSDR Annual Forum: YES! EUSDR. The conference on Youth – Entrepreneurship – Science is based on European Early Innovators Initiative, a project what was implemented with support from Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF). Jürgen Raizner took the chance to thank Claudia Singer (PAC 10) who is responsible for DSPF.

DSPF Networking: Vienna

The purpose of the networking event was to present the projects funded from DSPF to more stakeholders, and to enable exchange between EUSDR & EUSAIR actors.

Ana Turcan and Jürgen Raizner represented European Early Innovators Initiative at DSPF Networking event.

12 projects are supported by DSPF. The 12 projects were at the center of attention throughout the day. Representatives of various institutions emphasized the importance of the projects for the whole Danube region:

Exhibition | Project Space

Steinbeis representative at the EEII project stand answered questions related progress of EEII and discussed synergies with other projects. Furthermore, future partnership which aims to design European Early Innovators Program was put on high emphasis.

Qualitative networking was supported also through the presence of Mr. Eric Bartha in his quality as representative of Council of Danube Cities and Regions and possible future project partner.

Session “Empowering the Youth”, moderated by Claudia Singer (PAC 10)

DSPF fosters integration and reconciliation of Danube countries, with a particular focus on the training of young people. Main question of this session was, what support youth in Danube Region needs. But also: how to get in touch with “the” youth. Six projects, funded by DSPF, address exactly to the societal challenges of youth and EUSDR: EEII, SECCo2, The Bridge, RONNI, I-VET, DIY-ACCEL (DSPF projects on web). Synergies were discussed. Solutions are under construction.

Annual Forum EUSDR in Sofia

Steinbeis Transfer Management was represented by Jürgen Raizner and Ana Turcan at this key event of the 2018 EUSDR Presidency, Bulgaria and the European Commission, in cooperation with Danube Transnational Programme – 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy of the Danube Region in Sofia. The main focus of the event was on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion.

Important topics concerning measures to be taken for development and cultural heritage or which scientific tools are the most suitable for promoting European heritage and tourism in order to offer online and interactive access to cultural heritage for example, were put on high emphasis. Furthermore, issues related to qualifying the staff as a prerequisite for the development of tourism and or tourism infrastructure (improvement of Danube River navigation for example) to which suitable solutions would help to reach a sustainable tourism linked to European funds and investments, were approached as well.

Session dedicated to scientific research covered subjects like security in public spaces, safety and security in tourism, consequences from acts of terrorism in Europe and worldwide, vulnerability assessment and protection in public spaces and major events with international dimension.

Full sessions were also dedicated to on-going programs and most important projects in Danube region, synergy/interrelation of the EUSDR within the ESIF programs and also current and future implementation opportunities for EUSDR were approached for a better overview on Danube macro-region.

Within this great framework, representatives of Steinbeis Romania took the chance to promote European Early Innovators Innitiative project as a great contribution to diminish discrepancies in Danube region when it comes to research and innovation and, furthermore, explain the results of research on best practices to be implemented in future European Early Innovators Programs. More topics of networking in Sofia: business friendly environment for doing business in Danube Region, supporting female entrepreneurship and excellency in consultancy on various business areas.

Good to know:

  • 3rd Call in Danube Transnational Program is announced to be launched end of 2018. Application documents are available already.
  • DSPF Networking event will take place October 31st, 2018, in Vienna.

After “Unity Day” Party. Celebrating and Networking in Best German Tradition

Promoting German–Romanian Collaboration

Steinbeis Transfer Management became co-organizer of the German Night in Bucharest. German and Romanian enterprises and people work a lot together and we think that more collaboration is possible, but it is also time to celebrate more together, because more is better.

Right after the German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit / 03.10.2018) this event perfectly justified celebrations

Special Guests:

  • Mrs. Swantje Kortemeyer, Director of Economic Department at German Embassy – representing the Ambassador at our event.
  • Mr. Radu Gorincioi, National Coordinator of EU Strategy for Danube Region (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Mrs. Maria-Manuela Catrina, State Secretary Ministry of Communications and Information Society

We thank Beraria H for making this event possible. The success story is worth to be repeated in 2019.

A German-Romanian Night in Bucharest, or a sort of Beer Festival, becomes authentic with music made by a real German music group – the “Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten”.

Founded in 1986, the Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten are a slightly different music club. The band is made up of 14 musicians, most of whom are masters of several instruments and provide the typical live sound of German musicians – what is known as “Octoberfest Style”. Four musicians are also on stage as singers. The repertoire includes not only traditional folk music but also hits, evergreens as well as the most recent mood tracks. Good humor and fun music made the Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten well known in Stuttgart Region and beyond. Occasionally performances take place all over Germany. The focus is on engagements to which the Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten are committed year after year.  Most of their performances take place at street and tent festivals. In addition, company anniversaries or wedding parties. 3 CDs were recorded. Wiesensteiger Straßenmusikanten are named after their regional origin, the town of Wiesensteig in Stuttgart region, Germany.