PLATFORM Annual Event 2017 on Alignment, Co-creation and Internationalisation held, Rome, Italy, 5-6 Oct

The PLATFORM Annual Event 2017 was held on 5-6 October in Rome, Italy. The event brought together 55 representatives of the bioeconomy P2P networks to learn about and discuss the issues of alignment, internationalisation and co-creation. In addition to the coordinators and programme managers of the P2P networks in the area of the bioeconomy, also persons from SCAR Working Groups attended the meeting.

The event was setup in three blocks. The first covering the topic of impact and alignment,  included a keynote from Nelly Bruno of DG RTD Directorate Policy Development and Coordination on the approach and results of the H2020 Mid Term Evaluation. Nelly was in charge of the evaluation and presented the results with special focus on the outcomes with regards to relevance, impact, effectiveness of JPIs and ERA-NETs. After this presentation the word was given to Leonidas Antoniou, chair of the High Level Group Joint Programming (GPC), who explained the views and recommendations of the GPC for the joint programming process that were recently communicated in the opinion paper “Future of Joint Programming to address societal challenges”. The third presentation of this morning was given by Christien Enzing from Technopolis, who performed a study for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on the assessment of national contribution to transnational research projects of P2Ps. After the coffee break the programme continued with the interactive session on the alignment of activities within and between the P2P networks. The outcomes of the discussions in the different break-out groups will feed into a Policy Brief on alignment.

The topic of the second block addressed the common issue of internationalisation, in particular collaboration with partners beyond Europe. The block consisted of presentations on collaborations, a presentation on collaboration between Europe and Latin America, the experience of INIA (ES), a presentation by Matthew Hooper from the New Zealand government on the experience from New Zealand as a non-European country participating in ERA-NETs  and a presentation on  the recently started Art. 185 initiative PRIMA focussing on the Mediterranean countries. After the coffee break this block was continued with several presentations from the P2P networks: ERA-CAPS, Euphresco and ERA-MBT, on their experience establishing a sustainable network including international partners. The last presentation of this block was from Diego Galeano from Argentina who gave a presentations on the Argentinean experiences of being involved in a H2020 consortium. This block was concluded with a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of international collaborations.

After this first day of hard work it was also time to relax with a guided tour through the city centre of Rome and a dinner at the venue, the beautiful Palazzo Ferrajoli

The second day continued with a block on co-creation and responsible research, this block was co-organised with European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) and started with an introductory lecture given by Willemine Brinkman of the EIP-AGRI Service Point on behalf of Inge van Oost of EC DG-AGRI, in which the concept of co-creation and responsible research were explained and also the EIP-AGRI tools: thematic networks, multi-actor projects, focus groups and operational groups. The lecture was followed by two presentations from the P2P networks on stakeholder involvement, JPI-HDHL presented engaging stakeholders in boards in the development of SRA, implementation plan and research, and BiodivERsA presented the BiodivERsA stakeholders handbook published in 2014 and how it is being used for the benefit of their research projects. The block was concluded with an interactive session on how co-creation is used as base for tools the EIP-AGRI and how it is or can be used more in the P2P networks activities. For the interactive session persons with hands-on experience of the EIP-AGRI tools were invited to the Annual Event to moderate the group work.

This Event, being the last PLATFORM Annual Event, ended with the PLATFORM parade, a presentation by all representatives of the PLATFORM consortium on the highlights of the project.

For more information and to download the presentations please visit the PLATFORM Annual Event 2017 page on the PLATFORM website.

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