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Horizon 2020: It’s official – first two projects cross the finish (or should that be starting?) line!

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congratulationsAll at the Blog would like to congratulate Prof Bruce Edmonds , Director of the Centre for Policy Modelling (CPM), in the Faculty of Business and Law. He and his team will start work on two Horizon 2020 projects in the New Year. The projects will involve Bruce collaborating with a range of partners across Europe and are MMU’s first official successes of the Horizon 2020 Programme (Ed – we are in discussions on a number of other projects, but we can’t speak about these just yet!).

The first project, DiDIY, will explore the new socio-technological phenomenon of digital do it yourself (DiDIY). It will look at how access to affordable digital creation (e.g. 3D printing of unique-by-design objects or networked smart objects) and open innovation are changing the way in which society operates and the impact that this will have on work, education and research and beyond. The CPM has a key role in integrating the various ideas and evidence that comes out of this project, partly using illustrative social simulations. The project will be led by Universita Carlo Cattaneo Liuc in Italy and will involve partners in Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and UK.

The second project, SAF21, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network, which will help to embed social scientists of the future into EU fisheries management systems. It will train experts in analysis of human social behaviour within a variety of PhD project, looking to better understand the inter-locking complexity of self-organisation, ecology and legal structures in fisheries. It has the ultimate aim of ‘injecting’ those with social science understanding into the fisheries sector and hence to facilitate a more effective and sensitive management of them. The CPM will host two project looking at (a) the role of social norms and inter-organizational trust between fishers and regulators and (b) how visualisation techniques might be used to present the results from complex models in a public context (such as a museum). The project will be led by the Arctic University of Norway and brings together universities, museums, companies and representative organisations from the fishing sector.

Once again, many congratulations to Bruce, and fingers crossed for those of you involved in discussions with the Commission or waiting to hear the outcome of your applications!

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