Networking Event

Three public workshops in Ottawa, Canada, to pave the way for future T-AP work.

On June 1, 2015, T-AP held three public workshops at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa. The purpose of these events was to stimulate networking among existing research projects and build on established networks, as well as to engage researchers in establishing future research agendas in T-AP’s thematic priority areas:

  • Diversity, (in)equality and differences
  • New pathways to research on the environment
  • Resilient and innovative societies

T-AP also sought to better understand how funding through Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation should be focused to foster research in these areas, so as to maximize the contribution of this research towards addressing international challenges. These events were designed such that discussions would inform larger T-AP workshops on each of the themes taking place later in 2015.

Break-out table discussions at each workshop were asked to discuss the following questions:

  • What are the existing barriers to promoting international research collaboration on this theme?
  • What opportunities are there for greater international research collaboration on this theme?
  • What is the current state of research and international research collaboration related to this theme?
  • How can research funding be better structured to promote and support international research collaboration on this theme?

Following the break-out sessions, break-groups reported back to workshop attendees on the results of the discussions.

Workshop participants were encouraged to attend the various other events taking place at Congress, so as to learn about research projects and network with current and potential colleagues. On the evening of June 1, the EU Delegation to Ottawa hosted a diplomatic reception for workshop participants and other invited guests, and on the evening of June 2 T-AP hosted an informal networking dinner for workshop participants.