Despite the many positive developments, the European Union is facing a multitude of 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 also affect their future chances for economic participation and personal development. The European Union therefore has to find new sources of growth and employment. At the same time, it has to face the innovation divide and the brain drain in Europe in order to ensure inclusive growth for all societies within the Union.
SYNYO aims to tackle these challenges by following an open knowledge approach via digital collaboration platforms, which will eventually help to boost uptake of innovative solutions and new technologies in context of smart cities and urban futures. Furthermore, the field of education is especially important when it comes to reverse inequalities within societies. SYNYO has valuable experience in this field, pushing education and careers in the most promising scientific fields. Additionally, it aims to reduce the gap between institutions and citizens, eventually leading to more socially inclusive environments. 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 also has broad experience in the field of security, which will, as well, help to empower and protect all citizens in Europe. Also, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is necessary for inclusive, collaborative and participative societies, including ethical principles as well as the related legislation. SYNYO provides experience in dealing with such ethical issues in different contexts and is furthermore supporting the idea of making research data open and accessible.