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18 February 2015

The Mediterranean innovation potential put forward during the Innovation week in Casablanca

2-5 March 2015, Casablanca, Morocco

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The Innovation Week will take place from the 2nd to the 5th of March 2015 in Casablanca and will involve several EU projects working on the sustainable development in the Mediterranean region. Multiple workshops, trainings, roundtables and a brokerage event will be organised to discuss the great innovation potential of the Mediterranean Region.

Research and innovation cooperation within the Mediterranean is critical to tackle important common challenges and develop practical tools to achieve growth and job creation, environmental protection and social development.

The R2I programme from the European Commission supports this since 2012, co-financing projects aiming to bring research to the field and therefore foster innovation. These projects join forces with other Mediterranean initiatives to proudly present and animate events focusing on the great Mediterranean innovation potential.

The European project MENFRI – Mediterranean Network of Forestry Research and Innovation will be one of the partners involved in this initiative and will co-organise two trainings: “Horizon 2020: An insight into the EU framework programme for research and innovation” (Wednesday 4th of March, with the project SOHEALTHY), and “Business & Innovation Training in the Mediterranean Area” (Thursday 5th of March, with the project MARE).

To develop its full research potential, the Mediterranean region needs to know and master the available tools and funding opportunities. The training on Horizon 2020 will provide attendants with the basic knowledge about H2020, how to prepare proposals and find adequate partners.

The training on “Business & Innovation in the Mediterranean Area” will aim to facilitate the knowledge, innovation and technology transfer from academia to business, while addressing crucial points such as commercialization (instruments, skills, etc).

The trainings will bring together researchers, SMEs, public organisations, technology transfer offices and other relevant stakeholders, and are open to all (registration is mandatory).

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13 February 2015

ASEAN-EU STI DAYS 2015

17-19 March 2015, Paris, France

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The ASEAN-EU Science Technology and Innovation Days bring together researchers, scientists, science policy makers, innovative companies, and other stakeholders from ASEAN and EU countries for a yearly three-day conference on science, technology, and innovation issues. The ASEAN-EU STI Days 2015 are the second edition of this event, which will focus on presenting ASEAN research excellence to European stakeholders as well as on raising awareness of the current developments in S&T in Southeast Asia. The event will take place on 17-19 March 2015 in Paris, France and is organised by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The event is an ideal occasion for networking and exchange of ideas in the thematic areas Health, Water Management and Environment, Food Security and Safety, Metrology, or Innovation.

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12 February 2015

An INDIGO Opportunity: Call for Experts on Indian STI policy and cooperation

INDIGO Policy is seeking for an expert to provide analytic support to the project.

In the framework of the INDIGO POLICY project, the coordinator Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI GmbH) is looking for an STI expert to be implemented in the analysis work package. This WP deals with critically assessing the STI cooperation between Europe and India.

The offers for this tender have to be submitted until 22.2.2015 in electronic format to Mr. Ivan Zupan (Research associate at the Centre for Social Innovation), at zupan@zsi.at

30 January 2015

EU and Brazil enhance local cooperation under Horizon 2020

Photo Ambassador Ana Paula Zacarias and the president of CONFAP, Professor Sergio Gargioni

The Head of the EU Delegation to Brazil, Ambassador Ana Paula Zacarias and the head of the Research and Innovation sector of the EU Delegation to Brazil, Dr Piero Venturi attended the Forum of the National Council of State Secretaries for ST&I issues (Consecti) at the Brazilian National Council of Research Support Foundations (CONFAP) on 4 December 2014, in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina State.

Ambassador Ana Paula Zacarias and the president of CONFAP, Professor Sergio Gargioni, signed a Letter of Intent with the aim of exchanging relevant information on the participation of Brazilian institutions in Horizon 2020 and encourage the Brazilian Research Support Foundations (FAPs) to fund institutions and researchers in their States that are engaged in the proposals selected by the European programme.

Brazil's participation in the previous Framework Programme (FP7) was very significant and the intention is that the country maintains this robust participation in Horizon 2020.

More details on the EUD website (in Portuguese):
Press Release 1 | Press Release 2

9 January 2015

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) launches CAS-EU Partner Programme to match Horizon 2020

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has announced the launch of a special CAS-EU Partner Programme with the aim to strengthen the strategic S&T cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the EU in the frame of the EU's Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. CAS institutes and other CAS entities that are part of an already successfully approved Horizon 2020 project can apply to obtain financial support for their work in the Horizon 2020 project. The deadline for applying to the Partner Programme is 02 March 2015.

More information can be found at the CAS website

17 December 2014

Commissioner Moedas visit to South Africa

Photo from the meeting Commissioner Moedas and SA Minister for Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor

Cape Town: Commissioner Moedas’ first visit outside the European Union since he took office as the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation was to South Africa to launch the second European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) Programme. The Commissioner attended several other meetings such as a marine breakfast, the ERAfrica showcase, a dinner with South African women working in science, and had bilateral meetings with several African Ministers and other global health stakeholders attending the Conference.

5 December 2014

MEDSPRING - 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage and Venturing Event on Research and Innovation, Berlin

On the 24th-25th February 2015, MedSpring is organizing in Berlin (Germany), a two-days event, hosted by DLR, in collaboration with MHESR, MCST, ANIMA and CIHEAM-IAMB, entitled:

“Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage and Venturing Event on Research and Innovation”.

Coming to its second edition and building on the 1st Brokerage event (held in Cairo in February 2014), this 2nd Brokerage event will be a regional Euro-Mediterranean event where SMEs, research organizations, entrepreneurs and scientists from a number of EU and Mediterranean countries will participate with the aim of facilitating bridging initiatives between research and innovation through the creation of public-private and research-enterprise partnerships. It also aims at helping relevant actors in the Mediterranean region to enhance clustering for innovation involving young entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean Partner Countries. The brokerage event will stimulate the participation of representatives of identified innovation clusters from different European countries. Existing regional networks or cluster initiatives will also be involved in the event to help trigger local to regional commercial-technology partnerships.

More than 60 participants (young entrepreneurs/researchers, start-ups, researcher institutions, tech-driven enterprises, SMEs and other relevant private/public potential investors/networks) from European and South Mediterranean Countries will meet in Berlin to share their interest and proposals for stronger cooperation. Amongst them, about 20 entrepreneurs are invited to present their innovative ideas.

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4 December 2014

CAAST-NET Plus workshop on EU-Africa collaboration in health

Cape Town: CAAST-Net Plus workshop on EU-Africa collaboration in health. The aim of the workshop was to identify niches to enhance EU-Africa health cooperation, focusing on finding new possibilities and mechanisms of collaboration rather than specific themes, including greater involvement by the private sector. The workshop featured interesting interventions from Najia Musolino, Council for Health R&D (COHRED), and John Mugabe, University of Pretoria, followed by an extended discussion on possible new developments and improvements.

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3 December 2014

BILAT USA 2.0 EU-U.S. Innovation Conference “How to integrate the innovation dimension in the EU-US S&T Agreement?”

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ThThe BILAT USA 2.0 project (FP7) is organising the EU-US Innovation Conference on 14 – 15 January in Brussels.

The conference will focus on the question of “How to strengthen the innovation dimension in the future EU-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement?”.

Representatives of DG Research and Innovation, representatives of ministries, American counterparts as well as experts from industry will present best-practices of successful innovation cooperation between the EU and the USA, with the aim to gain input and concrete suggestions on how to improve framework conditions for enhanced innovation cooperation.

There will further be a pre-conference workshop entitled “Towards enhanced EU-US innovation collaboration through policy measures” in the morning before the innovation conference.

More information:
BILAT USA 2.0 | Workshop

For further information please contact Heino NAU, DG RTD

3 December 2014

EU-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI): JEUPISTE project consortium meeting held in Turin

Photo Participants at the JEUPISTE Consortium meeting

The FP7 project, “Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and TEchnology (JEUPISTE) is engaged in various activities to reinforce Europe-Japan cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI), including contribution to STI policy dialogues, information services, organisation of seminars, workshops and training courses. The 3rd JEUPISTE Consortium meeting was held in Turin (Italy) on 14 November, taking the opportunity of the second Innovation Workshop organised the day before. All the partners and members of the Advisory Board gathered and a thorough review of the project activities during the past year was made. The consortium also discussed future actions and refocusing of activities in line with the recommendations from the review that took place in May 2014, with the objective to contribute to further enhancing EU-Japan STI cooperation.

1 December 2014

EU – South Africa collaboration in Science & Technology

Cape Town: in the context of the well-established S&T Cooperation Agreement between the EU and South Africa, the 13th Joint S&T Coordination Committee (JSTCC) meeting confirmed that the collaboration is flourishing. A number of areas were identified to explore further action, especially in research infrastructures, mining and mineral research, and the bio-economy. Other areas discussed included regional cooperation with the African Union, energy and marine research.

1 December 2014

EU-Brazil Sector Dialogues in Marine Research

Photo Ana Teresa Caetano, DG RTD, Management of Natural Resources Unit, speaking at the EU-Brazil Sector Dialogue in Marine Research

On 6-7 November, a meeting of the EU-Brazil Sector Dialogue in Marine Research was held in Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco.

The meeting brought together almost 70 representatives from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil, the Brazilian Navy, the Federal University of Pernambuco, the Marine Resources Unit of DG RTD, the EU Delegation in Brazil and researchers from various research centers of different countries.

During the meeting, the participants discussed opportunities for cooperation on marine sciences in the framework of Horizon 2020, as well as mobility of researchers through the Brazilian program 'Science without Borders' and a regional alliance for the Atlantic Ocean.

28 November 2014

Head of the EU Delegation to Russia visits Yekaterinburg, 20-21 November 2014

Photo Participants at the meeting of the Praesidum of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Science

On 20-21 November 2014, the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas, visited Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth largest city, the centre of the Russian Ural region and one of the most important industrial centres of the country. It is also the birthplace of the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin and a city that positions itself as the "capital of Eurasia".

The programme of the visit included lectures to the students of two local universities – the Ural Federal University and the Ural State University of Economics, as well as attendance of a meeting of the Presidium of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. During the latter, Ambassador Ušackas addressed the audience, consisting of the Presidium members and directors of scientific institutes of the Ural region, with a speech on current relations between the European Union and Russia, in which he also underlined the importance of cooperation in research and called for a more active participation of research organisations from the region in the EU's Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. The visit received extensive coverage in the local press.

Additional information: EU Delegation to Russia

27 November 2014

EU-Africa Health Research/Innovation Cooperation

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CAAST-Net Plus is organising a workshop "Niches to Enhance EU-Africa Health Research Cooperation" to discuss approaches to improving EU-Africa health research cooperation, focusing on the role of the private sector.

The meeting will coincide with the launch of EDCTP2 in Cape Town, South Africa, which is taking place from 1-3 December, 2014. The CAAST-Net Plus event is co-hosted by three project partners: the Council on Health Research for Development, South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, and the Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation Health and Social Affairs.

Also on 3rd December, the CAAST-Net Plus Meeting on EU-Africa Health Research/Innovation Cooperation will home in on the bi-regional health research cooperation impact analysis research that the CAAST-Net Plus project is currently developing. In particular, selected African and European collaborative health research project coordinators will have the opportunity to share learning and experiences with CAAST-Net Plus in order to strengthen the impact analysis.

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25 November 2014

Launch of the ERANETMED joint call

Photo of the participants 1st Annual Meeting of the ERANETMED in El Gouna, Egypt

On the 1 November 2014 was launched the ERANETMED Joint Call on Renewable Energies, Water Resources and their connections for the Mediterranean Region.

ERANETMED is an EU FP7 initiative that aims at co-ordinating research activities of the different national research programmes from EU Members States, Associated Countries to the EU Research Framework Programmes and Mediterranean Partner Countries.

Building on the joint interest of Research Programme Owners, the present Call is launched based on a Virtual Common Pot scheme, where each Funding Agency funds its own national research organizations within a multilateral project selected through a peer review process.

This Call is co-funded by the following Euro-Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey.

The total financial contribution to the Call is 13 420 000 euro.

Who can apply: Research teams from the above mentioned countries are eligible for funding, unless otherwise specified in national rules of funding agencies which will be published on the official launch of the joint call. Research teams from other countries are eligible provided that they fund their own involvement.

Themes and scientific scope

  • Renewable energies and energy efficiency (call identifier: JC-ENERGY-2014)
  • Water resources management (call identifier JC-WATER-2014)
  • ENERGY-WATER nexus (call identifier: JC-NEXUS-2014)

Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 of January 2015

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ERANETMED Joint Call

For further information please contact Fadila Boughanemi, DG RTD

18 November 2014

BILAT USA 2.0 EU Info Tour took place in Brussels, Oslo and Berlin

Three parallel info sessions on U.S. funding opportunities for European researchers were organised by the EU-funded BILAT USA 2.0 project (FP7) in Brussels, Oslo and Berlin, on 27-31 October 2014.

The information sessions on open U.S. funding programmes put a special focus on the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the US National Science Foundation (NSF). On the one hand, the events were designed to show open funding sources and on the other hand to debate on the administrative challenges related to U.S. federal research grants application and management.

The workshops were attended by participants coming from across Europe: UK, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic. Several researchers from high-level European and international research organisations and research managers were actively involved in the discussions. Key questions evolved around priority issues that EU researchers should consider, in order to be funded and how to manage the funds successfully. Questions such as “What is different, if we compare it with the EU funds?” were clarified by EU and US experts.

Vivian Holmes, Director of Sponsored Research Operations at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (USA) as well as Patricia Hawk, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Oregon State University (USA) provided the audience with detailed insights into the U.S. funding environment as well as gave hints and practical tips for U.S. grants management.

In addition to the broad U.S. perspective, two European experts were invited to talk about their “best-practices” with U.S. funding: Eva Björndal, Director for Post-Contract Office at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and Regina Notz, Senior Manager of EU Grants Access (Switzerland) presented their experiences, challenges and opportunities deriving from U.S. grants, including aspects such as compliance issues, different utilisation of terminology, places to find relevant information etc.

The BILAT USA 2.0 events have reached a large audience, showing the significant demand for detailed and practical information on alternative funding sources to support research and innovation.

More information: BILAT USA 2.0.

For further information please contact Heino NAU, DG RTD

3 November 2014

EuroMED Cooperation, Inland and Marine Water Challenges , Naples, Italy

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Under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the support of the European Commission, the National Research Council of Italy organizes the conference ‘EuroMED Cooperation - Inland and Marine Water Challenges’, aimed at enhancing international cooperation on research and innovation on the Euro-Mediterranean region. The event focus on the identification of urgent challenges related to the proper management of inland and marine waters.

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2 November 2014

EU-Russia Year of Science 2014

At the EU-Russia Summit in Brussels in December 2012 the political leaders of the EU and Russia agreed to make 2014 the "EU-Russia Year of Science". Starting on 25 November 2013, this year-long series of events, to be jointly organised across the EU and Russia, will celebrate the vibrant and multifaceted cooperation between the EU, the EU Member States and the Russian Federation in the areas of research, higher education and innovation.

Involving scientists, research organisations, universities, innovators and the wider public, the EU-Russia Year of Science will build on Russia's strong involvement in the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and on the dynamic cooperation in research between EU Member States and Russia.

Additional information, including backgrounders, calendar, and how to participate and propose events on the dedicated website in English or Russian

23 October 2014

Horizon 2020 – Open to the World event for Latin American and Caribbean countries

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Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation

On October 23rd the Commission organised a lunch event addressed to the diplomatic corps of countries of Latin-America and the Caribbean based in Brussels. The event was well attended with 21 countries represented. Ms Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at DG RTD, opened the meeting followed by an address from His Excellency Mr Istvan Alfaro Solano, Ambassador of Costa Rica, the current CELAC presidency. The event was instrumental in raising awareness of opportunities for researchers and institutions from the CELAC countries to participate in Horizon 2020 projects.

14 October 2014

New study on "Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Performance of China" presented in Beijing

On 14 October, the EU Delegation Beijing hosted a workshop which was organised in collaboration with Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI). The workshop aimed at presenting and discussing the results of the European Commission funded study "Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Performance of China" PDF icon to a targeted group of European and Chinese stakeholders.

The study was carried out by Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), The United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), with the support of Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China. It assessed the evolution of the STI performance of China and analysed its impact on the productivity and competitiveness of China as well as on global and EU markets.

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8 October 2014

EU-Brazil Technology and Innovation Forum & Tour of Brazil (Belém, September 2014)

Leading international innovators from the European Union and Brazil met in Belém at the EU-Brazil Technology and Innovation Forum & Tour of Brazil on 22-25 September 2014. This event was organised by the B.BICE+ project funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme and aimed at promoting the EU-Brazil cooperation in Research and Innovation.

More than 150 representatives of the public institutions, industry, academia and civil society shared information and experience related to Brazilian and European Research and Innovation programmes. Different funding instruments were presented by participants from Europe and Brazil, paving the way for increased future bottom-up cooperation in the fields of Research and Innovation, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management. The event included seminars, practical workshops and business to business meetings, targeting cooperation in research and innovation.

The EU Ambassador to Brazil, Maria Paula Zacarias and the Head of Research and Innovation Section of EU Delegation to Brazil, Piero Venturi, participated in the events together with representatives of eighteen EU Member States focused on cooperation with Brazil: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK.

7 October 2014

Progress on defining EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership on food & nutrition security and sustainable agriculture, Addis Ababa

Photo from the meeting EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue Expert Working Group , Kick-off meeting, 30 April 2014, Brussels

EU-Africa cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) s intended to strengthen knowledge-based societies and enhance the development and deployment of effective solutions for societal challenges of common concern, such as climate change, affordable renewable energy, infectious diseases or food & nutrition security.

EU-Africa cooperation on STI also contributes to reaching international commitments we have set ourselves such as the Millennium Development Goals and the future post-2015 agenda and sustainable development goals.

This cooperation is implemented largely through the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation which brings together the European Commission (EC), the African Union Commission (AUC) and their respective member states.

Having agreed to prioritise research and innovation on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture at its second plenary meeting in November 2013, a decision that was endorsed by the Heads of State at the 2014 EU-Africa Summit, the HLPD recently established a group of 10 experts from Europe and Africa (Helena Gómez Macpherson, Philippe Petithuguenin, Joachim von Braun, Luís Goulão and Jeff Waage from Europe and Johnson A Ekpere, Paco Sereme, Daniel Nkoola Kisauzi, Ibrahim RM Benesi, Mohammed Jeenah from Africa) to work on a roadmap towards this EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on an ambitious theme.

The group of expert has met several times over the past few months and will meet again on 6-8 October at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to further develop the roadmap.

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6 October 2014

Progress made in developing an EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue roadmap with first focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture

Photo from the meeting EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue Expert Working Group

Since its endorsement by the Heads of State at the EU-Africa Summit 2014, a, EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) expert working group has been tasked to developing a roadmap towards creating a long-term jointly financed Research and Innovation Partnership with a first focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.

The second meeting of the expert group took place in Addis Ababa, back-to-back with a meeting of the EU-Africa HLPD Bureau. Several policy-makers from European and African countries (Germany, Portugal, UK, Burkina Faso, Burundi, South Africa), as well as the EC’s DG Research and Innovation, DG Agriculture and Rural Development and DG Development and Cooperation, the AUC’s Human Resources Science and Technology Department, the Department (HRST) of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) and the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) came together for a three day meeting with the European and African experts.

Great progress was achieved in developing the draft roadmap that is divided in two distinctive sections. One covering the ‘what’ of the partnership, with a current focus on three vertical pillars: sustainable intensification, agriculture and food systems for nutrition and expansion and improving agricultural markets and trade and one horizontal cross-cutting pillar: innovation, capacity-building and research infrastructures. A second section deals with the ‘how’ of the Partnerships and looks at current models and instruments, stakeholders and monitoring and evaluation.

The draft roadmap is expected to be ready in November after which an extensive consultation phase is planned by the EU-Africa HLPD Bureau. The final version of the roadmap is expected to be ready by April 2015.

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6 October 2014

EU–Japan cyberspace dialogue and space dialogue and forum, Tokyo

The EU and Japan held their first dialogue on cyber security in Tokyo on 6 October. The meeting focused on how to address the growing challenges to maintaining a safe, open and secure cyberspace; and how to protect human rights online. The two sides considered the norms, rules and principles to be applied in cyberspace, and discussed cooperation on tackling cybercrime. On 7 October, the first official EU–Japan space dialogue co-chaired by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS) took place in Tokyo. The following day, the ‘EU–Japan space policy forum’ brought together representatives of Japanese ministries and agencies, the EU Delegation, the European Commission (Enterprise and Industry DG), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, the Japanese and European industrial and research communities, to explore opportunities for closer cooperation in the areas of: Earth observation, satellite navigation applications and services, space transportation and space security.

Contact: Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology – EU Delegation in Japan

5 October 2014

Science and technology for society (STS) forum, Kyoto

Photo of the meeting Meeting with Sadayuki Tsuchiya, Deputy Minister at Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

On 5 October, Director-General Robert-Jan Smits participated in the 11th Science and Technology for Society (STS) forum in Kyoto. During a plenary session on R&I, he highlighted Horizon 2020’s novelties in addressing societal challenges, linking R&I (notably its support to SMEs) and doubling the budget on frontier research. He also emphasised the openness of Horizon 2020 to international participation. He finally stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation on the framework conditions for conducting research. During his visit to Kyoto, Robert-Jan Smits participated in various bilateral meetings. He exchanged views on implementing STI policies with the executive members of the Council for Science Technology and Innovation of Japan who are preparing Japan’s fifth science and technology (S&T) basic plan. Together with Deputy Minister Tsuchiya of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), they explored ways to enhance EU– Japan R&I cooperation and how to increase participation of Japanese researchers in Horizon 2020. Finally, together with ERC President Bourguignon and Professor Anzai, President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, they discussed potential synergies between Japan’s fundamental research programmes and Horizon 2020, notably with the ERC.

More information: STS Forum

Contact: Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology – EU Delegation in Japan

4 October 2014

Fifth EU–Japan policy forum ‘Science 2.0: Science in transition’, Kyoto

Photo from the conference 5th EU-Japan Policy Forum, International Conference Center, Kyoto

This year’s forum concerned the emergent topic of ‘Science 2.0’, whereby the norms and practices are giving way to a new way of doing science as a result of new computing power, social and professional networks, big-data, globalisation, and a culture of sharing. At the event, Director-General Robert-Jan Smits, together with Yuko Harayama from Japan’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, gave policy briefs on their first-hand experiences of recent developments in their respective science, technology and innovation (STI) policies. They were joined by around 40 other high-level policy-making participants, funding agency leaders, academics and industrial representatives from Europe and Japan. Together they discussed the issues associated with the evolution of the scientific enterprise, such as how research should be evaluated, how research practices and the implications of ‘Science 2.0’ differ across scientific fields, open access to data and publications, ethical issues and privacy, new alternative funding streams, the increasing importance of science for citizens, the role of public engagement, and how such framework conditions have become an area of research cooperation in their own right.

Contact: Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology – EU Delegation in Japan

2 October 2014

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn received the Transatlantic Leadership Award

Photo from the Ceremony Jacqueline Grapin, Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of the European Institute, presenting the Transatlantic Leadership Award to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

On 29 September, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn delivered the opening speech at the World Ocean Council Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, in New York City. The forum seeks to catalyse ocean business community engagement in the ocean policy, planning efforts that will impact future ocean economic activity.

Topics discussed included the roles of the public and private sectors in developing science-based ocean policy and marine planning activities, to support responsible industry operations.

On 2 October, in Washington DC, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn received the Transatlantic Leadership Award at the European Institute’s 2014 Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner. The award was presented by Mrs Jacqueline Grapin, Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of the European Institute, recognising the Commissioner’s role in "reviving the transatlantic research and innovation dialogue and the vision with which she has helped shape and secure the European Union’s ambitious research agenda, Horizon 2020".

25 September 2014

EU-South Africa policy-dialogue support project ESASTAP Plus holds its second annual meeting in Rome

Photo from the meeting ESASTAP Plus' second annual meeting

ESASTAP Plus (Strengthening Technology, Research and Innovation Cooperation between Europe and South Africa) supports the deepening of scientific and technological cooperation between the EU and South Africa, with a special focus on innovation. This is achieved by supporting South Africa’s participation in Horizon 2020, but also by promoting reciprocal European participation in South African programmes. Specific input is provided to enrich the bilateral policy dialogue, notably to identify priority areas for mutually beneficial cooperation. A major focus is to target coordination of Member States and Associated Countries' research policies and programmes vis-à-vis South Africa, encouraging the development of new joint initiatives implemented by several countries. Synergy between different EU cooperation initiatives is also encouraged, e.g. between development cooperation and research programmes.

The second annual meeting served to review ESASTAP Plus major initiative and look ahead to the final year of the project. ESASTAP Plus has supported several innovative actions such as twinning between research organisations, twinning between Technology Transfer Offices and a Global Innovation Award.

The European Union (EU) and South Africa have long been committed to strategic cooperation in science and technology, dating back to their 1996 Cooperation Agreement, which facilitated cooperation under the European Union Framework Programmes. Moreover, South Africa has concluded several bilateral cooperation agreements with EU Member States, and will through the ESASTAP plus project promote reciprocity of the SA and European Union programmes.

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22 September 2014

Leading international innovators will meet in Belem at the EU-Brazil Technology and Innovation Forum & Tour of Brazil events

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About 600 participants will take part in the EU-Brazil Technology and Innovation Forum & Tour of Brazil organized by the B.BICE+ project promoting EU & Brazil cooperation on ST&I, financed by the European Commission under the FP7 programme.

This event takes place at the occasion of the XXIV ANPROTEC Seminar on Science Parks and Business Incubation, held this year in Belém (Brazil) from the 22nd to the 25th of September, 2014. ANPROTEC is the national association of technological parks and incubators in Brazil.

The theme of the 2014 Seminar is “Frontiers of Innovative Entrepreneurship: New Connections for Results.” The EU-Brazil Technology and Innovation Forum will help promoting international cooperation between Brazilian and European partners in the area of science, technology and innovation.

16 September 2014

EU-CELAC cooperation in STI: 1st ERANet-LAC Joint Call is now open

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On 16th September 2014, 20 European and Latin-American and Caribbean funding agencies launched the first transnational call under the ERANet-LAC project. The objective of the joint call is to develop cooperative research and innovation activities between the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

The scope of the call includes the following thematic fields:

  • Biodiversity/Climate
  • Bioeconomy
  • Energy
  • Health

Detailed information on the topics, the call text and the application guidelines
Deadline for the submission of proposals: 27 November 2014.

Contact: Indridi Benediktsson European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

16 September 2014

ERAfrica Conference, Pretoria (South Africa)

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The ERAfrica initiative brings together African and European funders of research and innovation, with the objective to develop a new funding programme for cooperation between Africa and Europe in science and technology. The closing conference will showcase the existing results of this programme and the projects in sustainable development, renewable energy and other scientific disciplines being co-funded by Africa and Europe.

1 September 2014

New publications to facilitate Europe China Research and Innovation collaboration are available online now: Practical Guide on Horizon 2020 and Funding Guide for Mobility!

The EU Delegation to China and EURAXESS Links China have published a series of brochures providing useful hands-on information how to deepen EU China cooperation in research and innovation - either through participating in the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 or through mobility schemes of the EU Member States, the European Union and China.

  • The Horizon 2020 - Practical Guide for China is available in English and in Chinese languages and tries to answer the most pertinent questions of how to participate in Horizon 2020 - the EU's 80 billion EUR Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which is fully open to the world.
  • The Funding Guide on Researchers Mobility PDF icon introduces the latest funding schemes that exist to support mobility, research collaboration, research exchange and relations between Europe and China.
  • Finally, to provide a Testimony of Excellence, a third joint publication between the EU Member States, Associated Countries and the European Union on their R&I cooperation with China has been released in order to illustrate the richness of Europe's ties with China in research and innovation.

A better knowledge and understanding of the European policies and instruments for international research and innovation collaboration with China will contribute to the widening of existing cooperation and to the development of new synergies between Europe and China.

8 July 2014

INNO INDIGO Joint Call 2014 - Clean Water and Health Call

Within the framework of the INDIGO Partnership Programme (IPP), a EU-India joint call for proposals on « Clean Water and Health » is now open.

Projects submitted under this call should specifically focus on:

  • Development and applications of membrane technology in water purification/sanitation
  • Membrane bioreactor applications at domestic and industrial wastewater management
  • Reuse of municipal/industrial wastewater

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Proposal submission period: 08 July – 15 October 2014 (12:00 CET/ 15:30 IST)

12 June 2014

The 11th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology

Photo from the meeting The 11th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology

On 12 June 2014 Director General for Research and Innovation Mr Robert-Jan Smits co-chaired with Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Cao Jianlin the 11th EU-China Joint Steering Committee meeting on Science and Technology (JSCM). The meeting provided the occasion for a comprehensive policy dialogue covering the whole spectrum of science, technology and innovation cooperation between the EU and China and saw the participation of representatives from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Mission to the EU, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Natural Sciences Foundation of China, and National Remote Sensing Centre on the Chinese side, and from the European Commission Directorates General for Research and Innovation, Energy, Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development, Enterprise and Industry, Education and Culture, Joint Research Centre, and European Research Council, on the European side. Substantial progress was made to enhance EU-China cooperation in a number of areas such as Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Sustainable Urbanisation including Energy, Transport, Environment and ICT, Aviation, Fusion and Fission research, and Space Technology and Earth Observation.

9 June 2014

ERA-Can+ Consortium Meeting and Advisory Board Meeting

Photo of the participants Participants at the ERA-CAN+ consortium and Advisory Board meeting.

Following the invitation of the ERA-Can+ coordinating organisation Agenzia della Ricerca Europea (APRE), the ERA-Can+ consortium was meeting in Rome on 9 June with the European Commission to give updates on the achievements of the first 9 project months and to discuss the direction of future endeavours. The successful organisation by the Canadian partners of 14 Information Sessions - at least one in every single Canadian province – was highlighted. The sessions were seen as very important in order to raise the awareness among Canadian researchers and research entities of existing opportunities in Horizon 2020 and in collaborating with Europe. In order to provide information material beyond personal meetings a Guide for Canadians to H2020 as well as a Guide for Europeans to Canadian STI programmes are being published, and the ERA-Can+ online helpdesk complements the service with personalised answers. Within the next couple of months recommendations will be worked out for the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meeting, which will take place in November 2014 in Canada, a Webinar on Horizon 2020 will be held and recorded, and there will be Information Sessions on the European side. To spread ERA-Can+ outputs, era-can.net and other communication channels will be regularly fed.

The following day, on 10 June, the first meeting was held with the Advisory Board of the ERA-Can+ project in order to include an outside perspective and benefit from expert feedback. Thematic priorities of ERA-Can+, the involvement of industry (in particular SMEs), and communication were among the topics discussed.

For further information please contact Anne Haglund Morrissey or Wolfgang Wittke, DG RTD Directorate C

8 June 2014

EU, Israel signs Horizon 2020 association agreement

Picture of handshake between Yaakov Perry and José Manuel Barroso

European Commission’s President José Manuel Barroso and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today witnessed the signature of Israel's association to Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme. Horizon 2020 offers a huge opportunity to enhance the traditionally active cooperation between Israeli and EU researchers and innovators. Under the terms of the agreement, Israel will have the same access to the programme as EU Member States and other Associated Countries. In return, it will contribute to the Horizon 2020 budget.

President Barroso said: "Israel is a strong player in research and innovation and for this reason an important partner for the EU to address societal challenges of common concern, such as ageing, food safety, environment protection or cleaner energy, and to strengthen the competitiveness of our industries. I am pleased that we are signing the agreement today since it reflects the mutual importance we attach to cooperation and partnership in research and innovation."

Israel has the highest proportion of researchers in the business sector in the world and one of the highest investments in civilian R&D – more than 4% of GDP. This makes it a strong partner for the EU and will bring added benefit to cooperation in Horizon 2020 given the programme’s stronger focus on innovation.

In addition to advancing science, technology and innovation cooperation between EU and Israeli researchers has enabled complex scientific cross-border challenges in all spheres of the economy and society to be addressed. Cooperation also provides an important mechanism to help reinforce mutual understanding, also with regional partners.

The agreement was signed by Head of the EU Delegation to Israel, Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, and Minister of Science, Technology and Space Yaakov Perry. The agreement, once ratified by Israel, will enable eligible Israeli researchers and innovators to take part actively from the start of the new programme in all activities with their EU and international partners.

For further information please contact Alexandra Meir, EU Delegation Tel Aviv

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04 June 2014

Turkey joins Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Turkey will get full access to the European Union's new seven-year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, under an agreement signed today in Istanbul. The agreement granting association status to research entities from Turkey was signed by European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, and Ahmet Yücel, Acting Undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry for EU Affairs. Turkey is the third EU partner country to become associated to Horizon 2020.

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: “Turkey is a much valued partner. Its dynamic business environment is a perfect test bed for the development of innovative products and services – making cooperation a win-win for researchers and enterprises on both sides. Horizon 2020 offers more funding for innovation and small companies than ever before so Turkey is in a good position to see its participation in the programme increasing."

The agreement, which will come into force following Turkish ratification, was signed in the presence of Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Minister for Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işik at the start of a two-day high-level conference to present Horizon 2020 to Turkish research organisations and policy makers. More than 750 representatives of Turkish universities and businesses are due to take part in the event.

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26 May 2014

European Commission participation at 3rd Annual Meeting of The Global Research Council

Photo from the meeting 3rd Annual Meeting of The Global Research Council, Beijing China

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council was held May 26-28, 2014 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) were the host organizations. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) were the co-host organization. More than 110 delegates of about 70 funding agencies and scientific organizations from over 40 countries attended the event. The topics for discussion included Open Access for Publications and “Shaping the Future: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers”, on which a Statement of principles was issued.

http://www.globalresearchcouncil.org/statement-principles-research-integrity

ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, and Leonidas Karapiperis, on behalf of Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research & Innovation, were invited participants from the European Commission (here shown on the photograph, 5th and 4th from the left).

22 May 2014

Towards a jointly funded and co-owned EU-Africa research and innovation partnership with first focus on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture.

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The members of the Expert Working Group of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation.

Less than one month after the EU-Africa Summit 2014, the expert working group of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation was kicked off in Brussels on 30 April. The group consists of 10 EU and African high level experts from the domain of agricultural research and innovation for development and is tasked with developing a detailed roadmap concretely defining the scope and outlining the different steps to be taken towards this new partnership.

As a first step, the experts have been asked to look into the major common challenges between the EU and Africa in the domain of food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture and how science, technology and innovation could support tackling the issues at stake. The impact of the partnership must be of mutual benefit, albeit with different dimensions. This is by no means an easy exercise and several meetings, either virtual or physical are foreseen to accompany the process between now and November.

The end result should be an operational roadmap that can be translated into actions to be funded by all the stakeholders concerned including the European Commission, the African Union Commission, the European and African countries or the private sector. These actions should give rise to a truly co-owned and jointly financed research and innovation partnership.

  • 4th EU-Africa Summit
  • Africa page
  • For more information: Nienke Buisman, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, International Cooperation Department, policy-officer EU-Africa cooperation on science, technology and innovation
29 April 2014

European Connection - CEST+I Newsletter - Issue 4

European Connection - issue 4 is now available.

European Connection is the Chile-European Union STI Initiative (CEST+I) project quarterly newsletter aimed at the European and Chilean scientific community, governmental agencies, innovation actors, project holders and other stakeholders.

Highlights of this issue:

  • GLORIA project bringing science closer to the public
  • Launch of new LAC-ICT Expert Group
  • Fourth CELAC-EU Science and Technology Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)

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7 April 2014

Meeting with the Colombian Minister for ICT

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Diego Molano Vega, Colombian Minister for ICT and Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, DG RTD

A delegation from the Commission visited Mr Diego Molano Vega, Colombian minister for ICT and his team on 7 April. Minister Molano emphasized that Colombia is a strong partner of the EU. He explained Colombia's ICT programme "Vive Digital", which addresses the reduction of poverty. The programme has been extremely successful in deploying infrastructure and has been awarded several prizes for the best ICT policy in the world. The challenge ahead is to focus on developing internet applications that are useful for the most common business in Colombia, i.e. small family shops. Colombia's priority areas in this field for the next four years are to increase the use of technologies in agriculture, e-health, e-justice and e-education. Ms Russo, Director for International Cooperation at DG RTD, introduced the new programme Horizon 2020 and its openness to the world. Finally she gave the Minister a copy of a publication on the soils of Latin-America and the Caribbean, which was recently issued by the EC Joint Research Centre.

Contact: Indridi Benediktsson European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

4 April 2014

Horizon 2020 launch events in Latin-America

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Manuel José Moreno Brociner (Dir. Bogotá Innova, Colombian Chamber of Commerce) - Cristina Russo – Tanya van Gool – Hector Rendón Osorio (Deputy DG, Colciencias)

On April 4th a Horizon 2020 launch event took place in San José, Costa Rica, with around 150 researchers and research managers. The Chargé d ‘Affairs of the EU delegation in Costa Rica, Mr Jose Luis Martinez Prada opened the meeting. Ms Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at DG RTD, introduced Horizon 2020 and its international cooperation components, following which a local researcher, Dra. Alice Pérez, vice-rector for research at the Costa Rican University gave an overview of experience from participating in previous Framework Programmes, as well as in the Ibero-American programme CYTED.

On Monday the 7th of April a Horizon 2020 launch event was organised in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference was organised by the EU Ambassador, Ms Tanya van Gool and was held in the Colombian Chamber of Commerce attracting around 250 participants on-site plus another 200 following the web-streaming video. After welcoming words by the Chamber of Commerce, the Columbian Ministry for ICT, the funding agency Colciencias and the EU Ambassador, Ms Russo gave a presentation on the new programme. Finally two ‘testimonials’ were given on previous experience in EU funded projects, by Dra. Patricia Portillo, CEO of Corpogen, a private company, and by Colciencias. The audience handed in several questions in writing, which were partly answered at the meeting and partly to be dealt with in a Q&A forum on the website of the delegation.

Contact: Indridi Benediktsson European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

3 April 2014

Senior Officials Meeting, SOM, of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, JIRI

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Diego Molano Vega, Colombian Minister for ICT and Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation, DG RTD

The fourth annual meeting of senior officials from the EU and countries of Latin-America and the Caribbean (CELAC) took place in San José in Costa Rica on 3rd and 4th of April. The meeting was opened by Mr Alfio Piva, Vice-President of Costa Rica and Mr Jose Luis Martinez Prada, Chargé d’Affairs of the EU delegation in Costa Rica. Ms Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at DG RTD, and Mr Keilor Rojas, Costa Rican Vice-Minister for research co-chaired the meeting which was attended by senior officials from 8 EU countries and 23 CELAC countries as well as observers from relevant thematic and regional networking projects. Also present were representatives of DEVCO, the EU delegation in Brazil, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Institute des Amériques in France. In total close to 100 persons. Mr Alejandro Cruz, Minister for Science, Technology and Telecommunication of Costa Rica, also addressed the meeting. Ahead of the SOM, results from recent workshops of the thematic working groups were circulated. These documents include suggestions for topics to be addressed in a joint call managed by the ERA-NET LAC project. The SOM decided to narrow the list of possible topics to be considered to the top rated topics. Another important decision taken at the SOM concerned the subject of researchers’ careers where it was decided to expand the mandate of the horizontal working group on ‘good practice and funding’ to include this aspect. In her closing address, Ms Russo underlined the importance of synergizing the different activities for research collaboration. Finally she invited the participants to the fifth SOM which is scheduled to take place in Europe in 2015.

Contact: Indridi Benediktsson European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

1 April 2014

BILAT USA 2.0 Advisory Board and Project Meeting

On 1-2 April, the consortium of the EU funded project BILAT USA 2.0 invited Advisory Board members and European Commission (EC) officials to the project’s interim meeting in the premises of KoWi in Brussels.

Photo from the meeting BILAT USA 2.0 Advisory Board Members, EC representatives and project partners

The main objectives of the meeting were to provide information on and discuss with Advisory Board Members, the European Commission and project partners the status of on-going and planned activities, and to give an overview of actions the project successfully has managed. Highlights of the meeting were discussions about the larger Innovation Conference, an Industry Workshop in June in the USA and several thematically targeted events.

The consortium agreed on the future BILAT USA 2.0 Innovation Conference, which will most likely take place in Brussels in the fall 2014. The participants discussed the upcoming BILAT USA 2.0 workshop on "Improving the opportunities for EU and US businesses to collaborate in health/e-health Research & Innovation Projects: Exchange of Good Practices", planned to take place in Boston (USA) in June. The project's webinars were highlighted as a significant part of the project's Horizon 2020 Awareness raising activity. Three webinars related to Horizon 2020 have been organized so far, on International Cooperation (focus on US participation), on the European Research Council, and on Transport research. The webinars have been well received both by US research managers and researchers. Future webinars and activities will be announced on the project's website.

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25 February 2014

CONACYT announces its commitment to finance Mexican institutions and researchers participating in Horizon 2020 calls.

Photo of two folders withe the Mexican and EU flags

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. Deadlines of every call of H2020 and other supporting documents are available on the site.

Contact: h2020@conacyt.mx

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.

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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.

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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.

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28 January 2014

Destination Europe

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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.

More information: Destination Europe, San Fransisco 2013

18 January 2014

Horizon 2020 launched - What's in it for China?

In December 2013, the European Commission published the new Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Calls for proposals worth more than €15 billion are now open with deadlines in 2014 and 2015. Horizon 2020 is fully open to international participation in all fields and areas. Chinese researchers, enterprises and institutions will be able to team up with their European partners to participate in projects under Horizon 2020 and make best use of Europe’s excellent opportunities in research and innovation. In addition, a number of specific calls are targeting cooperation with China, notably in the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Energy, Water, Information and Communications Technologies, Nanotechnology, Space and Polar research. More information on the Horizon 2020 web site page on China. In addition Chinese experts can apply to join the Horizon 2020 database of peer reviewers.
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14 January 2014

EU and South Africa to step up cooperation in science, technology and innovation

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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.

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