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Connecting research to policy and societal expectations

Connecting research to policy and societal expectations

By Ingemar Pongratz

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The successor to the current Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme is currently in preparation. The next programme will be called Horizon Europe and will be launched in 2021.

The discussion and news from the European Commission and the European Parliament suggest that Horizon Europe will be more linked with European policy. Connecting research to policy and societal expectations will be more prominent in Horizon Europe compared to Horizon 2020


Recent documents provide interesting insights as to what kind of impact  Horizon Europe will provide. Horizon Europe is expected to be rather similar in structure to Horizon 2020, where for example the Excellent Science, Global Challenges and Innovation pillars are still in place. In addition, activities are planned to strengthen participation of members states that experienced problems entering into Horizon 2020.


Furthermore, it is clear that Horizon Europe will address many of the pressing issues that the European public and the EU member states face today. As such there is a clear policy connection between Horizon Europe and many different policy areas.


These areas include for example the European Green Deal. In addition, Horizon Europe will also address European Digitalization, Democracy development, skill development, issues around migration and other sensitive subjects.

In the Health area, it is very interesting to note that the European Commission and the European Parliament places a lot of focus on Disease Prevention and Staying Healthy. There are clear connections to both outdoors and indoor environment. This suggest a close connection between Health and for example Housing projects in Horizon Europe.


In Horizon Europe we can expect project to improve patient health care and to introduce new digital tools to support the European Health Care system.

The expected impacts for the Horizon Europe are also rather clear. In the Health area, impact includes for example reduced child mortality, reduced diseases due to environmental problems, and ability of the European Public will be able to improve their health through better lifestyle choices. Importantly, Horizon Europe is rather clear that the public is expected to make their own choices through improved health literacy.  This expectation requires strong communication between the project and the community.


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Ingemar Pongratz är konsult och EU expert med lång erfarenhet av att planera, skriva, administrera, kommunicera och rapportera EU-finansierade projekt.

Ingemar Pongratz tidigare erfarenhet inkluderar flera olika projekt såsom som tex ex Kollaborativa Projekt, Marie Curie projekt och Marie Curie programm. Ingemar Pongratz has framgångsrikt skrivit ansökningar som har resulterat i mer än 500 Million SEK för Pongratz Consulting kunder och andra organizationer.
Ingemar Pongratz har även lång erfarenhet av EU projekt kommunikation och har sammarbetat med stora organizationer som WWF för att kommunicera EU finansierade forskningsresultat till konsumenter. Ingemar Pongratz har även organiserat flera workshops, seminarier, EU Parlaments debatter och deltar aktivit inom olika utbildningsinsatser.
För hans arbete inom kommunikationsområdet så tilldelades Ingemar Pongratz Kommunikation Star priset för bästa EU projekt Kommunikation 2011.
Ingemar Pongratz har också en framgångsrikt backrund inom forskning och har publicerat ett 40 tal vetenskapliga artiklar, författat flera bok-kapitlar och även varit Editor och ansvarig för en bok som belyser riskerna associerade med kemiska kontaminenter i mat.
Ingemar Pongratz har även handledare erfarenhet av ett flertal Post-docs och doktorander.