One of the key activities of INCONET-GCC2 project is to organise cluster activities around selected research priorities, through the engagement of stakeholders.
As a result of this engagement, and a needs analysis carried out in the first phase of the INCONET–GCC2 project, it was identified that one of the main research priorities of particular importance for the EU and GCC regions is the topic of Energy/Smart Cities. It was also found that this vital topic also had the highest potential impact for cooperation in the area of EU-GCC Research & Innovation. In addition, the topic of Energy/Smart Cities was seen as of particular interest following consultation with the European Commission at the start of the project’s second phase.
A key step in the clustering process is the elaboration of a Brainstorming Report which highlights in a concise way the current situation with regards to Energy/Smart Cities in an EU-GCC perspective, as well as key opportunities and challenges that exist for enhancing research cooperation between the two regions. Read the Brainstorming Report here.
In addition to this snapshot, an identification of the organisations, networks, and communities most active in this field in both regions has been made including where possible contact details. Please access the mapping report here.
Of central importance in fostering R&I bi-regional cooperation is the identification of suitable partners to engage in joint R&I activities. A very useful tool developed by the Network of H2020 NCPs for Energy, C-Energy 2020, can be accessed by interested parties through the following link http://www.partnersearch.c-energy2020.eu/.
For latest developments on the area of Smart Cities in the EU please visit https://eu-smartcities.eu/.