The EU GREEN Joint Research Committee will provide the strategic and organisational mechanisms to ensure the continuous renewal and support the acceleration of interdisciplinary research on relevant sustainability issues – develop and interlink existing clusters, create new ones or determine an EU GREEN cluster.
A key task of the Commission will be to lay the groundwork for exchanges and communication on the knowledge created, approaches adopted and good practices established within and outside each cluster, with the long-term goal of joint appointments of EU GREEN researchers in key areas of interest to the Alliance. This means that it has the role of ensuring that the enabling conditions, spaces and platforms are created, whether physically, digitally or in combination, and of aligning each partner’s HR procedure with HRS4R standards. To ensure that all training is research-based, the Joint Research Commission will ensure that all activities involve junior scientists (i.e. PhD students or postdocs).
The Joint Research Clusters will build on the expertise, laboratories, facilities and other research infrastructures existing in the partner institutions. Each cluster will seek to create synergies by pooling the expertise, equipment and processes of each partner involved to develop a novel and common EU GREEN approach that can serve as a model for other higher education and research institutions. Each EU GREEN cluster will bring together researchers and students from the different partners around common fields of interest, and will seek to build on and leverage the diversity of cultures, disciplines and local issues to establish a truly interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environment for sustainability-focused research and innovation that is transferable to students and society.
Cluster themes have been identified based on the EU GREEN missions and values, are closely related to major societal challenges and are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Joint Research Commission may define new research clusters during the development of the project, adding new sustainability-related topics to the list or merging current clusters into interdisciplinary topics.
Existing research infrastructures and other resources within the alliance will be identified for joint use, and key research projects between EU GREEN partners will be defined and supported. In addition, a mobility scheme for researchers, graduate students and support staff will be created in order to achieve the ambitious mobility objectives of the alliance.
The alliance will also establish close links with industry and regional stakeholders through its participation in the Cluster Commission and its involvement in research weeks and the career development of research staff.
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