The event in Novi Sad gathered over 150 experts from 6 on-going and 3 past FP7 projects, renowned representatives the European Commission, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), as well as the representatives of the governments from the region. The workshop was a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the latest achievements in coordination of the Earth observation (EO) activities and to address questions of interest for its future in the wider Balkan area.
The second IASON project meeting took place in Novi Sad Serbia the 18th of September 2013 and was hosted by the University of Novi Sad within the framework of the Balkan Geo Net final event. The first part of the meeting was held on Wednesday,
September 18, 2013 and a number of presentations were held by the project partners regarding all important elements of the project. More specifically CNR & ISPRA presented progress on Existing Thematic Networks and on-going Research Efforts in MED & BS, CIMA presented elements of the Stakeholders Database and various presentations were made on issues of dissemination and IASON future events (Workshop ME D & Workshop BS).
During the kick-off meeting that was held in Brussels Belgium and was attended by all project participants and the project officer, Ms Maria-Luisa Tamborra, all partners drafted a work plan to tackle the challenges of the different activities. The IASON project coordinator Prof. Patias of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece validated the plan and declared the official start of the project.
IASON intends to create the proper conditions for enhancing knowledge transfer capacity building, and market opportunities in using EO applications and mechanisms in specific research fields that are addressing climate actions resource efficiency and raw materials management.
In order to achieve its goal IASON will engage in the following activities:
IASON - Fostering sustainability and uptake of research results through Networking activities in Black Sea & Mediterranean areas