Key Partners


Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one for diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega yachts, as well as in ship repairs and conversions, production of systems and mechanical and electrical component equipment and after-sales services. With over 230 years of history and more than 7,000 vessels built, Fincantieri has always kept its management offices, as well as all the engineering and production skills, in Italy. With over 8,900 employees in Italy and a supplier network that employs nearly 50,000 people, Fincantieri has enhanced a fragmented production capacity over several shipyards into strength, acquiring the widest portfolio of clients and products in the cruise segment. To hold its own in relation to competition and assert itself at global level, Fincantieri has broadened its product portfolio becoming world leader in the sectors in which it operates. With globalization, the Group has around 20 shipyards in 4 continents, nearly 20,000 employees and is the leading Western shipbuilder. It has among its clients the world’s major cruise operators, the Italian and the US Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programs. Fincantieri’s business is widely diversified by end markets, geographical exposure and by client base, with revenue mainly generated from cruise ship, naval and Offshore and Specialized vessel construction. Compared with less diversified players, such diversification allows it to mitigate the effects of any fluctuations in demand on the end markets served. 

Gold Partners


AcegasApsAmga, a 100% subsidiary of Hera Group, is the first multi-utility in northeastern Italy. It operates in the environmental, water and gas and energy distribution sectors. Thanks to the activities of the subsidiaries ASE (AcegasApsAmga Servizi Energetici) and Hera Luce, implements energy efficiency and public lighting projects throughout the country. Furthermore, AcegasApsAmga, through the subsidiary Aresgas, is the second largest gas operator in Bulgaria with activities both in the sale and distribution of natural gas. AcegasApsAmga is the partner that will make ESOF2020 a ZeroImpactEvent by maximizing sustainable behaviors and initiatives related to environmental sustainability.


Generali is one of the largest global insurance and asset management providers. Established in 1831, it is present in 50 countries in the world, with a total premium income of more than € 69.7 billion in 2019. With nearly 72,000 employees serving 61 million customers, the Group has a leading position in Europe and a growing presence in Asia and Latin America. Generali’s ambition is to be the life-time partner to its customers, offering innovative and personalized solutions thanks to an unmatched distribution network.


illycaffè is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933 and committed to offering the greatest coffee to the world. illy is the world's most global coffee brand, producing the unique illy 100% Arabica blend made of 9 of the world ‘s best selections of Arabica;  each day more than 8 million cups  are consumed in over 140 countries in the finest cafés, restaurants, hotels and in offices and homes. The company founded its University of Coffee with the aim of fostering and spreading its culture, providing comprehensive academic and hands-on training for coffee growers, baristas and coffee lovers.

Trieste Trasporti

In addition to serving as the local public transport concessionaire in Trieste since 2001, Trieste Trasporti is now a memberof the Tpl Fvg consortium that, from 1 May 2020,handles the service in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 60% of the company is held by Amt (controlled by the Municipality of Trieste), the 40% is owned by Arriva (Deutsche BahnGroup), the European leader in passenger transport. Technological innovation, quality of services, attention to the environment make Trieste Trasporti one of the most appreciated Italian companies in the transport and mobility sector.

Silver Partners


Eni is an integrated energy company with over 31,000 employees in 66 countries, active in the exploration, development and extraction of oil and natural gas in 43 countries, in the trading of oil, natural gas, LNG and electricity in 28 countries and in the marketing of fuels and lubricants in 33 countries. The company promotes the development of energy from renewable sources through the use of new technologies and applying the principles of the circular economy to all its activities.


Saipem is a leading company in engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in theenergy and infrastructure sectors. Saipem is a global solution provider with distinctive skills andcompetences and high-tech assets. It is present in over 70 countries worldwide and has 35.000employees of 120 different nationalities


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Operating with a combined budget of more than £7 billion, UKRI brings together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

Bronze Partners

Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata

The Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata (AOUI) is the principal public hospital in Verona,connectedto the University. AOUIis continuously adjusting itstechnological profile to the higheststandards,to provide state-of-the-art healthcare to patients.


