The first meeting between our Advisory Board members and sub-coordinators of our Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) was organised on 14th October 2021.

The event was held online, and it was a fruitful occasion to make the point on the status of the TWGs’ action plans, its main challenges and opportunities, and the plan for their sustainability.

Soon, we will finalise the minutes of the meeting and publish more information on the outcomes of the meeting in our News section. Stay tuned!

In the context of the FORWARD project, as part of WP4 capacity building actions, our partners ULL and ULPGC (Canary Islands) are organising a seminar on the TWINNING call, within the framework of Horizon Europe – WIDENING Programme.

These actions finance R&I support, with the main objective to improve access to excellence and reduce investment disparities between EU regions. The eligible entities are WIDENING countries and regions (considered with the lowest investment and performance in R&I), which include the Outermost Regions.

The seminar will be held online, on October 21, 2021, at 10 am (Canary Islands time), and it will last 2 hours.

In the frame of the FORWARD project, on the 26th of October, NEXA organises an online training session for researchers and innovators who know little about Horizon Europe.
The session starts at 9.00 am in La Reunion (7am CET) until 12.30.
Demystifying European programmes for participants that do not know or know very little about the framework programme  half day


• How to think and act like a Champion in Horizon Europe?
• How to start today with little or no experience at all about European Research and Innovation programmes
• Q&A
The training will be in English.
The webinar is free, but registration is mandatory and open until the 22nd of October.
The link to register is here:

Under the FORWARD project, the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) is organizing a training and capacity building action entitled “European Ecological Pact (European Green Deal) – Challenges and Opportunities for Research and Innovation”, which will take place on 29 October 2021, in virtual format between 09:00 and 13:00 (Azores time), in Portuguese language.

The aim of this action is to train the actors of the Regional Ecosystem for Research and Innovation in the use of new instruments and funding tools of the new Horizon Europe Framework Program.

More information in FRCT website here.


With the support of FORWARD project, the Regional Government of the Azores, through the Regional Fund for Science and Technology, organized between September 20 and 24, the EMERGENCE@Azores, which took place at Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Center in Ribeira Grande, São Miguel Island.

In this intensive 5 day-long event, more than 50 participants were able to immerse in a collaborative setting where they are assisted through the process of exploring various digital media technologies with a focus on creating stories for both linear and experiential formats and to equip the R&I community with enhanced digital capacities to perform research and innovation.

EMERGENCE@Azores brings together scientists, techies, artists, and science communicators, to collaboratively create digital media-based projects that communicate complex concepts in scientific research.

Our FORWARD partner – Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) – is organizing an informative session on open access and FAIR management procedures in Horizon Europe projects.

The workshop will be held on 2nd September in Spanish. The programme is available at this link.

The event is part of capacity building activities of Work Package 4.

If interested, you can register here.

Online workshop on Macaronesian Algae Blue Bioeconomy – 17th June 2021

The workshop is promoted within the framework of the European Maritime Day in My Country 2021 (#EMDinMyCountry), by the partners of the REBECA and REBECA-CCT projects and backed by our FORWARD project as well.

The organisers are the Spanish Bank of Algas of the Canary Islands and the Society for the Economic Promotion of Gran Canaria, along with some FORWARD organisations, namely the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Our partner NEXA from La Réunion will also participate as an invited speaker of the event.

The initiative is part of the Specific Objective 3 and communication activities of the REBECA and REBECA-CCT projects, which aim to create and consolidate a network of microalgae and cyanobacteria culture collections, as well as the promotion of biotechnology blue based on algae in Macaronesia.

In 2022, the European Commission plans to launch the “EU algae initiative“, whose main objective is to increase sustainable production, guarantee safe consumption and promote the innovative use of algae and algae-based products. In Spain, the new strategy for the sustainable development of aquaculture is being designed in line with Europe. The online workshop will be a further step to define the role of the blue bio-economy based on algae in outermost regions.

The event foresees a first block dedicated to the blue bio-economy in Macaronesia and its role in the initiative of the European Commission to achieve a consolidated and sustainable seaweed sector in the EU. Important speakers from the Commission and other key opinion leaders in the algae field will join the discussions.

Afterwards, participants will be able to learn more about the Blue Biotechnology Excellence Network – REBECA – and the experience of relevant actors from Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Mauritania and La Réunion, regions linked to the project.

You can register to the event through the form available at this link.

The draft programme can be consulted here.

The workshop will count on simultaneous translation from Spanish versus English, Portuguese, and French.

The University of French Guiana is organising multiple training sessions for their researchers within the framework of the FORWARD project.

1st, 4th and 8th June 2021: A webinar about managing H2020 projects with two main objectives:

  • Managing administrative and financial aspects of H2020 contracts;
  • Preventing financial recoveries in case of audit.

17th – 22nd June 2021: A webinar about administrative and financial aspects in Horizon Europe, whose key objective are:

  • Providing advice on how to draft Horizon Europe proposals;
  • Giving keys elements on how to set up a Horizon Europe project budget.

This training will also provide participants with enhanced skills for:

  • Improved use of the «Funding & Tender Opportunities» portal;
  • Collaborative projects, single beneficiaries and financing tools;
  • Project preparation including submission, eligibility conditions, and evaluation approach.

Initiated under Horizon 2020, the “Widening participation and spreading Excellence” programme aims at boosting the R&I systems in widening countries, fostering their participation in the FP and facilitating collaborative links all across EU. This programme is now open to outermost regions which are eligible for coordinators, offering new opportunities for La Reunion.

To raise awareness of the regional stakeholders about the Widening tools, Nexa, the regional Agency for Development, Innovation and Investment of La Reunion, organised an online workshop on the 19th May 2021.

Opened by Paula Duarte-Gaspar, Head of Outermost regions’s Unit in the DG for Regional policies at the European Commission, the seminar provided key elements to the local researchers and policy advisors with presentations from a panel of experts:

  • Kalina Esmein, from the “institut français d’Autriche”, NCP Widening;
  • Jean Sciare, Director of the Climate & Atmosphere Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, coordinating a TEAMING project;
  • Ewa Domke, Deputy Director for International cooperation and project administration at The Institute of Fluid Machinery Polish Academy, coordinating a Twinning project;
  • Bernie O’Rourke, Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Glasgow, Chair of a Cost Action.

The R&I local community is now working on a strategic plan to exploit the Widening opportunities with the help of Nexa’s Europe Office Team.