On March 26, the Capability-Driven Defence Research and Innovation Conference was held on March 26. This conference was organised by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and Romania’s National Defence Ministry, in concert with the European Defence Agency (EDA).
The conference brought together more than 500 high-level officials from European Union institutions, defence ministries, research bodies, industry and academia.
Mr Guillermo González Muñoz de Morales, Head of the Technology Foresight Office of Isdefe’s Consulting and Strategic Management Processes Department, took part in the roundtable on “Presentation of flagship R&T collaborative defence research projects”, along with Mr Panagiotis Kikiras, Head of the EDA’s Technology and Innovation Unit, and Mr Shahzad Ali, CapTech CBRN & HF Officer at the EDA.
This roundtable showcased some EDA projects financed through various instruments, sharing lessons learned and best practices that could pave the way for and inspire future collaborative defence research opportunities for member States, industry, academia and other stakeholders.
Isdefe has been helping the EDA to develop the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA) since it was first conceived in 2016. OSRA represents the first European project to evaluate and prioritise technology objectives in the European defence sector. This process, which yielded its first results last year, is expected to supply the future European defence fund.