The COVID-19 outbreak has considerably impacted the flow of professional activities all around the globe. This unexpected pandemic forced the Interreg North-West Europe Programme and its projects to take precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of staff and project partners.
In order to minimise the negative effects of the lockdown on our projects, the JS prepared a set of measures to help projects to cope with this unprecedent situation. Despite some inevitable difficulties, the Programme was delighted to see how some projects managed to deliver their tasks planned for the first half of the year creatively, turning such difficult times into opportunities to thrive.
For instance, “Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products” (SeRaMCo) was forced to postponed its final conference to 2021. However, the project did an outstanding job in adapting to the crisis and managed to continue their series of documentaries which highlight the most innovative aspects of their activities.
In an interview, the Project Leader, Prof. Christian Glock from the University of Kaiserslautern said: “We are learning more about digital communication and methods. Considering our overall project goal, which is saving natural resources, it could be that the crisis will accelerate this transition to more sustainability in saving resources and thinking local. We can contribute with products and methods”.