Last week, a study visit in Norway was held by representatives of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR). They became acquainted with the work of the Research Council of Norway (RCN) in Oslo and presented a new KAPPA programme and possibilities for cooperation with the Czech Republic at the CLIMIT Summit.
The purpose of the meeting at RCN was to familiarize both agencies with a more detailed presentation of their activities and sharing good experiences. There has been a discussion on international cooperation and about the programmes implemented by both agencies. TA CR has mentioned the new Innovation strategy and the new role of the TA CR as the implementer of the resort programmes. There was also a discussion on the RCN strategy, namely the Open Science strategy. After the meeting, there was a study visit to research institutes which are successful in solving a number of research projects.
In Norway, close cooperation between the business sector, offices and research institutions is well established. There is also a high level of education, social trust and equality between women and men. Therefore, cooperation with Norwegian entities is a great opportunity for the Czech Republic to gain valuable experience and international contacts, which can then be used, for example, for further cooperation under the KAPPA programme financed by the EEA and Norway Funds or for the preparation of joint projects in other international programmes.
Meanwhile, the CLIMIT Summit conference was held in the surroundings of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. The conference brought more than 270 high-level speakers and experts from all over the world for exchanging ideas and building knowledge within the important climate mitigation tool: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The planned call within the KAPPA programme financed by EEA and Norway Grants was presented during the second day of the conference. A part of the budget allocation is dedicated just to CCS activities. You can find the presentation HERE.