The most important Join-MED achievements
- The elaboration of a Vision for the ICT in the Region which took into account the initiative of the Arab League and AICTO to develop an "Arab Strategy for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation". This document was given to AICTO and other relevant regional organisations with a view to enhancing the R&D collaboration between the Arab world and Europe.
- The Building up of the directory of MPC and European researchers and organisations with nearly 1400 members, with 1120 from the MPCs and 280 from other countries, mainly Europe. Out of the latter there are 116 Diaspora members.
- The organisation of four networking events all related to open FP7 Calls and directly linked with the strategic priorities of the Region as identified in previous
projects and JOIN-MED
- In Amman, Jordan, from 5/12/2009 to 7/12/2009 involving 75 participants.
- In Hammamet, Tunisia, from 8/11/2010 to 10/11/2010 involving around 80 participants
- In Cairo, Egypt, from 26/6/2011 to 28/6/2011 involving 95 participants
- In Rabat, Morocco, from 6/10/2011 to 8/10/2011 involving 80 participants
- Finally the organisation of the Final Conference in Tunis on December 12 and 13, 2011 summing up the achievements of the project and developing a view for the future. It was the largest event in Join-MED with over 100 participants.
Join-MED project leaves two important outcomes
The Policy recommendations for enhancing EU-MPC R&D Collaboration, documented in Deliverable D1.4 'The Policy of the Future', publicly available for discussion and possible implementation.
The MPC Directory of R&D organisations (tangible in the form of a database, intangible in the form of the 'Join-MED community', documented in Deliverable D2.3 'Final EU-MPC Research Directory'.
Read more: The Join-MED Objectives
The potential impact of Join-MED
- The mobilisation of the MPC research community: around 1400 entries in the Join-MED directory at the end of the project show not only a great interest but also impressive capacities of researchers and research organisations.
- Strenghtened collaboration across the MPC through the establishment of a network of researchers who communicate with each other and are well aware of the opportunities offered by the European and bilateral Programmes.
- The understanding for the need to develop an ICT Vision for the region which should become a basis for discussion by the National Authorities. The first developed vision has already attracted interest by international organizations (AICTO, the ICT organisation of the Arab League and the UN).