MONALISA 2.0 Introduction in Lisbon Atlantic Conference 2013, Portugal
within the scope of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020, and beyond, to ensure that blue growth research and innovation requirements are well addressed in the societal challenges covered by Horizon 2020.
This conference also provided a setting to gather European Member States and Atlantic neighboring States from the American and African Continents.
Members of the Portuguese Government, as well as of the European Commission, attended the conference, that also had the presence of representatives from the different participating States, at minister and ambassador level, as well as high level representatives from the regions and science and entrepreneurs stakeholders.
Stand of MONALISA 2.0 Project in LAC’2013, Lisbon, Portugal. Presenting the project to interested delegates and participants. Below with C. Medeiros Director at Jacques Delors European Information Center talking about Monalisa 2.0 dissemination
The Conference was held on 4th and 5th December in Lisbon, Portugal. Monalisa 2.0 was first presented to the Portuguese Government in September 2013. They showed a high interest in our project, and intended to attend our kick off meeting, but finally they were unable to attend it. Shortly before the LAC2013, Olga Delgado, representative from Technical University of Catalonia, met again the Portuguese Government to explain them Monalisa 2.0 project in further detail after the kick off meeting. Due to the relevance of the project, they offered us a big stand to disseminate Monalisa 2.0. We were going to exhibit a wall and 2 roll-ups in a big stand, but unfortunately DHL did not deliver on time our wall, and our stand had to be replaced in the last moment by a smaller one. Despite there was no time to include a presentation of ML2 in the Conference Program, we convinced Dr. Margarida Couto, the moderator of the Roundtable Technology, Research and Innovation, to include a brief presentation of our project. She was very impressed with ML2 and expressed the relevance of our project for the safety, efficiency and environment within the blue growth frame, not only in Europe, but globally.
Margarida Couto, moderator of the Roundtable Technology, Research and Innovation included MONALISA 2.0 Project at her session.
In our stand Delegates and Participants could see the project videos, pick up the project brochures and receive the explanations on what is MONALISA and “how this project will Change the World”. After the brief introduction in the Roundtable, a flood of people interested in our Project came to the stand for further information. The Project was presented to stakeholders from several sectors from Portugal France, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Cape Verde, Angola, Senegal, South Africa, Colombia, Panama, Brazil, USA and Canada, running out of brochures before the end of the event.
The Organizers of the Conference, as well as their supporters Entrepreneurs Forum for Sea Economy, Oceano XXI and EnergyIN agreed to publish in their websites a press release of our project explaining its contribution to Atlantic’s Blue Growth.
The Director of Jacques Delors European Information Center agreed to publish a press release of our project using all their channels to disseminate information within the European Union.
Our presence at LAC2013 was disseminated real-time in the social networks (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) interacting with several European institutions.
The organizers of the event expressed their willingness to follow the project evolution closely, their will to count on our participation in the next edition of the Conference, as well as their desire of participating in future phases of the Project Monalisa.