WP6-NA4 : Sustainability of RIs has gained a relevant position in the agenda of the EU Commission. This is illustrated by the Sustainability Survey consulted with the RI community prior to the update of the ESFRI Roadmap in March 2016. The Marine Biological stations (MBSs)...
WP6-NA4 : Sustainability of RIs has gained a relevant position in the agenda of the EU Commission. This is illustrated by the Sustainability Survey consulted with the RI community prior to the update of the ESFRI Roadmap in March 2016. The Marine Biological stations (MBSs) should participate in the policy debates emanating from such exercises to delineate the strategy and organizational/funding scaffold(s) accompanying RI operations. The operability of the MBSs could then be directed to meet the EU great challenges in R&D, fostering cohesive and competitive economic growth throughout European Regions. WP6 (NA 4) will align during this 4 years with the main suggestions coming out from the delineated policy, through a 3 tier approach: 1- An in depth analysis of the organization and activities of MBSs along history will be carried out to extract lessons of their resilience and capacity to evolve over time. 2- The analysis of the present situation of the MBSs, through a SWOT analysis of each single institution and the evaluation of their business models. 3- The implementation of funding seeking missions to ensure funding streams into the future of marine RIs.
WP6-NA4 : Towards addressing task 1, the chapter structure of the coffee table book â€œHistory of Marine Biological Stationsâ€ has been drafted and approved. The co-authors for each chapter has been decided and contacted, and the book printing scheme and costs discussed with the Basque University Press. In task 2, the SWOT analyses of all MBSs in Assemble plus have been produced and a workshop has been organised for the discussion of such SWOTs in Piran (Slovenia) on the 23rd of May 2018.
WP6-NA4 : This networking activity will allow MBSs to know themselves better and to draft business models better aligned towards the scaffolding of their long-term sustainability prospects. For isolated MBSs, in countries not incorporated into the EMBRC-ERIC organization, it will become apparent that the incorporation into a pan-European RI could improve their survival prospects, towards unleashing the full capacity of marine biotechnology and marine biological resource valorisation in Europe.
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