H2020 Projects to continue their implementation as life goes on

Professor Consuelo Naranjo boost project activities in post COVID19 era.

Prof. Consuelo Naranjo boosts project activities post COVID-19

Brussels, Monday 8 June 2020

The project involves  103 researchers from 15 institutions in 10 different countries (Europe, the Caribbean region and Latin America)

25 webinars planned till the end of June

Even though we have been only hearing about COVID 19 for the past 3 months and the projects funded to fight against the virus, life for the research community continues on as well as their projects.

Many researchers have had to adapt their investigation to a new reality: holding meetings through the internet, working from home without access to research equipment, facilities, archives, etc.

This is the case for the project “Connected Worlds. The Caribbean, Origin of modern word” whose principal investigator, Professor Consuelo Naranjo (Institute of History – CSIC), has well adapted to this COVID era. The project, funded with almost 2 million euros under the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE grant scheme, has a duration of 4 years and is expected to be implemented until 2022. Many of its activities, as described in the working programme of RISE, are aimed at knowledge sharing via international as well as intersectoral mobility, based on secondments of research and innovation staff. Adapting these activities while taking into consideration all the measures imposed by governments (i.e. travel restrictions, social distancing etc.) is a challenge. Many activities needed to be modified and changes had to be made in order to fulfill the goals of the project.

More precisely, during the pandemic crisis, the consortium has adopted new initiatives to continue the promotion of their projects’ activities, such as the 25 webinars planned from April to the end of June.  Some of these webinars are trainings with a strong international impact for PhD candidates within the project, trying to amplify its radius of action by reaching remote communities with different cultural levels and interest.

The aim of this project, that involves 103 researchers from 15 institutions in 10 countries of Europe, the Caribbean region and Latin America is twofold: to study Caribbean societies (trade and slave system, race construction, racism, development models, circulation of knowledge, images and representations in and of the Caribbean) and to establish stronger links between the territories of the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.

During the last year, Professor Naranjo has carried out different activities and publications in order to disseminate and communicate the first results of the project. In this way, it is important to highlight the publication of a book for the educational community in Open Access titled “The Caribbean, Origin of Modern World, both in English and in Spanish. Some researchers from different countries collaborated with the programmes coordinated by CSIC: Ciencia en el Barrio and Ciudad Ciencia. At the same time, all the research groups organized seminars and promoted international conferences in Madrid, Puerto Rico and Havana, publishing some scientific articles. These activities, and a total number of 61 secondments carried out by researchers within the project, are helping to strengthen links between the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America whilst increasing its international impact.