During the last WP4* Technical meeting of 15th october 2020, each Outermost Region presented their needs regarding trainings to increase their capacities to answer to European Framework Programs  / H2020 calls

Led by Azores, the WP4 leader will support each OR in the implementation of their action plan.

After identifying their needs in trainings, the next step is to connect OR through synergies, in order to reinforce their capacities and strenghten collaboratives actions.

Therefore, a regional coordinator was designated per OR.

The WP4 leader defined the target areas for capacity building with the presentation of :

  • Forward skills (management in innovation, identification of calls) ;
  • EU funding (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, Life +, Best, Regional European funds);
  • Human ressources capacities (financial management, training in specfic areas, network building)

*WP4 : Workpackage 4 of the Forward project “capacity building and training activities”

The first online meeting with the AB took place on october 22. The overall objective was to present the progress of Forward project.

What is the role of the AB ?

The AB has to :

  • Give critical reviews on the outcomes and impacts of the project
  • Provide advices and recommendations on the activities carried out
  • Disseminate information to the scientific community

Morever, the main outcomes of the Forward Packages were presented.

With a high participation of the AB members, it was a very successful session. They were satisfied with the presentations and reiterated their will to contribute to the good proceedings of the project.

The main recommendations, among others, were :

  • To include the AB more in the project ;
  • For WP3 : ensuring the sustainability of the thematic working groups is highly advised ;
  • For WP4 : organize summer courses on how to manage a project, for instance ;
  • To use more lobbying activities.

Forward is a concrete opportunity for collaboration and networking among Ors institutions, representing the quadruple helix (university, business, government and civil society).

To summarize Forward in numbers :

  • 9 Ors and 24 partners
  • 3 years project (jan 2019 – dec 2021)
  • 4.2 million euros budget
  • 9 work packages
  • 28 deliverables and 9 milestones

Some of the objectives of the project :

  • To map outermost regions’ ecosystems in research and innovation to underline strenghs, weaknesses and potentials for growth for each OR ; Linked to WP2
  • To identify actual and future fields of excellence and competitive advantages of the different regions and define emerging specializations areas for each OR and define Ors’ friendly topics in the future Framework Programmes ; Linked to WP2
  • To characterize and objective barriers to Ors participation in H2020 ; Linked to WP2

Some of the main outcomes/ delivrables of the project :

  • An exhaustive mapping of OR regional innovation systems, valorized through the Forward platform
  • An objectived evaluation of the performance of each egion in terms of Framework Programmes participation
  • A detailed analyzis of the determinants influencing such participation
  • A joint strategy and 9 regional action plans to reinforce OR position in the future Horizon Europe

 

The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference “Navigating the Way Forward” that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference.

The opening ceremony celebrated the Azores as the first archipelago to be certified as a sustainable destination by EarthCheck. “It is with great proud that today we can say that the Azores are certified as a sustainable tourist destination,” said Ms. Marta Guerreiro , Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism (in the photo below). “We are the first and only archipelago in the world to have this certification. We are the only region in Portugal with this certification. It was 2 years of hard work, not always visible, and dedication to fulfill a commitment to certify the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination.”

The GSTC Annual Congress is one of the largest international events on sustainable development and brings together many countries at a time of sharing, debate and reflection, not only on this issue at international level, but especially at regional and national level and in this case, taking into account the certification process of the Azores as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, a distinction granted by the certification entity EarthCheck.

The Conference themes were: (A) Sustainable Destination Management; (B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products; and (C) Tourism Response to Climate Change.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization that brings together United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and regional governments, DMCs, hotels, tour operators, people and communities striving to achieve sustainable tourism best practices.

The Ponta Delgada Campus of the University of the Azores receives, from October 14 to 18, the 5th edition of the HoraProg@UAc.

The event takes place annually at the UAc, since 2015, is included in the European Commission’s initiative codeweek.eu and is intended for students and teachers of all teaching cycles, including higher education.

In the previous edition, more than 1,200 students from 19 schools from four municipalities on São Miguel Island participated in the HoraProg@UAc.
Over the five days, seven workshops are prepared: AppInventor, Arduino, Python, Lego Mindstorm Robots, Blender, Networks and Communications and Scratch that take place in five sessions from 09:00 to 4:00 pm.

The organization of HoraProg@UAc 2019 is in charge of the Center for Research and Development in e-Health (NIDeS) and the UAc Informr’s Student Center (NESTI) and has the support of the Regional Government of the Azores, the Ponta Delgada City Council, GlobalEDA, CIVILA, ExpoLab, PROBOT and CerealGames.

The Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) and the National Agency for Innovation (ANI) holded, on October 7 and 8, 2019, a training action of Horizon 2020 called H2020Days@Açores, in NONAGON, Lagoa, in São Miguel island.

This workshop is promoted by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (GPPQ) with the aim of interactively discussing relevant aspects in the preparation of applications, as well as the new Horizon Europe Framework programme.

Bruno Pacheco, Regional Director of Science and Technology, sees this training action as “an opportunity to promote and increase the participation of the Azores in European financing programmes, in line with the objectives of the PERIN national network and the FORWARD European Project”.

This action is addressed in support structures and key regional stakeholders in the area of Research, Development and Innovation (R&D+i), which are participating in or developing proposals under this European funding framework.

 

 

 

It took place on October 25, 2019, in Azores (Terceira Island), the Technical Day for beneficiaries of projects approved in the second call of the INTERREG Territorial Cooperation Program V-A MAC 2014-2020, of which the Management Authority of the AZORES PO 2020 performs regional representation functions.

This session was opened by the Regional Director of Planning and Structural Funds of the Azorean Regional Government, Rui Amann, in representation of the host region, and  had the participation of the coordinator of the Joint Secretariat of this program, Irene Ruiz.

Themes related to the functioning of the Programme were on the table, namely the contracting, implementation and monitoring phase regarding the second stage of the second call of the INTERREG Territorial Cooperation Program V-A MAC 2014-2020.

On 3 June 2015, the European Commission approved the new INTERREG V-A España-Portugal MAC Cooperation Programme (Madeira-Azores-Canarias) 2014-2020 with a budget of EUR 130 million (85% financed by the European Regional Development Fund-ERDF). On 17 October 2017, the EC approved an increase in the programme’s funding for these 3 RUP’s, a total budget of almost EUR 149 million (126’5 million ERDF). This program helps to reinforce the cooperation between Madeira, Açores and Canary Islands and gives a platform to build joint projects.

For further informations please check the presentations in https://www.mac-interreg.org/.

The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference “Navigating the Way Forward” that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference.

The opening ceremony celebrated the Azores as the first archipelago to be certified as a sustainable destination by EarthCheck. “It is with great proud that today we can say that the Azores are certified as a sustainable tourist destination,” said Ms. Marta Guerreiro , Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism (in the photo below). “We are the first and only archipelago in the world to have this certification. We are the only region in Portugal with this certification. It was 2 years of hard work, not always visible, and dedication to fulfill a commitment to certify the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination.”

The GSTC Annual Congress is one of the largest international events on sustainable development and brings together many countries at a time of sharing, debate and reflection, not only on this issue at international level, but especially at regional and national level and in this case, taking into account the certification process of the Azores as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, a distinction granted by the certification entity EarthCheck.

The Conference themes were: (A) Sustainable Destination Management; (B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products; and (C) Tourism Response to Climate Change.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization that brings together United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and regional governments, DMCs, hotels, tour operators, people and communities striving to achieve sustainable tourism best practices.

The Ponta Delgada Campus of the University of the Azores receives, from October 14 to 18, the 5th edition of the HoraProg@UAc.
The event takes place annually at the UAc, since 2015, is included in the European Commission’s initiative codeweek.eu and is intended for students and teachers of all teaching cycles, including higher education.
In the previous edition, more than 1,200 students from 19 schools from four municipalities on São Miguel Island participated in the HoraProg@UAc.
Over the five days, seven workshops are prepared: AppInventor, Arduino, Python, Lego Mindstorm Robots, Blender, Networks and Communications and Scratch that take place in five sessions from 09:00 to 4:00 pm.
The organization of HoraProg@UAc 2019 is in charge of the Center for Research and Development in e-Health (NIDeS) and the UAc Informr’s Student Center (NESTI) and has the support of the Regional Government of the Azores, the Ponta Delgada City Council, GlobalEDA, CIVILA, ExpoLab, PROBOT and CerealGames.

The Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) and the National Agency for Innovation (ANI) holded, on October 7 and 8, 2019, a training action of Horizon 2020 called H2020Days@Açores, in NONAGON, Lagoa, in São Miguel island.

This workshop is promoted by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (GPPQ) with the aim of interactively discussing relevant aspects in the preparation of applications, as well as the new Horizon Europe Framework programme.

Bruno Pacheco, Regional Director of Science and Technology, sees this training action as “an opportunity to promote and increase the participation of the Azores in European financing programmes, in line with the objectives of the PERIN national network and the FORWARD European Project”.

This action is addressed in support structures and key regional stakeholders in the area of Research, Development and Innovation (R&D+i), which are participating in or developing proposals under this European funding framework.