ACTION 8. NETWORKING WITH OTHER PROJECTS

OBJECTIVE:

  • Develop and implement a networking creating scheme aiming in maximising the potential effect of the CONDENSE project through its interference with other National, European or International projects.

METHODS EMPLOYED:

The main instrument which will be used here is the network of people and organisations that each of the partners (beneficiaries), brings along in the project, in an effort to “connect” the CONDENSE project with other projects. Also all partners will utilise their OWN participation in other projects (ongoing at the moment or future ones) in order to increase the networking outcome of the CONDENSE project. As was mentioned earlier, aim of the group is to create a networking system in which during the 40 months duration of the project, it will be connected (more or less successfully pending on compatibility and interaction) with 24 projects from which in 12 the beneficiaries will be involved where in other 12 they will have NO participation.

This networking will be achieved through the following sub-actions:

  • Create a list of potential networking projects in which beneficiaries participate. Each partner by the end of the first quarter will present a list of on going projects in which is involved and at the same time a list of projects that has applied for funding. This list will be discussed and a networking effort (see following sub-actions) will be made. As mentioned above at least 12 such projects will be networked with the CONDENSE project.
  • Create a list of potential networking projects in which beneficiaries do NOT participate. A list of all EU (including Life+) and National projects that will be realised during the same period of the CONDENSE project will be made. Data are available through various EU and National contact points and this could not be considered as a problem. The most relevant ones will be identified and contacts will be made with the leading partners – beneficiaries.
  • Invite other groups from various relevant projects to participate in dissemination actions as well as meeting among the beneficiaries. This will not include a general call but specific invitations of people from other groups / projects to come and participate in various actions. Aim is to allow other groups to understand what the CONDENSE project aims to achieve and through that create a networking effort.
  • Be invited from other groups from various relevant projects to participate in dissemination actions as well as meeting among the beneficiaries. It might be a simple courtesy invitation as a response to the above mentioned action or it could be a results creating action. From networking all partners can gain from simple achieving larger dissemination to harvesting info and data useful to the projects realisation. For example the CONDENSE project can related very well with all projects dealing with issues like waste management, soils protection, agricultural nutrients management etc.
  • Supply the New Product to all projects that have actions that they can use it. For example TUC and TEIC are involved in a large project related to compost from MSW quality upgrade. Part of the project are two actions: agricultural test trials of the improved compost as well as effort to familiarise farmers and suppliers with it. When the New Product will be available it would be possible to include it, in the specific agricultural trials. Please note that during AGROTEST (Action 4) some of the controlled trials involved the use of compost. Some trials in the CONDENSE project could include the MSW improved compost. Also in actions aiming in growers and suppliers the New Product could be presented and some of its results disseminated to those people.

Networking can create a new dimension for projects, especially those multidisciplinary ones as is the CONDENSE project. Experienced and open minded partners will take advantage of this new approach, creating additional activities “as we go” to those presented above and through that achieve maximum results for the project.

EXPECTED RESULTS:

  • At least 24 networked project where results and experiences in managing wastes, utilising nutrients, protecting soils and sustaining agricultural productivity will cause the smallest environmental footprint, will be exchanged and their benefits maximised.