Using a realistic but imaginative approach, the objective of the initiative is to bring high quality human capital of the country together and to create collaboration links between them. This networking of Greeks can strengthen the growth prospects of the country and ensure that participating Greeks become part of a joint endeavour. As part of this effort, the country’s scientific personnel living abroad can have a direct active role in the transformation of the Greek economy, forming nodes of productive and innovative international centres.
On the assumption that the majority of specialised human resources of Greece who find themselves abroad do not intend to return in the immediate future, ‘Bridges’ focuses on the ‘returning ’ of the best knowledge and experience of Greeks abroad and their interconnectivity with the country. Greeks who live and work abroad have the opportunity to participate in a national effort which is directed towards their own benefits as well as Greeks living in Greece. Focusing on such a positive outlook and the continuous improvement of communication and co-operation networks, benefits participants in the network themselves, and, on a second and substantive level, the growth prospects of the country.
An interactive networking platform
The platform www.knowledgebridges.gr, designed to meet the aforementioned objectives, operates on three pillars:
1.the networking and subsequent partnerships through the creation of a global network of Greek scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs,
2.updates on funding opportunities in Greece and
3.the mapping of Greeks who live and work abroad.
The above pillars are intended to run simultaneously so as to provide reliable comprehensive updates on funding and scholarships, data for Greeks in Greece and those abroad so that they can implement or boost their existing activities, and, through their registration on the platform, further enhance their search activity for new contacts and partnerships with multi-level benefits.
Using modern technology, we are together able to build a Greece of research and science, by passing restrictions on physical barriers.