On 17 March, the UfM Regional Research and Innovation Platform hosted a Virtual Kick Off Consultation to chart a course for its future.
Bringing together members of the newly established Expert Group, as well as other key stakeholders from national contact points and relevant research institutions and organisations, the meeting built on the UfM’s longstanding commitment for an effective Euro-Mediterranean regional cooperation agenda.
The kick-off event for the consultation opened with introductions from UfM Platform Bureau co-chairs, Nienke Buisman (DG Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission) and Rasha Smadi (HCST Jordan), as well as Itaf Ben Abdallah, Senior Advisor on Higher Education and Research at the UfM.
Participants will discuss the horizontal integration aspects of the UfM R&I priorities, as well as the three Roadmaps/Theory of Change and Impact Pathways (TCIPs). Drafted by the Expert Group for mutual R&I cooperation development, these three roadmaps focus on the following priority areas: health, renewable energy and climate change.
The consultation process will also address the following issues: linkages between research and innovation, the major threats faced by research and development in the Mediterranean region, and how regional cooperation on science, innovation and development benefit local societies and contribute to a sustainable process.