APRE (Coordinator)

APRE, Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, is a Italian non-profit association that provides information, assistance and training on the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme. Established in 1990, APRE represents a vast interest group of organisations and companies which are active in research and technological innovation in Italy. These organisations adhere to APRE in the role of contributing and ordinary members. APRE has its head office situated in Rome as well as regional help desks that form a network throughout the national territory. APRE EU Liaison Office is based in Brussels.

UoY (Scientific Coordinator)

University of York is a research-intensive university, a member of the UK Russell Group of leading research universities.

University of York works collaboratively in partnership with institutions across the world to develop life-saving discoveries and new technologies that tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. Its 30+ academic departments undertake groundbreaking research that underpins the university’s inspiring teaching and challenges students to dream big, think critically and change the world.


Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union.

Europêche represents the interests of fishing enterprises in the European Union. The mission is to promote responsible and sustainable fishing practices that not only ensures a healthy and diverse marine environment but preserves an economically and socially sustainable fishing sector able to contribute to the growing world demand for healthy seafood. Europêche is the European platform enabling fluent communication between the European institutions and the fishing sector by keeping all relevant stakeholders informed of the concerns and objectives of EU fishermen in political decision making.

Europêche thereby aims to ensure that fishermen’s knowledge and experience are part of the decision-making process in the EU and internationally, effectively integrate the three pillars – economic, social and environmental – in the formulation of community and international policies and help stakeholders understand the impact of political decisions. In addition, at Europêche it is seeked to globally increase and ensure safety standards, positively impact working conditions, welfare and well-being, assist in combatting IUU fishing and provide a level playing field for the industry.


CNR, the Italian National Research Council (, is the largest public research institution in Italy, with a network of 88 Institutes and a workforce of more than 4,000 researchers. The mission is to perform research, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources. Research activities cover areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, ranging from Engineering, Energy technologies and ICT to Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical, Earth and Environmental, Bio-Agrifood and Social Sciences.

Within the CNR network, the Institute of Marine Engineering (CNR-INM is specialized in developing research on technologies for the sustainable use of the marine environment and exploitation of the marine resources. With headquarters in Rome, and premises in Genova and Palermo, CNR-INM has a staff of 150 people, with a research workforce in excess of 90 researchers. The Institute manages world-class indoor and outdoor testing infrastructures and has long-dated expertise in the development of digital models to support research and innovation activities. CNR-INM collaborates in projects under national and international funding programs and as partner in industrial projects with leading companies (developers, utilities, supply-chain). INM is also member of European and international R&D networks and organizations such as Waterborne, ETIP Ocean, EERA, IEA, SetPlan working group on Wind Energy.


Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture clean growth opportunities on the way to Net Zero. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole systems view of the energy sector, helping us identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost. To overcome the systemic barriers of the current energy market, the Catapult works to unleash the potential of innovative companies of all sizes. Helping them to develop, test and scale the products, services and value chains required to achieve the UK’s clean growth ambitions.


Q-PLAN INTERNATIONAL is an innovation and management consulting company, established in 2000, that focuses its activities on: (i) the design, management and implementation of European research, innovation and support actions in various sectors such as Energy (Bio-Energy included), Bioeconomy, Agriculture, Environment, etc, with participation in more than 50 EU-funded projects and studies.; (ii) the provision of business and innovation support services to private and public organisations operating in several industrial and market sectors (agri-food, bio-based industries, etc.) along with their related vertical and horizontal networks and value chains; and (iii) the development, implementation and auditing of Management Systems in compliance with standards and regulations (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, ISO 27001, etc.).


Ricerca Sul Sistema Energetico. Italian no-profit organization performing research activities in the field of the energy system.
RSE carries out research into the field of electrical energy with special focus on national strategic projects funded through the Fund for Research into Electrical Systems. RSE is a total publicly-controlled Company: the sole shareholder is GSE S.p.A. The activity covers the entire supply system with an application-oriented, experimental and system-based approach. RSE has a unique heritage of human resources , experience and innovation, essential to the continuity and revival of innovation in this important sector for the country.


Sener is a private engineering and technology group founded in 1956. It seeks to offer the most advanced technological solutions and enjoys international recognition thanks to its independence and commitment to innovation and quality. Sener’s firm commitment to its employees can be seen in policies focusing on improving the balance between work and family, equal opportunities, and professional development. Sener has a workforce of 2.700 professionals distributed across its offices in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and USA.

Sener engages in the specific activities of engineering and technology. It also has industrial holdings in companies involved in renewable energies through Sener Renewable Investments. Today, Sener has become a world leader in the Aerospace, Mobility, Energy, and Marine sectors with a business area dedicated to wind and marine energies.

Sener’s offshore wind discipline provides services of permitting, engineering and project and construction management for offshore wind farms and develops floating technology, such as HiveWind, which is a semi-submersible floating steel platform for marine wind turbines with an output in excess of 15 megawatts (MW), developed and marketed by Sener Renewable Investments and Nervión Naval-Offshore.


WavEC Offshore Renewables is a Portuguese non-profit research organization with the mission to develop offshore renewable energy through the creation and transfer of knowledge, innovation, and dissemination. The private association was founded in 2003 aiming to develop wave energy and support companies and research centres in the area, through technical and political strategies, however, over the years the association saw an extension of activities into offshore wind and prospect of expansion to other fields. More recently, WavEC are extending the scope of activities to offshore aquaculture and ocean engineering projects.

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