BSN Contributes to the Lithuanian Discussions on Widening Participation

On 21 November 2017, Baltic Science Network (BSN) “Study on Research Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region: Existing Networks, Obstacles and Ways Forward” was presented by Dr. Žilvinas Martinaitis, Research Manager at Visionary Analytics, during the conference “Widening Lithuanian Research Potential” hosted by the Research Council of Lithuania in Vilnius. The event was dedicated to the launch of the Lithuanian Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) office in Brussels (LINO).

Conference “Widening Lithuanian Research Potential” took place shortly after the BSN Tallinn seminar “New tools for spreading excellence and widening participation in research and innovation programmes” organised at the helm of the Estonian EU Presidency. Thus, it offered a much-awaited opportunity to present to the wider audiences the main take-aways of the BSN Tallinn seminar, which bear relevance to the Lithuanian aspirations in engaging more actively in the projects and research support measures offered by Horizon 2020 and the future Framework Programme 9.

“Widening Lithuanian Research Potential” wasn´t just an introspective event in terms of focusing solely on the Lithuanian research landscape and dynamics. The event benefited from insights presented by Ms Magda de Carli, Head of Unit for Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission.

Likewise, among the conference speakers was Dr. Ene Kadastik, Deputy Head of Research Policy Department, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, who gave an outline of the Estonian engagement in Horizon 2020, as well as offered an insight in the research and innovation related agenda of the Estonian EU Presidency. “Widening Lithuanian Research Potential” allowed also to highlight the latest success of Estonia, being praised in the PISA 2015 ranking as the Europe´s best nation and the 6th best country globally in the evaluation of students´ problem solving skills.

In order to provide a more nuanced insight in the engagement of the Widening Member States (based in the Baltic Sea Region) in Horizon 2020 funded initiatives, a number of Teaming projects, Twinning projects and ERA Chairs´ implementers showcased their experience. For example, Teaming has sparked a change in the attitude towards research, putting emphasis on sustainability of the research findings and their impact on society.

In view of the BSN´s upcoming advocacy activities in Brussels, “Widening Lithuanian Research Potential” helped to establish closer ties with the Brussels-based actors of countries represented by the BSN.

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