Recently, Nazariy Andrushchak, Head of the Project Office, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer-aided Design, Institute of Computer Science and Information Technologies of Lviv Polytechnic, 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 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 NanoEngineering of Anisotropic Materials for Creating Active Cells with Substantially Improved Energy Efficiency (Innovative Optical and Quasi-Optical Technologies and Nanoengineering Materials and Materials) significantly increased energy efficiency ”) under Horizon 2020 (RISE). Moreover, our university became the first 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 results of the project. After a while, our project officer contacted me and invited her 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 the project and its results to EU scientists with potential partnership, but also to open Lviv Polytechnic for the representatives of different universities and organizations of Europe as the main coordinator of this project, – said Nazar Andrushchak.

During his presentation in Brussels, Nazarij spoke about the features of this 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.

– This is important to us. After all, the IMAGE project of Lviv Polytechnic is demonstrative: with proper documentation design, meeting deadlines and business trips, as well as promotion of project results for target groups. In other words, I have demonstrated what are the approaches to managing the project properly and achieving the goals and sustaining all deadlines, ”said the head of the Project Office.