16 May, Warsaw: Roundtable “Teaming for success: How to capitalise on centres of excellence in Widening countries?

The “Teaming for excellence” action was introduced as part of the Widening scheme under Horizon 2020 programme with the objective to create new or modernise existing centres of excellence in Widening countries through strategic partnerships with leading institutions abroad.

After almost a decade, this roundtable aims to take stock of what the scheme has achieved and tackle several questions, including:

  • What makes a centre of excellence successful and attractive to researchers, innovators and investors?
  • How to ensure newly created centres of excellence in Central and Eastern Europe are sustainable in the longer run?

This roundtable will bring together 30 key regional and European stakeholders from research, industry, regional authorities, national governments and EU institutions to draw lessons from what the Widening and Teaming instruments have delivered to date and discuss the prospects for leveraging and boosting excellence in Central and Eastern Europe. The event will highlight regional success stories and challenge the perception that countries in CEE may have little to contribute to European R&I. Recommendations emerging from the discussion will be captured and disseminated to the wider research and innovation community.