On 5 November 2019 the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation (CZELO) organised an IGLO Open event on Results of the co-design consultations on Horizon Europe. The aim of the event was to present the results of the public consultation and the application of these results to the Strategic Plan.
The representative of the European Commission Clement Evroux (DG RTD) presented the results of the online public consultation on the first Strategic Plan for upcoming Horizon Europe. The public consultation was conducted through an online consultation, which was open until 4 October 2019 and during the Research and Innovation Days, which took place in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019. The aim of these public consultations was to gather important information and use it for the development of the Strategic Plan. Further, the Political Guidelines of the new Commission will be implemented in the first Strategic Plan.
Over 6800 respondents from 99 countries submitted their feedback during a web-based consultation, and almost half of the respondents were from the academic sector or research organisations. Respondents supported the targeted impacts elaborated in the Orientations Document towards the first Strategic Plan.
- The results show that climate change and sustainability are the key issues for respondents. Certain themes (e.g. Climate change, biodiversity, environment, migration) should be considered as cross-cutting, beyond their individual place in a given cluster;
- There is a need for exploiting synergies across clusters in order to maximise impact;
- Research infrastructures are seen as key platforms to provide support to the activities undertaken in other pillars and to facilitate international cooperation and interdisciplinary research activities for addressing global challenges;
- Respondents strongly support gender equality being set as a cross-cutting issue in Research and Innovation and underline the need to integrate the gender dimension within each component of Horizon Europe;
- Specific attention should be given to research activities for youth and children (e.g. educational opportunities, health inequalities, gender aspects).
The report is available here.
CE also mentioned, that the revised version of the „Orientations towards the first Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe“, is now open to receive views of the umbrella organisations by 17th November 2019. The consultation is available here.
The presentation can be found here.