Between 9-11th May 2016, 20 representatives from 14 partner organisations were brought together from across Europe (Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and the UK) for ResiStand’s kick-off meeting. ResiStand is a two-year Coordination and Support Action (CSA) that is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme (grant agreement no. 700389). The project focuses on increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support the Standardisation of technologies and services.
Adopting a novel approach to begin the project and to pave the way for effective future collaboration between ResiStand’s partners, the meeting took place on a three-day cruise between Helsinki and Stockholm. The Partners, including standards organisations, research centres, industry, and SMEs, spent the three-days getting to know each other and discussing the work that they will be undertaking together over the next two years. Key to this work is ResiStand’s three main stakeholder communities (standardisation organisations, end-users and suppliers). Throughout the project, the partners will engage with these communities to identify the gaps in standardisation in order to create a prioritised roadmap for new initiatives, and to create a pre-standardisation process that supports the development of standards. ResiStand’s partners will get together again in July 2016 in Delft, the Netherlands, to plan the involvement of the stakeholder communities during the project.
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