Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions
Forward project gathers all the 9 outermost regions. At this step of the project, the work package 3 “co-creation and implementation of thematic action plans” is an important foundation because it brings together experts from the ORs for the first time in thematic working groups.
As a reminder, 8 thematic groups in the following areas met during the KOM. Their fields ; namely,
TWG1 : HEALTH, APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, DIAGNOSTICS AND THERAPIES
TWG2 : SOCIAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
TWG3 : EARTH, SPACE & UNIVERSE SCIENCES
TWG4 : INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
TWG5 : CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY TRANSITION
TWG6 : AGRICULTURE, APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES, BIOTECHNOLOGY, BIO-SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
TWG7 : BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION
TWG8 : MARINE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES
The ultimate goal of these TWG is to increase ORs participation in European calls, in number but also in quality.
Since the Kick-Off Meeting of sub-coordinators, on 17th September 2020, regular working sessions have been organized to ensure the smooth running of the TWG activities.
As a reminder the objectives of the TWG were defined by various phases, which are:
Phase 1: producing a regional diagnosis, comparative analysis and the definition of local and joint strategies;
Phase 2: Building of capacities through thematic working groups, training, networking, consortium building;
Phase 3: Strengthening of the connection between research and policy making and ensuring sustainability and impacts of project results on a long term
We are currently in the third phase, for most of the TWG, which is the implementation of the action plan to foster the collaboration on common area of interest among ORs, with European stakeholders, third countries.