New European funded project PLATON+

Tuesday, 04/03/2008

A new European project called PLATON+ has just started last month. The official Kick-off Meeting took place at Thessaloniki, on February 26-27 with the presence of the EC Project Officer and representatives from all consortium partners.

PLATON+ aims to catalyze dissemination of the European research in Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) as well as to capitalize SSH research results and assets across non-SSH research areas / themes. The proposed project will operate as a central hub for the dissemination of SSH research so as (a) to facilitate integration and coordination of SSH (-related) research under FP7 and (b) to exploit horizontally the competences of European SSH researchers for the benefit of European research.

Under this context, the project will systematically deploy a set of diversified dissemination & valorisation actions that will enhance the integration of the SSH research community in non-SSH themes and are expected to have a long lasting effect, well beyond the project’s lifetime. Overall, more than 1.300 people will participate in PLATON+ events, whereas 15.000 users are expected to visit the project web-portal.

The project mobilises a multidisciplinary and multicultural consortium of 12 partners from 10 countries, which will take particular care to optimize the use of the project resources and to maximize its impact, within the 30 months of the project’s duration.

The consortium consists of:
• QPLAN N.G. (GREECE)
• Agency for the Promotion of European Research-APRE (ITALY)
• The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences - ICCR (AUSTRIA)
• Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation-TETALAP (HUNGARY)
• Leibniz Universitaet Hannover - uni transfer (GERMANY)
• Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer of Wroclaw University of Technology (POLAND)
• Hill & Knowlton (ESTONIA)
• The Economic and Social Research Institute (IRELAND)
• ALBA Graduate Business School
• The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TURKEY )
• INSEAD (FRANCE)
• ALMA Consulting Group (FRANCE)

ALBA in cooperation with INSEAD will develop a simulation educational game specially designed for training researchers who are interested in submitting proposals for socio-economic research EC funding calls. ALBA will organize a special training for Greek researchers and policy makers in Athens, as well as info days and policy dialogue events.

For more information please contact Ms Zoe Kourounakou, tel: 210 8964531, e-mail: zkouroun@alba.edu.gr