2 Seas Mid-Term Review event

The 2 Seas Midterm review event has as main focus the showcasing 2 of Seas project results that were delivered to date. All 68 approved projects are allocated an envelope of ERDF in order to realise their proposed outputs and results. Each of these results contributes directly to one of the Specific Objectives at set out for the 2 Seas Programme area in its Operational Programme.
Halfway through Programme implementation, it is therefore the ideal time to set out what has been done so far and demonstrate how each of the approved projects corresponds to a territorial need and makes a difference on the ground. More advanced projects will present their best practices and their success stories, while recently approved projects can learn from their peers and set out their ambitions for the next couple of years.

Join the 2 Seas Midterm review event

When: 25-26 April

Where: ICC Ghent

Why you should attend?

The 2 Seas Midterm review event will be the perfect occasion to see what the Programme has realised so far and how cross border cooperation on very specific topics has concretely benefited the 2 Seas area. The success stories of the different approved projects will convince participants on the reasons why the delivered tools, products, pilots and models should be adopted and rolled-out in the different areas. This event will cover a wide range of topics that will be interesting for any public authority, research institute or private sector organisation that is willing to innovate and invest on methods and techniques that were proven successful. Peer-to-peer exchanges will be central and the networking moments will allow participants to learn from each other on both thematic expertise as project management.

This cross-border event will allow you to:

  • understand how each of the 2 Seas projects directly contribute to the realisation of one of the Programme’s objectives;
  • find out about best practices in your theme of interest;
  • meet a range of interesting projects and partner organisations from Belgium-Flanders, England, France and The Netherlands;
  • inspire newcomers and learn from more experienced organisations;
  • access support from the 2 Seas Programme Team.

1. Project exhibition space

The project exhibition space will gather all 2 Seas approved projects and the Programme Authorities involved in the 2 Seas governance. They will invite you to their stand to showcase their cross border achievements and to introduce you to their success stories.
The approved projects and Programme Authorities will be contacted in the beginning of February and asked to confirm their participation to the exhibition space by completing a questionnaire. This questionnaire will define the specific technical needs per stand.

2. Thematic workshops

There will be 6 thematic workshops organised that will each cover one important theme from the 2 Seas Cooperation Programme that was addressed by the 2 Seas approved projects. Several 2 Seas projects will be selected to take part in a panel discussion with as main aim to capture on the one hand the added-value of crossborder cooperation with regards to the project results and on the other hand the durability and replicability of their tools, methods and best practices.
The proposed format is a panel discussion in the form of an interview in which the interviewer will be a representative of the 2 Seas Programme governance. The audience will be invited to actively participate in the discussion throughout the session.
The Joint Secretariat will be in charge of the preparation of these thematic workshops by contacting the different projects, mapping their results and writing the script for each of the sessions. The preparation will be linked to the knowledge management exercise that is undertaken in the framework of the 2 Seas capitalisation exercise. Crucial information will therefore be extracted from the projects’ Annual progress reports. More information about each session and a general script will be communicated mid-February.
The proposed 6 themes can be found below.

  1. Developing technologies and finding new niches in an area which has high density of knowledge
  2. Adapting to and combatting new diseases of (aging) society by developing new methods and treatments
  3. Rethinking (extended) care in modern societies
  4. Adapting housing and construction at large for a zero-carbon economy
  5. Strengthening water management in a climate changing environment
  6. Inventing a more sustainable economy with less pollution and increased reuse and recycling possibilities

3. Technical workshops

The purpose of the Technical sessions is to allow a transfer of best practice and concrete advice between experienced project partners and newcomers on very specific topics of their choice. The topics will be defined by the participants themselves by means of a questionnaire that will be completed in February. The JS will analyse the input given and propose different sessions accordingly. At registration participants can select the session in which they wish to actively participate.
Participants will be asked to indicate their level of expertise (beginner-intermediate-advances) and provide any best practice to share or questions for the fellow participants. This will be an interactive workshop with peer-to-peer exchanges as key component.
The content of the session will therefore depend on the active contributions that are collected prior to the event which is why JS officers will work actively with their approved project to collect as much input as possible.
The conclusions of each of the sessions will be shared with the audience during the closing plenary session.