The meeting brought together 37 participants (list attached), incl. senior officials from the Foreign ministries of Turkey, Russia and Romania. Besides BSEC, representatives of the Black Sea Commission and the CPMR took part in the discussions. The meeting was another step in the process towards developing a strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA) for the Black Sea based on the experience of similar processes in the Baltic (BONUS), Atlantic (Galway&Belem) and the Mediterranean (BLUEMED).
The forum took stock of the results of the gap analysis carried out by the experts of the Middle-East Technical Uni (METU) of Turkey based on a sample of over 350 completed research projects (since 2011) and managed to agree on a set of common challenges that can be distilled from there. This work will pave the way for a “vision paper”, an appeal of the research community to the Black Sea policy makers and international donors, to support their work in shaping the future SRIA. The resourceful METU team has prepared and compiled a set of documents including the latest versions of the matrixes, the presentations of the last workshops, the projects list, the contributions table, the results from all breakout groups and the elements for the SRIA.
You can find them in attachment below.
As mentioned before, please signal to us should we not have included one participant or anyone else who is interested in contributing to this interesting joint endeavour.
As our chair, Sigi Gruber, has been stressing during all our meetings – “the door is open”!
Thank you in advance for this excellent cooperation.
Thanks also to our partners from IFREMER, EUROGOOS and Vangelis for your continuous input and facilitation of the group exercises!
With kind regards and looking forward to the meeting in Burgas,
on behalf of the DG MARE and DG RTD teams