The objective of Work Package 1 is to perform preparatory activities in order to build the basis for Work Package 2 Action Plan and the further project steps. An analysis of the state of the art of research centers in Libya has been the first step, in order to conduct a proper and reliable knowledge base for the definition of the Research Agendas, for the design of the training (WP3 and WP4) as well as to better understand the context of action. The update of need analysis is necessary due the rapid changes in the country and due to the fact, that during the time lapse from the conception of the IBTIKAR proposal and its implementation (11 months), lots of variables in the country could have changed the scenario.

Desk research on the Libyan research environment has been complemented by a survey to collect up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data and by visits performed by the University of Tripoli (WP1 Leader) to the Partner universities in Libya. As a final step of WP1, a set of inspiring practices from both EU and North Africa has been collected by UoT and UNIMED with the support of all the partners. These practices focused on research management, research methodology, research implementation, with a special but not exclusive attention to Environmental studies.

According to the project proposal, and in line with the outcomes of the desk research conducted in the framework of WP1, the University of Tripoli together with UNIMED developed an online form for the collection of the inspiring practices. The form (Annex I) was used to collect a list of good practices from Europe, North-Africa and more in general from the South-Mediterranean region, to be of inspiration for the Libyan institution in their research developments and strategic decisions.  These practices can be grouped into 3 macro-areas: research management, research methodology, and research implementation. Target group of the initiatives were both academic and administrative staff, as well as university leaders.

Criteria were established to analyze the practices and define their potential value for the Libyan system, which are: relevance, impact, transferability, sustainability. A specific template was developed to report the analysis of the practices, as you can see in the following pages.

The online form was distributed wide and far to collect inspiring practices, first and foremost to the project partners, then through the UNIMED network of associated universities (149 members from 24 countries at the time of the research, namely between July and September 2022) and institutional partners (such as APRE, the Agency for the Promotion of European Research in Italy, and the DG Education of the European Commission).