IASON: Fostering sustainability and uptake of research results through Networking activities in Black Sea & Mediterranean areas

logo_iasonIASON Project has the ultimate goal to establish a permanent and sustainable Network of scientific and non-scientific institutions, stakeholders and private sector enterprises belonging in the EU and third countries located in two significant areas: The Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions. The main focal points of the project will be the usage and application of Earth Observation (EO) in the following topics:

  • climate change
  • resource efficiency
  • raw materials management

IASON aims to build on the experiences gained by 5 FP7 funded projects, OBSERVE, enviroGRIDS, GEONETCab, EGIDA, and BalkanGEONet. All of the above projects focused on enhancing EO capacities, knowledge and technology in the EU and in neighborhood countries. During their execution time they managed to establish links with a critical mass of research institutions, organizations, public organizations, stakeholders, and policy makers in the Balkan region, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea Basin.
IASON intends to create the proper conditions for enhancing knowledge transfer capacity building, and market opportunities in using EO applications and mechanisms in specific research fields that are addressing climate actions resource efficiency and raw materials management.
In order to achieve its goal IASON will engage in:

  • Visible and effective capacity building and knowledge transfer activities with Third countries’ research institutes and organizations, stakeholders and policy makers through the organization of two training workshops (one in each region).
  • Demonstration of market opportunities through uptake of results from three projects (PEGASO, enviroGRIDS, and IMPACTMIN), best case scenarios and success stories.
  • Identification of projects and networks, using the regional partners’ contacts in the Third Countries, along with input from training workshops, and Advisory Board Members in the thematic fields that have potential for future cooperation.
  • Liase and coordinate dissemination activities with other projects dealing with research and innovation cooperation for the Societal Challenge 5 of Horizon 2020
  • Creation of an innovative web based common information platform with information regarding clustering projects that demonstrate synergy potential, networking tools that will enhance communication between interesting parties.
  • BioSense Center is responsible for creating a virtual place where all relevant stakeholders could collaborate and find useful information about the project; providing a useful tool for stakeholders to build on existing knowledge; providing a virtual interactive web space where interesting parties could learn about latest advances and future evolutions; using the most practical collaborative tools for Consortium activities and providing links to the EC portal on International Cooperation.

Main tasks provided:

  • Informative Website
    • Preparation and maintenance of the internal electronic IASON project library
    • categorization of all new knowledge produced by the IASON project in thematic fields
    • Maintain the CIP two years after the official end of the project
  • Networking Tools
    • Provision of tools for questionnaires in order to facilitate experts and open consultation
    • Development of an open access forum that will involve stakeholders, institutions, researchers, and end-users
    • Creation of an interactive virtual announcement board that will enable key players and end-users to be informed on relevant issues and events
  • Social Media Link
    • Creation and maintenance of social media accounts regarding IASON

Project Website: http://iason-fp7.eu