VLIR-UOS - Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad - Flemish Interuniversity Council
Education - Higher education
Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
Least developed country
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BSS strengthens connections within and beyond the VLIR-UOS community through exchange platforms, networks and platform-initiated projects or events in view of collective learning and of facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships with academics, public, private and civil society actors, hereby improving access and use of academic expertise; and providing scientific (policy) support to enhance the capacity of the Belgian government and other actors in the field of sustainable development. The Bridging Science-Society (BSS) outcome is created in line with the thematic JSF HES4SD and holds three ambitions high: more connection, valorisation and collective learning. BSS aims at 1) strengthened connections within and beyond the VLIR-UOS community, hereby improving access to and use of academic expertise (uptake of knowledge, applications, services) and facilitating collective learning; and 2) relevant demand-driven scientific (policy) support to enhance the capacity of the Belgian government and other actors in the field of sustainable cooperation. The intervention strategy focusses on facilitating connections within and beyond the VLIR-UOS community through exchange platforms, networks and platform-initiated projects, initiatives and events. There are two levels: 1) BSS within HEfSD, primarily focusing on academic partners, with a distinction between what can be improved within VLIR-UOS in terms of connections, knowledge sharing and uptake, and collective learning, and what can be upscaled to the level of the tJSF HES4SD; 2) BSS beyond HEfSD, focusing on facilitating connections between HEfSD actors and non-academic public, private and civil society actors, including the Belgian government. The outcome will boost synergy and complementarity and collective learning and provide projects with an evidence base and facilitate mainstreaming transversal and priority themes of development actors, including DGD, but also respond to specific emergencies or opportunities. The BSS activities include information and results sharing via improved communication channels, dissemination practices and stakeholder engagement, matchmaking and networking, learning and training activities within and beyond the VLIR-UOS community, different types of scientific (policy)support to DGD and other actors in the sector aiming at synergy & complementarity.