On October 7th 2011 the Human Capacity Building Workshop took place in Rome. Considered the WP5 milestone 5.2.1, the workshop on "identifying needs, specificities and imbalances in Human Capacity Building" aimed at bringing together expertise and opinions from different persons involved in marine and maritime activities, in order to have a more comprehensive view of the issue. Moreover it was useful to complete the information gained by the Consortium with the analysis of the data collected through the online questionnaire developed in the framework of WP5, whose database in now available at http://www.seas-era.cnr.it/.
After Maria Uccellatore (MIUR - Italy) welcomed the participants, the Opening Session began, held by Mitrasen Bhikajee, Deputy Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) - UNESCO who illustrated the role of IOC and some successful initiatives and instruments to support Human Capacity Building. Adi Kellerman of MARCOM+ and ICES continued the session exemplifying best practices such as the ICES Training Programme.
During Session 1: Needs and Gaps Analysis in HCB, Nicoletta Palazzo, MIUR delegate in FP7 People programme, illustrated the main objectives of the programme as well as the instruments and the initiatives for HCB under FP7. Then Andrea Piehl (MICINN - Spain) reported about the Young Marine Science Association experience. Geoffrey O'Sullivan (MI - Ireland), focused his speech on relevant questions: Why do we want to build HC? Are we informed by a Need Analysis? Are we asking to the right people the right questions? Finally Enrico Brugnoli and Margherita Cappelletto (CNR - Italy) presented at global level the preliminary results of the HCB analysis. The "regional level" was presented during Session 2: Regional Perspectives: HCB in different geographical areas by Dina Carrilho (FCT - Portugal) for the Atlantic Basin, Mark M. Misfud (MCST - Malta) for the Mediterranean and Colpan Beken (TUBITAK - Italy) for the Black Sea.
During Session 3: Multi-sectorial approach in HCB activities Andris Andrusatis illustrated the BONUS project (Science for a Better use of Baltic Sea Region) and Pier Francesco Moretti, representing the JPI Oceans, reported about first steps of JPI Oceans, outlined the importance of instruments and actions which aim at coordinating and structuring research in Europe. The main conclusions can be summarized as follows:
a) The Human Capacity Building is a wide issue, which need a dedicated work to be studied and accomplished
b) Any data that come from a questionnaire in a limited and biased community should be complemented with further critical comments both at global and regional level
c) In order to define a comprehensive strategic agenda for HCB at pan-European level it is important to consider the public-private relationship as well as the needs of non-Eu countries.
The workshop was preparatory to the report on "Identifying needs, specificities and imbalances in Human Capacity Building", the WP5 month 18 scheduled deliverable.
See the presentations here
Source: Margherita Cappelletto, CNR-MIUR