New FORESTERRA Coordinator

Dr. David González Martínez, MSc (Marine Sciences), has been appointed unit head at the Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness’s Directorate General for Scientific and Technical Research. Dr. González Martínez started his term on 1 April. He has been a post-doc at University College London and the University of Liège in Belgium from 2002 until 2008, in the field of life sciences. Since 2006 he has gained sound experience in project and programme management at the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Spanish Research Council and the Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness. Dr González replaces outgoing coordinator, Dr Rocío Lansac.

Management Committee Meeting

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Photo: Victoria Sanz

The FORESTERRA Management Committee met in Paris, France, on 6-7 May 2013. The objective of the meeting was to review progress in the various Work Packages and to discuss future plans. 

Florence Jacquet, from INRA, France, was invited to present the experience from another ERA-net and described the ARIMNET call for proposals. This call had a common pot of €6.46M, with 10 projects being selected for funding. The average budget for each project was €600,000.

During the first day of the meeting, Work Package leaders presented their progress and future plans. The FORESTERRA Strategic Scientific Plan was presented, including the four strategic research themes, and the possible options for joint activities. A new version of the FORESTERRA website was launched, including the WP2 database, dissemination documents and the intranet.

A very active general discussion about the FORESTERRA common call took place during the second day. The call is expected to be launched by the end of 2013.


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More information: Victoria Sanz, Victoria.sanz (at) efi.int

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