Day 7 - building networks & end of Campus Week Bonn

Before we said goodbye and most of the Fellows started their guest stays, there was one more topic on the agenda: building networks. Speakers presented possibilities for cooperation between EU13 and Germany, such as the COST programme or the Teaming and Twinning actions.

This day was dedicated to how to build networks within Europe. The Fellows were informed about different funding opportunities, starting with the Horizon 2020 'Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation' programme. Andreas Schweitzer from the DLR Project Management Agency introduced the programme's Teaming and Twinning actions. The Bulgarian ERA Fellow Dr. Vasil Kolev, who is part of a Twinning action, gave us some insight into how the collaboration works.

Presentation by Andreas Schweitzer  Presentation by Friederike Beulshausen

The second presentation was about 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 final presentation was about BMBF-funded bilateral and regional initiatives for EU13 states. All these initiatives and programmes contribute to the European Research Area by further integrating the EU13 states into the ERA through collaboration and capacity building.

Presentation by Vasil Kolev  Presentation by Birgit Ditgens

An intense but enriching Campus Week is now behind us. Feedback from the participants was very positive. Above all, the Fellows appreciated 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 stay, they may experience and partake in the elaboration of common guidelines for cooperation, joint applications or scientific articles. 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.

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 subject matters on the agenda. Once again, there will be plenty of opportunities for communication and networking.

Group photo of the ERA Fellows

Stay tuned for more information about the Campus Week Berlin and upcoming portraits of  the ERA Fellows and their hosts.

All photos: © Bjanka Bethke / DLR Projektträger