Ljubljana, September 6-7, 2017: A very successful kick-off meeting of the SLICE3D project took place on September 6 and 7, 2017. Representatives of all project partners joined the two-day event in Ljubljana to determine the working plan of the project into detail. The meeting was hosted by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering – the coordinator of the project.

During the first day, a short presentation of partners’ competencies and references was followed by a discussion on the roles and interests of the partners. It has been proven previously that various institutions – from academia, governmental organisations, and SMEs, coming from different countries, bring together diverse knowledge that will significantly contribute to the project implementation and capacity building in the widening country.

The second day started with the symbolic launch of the project. As reported, a welcome address was given by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovenia, Dr Zoran Stančič. A warm welcome was also given by Prof Ivan Svetlik, Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof Martin Čopič, Vice-rector of the University of Ljubljana, and Prof Matjaž Mikoš, Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana.

The Coordinator of the Slovenian Horizon 2020 Contact Point, Mr Peter Volasko, presented the instrument of Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in the Working Programme (2018‒2020) within the Horizon 2020. He emphasized that this instrument was introduced due to low participation of some Member States in EU Framework Programmes. There are several reasons for this, such as insufficient national R&D investments, lack of synergies between national research systems and the EU research landscape, weak access to international networks, problems with information, communication and training, etc. The instrument aims to diminish differences among the Member States regarding research, innovation, and participation in EU Framework Programmes.

As a good practice, InnoRenew CoE (Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence) was demonstrated. Mike Burnard from InnoRenew CoE gave a motivating presentation and shared rich experiences in establishing the Centre of Excellence.

The afternoon was reserved for a discussion about the immediate project activities, including the dates of forthcoming meetings. The next meeting will be held in Twente, The Netherlands – meanwhile there is plenty of work to do!

Kick-off meeting in Ljubljana

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