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.
25 February 2014
CONACYT announces its commitment to finance Mexican institutions and researchers participating in Horizon 2020 calls.
Aiming to encourage the participation of Mexican entities in the Horizon 2020 Program and in order to strengthen bilateral relations between the European Union and Mexico in Science, Technology and Innovation, the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) launched the ”CONACYT- H2020 call” on February 25th. This new mechanism will fund the participation of Mexican researchers in all areas of Horizon 2020.
Mexican entities aiming to participate in a European consortium may apply to Conacyt for financial support. Conacyt will review the Mexican application and, if they approve it, will guarantee the financing of the Mexican partner, should the proposal subsequently be selected by the EU.
The CONACYT-Horizon 2020 Call can be consulted at the official website of Conacyt (www.conacyt.gob.mx). Deadlines of every call of H2020 and other supporting documents are available on the site.
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12 February 2014
Commission launches Horizon 2020 in South Mediterranean region: "Meeting EuroMed Common Challenges" Conference
The European Commission organized a regional conference on Sunday 9 February 2014 to launch Horizon 2020 in the EuroMed region. The conference, "Meeting EuroMed Common Challenges", brought together around 500 policy makers, researchers, representatives from academia and industry and research institutes, technology transfer centers, incubators, and technology platforms from the Euromed region. Participants and speakers came from all over the Euromed region, including Egypt, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Greece, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan as well as representatives of the EC.
11 February 2014
Horizon 2020 Launch in Israel
Horizon 2020 was officially launched in Israel on 3 February 2014 at the Open University in Ra'anana. The event, organised by ISERD, attracted over 400 participants from academia, government and the private sector. The number of participants and the lively exchanges that took place during question time and in the corridors highlighted Israeli researchers' keen interest in Horizon 2020.
4 February 2014
The Challenges of Water and Wastewater Treatment for Rural Areas
Between 12 and 16 January 2014, over fifty Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians gathered for an intensive technical seminar on wastewater treatment which was organized by the Towns Association for Environmental Quality – Agan Beit Natufa (TAEQ) and the Migal Galilee Research Institute. The seminar was held in TAEQ’s prize winning Green Building, in Sakhnin -North Israel.
28 January 2014
Chair of the Conference, Dan Andree (Chair of SFIC) with keynote speakers Prof Emma Teeling (University College Dublin, ERC Grantee) Prof Sierd Cloetingh (Utrecht University, Member of ERC Scientific Council
The 5th Destination Europe Conference took place in San Francisco on 12 and 13 December. This initiative, launched by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn in 2012, and organized under the umbrella of the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation (SFIC), responds to Commitment 30 of the Innovation Union to attract and retain highly skilled researchers to Europe.
The well over 200 researchers and multipliers who participated learned about the career and funding opportunities offered in Europe for researchers of any nationality. In addition to presentations on H2020, the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and Euraxess, there were presentations from CERN and Member States and Associated Countries outlining how researchers can access their programmes and initiatives. The EU programmes were also presented in a dedicated Destination Europe session at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
14 January 2014
EU and South Africa to step up cooperation in science, technology and innovation
The 12th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting in Brussels
The EU and South Africa will step up collaboration in the fields of global health research, earth observation and research infrastructures, senior officials agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Jan. 13. The 12th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting took place to review and plan new priorities of collaboration under the new EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and similar South African research programmes.
16 December 2013
Africa-EU research projects are contributing to food and nutritional security
The second meeting of the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) was held in Brussels on 28 and 29 November 2013.
Europe-Africa STI initiatives to promote food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture were the subject, of a side-event co-chaired by Professor John Wood,
Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK) and Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa.
Following an introduction by Dr Elisabeth Lipiatou (DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission) and Dr Abdul-Hakim Elwaer (Director of Human Resources,
Science and Technologies at the AU Commission), six joint initiatives were presented and fuelled a debate on the contribution of Africa-EU collaboration on STI to promote food and nutrition security.
10 December 2013
Delegation to Egypt wraps up its information campaign on
"EU-Egypt Partnership in Higher Education, Research and Innovation"
HE Minister of Scientific Research addressing the event
with Ambassador James Moran, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt
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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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.
29 November 2013
EU and Africa to forge research and innovation partnership on food security
The European Union and Africa should work towards a long term, jointly-funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security as a first priority,
senior officials agreed at talks in Brussels today. The meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation was called to review cooperation
and set new priorities ahead of the EU-Africa Summit 2014. The new partnership could be inspired by the achievements of the successful European and Developing Countries' Clinical
Trials Partnership (EDCTP).
European Commission Director-General Robert-Jan Smits said: "Investment in research and innovation creates growth and jobs and is vital in dealing with societal challenges.
Enhancing food and nutrition security as well as sustainable agriculture is a challenge common to the EU and Africa, albeit with different dimensions. An increase in EU-Africa
cooperation will lead to evidence-based solutions and policy-making and an improved availability, accessibility and utilisation of agricultural products and services."
An expert working group will be established early next year to develop a detailed roadmap concretely outlining the different steps to be taken towards this new partnership.
These decisions will support the African Union Year of Agriculture 2014 and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization Year of Family Farming 2014.
27 November 2013
Launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014
Moscow, 25-27 November 2013
Photos provided by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation
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
26 November 2013
Agricultural research that incorporates innovation and experimentation by smallholder farmers
For a long time Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) was regarded as the private domain of scientific experts. The traditional linear model –
researchers providing the technologies that are supposed to be taken up by the outreach services that in turn wait for farmers to adopt them – is disappearing.
There is now growing awareness of the vital need to draw on both the local knowledge and capacity to innovate of small-scale farmers in providing a better response to their needs,
reducing rural poverty and improving food security. The EU has launched a number of initiatives to this effect, in keeping with the priority objective of encouraging sustainable agriculture in Africa.
The JOLISAA and INSARD projects, financed under the 7th European Framework Programme, are opening up new prospects for the way in which smallholder farmers can be integrated in ARD.
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.
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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.
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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