APRE is a non-profit research organisation created in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and of some public and private bodies, to meet the growing demand for information on European research programmes.
First reality of its kind, APRE' mission is to support the scientific and the industrial communities along the path to Europe and beyond, by providing information, training and assistance activities on the Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. APRE is at the heart of a network of more 150 members from the academia to private sector, including: Public and Private Research centres, Universities, Scientific Parks, Public Administrations, Trade associations, Finance, Chambers of Commerce, Technological Districts, enterprises: http://www.apre.it/en/what-isapre/apre-members/
APRE hosts all the HORIZON EUROPE National Contact Points (NCP) contributing to the successful participation and implementation of the Research and Innovation projects. APRE is also EURAXESS Bridgehead Organisation for Italy supporting the researchers’ career. In order to strengthen the networking potential and raise the awareness of European research locally, APRE has established a network of 13 Regional Help Desks throughout Italy. In addition, APRE Liaison Office in Brussels acts as a strategic hub intended to promote and involve more effectively its Members straight into the heart of EU Research and Innovation policies and programmes. APRE is coordinator of the GIURI Group (Informal Group of the Italian Offices in Brussels), an informal platform of more than 50 Italian Brussels based representation offices representing research organisations, business organisations, national/regional institutional bodies and financial intermediaries, actively dealing with EU R&I policies.
APRE Projects Department directly participates in the HORIZON EUROPE calls through its expertise: project management, training and information, stakeholder engagement and co-creation, dissemination and communication, policy analysis, innovation management and exploitation, responsible research and innovation and international cooperation. Follow #apreprogetti on APRE social media channels.
APRE is GenB coordinator and responsible for the smooth implementation of the activities. APRE, together with FVA, is responsible for developing and implementing GenB activities with students, families, teachers and multipliers in Italy. APRE contributes to GenB youth engagement, education of multipliers, mobilisation and co-creation of innovative approaches, strategic dissemination and communication to promote the circular and sustainable bioeconomy at national and European level.
APRE Team in GenB Project (genb @ apre.it)
Chiara Pocaterra is leading the APRE Projects Department since 2018, which has the aim to assure the APRE’s successful participation in Framework Programme funded projects and their smooth implementation, coordinating more than 20 people.
Chiara Pocaterra has coordinated several Framework Programmes’ projects in the bioeconomy sector mainly supporting the promotion, awareness raising, education and communication addressing challenges and opportunities, engaging the quadruple helix stakeholders in the domain in particular the young generation.
She is one of the two authors of the book for kids “What’s Bioeconomy” published in 2021 and translated in fifteen EU languages and Ukrainian.
Flavia Fusconi has a degree in Law with a specialisation in European Law. She is currently a Project Manager in APRE working on National and Horizon 2020 projects, such as BioGoal, FNS-Cloud, FoodSaftly4EU (as Social Media Manager), and FoodTrails (Exploitation Manager). She also manages Horizon Europe projects in Cluster 6, including GenB (Coordination and management), B-THENET (Co-coordination and management of dissemination, communication and exploitation activities). Flavia leads the valorisation activities in APRE and is part of the GDPR group in APRE.
Previously, at University of Bologna-UNIBO, she worked as a Project design officer in the bioeconomy and Food sector mainly supporting academic research at European level.
Laura Mentini is a Project Manager in APRE. She has an academic background in Education Policies and Global Development (PhD and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and experience in the EU Commission (DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture), with Erasmus+ international programmes. Previously, she worked as a consultant at UN FAO agency (Rome) and collaborated with NGOs and bottom-up projects related to informal education and active citizenship in developing contexts.