The well organised meeting brought together a range of experienced researchers, with government and industry representatives that boosted the development of collaborative research teams from the four nations participating in Interreg: the UK, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Participants of the meeting were active in 10 different thematic research labs, scoping proposals for call 6 to be launched in February 2018.
In just a small amount of time, a range of ideas for high quality projects began to emerge, and topics included research in sea-level rise, and circular economy project generation, with a specific focus on the so far underrepresented types of actions and outputs.
Interreg-2-Seas is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme, covering areas of England, France, Belguim and the Netherlands, financed in part, by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), however, government and Industry partners are expected to contribute 40 percent match funding to projects.
The overall objective is to develop an innovative, knowledge and research based, sustainable and inclusive 2-Seas area, where natural resources are protected and the green economy is promoted. More information is available here.
The project proposal ‘Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Cities: Tackling Sea-Level Rise’ includes cities from the UK, France, and Belgium, to enhance urbanisation of the waterfront. The aim of the project is to support the necessary growth and development of coastal cities, as it is currently difficulty for planning officers in those regions to interpret the existing guidance and decide on waterfront planning proposals from developers.