At the conference ‘Tackling Societal Challenges’ in Lund on 3 December 2015, the chairs of the 10 Joint Programming Initiatives call on further alignment of national research activities and the international opening of JPI’s beyond Europe.
The Statement of the 10 Chairs, presented by Patrick Monfray of JPI Climate, states that considerable progress has been accomplished during the first phase of the JPIs. “However there are still barriers to break down in order to improve the conditions for transnational research collaboration, to move towards more aligned research systems.” The JPI Chairs are further looking forward to develop European synergies for knowledge based solutions and policies, with the European Commission beyond Research, Science & Innovation and with others European initiatives, as well as with European Council and Parliament. In the further internationalisation of JPI’s, the Chairs wish to ensure a better international coordination between JPIs, the bilateral cooperation of Member States, the European Commission and ERAC (GPC and SFIC). The statement is the first of its kind released by the ten Joint Programming Initiatives.
The chairs recommend the Member States and associated countries to:
- Increase commitment and cooperation
- Simplify and shorten interactions between EC and JPIs
- Reduce operational bureaucracy between the various networks and have key actors
- Proactively promote awareness, visibility, attractiveness and legitimacy of JPIs throughout the different layers of a diverse research system to reinforce commitment
- Align key national actions incl. research infrastructures, mobility, capacity building, databases, organisation incentives
- Develop European synergies for knowledge based solutions and policies
- Favour global participation in JPIs
- Ensure a better international coordination between JPIs, MS bilateral cooperation, EC Directorates-General and ERAC (GPC and SFIC)
- Engage in frontier research
- Generate evidence, solutions and implementation for Europe
- Exchange and disseminate the best practices of the JPIs continuously
- Develop a transparent metric of key indicators to follow progress of JPI impacts
The Lund revisited conference is a follow up of the event which took place in 2009 and concluded that European research must focus on the Grand Challenges of our time. It is the first stocktaking of the progress made, through Member State initiatives and programming within the framework of the European Research Area and Horizon 2020, in order to address Societal Challenges and the role of frontier research.
The Lund Revisited Conference was closed with the announcement of the new Lund Declaration 2015. The declaration emphasises the urgency of increased efforts in alignment at national and European level and that investments in research and innovation better and more rapidly be exploited to the benefit of society. It identifies four priority areas and calls on all stakeholders to take these priorities into account in their field of responsibility. Firstly the declaration states that Europe needs clear political commitment to step-up efforts to align strategies, funding instruments, resources and actors at national and European level in order to address the grand societal challenges. This commitment needs to be underpinned by an excellent science base, world-class research infrastructures and a new generation of researchers with the right set of skills. Europe further needs to connect with partners around the world, in advanced, emerging and developing countries to address the grand societal challenges in partnership and to attract the world’s best researchers and innovators and private sector investments. Lastly, greater impacts on the challenges have to be achieved through involvement of the public sector and industry in knowledge creation, with a stronger focus on open innovation and the role of end-users.
Text from JPI Oceans and JPI AMR websites, December 2015.