ScanBalt Digital Forum 2020, online

The COVID 19 crisis dramatically underlines the importance of closer digital data exchange in Europe. If the European Union wants to deal with health challenges of this magnitude in the future, we need new levels of cooperation, data exchange and best practices to achieve a higher level of preparedness for disease outbreaks.

The ScanBalt Forum 2020 will be held for the first time as a purely digital conference. Innovative digital conferencing technologies will enable the active participation of cluster representatives from all over Europe without the need for travel.

Time: 4 September 2020
Place: Online

From 1 July 2020, Germany will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In order to identify further starting points for political initiatives, the Ministry is looking for examples of best practice from the Member States that can be taken up and calling you to share your input.

The Joint Declaration

ScanBalt members and other European cluster organisations are very welcome to actively participate in the formulation of a joint declaration on the necessary next steps to create the European Data Space. They are invited to draw on the experience of their cluster members such as universities, hospitals, research institutions, pharmaceutical and med-tech companies and start-ups. This declaration has high political significance and can be taken up by the German Council Presidency for its Council conclusions and further recommendations. By inviting further innovation clusters from other EU countries, a pan-European, specifically targeted consultation process will be created under the leadership of ScanBalt.

Get Involved in the Joint Declaration with your Best Practices

The reference to the current COVID 19 crisis can be helpful as it raises awareness and underlines the need for action. Here it would be important to present the application of innovative digital solutions from the different areas of care:

  • Research (exchange of patient-related data in cross-border research projects, for example in infectiology or pharmacology)
  • Patient care and nursing (cross-border coordination of capacities),
  • Use of innovative digital apps (e.g. early warning system for new waves of infection or for monitoring social distancing measures)
  • Suggestions for a fast track approval of digital solutions

The goal is to collect and analyse a maximum of input on the above-mentioned topics and to formulate the joint declaration to be discussed at the ScanBalt Forum on 04 September 2020.

Your benefits

  • high visibility of the clusters as relevant players in the current COVID-19 crisis
  • possible access to EU project funding
  • networking with European clusters on the subject of a single data space

Share your best practices by 15 June.

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