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1st Stakeholders Meeting Morocco Research Advance in ICT for Water (MoICT) project. at faculty of Sciences and Technology in Fez on 23rd April 2012. ...

1st Stakeholders Meeting Morocco Research Advance in ICT for Water (MoICT) project. at faculty of Sciences and Technology in Fez on 23rd April 2012.
This meeting is first of series of targeted event concerning stakeholders’ mobilization. As part of MoICT project, this meeting is financed by grant agreement for coordination and support action under Seventh Framework Program FP7.
This event aims to set up a cooperation platform with private sector and enhance collaboration with policy makers to gather inputs for development of directions for competitiveness and innovation in the fields of ICT for Water.
The objectives of this first one day stakeholders ‘meeting were:

- To engage dialogue between public and private water institutions and researchers interested in ICT and Water sector;

- To take stock of the conclusions of the Innovation forum on water and innovation organized by MIRA in December 2011;

- To discuss current situation of water resources management in the Mediterranean region especially in Morocco;

- To promote the MoICT project by displaying its objectives, activities and its consortium represented by mix of expertise in water research, ICT and strategic capacity building.

Besides, this event was also an opportunity to MoICT project’s partners to gather and collect data and information which shall be used under following WPs:

- To gather inputs to draft Guidelines and Recommendations for ICT4Water in Mediterranean region;

- To identify the needs for capacity-building and to define a comprehensive plan for training programs;

- To analysis of innovation needs and capacities in USMBA;

- To use the meeting’s outcomes as basis for USMBA development strategy.

