International Cooperation for lasting solutions
Research and innovation have always been interlinked internationally and this has been further increased in recent years by information and communication technologies and the emergence of new global players in science and technology. The European Union's international scientific cooperation policy addresses the needs and opportunities of an interconnected world, and contributes to peace and prosperity for European citizens.
The objectives of the EU's international cooperation policy are:
- To strengthen the Union's excellence and attractiveness in research and innovation as well as its industrial an economic competitiveness
- To tackle global societal challenges
- To support the Union's external policies (such as Trade, Development, Enlargement, etc).
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10 December 2013
Delegation to Egypt wraps up its information campaign on
"EU-Egypt Partnership in Higher Education, Research and Innovation"
The European Union Delegation to Egypt wrapped up on Sunday 8, December its information campaign on EU-Egypt Partnership in Higher Education, Research and Innovation with a celebration at the EU Residence in Cairo. The event was addressed by HE Minister of Scientific Research, Ramzy George and Dr. Yasser El Shayeb, Advisor for International Cooperation, on behalf of H. E. Hossam Eisa, Minister of Higher Education and was attended by EU programmes beneficiaries in Egypt and R&I stakeholders. Ambassador James Moran, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt addressed the audience by saying: "I firmly believe that the knowledge triangle (education, research and innovation) is a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Investment in education is an investment in our shared future prosperity and in the youth who are shaping our common future. The European Union has a longstanding and important presence in Egypt in the fields of Research and Innovation. Over the last few years, hundreds of European and Egyptians scientists, researchers and academics have been increasingly working together through these programmes."
The information campaign toured three universities in the last few weeks: Assiut, Alexandria and Cairo where information sessions were held to reinforce the networking activities among current and potential participants in EU programmes. The campaign also aimed to celebrate the various success stories among the beneficiaries of the EU funded programmes: Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Research Development and Innovation (RDI) over the last five years and to promote new funding opportunities in the framework of the forthcoming Erasmus Plus and Horizon 2020 programmes.
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HE Minister of Scientific Research addressing the event
with Ambassador James Moran, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt
3 December 2013
6th Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology between the European Union and the United States of Mexico
The 6th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 28 November 2013. It was preceded by a series of productive preparatory meetings. At the last Mexico-EU Summit in June 2012 the leaders decided to continue harnessing the opportunities that the European Union offers in the field of science, research and innovation under the new Horizon 2020 Programme.
27 November 2013
Launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014
Moscow, 25-27 November 2013
The 'EU-Russia Year of Science 2014' was officially launched at an event in Moscow on November 25. Its purpose is to celebrate and promote the vibrant and multifaceted scientific and technological cooperation between the two partners. In the course of twelve months, a rich programme of events and initiatives across Russia and the EU will highlight joint achievements, successes, and the strong potential for future cooperation in research, innovation and higher education. Involving scientists, research organisations, innovators, enterprises and the wider public, the EU-Russia Year of Science will build on the longstanding and fruitful cooperation between the EU and Russia in this area. Read more
The launch event was followed by a Strategic Conference on the Future of EU-Russia S&T Cooperation organised on November 26 and the official start event of the ERA.Net RUS Plus
initiative on November 27.
EU-Russia Year of Science website: http://www.eu-russia-yearofscience.eu/en/1379.php
Photos provided by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation
25 November 2013
ERAfrica: A new model for Europe-Africa research cooperation
Cooperation with Africa in the field of science, technology and innovation has strengthened in recent years. Yet this research is still often funded out of development cooperation budgets, in which case the final word rests with external donors. Hence the growing interest in Africa for research activities that are financed in line with Africa’s own strategies and priorities. The European Union’s ERAfrica (European Research Area Network for Africa - Developing African-European joint collaboration for Science and Technology) project is a response to this concern. It facilitates the networking of European and African research donors and encourages joint calls for proposals to promote long-term cooperation between EU Member States and /or associated countries and African countries.
Related upcoming events:
• Side-event to EU-Africa HLPD on role of STI in promoting Food Security
: Brussels, Venue: Sofitel, 28 November 2013 - Open event
Focus: bi-regional STI cooperation in promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Read more
• EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (STI)
: Brussels, 28-29 November 2013 - Closed Event
Senior officials from the European and the African Union Commission and from Research and Innovation Ministries in Europe and Africa will discuss on future cooperation on STI between the two continents, also in view of the EU-Africa Summit 2014. At this year's meeting a special focus will be put on the role of STI in promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. The EU-Africa HLPD will be a closed meeting.
25 November 2013
Egypt: EU Delegation launches information campaign for higher education, research and innovation
The EU Delegation to Egypt has launched an information campaign to foster and reinforce networking activities among current and potential participants in EU programmes in the fields of higher education, research and innovation.
