Collaboration type: Awareness creation towards policy makers

About Cretan Prefecture (Region of Crete): The Region of Crete is one of the 13 regions of Greece. It includes mainly Crete, as well as smaller islands such as Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Zeus, Chrissi, Koufonissi and the Dionysades Islands. It is one of the more active and close to the research and technology results and innovative products greek regions since it is highly connected and collaborated with University of Crete, Technical University of Crete, FORTH and HCMR. Is also includes special Innovation Unit chaired by well-known researchers and academic professors and special Administrative Unit of Environment and Spatial Planning.

Short description of the collaboration & main achievements in the period: During the BlueBRIDGE project, the Cretan region representatives actively participated in various BlueBRIDGE events, including dedicated working meetings with HCMR, UoA, FORTH for possible adoption of the project results, participation and dedicated speech in the RDA-Europe / BlueBRIDGE Datathon on Fisheries and Aquaculture, 15-16 June 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Finally, representative of Cretan region was also one of the participants of the BlueBRIDGE final event.

Plans for the future: Dedicated workshops and technical discussions with regards to the encapsulation of ICT technology and specialised solutions such as e-infrastructures and VREs are scheduled for the near future. Active participation to the relative European projects is also planned in cooperation with FORTH, HCMR and UoA.