Cáceres, 24 October 2017: Cross-Border School - Knowledge and Practice on the Border :


“The core idea of the CB School is very much needed, and we will learn every edition to make it an easy bridge for Academicians and practitioners to find joint ways to get to decision-makers.”

Martin Guillermo Ramírez

Over the years, more and more attention is being paid to cross-border cooperation, not only in Europe, but all over the globe. Researchers, practitioners and potential beneficiaries keep exploring what cross-border cooperation could provide for them, and more and more EU funds and national co-financing is dedicated to this type of cooperation every year. Therefore, there is a strong demand for not only showcasing practices, but also showcasing research, results and impact. However, multiple parties recognize the difficulties in communication between different fields, especially between the fields of academics and practice. Not only is it hard for practitioners to learn about new, relevant research, but for academics it is also hard to learn about the impact of their research in practice. In an attempt to overcome this communication gap, the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research (NCBR) and the Association for European Border Regions (AEBR) organized the first edition of the Cross Border School. The mission of the Cross Border School is to create and nourish an environment in which academics and professionals are equals, and share and learn from each other in a more horizontal, interactive manner.

For the Cross Border School 2017, the central theme was set to be “Knowledge and Practice on the Border”. Inviting people to send in their own subjects of interest, the program consisted of a plenary morning session featuring experts from both the academic sphere and the professional sphere and several parallel sessions in the afternoon, where people could break out in smaller groups and freely discuss their views and experiences with each other regarding topics participants sent in, as well as an excursion into the borderlands of Spain and Portugal. This led to very interesting discussions regarding practices on borders throughout the world, the European project and especially the Euroregions, resurgent nationalism and identity formation, but also other themes like how to set up cross-border healthcare and how to build bridges, not only between academic- and professional institutions, but also between governmental agencies from different countries. When looking at the responses of participants, it is safe to say that the first edition of the Cross Border School was well received and achieved its goal, and provided us with many important lessons which we can use to build an even better Cross Border School next year.

A more comprehensive report will soon be published. 

The videos of the speeches given in this context are available online: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6NBJqyhcfrOgWuYubmsziCEjn2XD6Tby

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