The Panda project – a European project coordinated by the University of Lille – was officially launched on Tuesday 4 December 2018 in the City of Science Campus. In all, eleven European partners (universities, companies and SMEs) will join forces to accelerate the clean vehicles future development.
The setting up of this project has mobilized the participants intensively for many months. “I have been working on this for several months on a full-time basis, and the partners involved with us as well,” explains Alain Bouscayrol (project coordinator) in a half smile, at the end of a working meeting organised just before the evening celebration during which the structures that accompanied the project were also given pride of place: the Cluster MEDEE, the Hauts-de-France region, the French Research Agency, the University of Lille services and the L2EP laboratory, etc.
European projects of this scale (and the related funding) do not “fall” on their own: “We had already applied, and failed for the first time”, notes the project manager. Between 5% and 10% of the proposals are finally subsidised, which gives an idea of PANDA proposal. The European Union requires that the projects it supports potentially offer a competitive advantage to companies in its territory, and that they bring “innovation or originality in approach or objective”.