The Organising Committee Meeting
Direct EU funding for this first Organising Committee Meeting through the EU 7FP National Contact Points may be possible.
Since the potential of the Congress shall outlive the present EU Framework Programmes, this first OCM shall be based on the overall IMIRC Framework Structure.
OCM can then be partly used to consider how the global presentation of
the different IMIRC Workshops (please refer to the Network Programmes in Part I of the
IMIRC) can be adapted when/if required/needed in order to be eligible for Commission
funds: as you know, some SSAs/CAs require Workpackages (WPs), some not and in
some cases WPs have to be adapted and are just not appropriate.
Former EU project Coordinators who have had some experience in dealing with EU projects in the past would also be welcome. Ideally, a PC/NC could be (have been) at the same time a present/former EU project coordinator.
The Organising Committee Meeting shall discuss:
Note: if there are too many specialised Workshop Themes and not enough workshop participants per Workshop Theme (= workshop session), then Workshop Coordinators may have to be regrouped under more general Workshop Themes. This shall have to be discussed.
N.B. Should the Congress prove too successful with the General Public, the
Congress Organisation may have to be adapted. For example there may be Network Programme
Sessions exclusively reserved for those who are on the Academic List and other
"open sessions" that shall enable an interactive participation with
the General Public. NPCs shall not be able to cope with hundreds (thousands??) of
workshop proposals: this issue shall also have to be discussed.
Place of the Meeting. The OCM shall be held in Brussels or Tervuren (Belgium).
Date of the Meeting: as soon as the Organising Committee is complete.
Applicants can perfectly
well send their Workshop Proposal to her/his NPC if their NPC is already known. If a
NPC can come over at the first meeting with some Workshop Proposals,
so much the better. Two meetings may be
necessary to start with: one, to get acquainted (at last!) and discuss issues
directly in a friendly atmosphere; the other, to see how things are shaping up. This
second meeting may also be virtual.
Actually, the modus operandi for the Congress is really quite simple and already nearly laid out. One of the main difficulties shall however be to convert the proposals into "EU" 7th FP eligible format! This is where the real "fun" begins!