Review meeting in Brussels
On 15 June 2017, INFORM team members participated in the first review meeting of the project, hosted at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency in Brussels. The meeting was held to review the first 12 months of the project and discuss feedback on the research activities carried out during this period.
During the day-long event the project team leaders gave presentations on the work and accomplishments of their teams, and the evaluators provided valuable and insightful comments on the progress of the project and potential ways to improve it.
The reviewers emphasised the innovative aspects of the project’s methodological approach, as well as the horizontally organised project management structure that allows for wide participation of both the involved partner institutions and individual team members. As preliminary results of the quantitative survey were presented during the review meeting, the evaluators were impressed by the availability of the data earlier than originally scheduled. They also expressed the hope that the INFORM project, through its research results, will contribute significantly to the understanding of the Europeanisation discourses and practices, including by providing critiques to the mostly abstract discourse of the process.
In order to improve the applicability of the produced research results, the reviewers suggested that the INFORM project might benefit from more balanced attention to formal institutions, on top of the project’s current focus on informal institutions and practices. The evaluators also remarked that one of the most difficult tasks of the project may turn out to be getting the policy recommendations devised during the project to people and government institutions willing to implement them.
The INFORM team members thanked the reviewers for the thoughtful comments and enthusiastic feedback, and the meeting was concluded on a highly positive note and with encouragement to continue the work.
Evaluators and EC representatives:
Andreas Obermaier, Project Adviser, EC Research Executive Agency
Zoltán Krasznai, Policy and Project Officer, DG Research & Innovation
Adinda Focke, Administrative and Financial Officer of INFORM, REA
Prof. Dieter Segert, Academic Reviewer, University of Vienna
Prof. Anna Krasteva, Academic reviewer, New Bulgarian University
INFORM team representatives:
Eric Gordy, Project Coordinator, UCL
Vesna Milanović, Project Manager, UCL
Predrag Cvetićanin, WP2 leader, Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South-East Europe (Serbia)
Ilina Mangova, WP3 leader, Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” Skopje (FYR of Macedonia)
Adnan Efendić, WP4 leader, Center for Intradisciplinary Social Applied Research Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Rudi Klanjšek, WP5 leader, University of Maribor (Slovenia)
Klāvs Sedlenieks, WP6 leader, Riga Stradins University (Latvia)
Gentiana Kera, team member, Center for Historical and Anthropological Research (Albania)
Vjollca Krasniqi, team member, Social Research Kosova (Kosovo)
Miran Lavrič, team member, University of Maribor
Inses Prica, team member, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (Croatia)
Reana Senjković, team member, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (Croatia)
Location: Brussels, Belgium