Workshop title: What is Widening and its impact in a view of Horizon Europe?

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Date: 6-7 December 2018

Venue: Mercure Warszawa Grand Hotel, Krucza 28, Warsaw


Scope & aims: The workshop being an advanced forum on detailed analysis and exchange of practices will constitute of two major parts. The main goals of the first one are related to developing of a deep understanding of Widening concept and its impact based on real case studies, reports and statistics as well as its influence on nation R&I systems. Including in the scope the Widening package instruments and Widening as a cross-cutting issue in partnerships and thematic priorities in Horizon 2020 shall provide a broad picture of current developments. Moreover, an integrated regional approach to advancing R&I systems through Widening (mostly related to synergies) incorporated in the Widening concept will be tackled. Participants will have an opportunity to learn best practices as well as share their experiences.

The analysis of Widening issues in Horizon 2020 will create a basis for further discussions on Widening as well as an integrated regional approach to advancing R&I systems related to the topic Sharing Excellence in Horizon Europe including Territorial Impact Assessment of R&I Investments being in fact the second part of the workshop.

Speakers: Dr. Karina Firkaviciute (Unit B5,  European Commission), Dr. Andrea Conte (JRC, European Commission), Sylwia Kostka (National Research Centre, Coordinator of the Quantera project), beneficiaries of Widening actions: Teaming 2, Twinning and ERA Chairs.

 Study visit: Study visit to the Institute of Physical Chemistry, PAS – holder of i.a. RegPot (FP7) and ERA Chair grant (H2020), ERC and others.

 Session with NCP involvement: Within the workshop the session on Influence of Widening Participation measures on R&I systems  – case studies in Horizon 2020 moderated by Matthias Woiwode von Gilardi (DLR) is scheduled. The session will look into the different dimensions of impact of Widening projects at the level of a research department, a research organisation and a regional or national R&I system at large. Examples will investigate into the ingredients of success to achieve long-term effects through a viable strategy, including e.g. complementary support through the PSF or ESI funds. Different perspectives from which the projects originate – larger or smaller countries, more centralised or decentralised R&I systems, coordinator or excellent partner perspective – will be investigated and discussed so as to identify ways forward to support the catching-up processes of less-developed parts of Europe by employing an excellence-driven but integrated approach. The session will be performed in form of the tour de table – with your active involvement in form of sharing experiences, best practices etc.

Rules for participation: NCP_WIDE.NET consortium members can finance their participation from the project budget assigned to WP2. All associated partners are entitled to the reimbursment from the project – for details please contact Dorota Włodarczyk (in Cc).

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Venue & logistics: The workshop will take place in the Mercure Warszawa Grand Hotel, Krucza 28, Warsaw ( You are recommended to book a room there. Other recommended hotel in the walking distance area are:

  • Novotel Warszawa Centrum – Marszałkowska 94/98, Śródmieście, 00-510 Warszawa  (approx. 475PLN/night)
  • Hotel Metropol – Marszałkowska 99a, Śródmieście, 00-693 Warszawa (approx.450 PLN/night)
  • Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre – ul. Wspólna 72, Śródmieście, 00-687 Warszawa (approx. 395PLN/night)
  • MDM Hotel plac Konstytucji 1, 00-647 Warszawa (approx. 250 PLN/night)