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  • 1. Presentation of the conclusions of the Innovation forum on water and innovation organized by MIRA in December 2011 Mediterranean Innovation and Research Co-ordination Action (MIRA Project) Date : 24 April 2012 Fez-MoroccoMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 2. MIRA Concrete Objectives/Activities1) Create a dialogue platform to connect and facilitate the interaction between the dispersed S&T cooperation initiatives already existing supported by the Member States, the European Commission and other political bodies;2) Address training activities to improve the quality of the participation and management of the partners of FP7 from the MPC; create an IP in Palestine3) Create discussion platforms and organizing meetings to monitor and discuss the content of the Thematic priorities of FP7 in term of the common interest of the EU and MPC;4) Create an Observatory of the EU-MPC S&T cooperation, which will agree indicators for the monitoring of RTD cooperation activities;5) Create a “Gateway for EU-MPC Cooperation in RTD”6) Create networks of research institutions and technological transfer services from both sides of the Mediterranean, to provide a reference element for the development of the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Space (EMIS).7) Support the functioning of the Monitoring Committee for Euro-Mediterranean Scientific Cooperation ( MoCo) in order to provide a strong institutional basis for the EU-MPC S&T cooperation.
  • 3. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS (1-15)Participant no. Participant Participant organisation name Country short name1 (Coordinator) CSIC Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Spain 2 (Deputy DT-MENESFCRS Direction de la Technologie. Ministere de la education Morocco Coord.) Superieur, de la Formation des Cadres et de la recherché Scientifique 3 IRD Institut de Recherche pour le Developement France 4 DGSRT Direction Generale de Recherche Tunisia 5 MHESR Ministry of Higher education and State for Scientific Egypt Research 6 PT-DLR International Bureau of the Germany German Federal Ministry of Education and Research 7 CNR Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy 8 NHRF National Hellenic Research Foundation Greece 9 DRSDT Direction de la Recherché Scientifique et du Algeria Developpement Technologique 10 TUBA Turkish Academy of Sciences Turkey 11 MCST Malta Council for Science and Technology Malta 12 HCST Higher Council for Science and Technology Jordan 13 CIHEAM Centre International Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Italy Mediterraneennes 14 TETHYS Euro-Mediterranean Universities Network France
  • 4. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS (16-30)15 WIP WIP GmbH und Co. Germany16 CDER Centre de developement des Energies Renouvelables Algeria17 ISERD Israel-Europe R&D Directorate Israel18 ASRT Academy of Scientific Research & Technology Egypt19 CNRS Conseil National de la Recherche Scientifique Lebanon21 MADRI+D Autonomous Government of Madrid Spain22 AOU Arab Open University Lebanon23 TUBITAK The Scientific & Technological research Council of Turkey Turkey25 MEC Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia Spain26 DGDSC Directorate General of Development & Scientific Palestine Research27 ONST Observatoire National des Sciences Tunisia et de la Technologie28 CNRST National Centre Morocco for Scientific and Technological Research30 BC British Council U.K.31 FCT Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Portugal
  • 5. The policy contextRelevant Projects & initiatives :ASBIMED, MED7, ESTIME, MEDA, Barcelona process 1995 :Medibtikar, ANIMA etc creation of (EMFTA) by 2010  The UfM / UpM : Horizons Association Agreements :2020 Euro-MED transfer of new technologies   + dissemination of know how, Partnership + industrial cooperat European Neighbourhood   ERA & FP7 (EMRA?) , Lisbon Policy (Instruments): ENPI Strategy 2000: A series of schemes and initiatives The instrument: the Monitoring Committee of the EU-MPC cooperation in RTD (MoCo),
  • 6. EMIS  Rational for EMIS:  Innovation is a must : KBE, globalisation, MPCs?  Worrying situation in MPC’s: Euro-Mediterranean region as an area of sustainable development and shared prosperity (Barcelona declation)  Why EU-MPCs cooperation on innovation?: 1. RDI are, by nature, widely internationalized activities 2. The existence of common problems and shared challenges 3. Big research and innovation programs require Critical mass & Resources, not available in MPCs Objective of EMIS: The mobilization of innovation stakeholders in common framework and mutually beneficial partnership to develop a more intelligent and competitive Euro-Med spaceMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 7. EMISMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 8. EMIS WP – RA, AM, … EMIS Charter (poiltical MPC INNOVATION /strategic ANALYSIS documents) Mapping actors / stakeholders MIRA FP7 Training - Organisation - Procedures JMG, AM, … IA, AM, HZ, … RTD projects IA, RN, AM, … (FP7-WP2011) - Nat. Corresp. EMIS EMIS WG WEBSITE RESEARCH DRIVEN NETWORKING CLUSTERS -TT / EEN -ANIMA- Invest Water Clusters INSTITUTIONAL -Tech Platforms IA, RN, … COOPERATION -Diasporas IA, RN, … DGENTR, … Twinning EMIS Fora 2010-2011 IA, RN, JH, YK, …
  • 9. MIRA Forum The MIRA Forum, held at Casablanca, 1-2 December, 2011 is aimed at promotion of a Research Driven Cluster initiative on water, to support the integration of the Knowledge Triangle (Academia, Business, and Public sector) in the Mediterranean Area.MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 10. MIRA Forum The MIRA Forum organized its debates along four thematic lines: 1.De-contamination of the Mediterranean, waste water treatment from industry 2.Integrated Water Management and Waste Water sustainable technologies 3.Innovation in Water and Waste Water Management in the Mediterranean 4.Valorisation of research results and technology transferMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 11. MIRA Forum 1. De-contamination of the Mediterranean, waste water treatment from industry Critical issues addressed: Sustainable waste water management, considering both the input of advanced technologies public and private partnership Innovation in water and waste water management, e.g. with use of water evaporation. The natural specificities of North, South , West and East coasts of the Mediterranean sea. The necessity of regulation law and quality standards on industrial pollutionMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 12. MIRA Forum 1. De-contamination of the Mediterranean, waste water treatment from industry The Forum agreed on some issues for future activities under the „Casablanca-Roadmap“: 1.Development of capacity building, technician skills for technology adaptation, quality insurance and creation of a platform of dissemination of information 2.Strengthening of law by creation of a fiscal policy in water reuse and of a market with fiscal advantages : trust to build a confident system (win- win). 