r4d Forum 2017 Open Calls 1 and 2: Networking event on research for global sustainable development

The r4d forum oc (open call) connected the grantees of the first and second thematically open calls and established an opportunity for them to engage in dialogue regarding their r4d projects amongst each other, with the members of the review panel and with representatives from policy and practice.

Start19.09.2017 06:30
End19.09.2017 15:00
VenueSchloss Bümpliz, Bümplizstrasse 97, 3018 Bern
Registration deadline19.09.2017

r4d Forum Open Calls 1 and 2: Networking event

​The r4d Forum Open Calls 1 and 2 aimed to give ample space to the exchange of experiences, challenges and success stories, especially with regard to the r4d programme's main objectives. To this end, the event provided a platform for grantees, review panel members as well as representatives from policy and practice to come together and engage in creative dialogues. The discussion of scientific findings on and solutions to the reduction of poverty and global issues, the application of these results and the (scientific) competence in dealing with these complex issues that is increased in the process constituted the core of the r4d Forum Open Calls 1 and 2 . Participants were given time for the presentation of individual projects as well as the opportunity to learn and ask questions about project objectives and progress. Apart from the goal to encourage interaction between participants, the aims were to

  • connect scientists working on similar topics, disciplines and research fields
  • connect researchers facing similar challenges and overcoming comparable impediments
  • connect groups at or towards the end of their project with groups at the outset, thus establishing a possibility for the exchange of guidance and advice among research groups at different points of their projects
  • and, above all, to connect all persons invested in the attainment of the three main aims of the r4d programme, namely the delivery of scientific discoveries that tackle global issues and poverty, the utilization and application of these results as well as the resulting augmentation of expertise for the grasping of the complexity of global issues.

Around 60 participants attended the event. 18 projects from the first and second thematically open call presented their research by way of posters, electronic devices, maps, games, animations, artefacts and other concrete objects, timetables, videos, etc. The project teams had been asked in advance to not only share their results and success stories but to also reveal their main challenges and to explain how they were overcome. Much of the interaction during the market stand sessions concerned problem-solving strategies and solution-oriented approaches.

Please find more information about the event in the invitation r4d Forum Open Calls 1 and 2 (PDF)or about the projects on the webpage of the thematically open research module External Link Icon.