Standards and standardisation drive innovation by facilitating the transfer, commercialisation, and valorisation of research results. Trust-IT and COMMpla know it very well and this awareness has resulted in the launch of HSbooster.eu Standardisation Training Academy at the end of April 2023.
HSbooster.eu is one of those funded Horizon Europe projects where Trust-IT and COMMpla lead and coordinate the efforts to support European presence in the international standardisation scene. HSbooster.eu has built up a platform, i.e., the Standardisation Training Academy, to boost the knowledge and skills in standardisation education and address the skills gap in expertise and the interplay between research, innovation, and standardisation processes.
Through its training programmes, the HSbooster.eu Training Academy aims to support the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce that can effectively engage with standardisation practices and promote their adoption in the industry. The academy offers a variety of training programmes that are tailored to the needs of different learners, providing a foundational understanding of standardisation principles and practices, as well as practical insights and strategies to deepen their understanding and take their skills to new heights.
The HSbooster.eu partners have been proud to publish it and make it accessible in time for the EU Valorisation week when the Code of Practice on standardisation in the European Research Area was presented during a specifically dedicated session on 27 April 2023, when HSbooster.eu and its services were mentioned by Peter Dröll, Director for Prosperity, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General and Chief Standardisation Officer at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The Code of Practice explicitly encourage R&I projects to engage in training in negotiation skills and policy work:
Training related to stakeholder engagement and participation in standards development committees should be encouraged. Partners may find relevant information on support via the HSBooster.eu portal.
To help researchers gain a better understanding of standardisation, the HSbooster.eu Standardisation Training Academy has also organised a training session entitled Introduction to Standardisation. The training takes place on May 4th and is led by Ivana Mijatovic, Full Professor at the Faculty of Organisational Sciences of the University of Belgrade and HSbooster.eu Standardisation Training Academy Lead. The session will use interactive approaches to help active participants find answers to questions such as why researchers need standards and standardisation, what standardisation is, and who develops standards. The training is intended for researchers who participate in EU-funded R&I projects and anyone interested in the basics of standardisation.
The launch of the Academy's new webpage is a significant milestone, not only for the project but also for addressing the need for training resources targeting R&I projects, as highlighted in point 27c of the European Commission's Code of Practice on Standardisation.
COMMpla Srl, supported by its affiliated entity, Trust-IT, coordinates HSbooster.eu, a Horizon Europe project, where COMMpla and Trust-IT draw on their 15-year experience in the coordination of EC-funded projects to boost the standardisation efforts of the European research community.
COMMpla and Trust-IT lead the communication, dissemination, exploitation, and impact monitoring activities for the project. They have developed the HSbooster.eu Training Academy and organised the training sessions. These efforts include the promotion of the event and the design of the graphic materials for branding and awareness-raising. The two companies also provided IT support for recording and playback options, along with management of the panel discussion and interaction with the participants. COMMpla and Trust-IT deeply leveraged their experience as coordinators of StandICT.eu 2023 and 2026, two funded projects under the H2020 and Horizon Europe programmes.
Browse the HSbooster.eu Standardisation Training Academy and take the first step towards boosting your expertise in standardisation processes. Click here.