As internationally, the ISAMB R&D is product-oriented, being the driving force the need to collaborate with stakeholders from business, the third sector and policymakers, strengthening quality and innovation, and promoting cutting edge and business-relevant research across the most deprived Environmental Health (EH) areas in the country (namely those related to the contemporary key EH issues crosscutting the major societal challenges identified in Europe 2020).
This will require open, timely and effective channels of bi-directional contact with key stakeholders, to help setting priorities, strengthening networking and partnership, ensuring lobbying, securing funding and widening knowledge transfer and dissemination. Therefore, each Research Group (RG), through its coordinator and according to its annual operational plan, will have the responsibility to:
- promote contact with key stakeholders, national and international congeners and scientific associations, organise presence in decision making on priorities, ensure national and international strategic alliances, participate in multidisciplinary and intersectoral networks, and make exploratory horizon scanning, to guarantee the identification of the research needs and issues of most concern among the many Environmental Health challenges that could be met;
- promote adequate engagement to and differentiated knowledge transfer with research’ end-users in the industry and business sectors, the community, health and other professionals, patient organisations and policymakers from the public, private, and third sectors, as well as at local, regional, and national levels, to make each RG outputs relevant for their products and services;
- expand ISAMB’s work internationally, promoting specific knowledge transfer to the scientific community (peer-reviewed articles and other forms of publication, and presentations at workshops and conferences);
- organize national and international conferences and local seminars and workshops on methodological or other issues, to promote ISAMB as a network starting-point and a forum for discussion (involving specific groups and/or the general public);
- take part in the ISAMB’s website updating, encouraging researchers to web-stream their R&D activities and findings, highlight education and training resources, and keep systematically updated their output indicators at the ISAMB’s databases.