November 22, 2022

The capacity-building activity of the International Panel on Exiting Violence project has successfully concluded in Brussels


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In Brussels on 14-18 November 2022, the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV) project held a capacity-building activity dedicated to seven Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers enrolled in Higher Education Institutions or Research centers from Algeria, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, and Syria. Organized by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) and UNIMED, this capacity-building activity is designed in the framework of the sustainability of the IPEV project (2017-2021) coordinated by the FMSH and funded by the Carnegie Corporation.

‘Young researchers are trained, among others, in communication techniques, interviewing techniques with vulnerable witnesses, disseminating their research results, which is now indispensable in the academic sector, and in writing international applications. They are also informed of the various research grants available. The FMSH has made capacity building a priority and a cross-cutting axis of its support programs. The sustainability component of the IPEV is, thus, in perfect continuity with its objectives and actions.” said Marta CRAVERI, Research & International Director at FMSH

In addition to FMSH and UNIMED, contributions to this activity were made by the Agency for the Promotion of  European Research – APRE, the Philanthropy Europe Association – Philea, and the Erasmus Student Network – ESN.

At the ESN headquarters, APRE, Philea, and UNIMED representatives presented in several workshops the Horizon Europe program (2021-2027), the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in this program, as well as the impact of its results, besides project design notions.

Participants had the chance to also attend some of the key events of the UNIMED WEEK in Brussels, which occurred from the 15th to the 17th of November. This platform facilitated several interactions among the students, the representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament, and further stakeholders coming from universities and organizations networks.

“The goal of this activity is to positively influence the knowledge and conscience of future generations about the value of common research initiatives. In this context, the initiative was created to highlight the treasures of the Mediterranean region as well as to convey positive messages about the Mediterranean research dimension and ensure the protection of its resources and its wealth. The training week aims at establishing a new relationship between development, sustainability, consumption, and ethics, and will also be an opportunity to reaffirm the cultural and geopolitical role of the Mediterranean region.” added Marcello Scalisi, UNIMED Director.