Capacity building workshop: strengthening the National Contact Point Network in Bogotá


The ALCUE NET Capacity building workshop: strengthening the National Contact Point Network took place from the 23rd to 25th of May in Bogotá - Colombia. The event was organized by: the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay (MEC), The Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft of Germany (DLR), the Ministry

This three-day event had different objectives as to present the CELAC NCP network; to inform and update all participants about the opportunities for third countries in European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme – Horizon 2020; to increase the awareness by training NCPs on Horizon 2020; to strength capacities of the existing LAC NCP network; to analyze and work on the ALCUE NET online survey results regarding NCPs identified needs and Finally elaborate the ALCUE NET action plan.

The first day was an InfoDay, where 140 Colombian researchers from public and private universities and entrepreneurs from enterprises with I+D+i units participated. Beside this, the event was seen in different regions of Colombia and LAC by web stream; there were 1184 entries on this platform. In addition, there were 21 NCPs from the ALCUE NET network, but also from non-beneficiaries countries such as Aruba, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The objective of this day was to inform about the ALCUE NET Project, Marie Sk?odowska-Curie, and Horizon 2020. Regarding H2020 Dr. Piero Venturi, delegate from the Delegation of the European Union in Brazil, explained the program, its structure, and opportunities for the LAC region. At the end of the day, Colciencias showed its strategy and call for mobility to help build consortiums. Also some of the Colombian successful experiences in H2020 were presented.

The following day was divided in three sessions. The first was to show the establishment and importance of the LAC NCP Network and the experience of some LAC Liaison Offices. The second was to have a mentoring activity with Daniela Fazenda from the IDEAL-IST network in order to share good practices and synergies to interact with the European colleagues. The third session, was focused on the ALCUE NET online survey on NCPs made last year (2015) by the Centre for Social Innovation from Austria (ZSI). In this sense, participants were splited in three groups to discussed a) Information and training needs, b) NCP outreachand consultation success, and c) cooperation and networking between thematic NCPs in CELAC.

Last day, the conclusions of the three working groups were shown. With these outputs the group leadered by Claudia Romano from MEC and Aneeken Riese from DLR elaborated the Action Plan 2016/2017 for wp6. Some of the conclusions were: the importance to nominate at least one NCPs for those countries that do not have yet and expand the nomination and thematic network for other countries.

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