BONUS strategic orientation workshop participants provide final contribution to the BONUS strategic research agenda 2011-2017, update 2014

SOW 2013
Discussion at the BONUS strategic orientation workshop in Tallinn, September 2013

The BONUS Steering Committee approved the BONUS strategic research agenda 2011–2017 in August 2011. Already then it was decided that the next review of the agenda will take place in 2013 through a similar process of transparency and flexibility as adopted dur­ing the initial creation of the agenda. The BONUS Sec­retariat completed this review together with key stake­holders and with a consideration of future knowledge demands in late 2013. The participants of the BONUS strategic orientation workshop (held in Tallinn on 10-11 September 2013) provided final contribution to the update that was consequently published in early January 2014. This was done just in time for it to underpin the BONUS calls for research and innovation proposals to be announced in 2014.


Steps towards the BONUS strategic orientation workshop 2013
In September 2012, the BONUS Secretariat com­menced the analysis of the framework of policies in the areas relevant to BONUS. This first step towards up­dating the research agenda identified over 80 regional, European and global parallel marine/maritime policy processes of relevance. Within, numerous crossing points emerged that either currently have or potentially could create win-win situations in shaping the manage­ment action towards sustainable ecosystem goods and services.

In early March 2013, the policy framework analysis was published at the combined BONUS Forum and the joint BONUS-HELCOM stakeholder conference. With the policy framework analysis distributed as a background material, the participants of the event were invited to contribute to a strategic research agenda up­date consultation session.

In April 2013 onwards, a dedicated international drafting team formed by experts of their field, and nominated by the national funding institutions participating in BONUS, reviewed carefully the five strategic objectives of the research agenda and proposed amendments reflecting the cur­rent and future knowledge demands.

10-11 September 2013, the drafting team’s detailed review which resulted from consideration of all the earlier consultations and contributions, as well as the outcome of the BONUS call 2012 and the themes cov­ered by the successful projects, were brought to Tallinn to the BONUS strategic orientation workshop. The scientific community, key stakeholders, representatives of the national funding agencies and the European Commission provided the final contri­butions to the now published update.

On 3 January 2014, the BONUS strategic research agenda 2011-2017, update 2014 is published online and in hard copies and used to underpin the BONUS calls for research and innovation proposals to be announced in 2014.

To date, BONUS has engaged over 800 stakeholders in inception and up­date activities of its strategic research agenda.