PLATFORM's Outcomes & Outlook

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PLATFORM Outcomes & Outlook was the final event of the FP7 project ‘Platform of Knowledge Based Bioeconomy Relevant ERA-NETs’, held 9 October 2014 during the Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference in Turin, 8-9 October 2014. This dissemination event was open to all participants of the Conference.

Through the PLATFORM project a robust network of member state coordination activities has been established aimed at increased impact. The results of the work over the last three years were presented and various speakers gave perspectives for the ERA networks in the context of the European Research Area, collaboration on intersecting themes, European and global partnerships, and embedding in national programming.

Presentations were followed by panel discussion with reflections on the presented outcomes and recommendations, and views on ERA-NETs and implementation of activities in Horizon 2020. The attendees participated actively in the discussions. Focus, scale and capacity are issues important for their proven contribution to alignment and more is expected for the future.

For PLATFORM2 the expectations would include a bottom-up approach, from the practice and experience within the ERA-NET Actions, with smart ways to combine instruments and programmes.