On March 14, 2018, the University of Ljubljana hosted the international conference on widening participation and strengthening synergies in the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9), which was organised within the network of European research-intensive universities, The Guild. The University of Ljubljana became a member of The Guild on November 21, 2016. The network is designed to boost the cooperation of the leading European universities in research and education.

The conference took place one week after the Guild had published a position paper on supporting excellence across Europe in FP9 on March 7, 2018. A special attention was given to the instruments of the Horizon 2020 (Teaming, Twinning, Era-Chair, Cost, MSCS widening Fellowship) with the focus on inclusion of the countries of the South-East Europe or the Eastern Balkans into these programmes. The main aim of the conference was to exchange experiences between The Guild network members and the universities of South-Eastern Europe in securing financial programmes, enhancing synergies between the Framework Programmes and the Structural Funds, and propositions for increasing excellence in research, innovation and education.

Here, the SLICE3D project (phase 1) was presented by the coordinator, dr. Anka Lisec, emphasizing the importance of the collaboration between the partners from the advanced and widening countries and illustrating the R&I challenges in geospatial domain.

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At the centre of the conference was the debate about the instruments of the Horizon 2020 with the focus on inclusion of the countries of the South-East Europe or the Eastern Balkans (Source: University of Ljubljana)

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