PLATFORM Annual Event 2016, 6-7 October 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Theme: ‘The bigger picture: P2Ps for Inclusiveness and Innovation'

The H2020 project Platform of bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions (PLATFORM) brings together ERA‐NETs in the area of the Bioeconomy with the following objectives: to increase collaboration among actors, to foster inclusiveness, to increase capacities for efficient and effective ERA‐NETs, and to inform research policy making. The various activities of PLATFORM strengthen mutual learning, maximise synergies and increase coordination. With this event PLATFORM continues the series of annual meetings for the family of bioeconomy coordination networks organised in 2012 (Copenhagen), 2013 (Paris), 2014 (Leiden) and 2015 (Berlin), each with a programme composed of some recurring and some special topics.

The theme of PLATFORM Annual Event 2016 is ‘The bigger picture: P2Ps for Inclusiveness and Innovation’. Participants will learn about inclusiveness issues faced by P2P networks and those countries which have difficulty to participate or actively contribute to the consortium, experiencing difficulties also with joint transnational call participation and/or successful funding of projects. Aiming big as the theme suggests, we will not only interactively look at ways to include, motivate and inspire the less active countries through different inclusiveness mechanisms, but also look at the other side of the TRL scale, discussing topics of the role P2Ps have in stimulating innovation, learning about other instruments that complement the P2Ps in their goals and practically looking into ways to go further in bridging the gap between research and innovation. Alignment and impact are core topics, and this year we will address them both practically, looking into ways P2Ps can efficiently exchange and harmonize their activities, and in a broad policy context: the national ERA-Roadmaps, the revised bioeconomy strategy, the mid-term evaluation of H2020 and other contributions such as those on the ERA-NET Cofund instrument.

Date:    6-7 October 2016
Venue:  Nebotičnik Skyscraper, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Chairs:  Petra Žagar (MIZŠ, SI) & Ino Ostendorf (MinEA, NL)