21 November 2013
The 1st meeting of the EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue
Beijing, 21 November 2013
The 1st meeting of the EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue took place in Beijing on 21 November 2013, following the Joint Declaration on the European Union – China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue signed by EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang on the occasion of the 15th EU-China Summit on 20 September 2012. As illustrated by the EU Policy towards building an Innovation Union and the Chinese policy towards innovation driven development, the two sides reconfirmed their attachment of the greatest importance on innovation as a means of tackling social challenges and promoting sustainable growth. They exchanged views on their respective innovation policies and discussed ways to enhance cooperation on research and innovation. More information
On the margins of the 1st EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue, the EU and China launched the first EU-China flagship initiative for research and innovation with the signature of a Letter of Intent
on Research and Innovation Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (FAB) between the European Commission and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). This new initiative will ensure concrete, substantial and balanced joint research and innovation cooperation activities on selected priorities of common interest. More information
21 November 2013
CAAST-Net Plus releases its video-documentary on how it advances bi-regional research and innovation cooperation between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe
You can check the video-doumentary here
CAAST-Net Plus is a network of 25 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation.
Building on the activities and outputs of the CAAST-Net project (2008-2012), CAAST-Net Plus aims to:
• Encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health.
• Foster discussion among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners.
If you want to know more about CN+ you can read
18 November 2013
Horizon 2020 EuroMed event, Cairo, 20 January 2014
The European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation is organasing a regional Conference to promote and present H2020 in the EuroMed region. The conference is planned to take place on 20 January 2014 in Cairo. It aims to discuss the future of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in the EuroMed region under Horizon 2020. International cooperation, especially with its neighboring countries and the Mediterranean region, is a key priority of EU research and innovation funding. This conference will aim to draw the attention of stakeholders in Euro-Med Countries to the opportunities and challenges in Horizon 2020 as well as promote Horizon 2020 to Research and Innovation stakeholders in the region.
18 October 2013
1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation
In the framework of the Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway “MedSpring”, the Ministry of Scientific Research (Egypt), in collaboration with the Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and the Malta Council for Science and Technology will hold the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation on 12-13 February 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.
MedSpring is an EU funded project with the objective to encourage and strengthen the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation on Research and Innovation.
14 October 2013
Seminar "Research and Innovation for Economic Development: The Pathway to Prosperity"
The "EU-Egypt Innovation seminar series" is an initiative that aims at sharing experiences in developing enhancing research and innovation ecosystems. This seminar took place on 9 October 2013 under the title "Research and Innovation for Economic Development: The Pathway to Prosperity". The seminar was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Egypt, bringing together more than 200 experts from academic institutions, researchers and representatives of industry, financial institutions and government.
9 October 2013
PERA project comes to a conclusion after 3 years of EU – Palestinian S&T cooperation
The Final PERA
Conference took place on 22 of September 2013 in Tulkram, Palestine and with it brought the conclusion of the project which has operated for the past 3 years. The conclusive meeting examined the positive impacts that the project has had on the capacities of the Palestine Technical University PTUK
research centre, working towards answering some of Palestine’s most important societal challenges related to water and energy scarcity issues in Palestine. Read more
7 October 2013
Lithuanian Presidency Conference
On 30 September and 1 October 2013 Lithuanian Presidency Conference "Enhancement of European International Cooperation and Eastern Partnership in RDI" took place in Vilnius. Mrs Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation Directorate attended the event.
Read the declaration
"Towards a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space Between the EU and Eastern Partnership Countries".
24 September 2013
Director Maria Cristina Russo in Washington DC
On her first trip abroad in an official capacity as the newly-appointed Director in DG RTD for International Cooperation, Maria Cristina Russo held a series of high-level engagements and meetings in Washington DC (USA) on 12 – 13 September 2013.
Her engagements started with a speech at a European Institute breakfast seminar in which she set out current European Commission views and aspirations on a number of priority topics including: the Commission's new strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation; the Horizon 2020 Programme; priorities for EU-US research and innovation cooperation; developing a research and innovation dimension under TTIP; and ensuring the delivery of concrete successes under the agreed EU-US priority initiatives.
This set the agenda for the subsequent series of meetings over the two days with various U.S. agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of State. In these meetings, stock was taken of progress and next steps across the full range of issues on the EU-US S&T cooperation agenda, focusing on the priorities retained at the Feb 2013 Joint Consultative Group meeting which oversees the cooperation – i.e. marine/ Arctic, materials, health and transportation.
A strong emphasis was given to moving forward at an operational level on the marine/ Arctic priority in order to deliver on the Galway Declaration for a transatlantic research alliance signed by the US and Canadian Governments and the Commission under the Irish EU Presidency in May 2013. This was also specifically addressed in an informal discussion over dinner hosted by the EU deputy Head of Delegation, with Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones from the State Department and high-level representatives of NSF, NOAA and OSTP. Other topics which were addressed in the meetings included on-going efforts to improve the overall framework conditions for EU-US S&T cooperation and the work of the Global Research Council. The visit ended with Ms Russo taking part in the September meeting of the EU Member State embassy-based Science Counsellors chaired by the EU Delegation and to which Science Counsellors from countries associated to the EU RTD Framework Programme were also invited. Ms Russo reported to the meeting the main issues which were covered in her meetings with the US agencies and engaged in a subsequent discussion.
Download the speech
17 September 2013
EU-AFRICA cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation
On 18 and 19 September several events will take place in Brussels in preparation of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on STI later this year. For more information click here
11 July 2013
South Africa - EU Summit
What are the opportunities for greater cooperation and synergy in research and innovation? As a side-event to the Summit, the FP7 funded projects ESASTAP Plus is organising a workshop to explore these opportunities. If you want to know more please click here