Despite the many positive developments, European Union is also facing many different challenges. One of these challenges is related to the economic crisis, where many people lost their jobs and are at risk of poverty. Furthermore, a significant number of young people are not in education or training at all, which will of course affect their future chances. The European Union therefore has to find new sources of growth and employment. At the same time, it has to tackle the innovation divide and the brain drain in Europe in order to ensure inclusive growth, from which all societies can benefit. SYNYO therefore follows an open knowledge approach, which allows all citizens to benefit from the results of its projects in order to overcome this division. Furthermore, the field of education is especially important when it comes to reverse inequalities within societies. SYNYO has experience in this field, where we are working on pushing education and careers in the most promising scientific fields. Additionally, it is necessary to reduce the gap between institutions and citizens. SYNYO aims at bringing them together and pushing cooperation through digital collaboration platforms. In order to address the emergent instability and risks in European societies, we need to understand the main factors and develop innovative and inclusive responses.
SYNYO has broad experience in the field of security, which will help to empower as well as protect all citizens in Europe. Also Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are necessary for inclusive, collaborative and participative societies. This includes ethical principles as well as the related legislation. SYNYO provides experience in dealing with ethical issues in different contexts and is furthermore supporting the idea of making research data open and accessible.