Advanced Photonic PRocesses for novel sOlar energy hArvesting teCHnologies


Advanced Photonic PRocesses for novel sOlar energy hArvesting teCHnologies

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APPROACH is a multi-stakeholder project, aiming at democratizing the opportunity for post-academic training and professional development of young researchers and innovators. APPROACH is a partnership that will enable the enhancement of talents’ inventive thinking and creative knowledge in the development of nanofabricated materials and methods for solar energy harvesting applications. It will contribute to the growth of diversity of backgrounds, talents and motives of job expectations while will allow scientific knowledge advances through interaction and exchange of views.

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basis of sustainable development has four dimensions merit attention:


Placing knowledge, including high-level scientific knowledge, at the service of development


Converting knowledge, in all its forms, into value via applications and impact assessment


Sharing good practice, to ensure widespread benefits and


importantly, apply a holistic talent development approach.

APPROACH aims to support training and mobility of research and innovation talents across sectors, developing best practices for intersectoral talent circulation at the benefit of the participating widening countries. It is aiming to develop a reinforcing innovation ecosystem, creating an impactful collaboration between academia and businesses. The specific objectives are listed below.


  1. Identify a set of key competences that researchers need for a successful research career, both inside and outside academia

  2. Identify cases that illustrate how a competence framework and other tools can be successfully used

  3. Grow and enhance the human resources and capacity of the Widening partners to render them as respectable references for highly skilled researchers.

  4. Bring together regional, national, and international stakeholders within the APPROACH ecosystem and encourage the potential of solar energy conversion technologies to face far-reaching and people-centered transformative goals.

  5. Enhancement of the research/skill profiles and competences of the participating researchers and institutions.

  6. Creation of a mentoring community and assignment of mentors to early-stage researchers and innovators.

  7. Increased set of entrepreneurial and other transferable skills and competences of talents.

  8. Training on administrative and research management skills.

  9. Foster an innovation friendly environment towards the transformation of the Widening partners into an R&D and entrepreneurial pole on developing photonic processes for solar energy harvesting. APPROACH will lead a new age of academia-industry synergy.

  10. Achieve long-term sustainability of the collaboration.