FORESTERRA Networking Workshop
The FORESTERRA Networking Workshop “Towards building a multi-level transnational network in Mediterranean forestry research” was held in Marseille, France, on 12-13 December. The workshop brought together national forest research organisations from 13 countries in order to improve future coordination and maximise research impacts in the Mediterranean basin. The main objectives were to:
• Reinforce the networking activities among forest research institutions, units and laboratories;
• Promote the mutual opening of national forest research infrastructures and information (experimental sites, facilities, databases);
• Encourage the development of transnational joint research units.
Opening workshop sessions included current progress and future expectations of FORESTERRA and presentations from the directors of various forest research institutes who introduced their current research activities. Time was also dedicated to exploring the creation of networks based on the strategic themes of FORESTERRA and to Transnational Joint Research Units (TJRU).
A scientific cooperation debate between forest research institutes and FORESTERRA partners led to discussion on how to strengthen the FORESTERRA network in the future. The last session explored the opportunities for mutual opening of experimental sites, forest research facilities and sharing data. Participants discussed forest research infrastructures of common strategic interest in the Mediterranean region, which have been identified through the frame of the FORESTERRA project, as well as how the mutual opening of national research infrastructures and information can be promoted.
More than 80 participants attended the event and a total of 37 research organizations from 13 countries were represented (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey).
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