Internationalization and multi-polarization of research opens a critical avenue to ’observatories’ that describe the many aspects of global challenges, which need to be address with interdisciplinary teams and a long-term vision. The Mediterranean Observatories are now sufficiently numerous to create a diversified and heterogeneous institutional landscape. These differences need to be respected, and complementarities highlighted. They are both the result of thematic focus and institutional history.
In order to meet the demand of giving support to the Observatories in the Mediterreanean region, one of the aims of MEDSPRING is to explore and facilitate the creation of a "dialogue/cooperation Platform" of Euro-Mediterranean observatories, linking, describing and analyzing the research and innovation potential in the region, to support monitoring policy development and cooperation in areas of mutual interests and needs, with emphasis on the societal challenges addressed by MedSpring “Resource Efficiency”, High Quality Affordable Food”, “Energy” as well as other related challenges and cross-cutting issues.
Objectives of the Networking
The First Networking Meeting of Euro-Mediterranean Observatories was organized on the 19th of December in Paris, to support the development of collaborative links between Observatories of both sides of the Mediterranean, to develop a shared vision necessary in order to build a “platform” of Euro-Mediterranean Observatories and to pave the way for future networking activities.
This first networking meeting focused on the following specific objectives:
- To discuss on the preliminary results of a survey circulated to observatories, in view of defining the best categorization of the observatories and to find common aspects,
- To exchange on the regional cooperation issues and to plan a networking event with a large audience.
- To discuss the main analytical dimensions for the follow-up of the analysis (thematic choices, pilot actions, “best practices” to be discussed).
- To create a small group of persons that would work in order to provide a comprehensive analysis, mapping of the observatories and elaborate some scenarios and trends as well as opportunities for synergies and more stable collaboration.
The meeting gathered 24 participants from Euro-Mediterranean Observatories and research entities from 9 different countries: France, Italy, Malta, Belgium, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Please find the final version of the rationale, programme, list of participants and meeting minutes.
- Brief outline of MED-SPRING with emphasis on the scope of the workshop - Claudio Bogliotti.
- MedSpring Work Package 8 on Policy, Societal Challenges and Cooperation Observatory - Rula Atweh.
- Stocktaking of the ongoing Mapping of Observatories & Initial Survey Analysis - Aurélia Riss and Rigas Arvanitis.
Presentations of Observatories (Session 1):
- Observatoire de Recherche Méditerranéen de l'Environnement (OREME) and Observatoire Libano-Francais de l’Environnement (OLIFE) - Arnaud Martin.
- Euro-Mediterranean Observatory on Agriculture (CIHEAM) - Farah Oneissi.
- Tubitak National Observatory - Halil Kirbiyik.
- Environment Observatory (Plan Bleu) - Hugues Ravenel.
- Observatoire Tunisien de l’Environment et du Developpement Durable (OTEDD) - Samir Kaabi.
- Observatoire National des Sciences et de la Technologie - Arbia Ben Othman.
- Air Quality Research Unit - Jocelyne Gerard.
- Jordan Science, Technology and Innovation Observatory (JoSTIO) - Omar Amawi.
- Observatoire des Transitions dans le Monde Arabe (OTMA) - Jean Yves Moisseron.
- CNRST - Morocco - Driss Aboutajdine.
- UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture for Europe - Venice - Mario Scalet.
- Lebanese Observatory for Research, Development and Innovation & CNRS Databases - Rula Atweh & Aline Ghaya.
- INCAM Database: Improving National Assessment and Monitoring Capacitates for Integrated Environment and Coastal Ecosystem Management - Elise Njeim.
Best Practices and Data Sharing (Session 2):
- Best Practices for data sharing: metadata, data policies and databases - Laurence Fleury, Sedoo OMP Observatory.
Infrastructure Call (Session 3):
- International Dimension in the Research Infrastructures Programme under Horizon 2020 - Jean-Pierre Caminade, Infrastructures NCP, MESR.