Two kinds of main events are foreseen, let alone the possibility to have a continuous exchange between partners via teleconferences, Skype calls, WEBEX as well as restricted bi/multi-lateral meetings. The main events are:
General Assemblies (GA): GAs are events where all the partnership is called for participating. During GAs, the partnership will:
1) Discuss the advancement status of research and development in the TT fields;
2) Propose new opportunities in terms of research/funding;
3) Support and promote the creation of consortium in view of funding opportunities
4) Organize focused groups around specific topics;
5) Evaluate the KPIs of the Topical Team activities especially in terms of impact and dissemination
To reduce the financial burden for traveling, the GAs will be preferably held in conjunction with conferences/workshops already organized by partners and/or sponsored/supported by ESA. For the first year of activities, the coordinators have already selected a conference eligible for GAs:
1) The ‘Second International Conference on Tissue Healing and Monitoring’, to be held in San Sebastian - Spain from 11 to 15 September 2018
Executive Committee Meetings (ECM): ECMs will be preferably organized at ESTEC and will be devoted to:
1) Implement the strategies proposed during the GAs;
2) Discussing with ESA representatives of programs and opportunities on microgravity platforms
3) Elaborating reports to be released to the Partnership and to the general public
4) Collecting inputs from the experts’ group to better focus/orient activities
5) Integrate the input collected by the single area representatives into a common and effective strategy
The partnership is strongly committed to generating valuable outcomes in terms of new research and development opportunities and increased visibility of Space-related activities towards other domains/fields. In details:
1) Taking advantage of the Topical team partnership to elaborate a multidisciplinary, impactful, and application oriented Microgravity Application Programme. The TT expects to be able to formulate and integrated proposal devoted to supporting the human exploration in long duration mission. The general topic of the TT tackles two main aspects that are deemed critical for long missions, namely the healing of wounded tissues of crews’ members in case of accidents and the possibility to monitor the healing process remotely from Earth.
Also, the existing relationships between some of the partners and their Chinese counterparts could be exploited to set-up a number of collaboration with China, an ESA strategic partner for future Space activities.
2) By considering the multidisciplinary approach and expertise of the partners, it is straightforward to consider that the partners could elaborate proposals for complementary funding at the European Level. It is worthy to note that during the approval phase of the TT, several groups (they actually met through the TT) have already submitted a number of H2020 proposals. In that frame, Societal Challenge 1 - Health, demographic change, and wellbeing could be the primary target of the partnership. Also, the Excellent Science section of H2020 provides good opportunities for funding through the Marie-Curie training networks (ITN,EID,RISE). The industrial partners could and already participate in the competitions in the section Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies, an obvious landing for Hi-Tech companies such as Flexenable Ltd or MjR-Pharmjet.
It is expected that the partnership could participate to a number of different H2020 competitions in the lifetime of the TT.
3) The presence of international partners from US, Japan, Canada could create synergies and opportunities thanks to bilateral treaties ( e.g. CETA between EU-Canada) or technological development ( Flexenable Ltd (UK) with Qualiamedical (USA))
4) The results of the scientific activities and the best practices developed by the partnership will be summarized in a detailed report whose recommendations will possibly help ESA in the elaboration of policies and roadmaps for future human exploration in long duration missions.