On 11 December 2012, UASnet organised a workshop on Horizon 2020 for more than 20 participants from seven different countries, all working at Universities of Applied Sciences and responsible for the research activities of their UAS. The main aim of this meeting was to share information and discuss the role of the UAS in the new European programmes. The participants received an update on Horizon 2020 from the EU Commission, discussed their own research theme’s and met up with colleagues to discover possible partnerships.
During the first session, Sebastiaan den Bak (Policy advisor Nether) gave a presentation on the Horizon2020 programme and there was a presentation about the Marie Curie Actions by Kamila Partyka (European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture).
During a work session the participants worked together in thematic groups to discuss preparation for participation in Horizon2020. What are the needs? What are the main questions? What is their strategy? With whom do they co-operation? What are their strengthens and weaknesses? How do they link their research with Horizon2020? In the workgroup on Health care focus lay on how to use the networks within the UAS. The Energy / Environment group discussed the challenges of building international networks and how to connect research with education. The Engineering / Product design group depicted on the complementarity between the different UAS and with that, the opportunities to co-operate. During the final plenary session the groups all stretched out the need of organised information on the different research areas at the institutions and corresponding contact information.
In the afternoon there was a presentation by Siep Littooij (Manager International Project Desk, Saxion University of Applied Sciences) on how his UAS made strategic choices in organizing their networks. The final theme was about how Ireland stimulated the engagement of academic researchers and SMEs in research programmes under FP7 and Horizon 2020. Presentation by Andrew Brownlee (Director of Research, Development and Innovation, Institutes of Technology Ireland)
All presentations can be found here.