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Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

I have to admit that what I know about Swiss people mostly comes from short holiday/school experiences, not working/project relations. Switzerland’s participation rate in EU research is quite good, so sooner or later our paths will cross hopefully. Based on…

European Geothermal Congress 2013

István Pári

The European Geothermal Congress 2013 this year was held in Pisa, Italy and being the coordinator of a project relevant in its topic it was a must to attend and get familiar with the latest trends and innovations in this…

EC Financial Audits in FP7. Real-life case studies of EC Audits in FP7 – what could go wrong?

Gabriella Lovász

Recently I gained new knowledge about auditors, which was slightly surprising, so I wanted to share and ask you about your experience. Here are a few questions to think about: What if the auditors come with a pure paper-based approach? They…

Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

I have spent a few years as a child and then as an adult in the Czech Republic, so I feel that going back to Prague or any other city is like being in my second home. This is why…

Young project managers in the consortium

Krisztina Tóth

Consortium building and the involvement of the best experts is one of the most important steps of the project development. The project team is working hard together for several months on the proposal to be successful and to receive a…

Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

I start with a poll today: Raise your hand if you do not like Italy and Italians! No one?

Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

Dutch people are brave, confident and strong-minded. They face their own problems and they face together the problems of the country. “The geography of the European part of Netherlands is in that much of its land has been reclaimed from…

Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

It is extremely hard not to write one stereotype after another when talking about French people. I think we all had experience with French and we love them one minute and hate them another minute. Our feelings are never neutral,…

Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

When more Danish people participate in a meeting, it is not clear who is the boss, who is the subordinate. They are and seem equal, which does not mean that the subordinate will make decisions of course, but it might…

Cultural differences in EU projects

Gabriella Lovász

In every training course, we mention that cultural differences have to be taken into consideration and communication channels and work processes should be tailored to the habits and needs of your partners coming from different countries. What works for Germans…

Experiences of a Project Coordinator

István Pári

Most people when hear the word „coordinator” they tend to start picturing someone stuck behind a desk sending gazillion emails and making a hefty number of phone calls of various lengths every day in order to keep his/her project on…

Proposal Development

Ömer Ceylan

Similar to writing an essay, swiftly putting together a first draft of the project proposal and later revising and improving it gradually is usually a good approach (provided that you have enough time!). However, as we mentioned in our previous…