LINC participated in the Horizon 2020 national launch event in Cyprus. The launch event took place on Thursday, January 16 2014 at the Royal hall in Nicosia. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. The launch event aimed at presenting the structure, the procedures and the rules of Horizon 2020 to the Cypriot academic and research communities. The event featured a keynote speaker, Ms. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.