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Centres lead the way to integration

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As a contribution to restructuring the science and technology sectors of the countries concerned, the 34 independent Centres of Excellence get financial support from the European Commission in order to bring together theoretical and applied research in the natural, social and economic sciences, using a multi-disciplinary approach. The objective is to support the economic and social development of their region, in conformity with the interests of the Union as a whole. Their links with other European research centres are improved through workshops and conferences, the co-ordination of a research network with other EU and pre-accession countries, and by visiting fellows (teachers and/or researchers) from EU and pre-accession countries, etc.

The 34 Centres of Excellence are located in 11 of the 12 pre-accession countries: Poland (9), Hungary (6), Romania (4), Bulgaria (3), Czech Republic (3), Cyprus (2), Estonia (2), Slovakia (2), Lithuania (1), Latvia (1) and Slovenia (1).

They cover eight scientific disciplines: biology (11), ICT (6), physics (5), mathematics (3), engineering (3), socio-economics (2), medicine (2) and environment (2).

From the 34 Centres of Excellence, 23 are academies, nine are universities, and there are two other institutes.

The path to sustainable farming

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A Cypriot Centre of Excellence (ARICY) based in the country's Agricultural Research Institute has been working for almost 40 years to improve plant and animal production through scientific research. In its role as a Centre of Excellence, the Institute is extending its activities to help farmers in Cyprus and other countries to develop intensive and competitive agricultural techniques that can be applied on a sustainable basis. Networking with EU centres, capacity building and further staff training will boost ARICY's know-how. A valuable bonus is the spread of knowledge away from Cyprus, especially to the Middle East region and the eastern Mediterranean where ARICY's work is already widely used.

http://www.ari.gov.cy/

 

It's a Miracle

The Czech Technical University's Faculty of Electrical Engineering Centre of Excellence (Miracle - Machine Intelligence Research and Application Centre for Learning Excellence) aims to become internationally recognised in the areas of artificial intelligence, systems and software diagnostics, and biocybernetics. There will be co-operation with those European centres doing similar work. Miracle will establish "network-centred education and industry-driven training at the doctoral level to reinforce transfer of technologies".

http://cyber.felk.cvut.cz/

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