The Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) can be defined as a group of Entities Offering Open access to Physical Facilities and Infrastructures, Capabilities and a wide range of Services in a specific field of competence. The OITBs’ goal is to offer to clients a one-stop-shop access to infrastructure and services at fair conditions through a single entry point. As a consequence, the time-to-market of novel materials and products will be significantly reduced, alongside with the overall cost and associated risks.
This presentation will introduce two open innovation test beds that are created under the frame of EU funded Horizon 2020 innovation action projects LightCoce and BIOMAC, and are focusing on the upscaling of advanced materials, lightweight concrete & ceramics and nano-enabled bio-based materials, respectively. The impact of these open innovation test beds on the European decarbonization will be highlighted.




Maria Tsianti obtained a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Mechanical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in 2018, specializing in energy engineering. In 2019, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Advanced Nuclear Engineering from Imperial College London.
From 2019 to 2021, she had been working on designing, supervising installation, and commissioning of new and retrofit marine Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems in Piraeus, Greece, and West SEA Viana Shipyard, Viana do Castelo, Portugal. During that time, she also took a course on Marine Engineering, provided by Bureau Veritas.
Since 2021, Maria is working in Exelisis IKE as a project manager in EU funded research projects and particularly the H2020 project LightCoce. “Building an Ecosystem for the up-scaling of lightweight multi-functional concrete and ceramic materials and structures (LightCoce)” is an Open Innovation Test Bed and Maria has been responsible for conducting market research on lightweight ceramics and concrete, supporting the establishment of LightCoce open innovation ecosystem and business planning. At the same time, she is an external advisor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working on the H2020 project “BIOMAC – European Sustainable BIObased nanoMAterials Community”. The object of her work is mainly to support the Open Innovation Test Bed organization, tools and procedures.
Maria is an active member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) and a member of ASHRAE Hellenic Chapter.