DANURB - PARTNERS MEETING AND WORKSHOP IN BRATISLAVA
The EU co-funded DANUrB project completed its first year of implementation. Therefore, all project partners met again in order to review the project’s progress, to summarize the achieved results and determine the next procedures within the project. This partners meeting and workshop was held in Bratislava from 1st to 3rd March 2018 and was organized and hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology.
After the welcome speeches of the Project Lead Bálint Kádár and the Dean of the Faculty Ľubica Vitková, all participants were greeted by Simona Ene from the Joint Secretariat of the Danube Transnational Programme. She wished good luck in future work within the project and expressed her willingness to respond to all issues of concern.
The first day of the meeting was devoted to the reviewing of the achievements within all seven work packages. After management procedures and financial issues, the project communication agenda related to all project activities was presented using detailed statistical data. The past twelve months of the project were both fruitful and challenging. Altogether, project partners organized almost 240 internal coordination meetings, 49 meetings with ASPs, they took part in47 discussions with stakeholders, participated in 33 international conferences (e.g. in China, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Austria, etc.) and wrote about 14 scientific papers and the same number of research reports. Subsequent reviews of the actual status of WP3 - Research Platform, WP4 - Cultural Network and WP5 - Spatial Studies resulted in an agreement on effective collaboration and coordination of important project outputs such as the Heritage and Stakeholders’ Datasheets, the DANUrB Book, Catalogues of student works, GIS database and Travelling exhibition. The DANUrB Strategy, yet to be formulated within WP6, will be based on inputs from all PPs based on the achievements of previous WPs. The presentation on communication was followed by one about the DANUrB Tours delivered by the Pocket Guide representatives. A very interesting part of this panel was the presentation of realized activities, events, exhibitions, participatory actions or microLabs linked tothe Danube river such as the “The expanded garden” or the “Photovoice project”. After all presentations, Simona Ene expressed her satisfaction with the progress of the project and described it as very well and effectively managed. She proposed to consider the participation of DANUrB representatives at the Annual Forum ofthe EU Strategy for the Danube Regionwhich will take place on 17.-18. October 2018 in Sofia and will deal with the methodologies of Danube related strategies and events. The first day of the meeting was wrapped up by the Project Lead who presented the structure of the upcoming events in Ilok, Backa Palanka, and Novi Sad on 6.-9. May 2018, Ruse / Giurgiu and Vidin / Calafat in September 2018, the Danube Delta trip in May 2019 and the final conference in Štúrovo / Esztergom on 29. June 2019.