Argus, based in Trieste,is a global leader in wireless fire sensing. It’s part of Halma,one of the largest andmost successful companies in Europe with a purpose to deliver a saferand healthier world for everyoneevery day. Halma works across three main areas: Environment, Medical and Infrastructure

Research in Germany

Research in Germany provides practical information to help international researchers find a positionin Germany,find funding for a research stay in Germany or collaborate with German research organisations. Visit our booth, we look forward to helping you in any way we can


ESTECO is an independent software provider, highly specialized in numerical optimization andsimulation data management with a sound scientific foundation and a flexible approach to customerneeds.ESTECO’s smart engineering suite brings enterprise-wide solutions for design optimization,simulation and process data management, and process integration and automation

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The National Research Council (Cnr) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only oneunder the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities.Founded on 18 November 1923, Cnr’smission is to perform research, to promote innovation andcompetitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of thenational research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and privateneeds.

Research in Baden - Württemberg

There is no other region in Europe where science counts as such a vital part of the society in Baden-Württemberg:

- A share of 5.6% of the GDP in R&D

- The highest share of employees in R&D (28.1%)

- Over 70 institutions of higher education and over 100 non-university research institutions.

Crete Region

The Municipality of Chaniahandles issues related to the life of its inhabitants and improves the lifequality by constantly upgrading the basic infrastructures.The Technical University of Creteis one of the leading institutions in Greece in conducting basic andapplied research.The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)was founded in 1983. It is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research institution worldwide. DEDISA is the Greek acronym (D.E.DI.S.A.) for the Inter-municipal Company for Solid Waste Management (in Chania Prefecture)


Mangiarotti S.p.A., a wholly owned Westinghouse subsidiary, is globally renowned for designing and manufacturing high quality pressure and modular equipment being used in the nuclear industry, serving as a premier fabricator of heat exchangers and pressure vessels. Westinghouse Mangiarotti serves customers by capitalizing on nearly five decades of design and fabrication of nuclear power plant components around the world, including the new Generation III+ reactors. Westinghouse Mangiarotti’s nuclear skills have been developed by working side-by-side with Westinghouse and other major Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS) suppliers and utilities worldwide. Mangiarotti is globally and historically recognized as a top player in the manufacturing of high-pressure equipments for Petrochemical and Oil&Gas industries. The Westinghouse Mangiarotti Monfalcone workshop is located in Northeast Italy. Our proximity to many highly qualified base material suppliers, combined with direct access to major sea ports on the Adriatic Sea, enables us to quickly procure and ship materials and goods. The modern and fully equipped state-of-the-art 42,000 square meter plant with its specialized fabrication and inspection equipment, and highly skilled workforce (350 employees) are keys to the outstanding results achieved to date by Westinghouse Mangiarotti.


Telit is the global leader in IoT enablement. Our enterprise-grade hardware, connectivity, andplatforms transform business through the power of IoT. With over one thousand of the world’sleading IoT experts, we share a relentless commitment to delivering the future of digital businessfor our customers.

South African Department of Science and Innovation

The South African Department of Science and Innovation is responsible for providingleadership, an enabling environment and resources for science, technologyandinnovation in support of the country's social and economic development. TheDepartment seeks out partnerships to strengthen the national system of innovation.This includes international cooperation aimed at enabling an exchange of knowledge,capacity and resources between South Africa and its partners

Trieste Valley

Trieste Valley operates in the high-performance computing field.Currently,the company is settingup its technological assets,including a Cloud High-Performance Computer(Cloud HPC). The aim is to become a catalyst for creating value and foster innovation in the territory.We let companies to be competitive and ready for the future.


Idea Prototipi industrializes and produces metal components in different industry sectors.

Continuous technological innovation, research and team training in collaboration with other institutions and universities are central to the development of company.

A unique supplier for project, prototype and mass production.