The aim of the network is to connect institutions wishing to succeed in Horizon 2020 funding.
The UM collaboration with University College London (UCL) developed in the UM joining the Vision 2020 network. It works through the operation of "Helixes" which are communities focused on a particular research topic. These Helixes organise specific events in order to bring proposers together and form consortia to apply for topic-specific calls. In addition, the helix will have a leading role in discussions with the European Commission on their strategy in the area.
Online collaboration is facilitated by the purpose-built Crowdhelix Open Innovation platform. The network holds topic-focused events to help launch successful Horizon 2020 project proposals:
Find partners to join you in a consortium for a proposal you wish to lead;
Join a consortium applying under a particular call as a partner.
In addition, the UM has taken the lead of the Maritime & Marine (M&M) helix. Malta is ideally positioned to be in the forefront of research in the marine and maritime area, and the UM has shown this commitment through the establishment of the University Maritime Platform (UMP), with the intention of facilitating collaboration between University of Malta entities, industry and policy makers in the areas of research, education and training. Access Crowdhelix for information about future events.
September 2018 featured the Vision 2020 Maritime & Marine Helix Launch event at Villa Bighi, Kalkara, attractive for its strategic location in Valletta Grand Harbour and its historical significance, both representative of the theme and the event.
A variety of international delegates came from within the Vision 2020 Network and also from outside the network, coming together to build consortia for applying under Horizon 2020 calls in the Marine and Maritime Field. They interacted with diversity of Maltese delegates who attended the event, both as University of Malta Academics as well as representatives from Industry.
Breakout sessions were held with the aim of building consortia for applying for funding under the following calls:
Multi-use of the Maritime space
Solutions for biobased plastics for maritime applications
New solutions for the sustainable production of raw materials
Building a water smart economy and society
The group were taken for a guided tour of Kalkara and the 3 cities, and participated in a networking dinner in Valletta.
We would like to thank the Vision 2020 network for their support in the organisation, as well as our sponsors for their invaluable support: