18 April 2013
Visit of the Argentine Science Minister to Brussels
Mr. O.Marsico, Chargé d'Affaires , Embassy of Argentina; Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn, Minister L. Barañao, Ms A. Menvielle, Director of International Relations, Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
The seventh Steering Committee for the EU-Argentina Science and Technology Agreement met in Brussels on the 18th of April 2013. On this occasion, Lino Barañao, Argentina's Minister for Science, Technology and Productive Innovation met with European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
The Commissioner welcomed the dynamic and efficient research collaboration with Argentina in key research fields. Minister BaraÃ±ao highlighted Argentina's programme for science popularisation which engages the general public, in particular primary and secondary schools teachers and students. The Commissioner welcomed this initiative and highlighted some of the Commission's own programmes to popularize science, including efforts to make research careers more attractive to women. She invited the Minister to the Innovation Convention, scheduled for March 2014 in Brussels, in order to present this programme.
18 April 2013
Seventh Steering Committee Meeting, Brussels
This Steering Committee was preceded on the 15.3.2013 by a thematic videoconference where the Argentine NCPs and other experts for the different themes exchanged views with European Commission colleagues on the development of the cooperation in the themes over the past years and the priorities for the near future.
The policy part of the Steering Committee, convened on the 18th of April, was co-chaired by the Argentine Minister for Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Mr Lino Barañao and the acting Director for International Cooperation in DG RTD, Mr Laurent Bochereau. The meeting took stock of achievements in cooperation over the previous years and discussed ways of enhancing the interaction in the future, both bilaterally and multilaterally through the EU-CELAC cooperation linked with the Senior Officials Meetings under the EU-CELAC Action Plan. An important feature of the cooperation over the coming years will be the new INCO-Net, called ALCUE-Net, which was kicked-off following the Steering Committee meeting and is coordinated by Mr Barañao's Ministry.
18 - 19 April 2013
Kick-off meeting of ALCUE-Net, the new INCO-Net for Latin-America and the Caribbean
The ALCUE-Net project held its first plenary meeting in Brussels on 18 and 19 April 2013. The project, which includes 19 institutional partners from the EU and countries of the CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) region, is coordinated by the Argentine Ministry for Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. The project will support the Senior Officials Meetings of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation and the work of the associated thematic Working Groups. Among the tasks to be realised is the creation of an observatory for the bioeconomy in CELAC countries, which will collaborate closely with a new initiative of the Joint Research Centre observing the European bioeconomy.
The project can be seen as the continuation, albeit with some different objectives, of the three previous INCONets that covered different parts of the region and are either finished or about to end. Furthermore, it ensures continuity for some aspects of the ALCUE-KBBE project, which is near its closure and will work closely with ongoing and future thematic support projects with focus on the region.
Argentina signed an Agreement on scientific and technological cooperation with the European Community in September 1999. Both sides ratified it in the following year. The agreement has a validity of five years and is renewed tacitly for the following five years unless a change is suggested. The agreement was renewed for another five years in 2011.
The agreement creates an institutional foundation for a wide variety of knowledge centred cooperation. The Agreement entails regular meetings of the Steering Committee, which offer opportunities for developing bilateral policy dialogues and promote, monitor and steer cooperation. The European Framework Programmes are a major instrument for implementation on the European side and Argentina's national mechanisms and research support schemes are also being used in pursuit of the objectives of scientific and technological cooperation. Many EU Member States are also actively engaged with Argentina in S&T cooperation.
The main areas of cooperation under the Agreement have been in the thematic areas of Health; Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology; Environment; Nanotechnology; ICT and Energy.
During the first six years of the 7th Framework Programme, up to 2012, over one hundred Argentine institutional partners have been supported in some 86 different projects, mainly in the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology; Health; Environment; and ICT. More than 80 Argentine researchers have come to Europe with Marie Curie Fellowships. More than €13 million has been committed to the Argentine participants for all these different activities. In addition, there are 7 Argentinian European Research Council grantees.
Argentina is also very active within the context of regional cooperation between the EU and Latin America, notably in the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. Argentina co-chairs, together with France, the Working Group dealing with Bioeconomy including Food Security.
The EU's Joint Research Centre has a very diverse field of activities with Argentina. The cooperation encompasses activities in particular in nuclear energy, agriculture, water, climate, ICT / Future Internet. The nuclear energy field is the one where the JRC has the most advanced cooperation.
Argentina coordinates the INCO-Net project ALCUE-Net 'Latin America, Caribbean and European Union Network on Research and Innovation' (2012-2017). The coordinator is the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. The project was initiated on the 1st of December 2012, with a kick-off meeting in Brussels on 18 April 2013. It runs for four and a half years. It has 19 partners from 16 countries. The European countries involved are: Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Portugal and Norway. The CELAC partners are from Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Panama, Barbados, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. The objectives of the project are however not only linked to the partner countries involved, but also to the bi-regional cooperation between the whole of the EU and the Latin-American and Caribbean regions.
The project "Argentinean Bureau for Enhancing Cooperation with the European Union in the Science, Technology and Innovation Area; Phase III" is a continuation of two previous bilateral projects. The project aims at setting up a sustainable, knowledge-based, bilateral dialogue platform between S&T key players as well as stakeholders from the European Union Member States and Associated Countries and from Argentina. ABEST III will focus on contributing to the implementation of the Framework Programmes' objectives by increasing participation of Argentinian actors in science, technology and innovation in the Framework Programmes through a comprehensive and reciprocal approach in awareness raising, good practice sharing and effective dissemination activities. It will also establish synergies with other on-going projects and initiatives, in particular those addressing the regional aspects of EU-CELAC cooperation.