UMi-TWINN: EU funded Twinning Project to support Logistics Technologies in Hungary

In November 2014, Hungary defined regional and national Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) to link research and innovation priorities with socio-economic needs. Among the different RIS3 priorities identified for the region of Miskolc, Logistics Technologies have a high potential for economical development and offer many synergies with other RIS3 technologies.

The department of Materials Handling and Logistics at the University of Miskolc (UMi) is a successful research team in the field of logistics research and innovation, with ambitions to become a top European player, as demonstrated by their participation in many national and international projects, and links with industry (e.g. Bosch Rexroth, Claas, Electrolux, Linamar and Vorskla Steel).

In order to increase their research excellence, UMi were seeking opportunities to exchange knowledge and train their staff with the best European actors in the field of Logistics Technologies. Meanwhile, the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Twinning scheme is specifically dedicated for this purpose and Intelligentsia was very pleased to support UMi in preparing a competitive proposal. The consortium recently received the final result of the evaluation and their UMi-TWINN proposal was selected for funding by the European Commission with a score of 14/15.

The 3 year UMi-TWINN project will build upon the existing strong research and innovation base of UMi and its twinning partners Fraunhofer--IFF (Germany), Technische Universitaet Graz (Austria) and Intelligentsia Consultants (Luxembourg). The UMi-TWINN project aims to boost UMi and the twinning partners' scientific excellence and innovation capacity in Logistics Technologies, as well as implement a research and innovation strategy focused on the following three scientific sub-topics:

  • Design of logistic systems and networks;
  • Intelligent transport systems;
  • Dynamical analysis of materials handling machines.


During the project the partners will organise short term staff exchanges, training workshops, summer schools and an international conference. In addition to supporting the project’s promotion and dissemination activities, Intelligentsia will lead training workshops on technology-transfer and innovation management, which will cover creativity, problem-solving, project management, market intelligence, negotiation skills and H2020 proposal writing.

UMi and the twinning partners look forward to starting the project on the 1st January 2016.

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