PLATFORM workshop "Think Back, Act Forward"
27 March 2015, Schiphol, The Netherlands
This workshop kicked off a set of activities and meetings for the community of bioeconomy P2P actors that are organised by the Platform of bioeconomy ERA-NETs, under the new CSA project PLATFORM2 (H2020 Grant Agreement 652635). For further information about PLATFORM (2012-2014) and PLATFORM2 (2015-2017) read the project information on this website.
The PLATFORM workshop "Think Back, Act Forward" aim was to discuss options for long-term Member States research and innovation cooperation in the area of the bioeconomy and related subjects. The workshop especially focussed on the experiences so far with the new ERA-NET Cofund instrument, and on the needs and expectations of the user community, and explore also alternative ways of cooperation.
Invited were responsible officers from funding agencies running Cofund actions, or planning to do so in the near future, as well as those with experience from ERA-NET Plus, as well as other key actors including representatives from the EC.
As Horizon 2020 changed conditions and settings for the Member States coordination activities profoundly, there is a necessity to think about new, sustainable and alternative models of future cooperation and collaboration between national publicly funded research programmes. Therefore the overall goal of this creativity workshop was (1) to identify main challenges within existing instruments of collaboration, and, (2) to envision, design and discuss improved schemes of future collaboration in public-public partnerships between the member states. This workshop used the well-established creativity method LEGO Serious Play to visualize ideas and to enable a better communication.
Outcomes will feed into further activities of the PLATFORM2 project including Policy Briefs to bring in recommendations regarding cooperation modalities, tools and (funding) instruments.
For more detailed information about the workshop please read the following documents: