Today was dedicated on how to build networks within Europe. Different funding opportunities were introduced to the fellows. We've started with Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, a work programme in Horizon 2020. Andreas Schweitzer from the DLR Project Management Agency introduced the Teaming and Twinning actions. Our Bulgarian fellow Dr. Vasil Kolev is part of such a twinning action and gave us a good insight on how the collaboration worked.
The second presentation was about COST, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), an EU-funded, intergovernmental framework funding organisation. COST provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. The last presentation was about BMBF funded bilateral and regional initiatives for EU13 states. All the initiatives and programmes have in common, that they contribute to the European Research Area by better integrating the EU13 states into the ERA via collaboration and capacity building.
An intense but enriching Campus week is now behind us. The feedback from the participants was very positive. Above all, the participants praised the many networking opportunities in Germany and in the European Research Area, the information on the application process and the diverse expertise and origins of the participants.Many fellows are now starting their guest stay in Germany. During their guest stay, they may experience how or develop together common guidelines for cooperation, joint applications or scientific articles are written at their host instituion. The ERA Fellowship action enables the participants to share this knowledge with their home institution and colleagues, thus contributing to improving, e.g., know-how about the application process, the internationalisation of the institution or networking itself.
A second Campus Week is planned for early May 2020 in Berlin. It will again combine a political part with a theoretical part of high practical relevance. Science communication, technology transfer and innovation are some of the subjects that will be presented and worked on. Once more, there will be plenty of opportunities for communication and networking.
Stay tuned, for more information about the Berlin Campus week and upcoming portraits about our fellows and hosts.