The 10th BESTPRAC Working Group meeting was held from September 24-25 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia and gathered over 100 people from different European countries. IDIBELL attended the meeting as part of the action plan to boost its internationalization. COST BESTPRAC is one of the most relevant networks of research managers in Europe. Funding opportunities and other key issues to promote international projects were discussed during the two-day workshop.
The central part of the first day of the meeting was the plenary lecture on GDPR and Data Management. The recording of the session is available on the BESTPRAC YouTube channel. Two other joint sessions were held, dealing with sustainability of the network as well as the Research Support Staff Framework BESTPRAC has been developing in the previous period. On the second day of the meeting, the participants worked separately in three working groups: Administration, Finance and Legal, based on their preference.
Ms. Sònia Sagristà, from the Pre-Award department participated as the representative of IDIBELL in the Administration Working Group. The Administration group held a peer-to-peer session on problem solving followed by presentations of research funding opportunities beyond Horizon 2020 and a set of presentations meant as preparation for the next framework programme.
BESTPRAC is a COST network that gathers people working at universities and research-driven institutions who are carrying out different tasks to support EU-funded research projects. Since 2014, the network serves as a platform for exchanging experiences, sharing and developing best practices, encouraging knowledge sharing and increasing efficiency in research administration.
The presence of IDIBELL at the workshop was supported by the “ICABELL – Internationalization of biomedical research in the Bellvitge Campus” project. ICABELL is an IDIBELL initiative that will contribute to the dynamization of the international activity of the Campus partners, whose management is carried out by IDIBELL.
You can find more information about BESTPRAC at www.bestprac.eu.