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5th FP Contract EVK4-CT-2002-80006,
Coordinator: SPECTRA Centre FA STU Bratislava, SK

Permanent Research in Spatial Development in the Context of EU Enlargement and Information Society Advancement – SPECTRA PERSEUS.

Problems to be solved

EU-integration and enlargement process affect spatial development in the accession countries as well as in the member states and the problems of environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of development of European continent and harmonisation of its integration is closely linked to optimisation of spatial development. These new conditions require new formal and informal instruments with which to guide spatial development and research in order to ensure a continual transfer of know-how and international cooperation and integation of research capacities.

Scientific objectives and approach

The SPECTRA-PERSEUS project provides a framework to enhance the existing activities of the SPECTRA centre in the field of incorporation of sustainable spatial development into planning decisions by focusing on permanent research into spatial aspects of the development of information society within the enlarging Europe . The project aims at: strengthening of integration of the Centre in the European research area through intensifying the links to outstanding centres in the EU and NAS and NIS and operating in the network of research with all stakeholders in spatial development. To achieve the objectives of the project and strong European added value the project includes:

• Support to networking through intensification of the contacts of the Centre with existing EU and CEE partner institutions, coordination of the research, organization of the conferences, colloquia, workshops, summer schools and virtual workshops, study exchanges for young researchers and PhD students from EU, NAS and NIS countries, know-how transfer and improvement of the skills of public administrators and business people.

• Increase the scope of the Centre through opening new fields in spatial development research, focused on instruments, management and use of IT.

• Preparation of multilateral R&D projects in twinning with the partner institutions.

• Intensification of know-how transfer into the planning and governing practice and business, via expertise, doctoral and life-long education, with the aim to support social and economic needs of the NAS,

• Improvement of spreading know-how via creation of network of the regional cooperation centres, with the aim to support accesion process and involvement in the EU programmes, like ISPA, SAPARD.

Expected impacts

Higher quality and efficacy of research and sustainable spatial development and increased involvement of the NAS and NIS – research centres in European research space, implementation of Quality Assurance System, public relations development, establishment of regional cooperation units, workshops, conferences, institutional regional network and its linkage to EU networks, submission of the projects for EU grant support, summer school for young researchers and PhD students, opening of the projects in newly established areas of research.