EU-Russia research co-operation gears up for FP7
High-level workshops took place in April between Russia and the European Union on research topics of interest to the upcoming Seventh Framework Programme. The meetings aimed to promote closer links and collaboration between Russian and EU scientists and research managers in climate change, railways and aeronautics respectively.
The EU-Russia Workshop on Climate Change Research, a joint initiative of the Research and Environment Directorates-General of the European Commission, looked to promote better information and resource exchange between research organisations and institutions working in this field.
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Speakers presented the state of play of Framework Programme-funded climate change research against the backdrop of EU policy in the area. It also introduced EU climate research projects in which Russian organisations may participate, including the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Russian research and expertise in this vital field was also featured.
Close to 50 delegates – including leading Russian and EU scientists, policy-makers and EU research managers – attended the workshop, held in Moscow on 10 April. Discussion centred on identifying climate change research themes where further EU-Russian co-operation could be envisaged.
Several topics of mutual interest were highlighted, including regional climate impacts in the polar regions; how the climate system works; the state of carbon and nitrogen cycles (emissions and sinks); tropospheric/stratospheric chemical and physical processes; and adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change.
Railways and aeronautics, too
EU representatives also met their Russian counterparts later in the month (20-22 April) – this time in a workshop focused on rail transport research. The meeting was held at the VNIIZhT Test Centre and OAO Railways in Moscow, under the joint patronage of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the European Commission. The aim was to open grounds for co-operation in this field between the principle European stakeholders engaged in key EU-supported projects, the European Rail Research Advisory Group (ERRAC), and Russian Railway Research Institutes.
In a busy month for EU-Russian co-operation, the main players met again, on 27-28 April, to discuss the aeronautics sector. The workshop, this time in Brussels and attended by leading aerospace firms and research institutes on both sides, discussed increasing collaboration in aeronautics research. The focus of discussions was research and development topics of mutual interest, ongoing co-operative efforts and – like their climate-change colleagues – potential opportunities for collaboration in FP7.
It was concluded that, after nearly a century of experience in aerospace, Russia has a wealth of experience and expertise to offer its international partners. FP6 has already opened the way for greater Russian and European link-ups in important aeronautics research initiatives. Now, all eyes are on FP7 and what opportunities are in store for greater collaboration.
“In the area of science and technology, the EU and the Russian Federation have a long history of active co-operation and of collaborative achievement,” noted José Manuel Silva Rodríguez, EU Director-General of the Research DG in a statement. He acknowledged those who participated in the first fruitful meeting, in October 2003 in Moscow, which promoted Russian participation in FP6.
“That event resulted in at least ten successful aeronautics research projects with European and Russian collaboration,” he said, “which is a demonstration of our will to work together, our common interests and the complementarity of our research efforts.”
EU press material
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