Cluster Meeting in Bogor, Indonesia
The SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN project aims at connecting European and Southeast Asian research projects in the field of climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials. It does so through the provision of networking opportunities.
With the facilitation of Wuppertal Institute, DLR, UNESCAP’S CAPSA and ZSI, SUSTAIN successfully organised a cluster meeting for affiliated research projects back-to-back with the ASEAN Science & Technology Week in Bogor, Indonesia, in August 2014. Research projects from the two identified project clusters (resources; climate change and cities) met and engaged in discussions on their respective focus, results and future plans. Among the workshop formats was an interactive speed dating-like face-to-face exchange session, which led to the identification of future joint activities, the envisaging of joint projects and knowledge exchange in general. As an extension to the cluster meetings, a public half-day environment research workshop was also held jointly as part of the ASEAN S&T Week's official programme.
Cluster and other research projects interested in following-up in smaller meetings for proposal preparation and results exploitation will have the opportunity to apply for mobility funds from an upcoming SUSTAIN Call for Proposals. Concretely, funds will be available for preparing future ASEAN-EU environment research collaborations as well as for showcasing and exploiting results of past or ongoing ASEAN-EU collaborative research. Details will be announced soon on our website.
More information on the clusters and the projects SUSTAIN works with can also be found on our website. So far, the first cluster connects projects focussing on aspects of sustainability in cities, which is very important for the ASEAN region with its rapidly growing megacities and many lessons learned also for European urban development. The second cluster focuses on natural resources with a heavy focus on both, reduction of resource consumption and enhancement of resource efficiency. The two clusters and the associated projects so far are reflected in the project's first edition of the cluster brochure.