FARO Advies was founded in 2005 by Peter Laan (CV and EU-CV).  His background, as a natural scientific researcher and professional lecturer in higher education, later on extended to policy and management tasks, largely determined the direction of the projects executed. Cooperation with partners from different backgrounds and various fields of knowledge was the guideline from the beginning. From 2017 onwards most of the projects are prepared and executed in close cooperation with Hans Ghijsels (B-MGA). 


At the start of FARO Advies the focus was mainly directed towards the operationalisation of European development programs and the establishment of territorial cooperation, contentwise on regional sustainable development. Within the projects and routes originated from the European programs the innovative rural development program LEADER played a central role: by trainings on project development and program and financial management within the Netherlands and the new accession countries (Latvia, Romania, Poland, Hungary), in network development and the setup of cooperation projects between European partners (primarily via the National Rural Network Nederland), later via the EU bureau TAIEX (trainings) and via projects derived from the Interreg program (IVA en IVB). Projects directed towards regional sustainable development were often characterized by the reinforcement of the identity of the region: through recreation and tourism like e.g. in de Baronie, through Healthy ageing and health issues in southeast Brabant, through a combination of themes like recreation, good governance, economic development and health in Noordoost Fryslan and other  North Sea regions (in Interreg IVB project Vital Rural Area). 


Since 2013 FARO Advies focuses on two main themes: on the one hand on the adjustment of (higher) education to talent and skills development and entrepreneurship, on the other on the circular economy linked to sustainability issues. Projects like Talents!, Regional Skills Labs, Virtus Circular Business School plus the active involvement in associated networks around 'discovery learning' and Future Skills 2020 (21st century skills) form the concrete expressions of this. Those projects, started from circular economic issues often consist of applied scientific research. Projects Agrobiopolymers, Aquafarm and Biocascade or Adding value to sewage sludge form good examples of this theme. 


See 'projects' for a comprehensive list including explanatory notes of the executed projects. When you are interested to receiving more information please contact Peter Laan through the contact button.   


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