3.Development of incentives : mechanisms, encouragement, bridge between Researchers and Policy-makers.MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 13. MIRA Forum 2. Integrated Water Management and Waste Water sustainable technologies Critical issues addressed: Guarantee of universal access to water, dealing with key questions: which user, sustainability, long-term perspectives Waste water recycling fully integrated into the water management (catchment to watershed level) Waste water re-use to become an important asset of the overall water budget /cycle A multidimensional approach to waste water recyclingMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 14. MIRA Forum 2. Integrated Water Management and Waste Water sustainable technologies Issues for the future “Casablanca Roadmap“: a.it is not only technology related problem but mostly socio-economic and institutional b.Clustering of Water clusters in the Mediterranean region in order to reduce fragmentation c.Generation of a consolidated document addressing politicians, civil society and donors d.Getting a more continuous flow of support to research as well as setting means to attract stakeholders, SMEs, users (society) in research, technology and innovation developmentsMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 15. MIRA Forum 2. Integrated Water Management and Waste Water sustainable technologies Issues for the future “Casablanca Roadmap“: e.Pursuing the 5C’s water management (political Commitment, political Content addressing the poor and marginalised, Cooperation between stakeholders, Control of implementation and results, and successful Communication to the public) f.Setting up of an interactive online platform (drawing on lessons , through a dialogue linking researchers, institutions/policy makers and civil society)MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 16. MIRA Forum 3. Innovation in Water and Waste Water Management in the Mediterranean Critical issues addressed: Creation of a Water Science Alliance for the Mediterranean on the basis of the existing identified efforts and ongoing activities in the Mediterranean (ERA-WIDE; WISE-RTD; MELIA; EMWIS; TERENO, etc.) Creation and implementing of innovative capacity building techniques to link-up the inter-disciplinary actors Having a more long-term vision when dealing with water management (15 years, not 3-5 – project duration)MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 17. MIRA Forum 3. Innovation in Water and Waste Water Management in the Mediterranean Issues for the future “Casablanca Roadmap“: Consolidation of the data / initiatives / effort in water management currently available Working at the local level contributing data to the regional level and vice-versa Specific water call for the Mediterranean with a long-term vision and create smaller travel grants to stimulate the participation of young researchersMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 18. MIRA Forum 4. Valorisation of research results and technology transfer Critical issues addressed: Technology transfer should be accompanied in parallel with know how transfer. Linking academia with industry through creation of spin offs is an important step towards bridging the gap with the market. Dissemination of information is the first step for the possible exploitation of research results and technology/knowledge transfer opportunities. The Proof of Concept Phase could increase the success rate of technologies produced in the public research organization. Importance of improvement of innovation management skills of researchers and research institutes.MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 19. MIRA Forum 4. Valorisation of research results and technology transfer Critical issues addressed: Water cluster in the mediterranean in collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and ensuring SMEs involvement due to importance of clusters initiatives and clusters in supporting transnational innovation. EEN could serve as information multiplier and a common communication platform among TT facilitators. Twinning between EEN nodes in EU countries with adequate quality to coach and mentor EEN nodes from the southern mediterranean. DG Enterprise, DG RTD and DG DEVCO synergy and collaboration is essential to ensure optimization of the funds and effectiveness of results. Better synergy between ENPI programmes in the Mediterranean with the EEN platform.MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 20. MIRA Forum 4. Valorisation of research results and technology transfer Issues for the future “Casablanca Roadmap“: Supporting the creation of a “Water Cluster Initiative” in the Mediterranean, supported by the creation of suitable channels for dissemination of information (EEN and other existing structures) together with improving innovation management skills through initiatives such as summer schools Ensuring the involvement of SMEs especially those created by universities e.g. creation of spin offs. More coherent cooperation among national stakeholders (public bodies and business support organizations) in every participating country in the Euro-Mediterranean area.MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 21. MIRA Forum 4. Valorisation of research results and technology transfer Issues for the future “Casablanca Roadmap“: Strengthening and reinforcing the participation of EEN from the southern Mediterranean countries with the support of other already existing experienced EEN partners sharing research and innovation priorities Enhanced synergies between DG DEVCO, DG Enterprise and DG RTD to coordinate funding instruments towards technology transfer and liaison offices in the Euro-MediterraneanMIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012
  • 22. THANK YOU ‫شكرا‬MIRA-MoICT meeting Fez 23 April 2012