Report: Symposium on Interdisciplinary Research-Innovation related to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region 10 – 11.11.2015

By Diana Dogaru

Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania The National Committee for Future Earth in Romania together with the Institute of Geography of the Romanian Academy, the National R&D Institute for Marine Geology and Geoecology – GeoEcoMar, the Institute of Biology of the Romanian Academy, the Danube Delta National R&D Institute and the National R&D Institute for Biological Sciences organized during November 10th-11th 2015 the international symposium on Interdisciplinary Research-Innovation related to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, held at the Romanian Academy in Bucharest, Romania.

The symposium is part of a series of annual meetings that the Romanian Academy through the National Committee for Future Earth has been engaged with in order to promote and support the Romanian research capacity in view of the principles and objectives of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. This year, the aim of the symposium was to address the targets of three national initiatives of a group of research institutes with respect to their relevance for the development of the Romanian Danube Region. Specifically, the focus was given to the development of an environmental research infrastructure planned within DANIBIUS-RI project (International Centre for Advanced Studies for River-Sea Systems - DANUBIUS-RI), to global change research from a regional perspective organized within the framework of the ATLAS proposal (Global Environmental Change Atlas of the Romanian Danube Valley) and to biodiversity preservation undertaken from an environmental-economic-social approach tackled within the DREAM proposal (Sturgeon 2020 – a complex environmental and socio-economic approach). Additionally, the symposium included some lessons learned from several international project experiences, presented by representatives of prestigious research institutes, namely Climate Service Center Germany – GERICS, International Association for Danube Research – IAD, Leibniz Supercomputing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Ludwig-Maximilians University, Department of Geography – LMU Munich.

The participants and the invited guests represented long standing and relatively new profiled research institutes in the field of water resources management, biology, civil engineering and climate change. The main conclusions of the event highlighted the necessity to increase the cooperation and involvement of the end-users into the research process, heading towards solution-oriented outcomes for pressing regional priorities and sustainable development. Likewise, a strong focus was given on the establishment of interdisciplinary teams involving the Romanian Academy’s institutes as well as national and international partners with expertise in the connected and targeted fields.

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