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PLATFORM Annual Event 2017 - ERA-MBT Internationalization efforts

Published 8 December 2017

PLATFORM is the forum for funders and programme managers in European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs) in the field of bioeconomy: food, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, climate, biodiversity and biotechnologies.

The last Annual Event of PLATFORM "P2P Networks for Impact, Co-creation and Internationalization" took place in Rome, Italy, 5-6 October, 2017, bringing together 52 participants to discuss the topics of alignment, internationalisation & co-creation and responsible research.

The session on Internationalization has addressed the common issues that arise when establishing collaboration with partners beyond Europe. Experiences from speakers beyond Europe and speakers from several P2Ps that work towards achieving this global dimension were shared.

Marta Norton (FCT, PT) presented the ERA-MBT internationalization efforts, which started already in the previous FP7 CSA with the comprehensive MBT international inventory, and have succeeded in the FP7 ERA-NET through several new contacts established with funding organizations in the East and West Coast of Canada. These connections resulted in a joint funding effort with Fonds de Recherche du Québec and with Genome BC in the ERA-MBT 3rd Call, where two projects with Canadian participation were selected for funding: Genome BC will fund two Canadian teams, from Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia, which will be working in the next three years with several European teams in the projects, DIVE-IT and MARBIOTECH, respectively (see:

The future Blue Bioeconomy Public-Public Partnership will provide an ensuing framework to maintain and establish new international contacts. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, USA, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand and South Africa have already expressed their interest to participate in this initiative.