BayFOR as EEN partner at the "88th International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF)"

BayFOR as EEN partner at the "88th International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF)"

The "88th International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF)” will be held in Thessaloniki (Greece) from 7 to 15 September 2024. The event is considered the most important industrial and trade fair in Greece. The Federal Republic of Germany has been invited as a guest country and will present itself under the title "made in Germany" with more than 100 German companies in the "German Pavilion" on over 6,000 square meters. As the Bavarian partner of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), BayFOR is represented at the joint EEN stand in the German Pavilion alongside other EEN networks from five other German states. The EEN supports local networking activities between Bavarian and Greek players and advises on possible EU cooperation in the field of research and innovation.

This year's T.I.F. will feature several pavilions dedicated to new technologies, innovation and sustainable development, and will address the current challenges facing the country's most important economic sectors. The Federal Republic of Germany as Guest of Honour in the "German Pavilion" will be accompanied by a wide-ranging of entertainment and cultural events for the public.

The event will be jointly opened by the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr Robert Habeck.

It is intended to mark the start of enhanced cooperation between the two countries in the field of research and innovation.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) is responsible for organising the content and co-financing the German presence in the host country. The special needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are taken into account: Thanks to the support of the Federal Government, SMEs can also take part in the trade fair abroad. At the same time, the "German Pavilion" is a visiting card for Germany as a business location. “Leipziger Messe International GmbH” organises the German presence at the fair.

Prior to the TIF, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) had already published a bilateral call to intensify cooperation with Greece in the field of green hydrogen (deadline for project outlines: 24 July 2024).

Innovation and technology, e.g. in the fields of renewable energy, mobility and digitalisation, will play just as important a role in Germany's presentation as education, research, nutrition and culture. A varied program of thematic days in the "German Pavilion", educational events, networking/brokerage events and company presentations, as well as a cultural program in the city, will accompany Germany's appearance as Guest of Honour.

TIF 2024 is a good opportunity for Bavarian and Greek players (especially SMEs) in research and innovation to strengthen and deepen German-Greek economic and business relations.

Ideal networking opportunity for Bavarian and Greek SMEs at the joint EEN stand

Six EEN networks from different German federal states will be represented at the joint stand of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), including the EEN Bavaria network, represented by the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR). BayFOR will be on hand to advise Bavarian and Greek SMEs on possible cooperation in EU research and innovation projects and on EU funding programs such as Horizon Europe and Digital Europe. A visit to the EEN stand will also give Bavarian stakeholders the opportunity to meet potential cooperation partners on the spot.

The BayFOR team will be happy to help you expand your network, set up your EU consortium and support your application! Get in touch with us!

Dr Panteleïmon Panagiotou, Head of the Department of ICT and Natural and Engineering Sciences at BayFOR, will give a lecture on the topic "EU funding: opportunities for Europe to come together in research and innovation" on 12.09.2024 at 3 pm.

Thematic days in the "German Pavilion"

The following thematic days are planned with interesting lectures, symposiums and B2B meetings:

9.09.2024 Logistics, Transport, Traffic, Maritime Industry
10.09.2024 Healthcare, Medicine and Medical Technology, Pharmacy
11.09.2024 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Technology, Sustainability
12.09.2024 Education and research
13.09.2024 Digitalisation, digital economy, data economy, start-ups

Founded in 1926, T.I.F. is the most important trade fair in Greece, with an influence on the entire Balkan region and the neighbouring Mediterranean area, and therefore of high political relevance. As a cross-industry event, T.I.F. offers a wide range of opportunities for exhibitors and visitors. More than 200,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors are expected. Click here for more information.

Registration form

If you would like to visit the fair as a Bavarian participant, please register here.

Event date

Saturday, 7 September 2024 to Sunday, 15 September 2024
Mon-Fri: 16:00 - 22:00 hrs
Sat-Sun: 10:00 - 22:00 hrs


Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre
154, Egnatias street
54636 Thessaloniki
German Pavilion 13

For further information

For further information on the German Pavilion, please click here.

Contact at BayFOR

Dr Panteleïmon Panagiotou
Head of Unit
Information & Communication Technologies | Natural & Engineering Sciences


BayFOR as EEN partner at the "88th International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF)"
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