Recently, Dr. Nazariy Andrushchak, Head of the Project Office of Lviv Polytechnic National University and the administrative manager of the IMAGE project, had the opportunity to share the experience of successful project management within the Horizon 2020 program by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange, RISE) with the representatives from different European countries, who met on 16-17 January 2020 for Coordinators’ Day in Brussels (Belgium).
“Two years ago at Lviv Polytechnic, we started implementing our IMAGE project entitled Innovative Optical/Quasioptical Technologies and Nano Engineering of Anisotropic Materials for Creating Active Cells with Substantially Improved Energy Efficiency under Horizon 2020 (RISE). Moreover, for the first time, our university became the coordinator of such a program in Ukraine. Last year, during one of the mid-term meetings in Poland, where we reported on our activities within our consortium with the involvement of a project officer from Brussels, I made several reports on the project’s results. After a while, our project officer contacted me and invited to join the annual Coordinators Day in Brussels and share the experience of running the project with new coordinators. Of course, I agreed. It allowed not only to tell about the project and its results to EU scientists and establish potential partnerships but also to open Lviv Polytechnic for the representatives of different universities and organizations of Europe as the coordinator of this project,” said Nazariy Andrushchak.
During his presentation in Brussels, Dr. Andrushchak spoke about the features of the RISE program to over 150 representatives from different countries, the particularities of coordinating a consortium of universities and private enterprises, the difficulties that may arise during such interaction, and gave recommendations on how to overcome them.
“Participation in the RISE project is significant to us. After all, the IMAGE project of Lviv Polytechnic is demonstrative: with proper documentation design, meeting deadlines, and Secondments, as well as promotion of project results for target groups. In other words, I have demonstrated the proper approaches to managing the project, achieving the goals, and sustaining all deadlines,” said Nazariy Andrushchak.