During the SLICE3D kick-off meeting, the symbolic launch of the project was held on September 7, 2017. The newly launched HORIZON 2020 project SLICE3D aims to provide a clear vision, strategy and a comprehensive business plan for the future Centre of Excellence in the field of geoinformatics, spatial data.
A welcome address was given by the Head of the European Commission Representation to Slovenia, Dr Zoran Stančič, who emphasized the long-term potential of the so-called widening project: “Widening actions address the causes of low participation by fully exploiting the potential of Europe’s talent pool. This ensures that the benefits of innovation-led economies are both maximised and widely distributed across the European Union. Here, centres of excellence represent one of the incubators for long-term scientific and innovation capacity building aiming to strengthen the research and innovation capacities in the so-called widening countries.” Dr Stančič further emphasized the importance of the SLICE3D research and innovation field: “I am really glad that the University of Ljubljana, together with the Slovenian and international partners, has recognized one of the most promising scientific and professional fields. I have to say that the European Commission has already recognised geoinformatics with spatial data modelling, Earth observation, and spatial data infrastructure as an important scientific and development field in the last decade. Geodata with Earth observation activities are crucial for several development challenges and investments, including adaptation to climate change, societal, and environmental requirements.”
Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof Ivan Svetlik, welcomed guests and project partners. He expressed the University’s support to the project and wished a successful work to the project team. The project is an important contribution to the implementation of the Strategy of the University of Ljubljana, which was also emphasized by the Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof Martin Čopič, during his presentation about the University’s research and internationalisation strategy. Prof Matjaž Mikoš, Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, further emphasized the importance of the project for the faculty. The Coordinator of the Slovenian Horizon 2020 Contact Point, Mag Peter Volasko, added that the project is of national and even wider regional importance. With his presentation about EU widening programmes, expressing support to the SLICE3D initiative, he importantly contributed to the further discussion among the consortium partners.
Dr Zoran Stančič, Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovenia
Rector of the University of Ljubljana, prof. Ivan Svetlik, welcomed guests and project partners