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13 December 2011 The 5th Joint Committee meeting of the EU-Tunisia S&T Cooperation Agreement took place in Tunis on 13 and 14 December. The meeting was carried out jointly with the ENP Sub-Committee Meeting on Research, Innovation and Education. The meeting was co-chaired by Prof. Jelel Ezzine, Director General of International Cooperation at the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Dr. Laurent Bochereau, Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy at the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation. Representatives from EEAS and the EU Delegation in Tunis attended on the EU side as well. The Committee reviewed advances in S&T cooperation, now under conditions of the 'Arab Spring', which brought new perspectives and aspirations to Tunisian research. With involvement in 57 FP7 projects, Tunisia has the third highest FP7 participation among Mediterranean Partner Countries.
8 December 2011 The 10th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee in the context of the EU-South Africa S&T Cooperation Agreement took place in Brussels on 8 December 2011. The meeting was co-chaired by Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of Research and Innovation at the European Commission, and by Phil Mjwara, Director General of the South African Department of Science and Technology. The meeting reconfirmed the excellent level of cooperation, which have made science and technology cooperation one of the flagships of the South Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership.
6 December 2011 The 6th meeting of the European Union-Chile Steering Committee of the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement took place in Brussels and reviewed progress in cooperation, including the review of the last five years of agreement implementation. It was hosted by the European Commission and co-chaired by Dr. Isi Saragossi, Director of International Cooperation of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Dr. José Miguel Aguilera, President of CONICYT, the National S&T Commission in Chile. Specific new cooperation activities have been agreed in Information and Communication Technologies and with JRC. Investment in researcher mobility will remain a focus of cooperation. Bi-regional cooperation was also addressed as Chile holds the presidency of the Latin America and Caribbean group of countries in the context of the EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation set up by the 2010 Madrid Summit.
22 November 2011 The 5th Joint Committee meeting with Brazil under the bilateral S&T Cooperation Agreement took place on 22 November in Brasilia. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho of the Department of Scientific and Technological Themes, Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, and Dr. Isi Saragossi, Director of International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The parties assesed progress in their cooperation so far and agreed on several areas of future collaboration.
17 November 2011 The 5th meeting of the Mexico-European Union Steering Committee of the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement took place in Cancún, Mexico and reviewed encouraging progress in cooperation. It was hosted by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) and co-chaired by Dr. José Enrique Villa Rivera, Director General of CONACYT, and Dr. Isi Saragossi, Director of International Cooperation of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Specific new cooperation activities have been agreed in Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnologies and in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
16 November 2011 The ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012 was officially launched on 16th November 2011 in Hanoi, Vietnam, by EU Ambassador Designate, Franz Jessen, and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Lê Din Tiên, in presence of several EU Member States Ambassadors and high-level officials from ASEAN Member States. The overall objective of the "Year" is to highlight, promote and extend EU-Southeast Asia STI cooperation.
11 November 2011 International Learning Network (ILN) Workshop in Brussels, 10-11 November 2011
The third Workshop of the ILN, entitled "Synergies between projects: international cooperation and coordination of national programmes and policies", took place in Brussels on 10-11 November. Organised by the International Cooperation Directorate, it gathered coordinators from different projects financed by the EC with the aim of sharing practical experiences, developing best practices and formulating recommendations for the way forward.
This booklet presents the activities of all INCO-NET projects which have been selected following the evaluation of the FP7 calls for proposals published in 2006, 2009 and 2010. These projects cover different regions of the world, i.e. Western Balkan Countries, Mediterranean Partner Countries, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region, Arab Gulf Countries, Latin and Central America. More information and download of the publication.
11 October 2011 The Republic of Moldova joins EU Research Programme
The European Union and Moldova have today forged closer ties on research and innovation. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Gheorghe Duca, President of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the association of Moldova to the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7). This will allow Moldovan scientists, research institutes, universities and companies to collaborate with their counterparts across Europe in key research areas, while strengthening their own research expertise and capacity. In practice they will compete for research funding on an equal footing with counterparts in EU Member States. In return Moldova with make a contribution to the overall FP7 budget, calculated on the basis of its GDP. The Republic of Moldova will be the 14th country associated to FP7.
10 October 2011 A high-level meeting between the African Union and the EU took place 10-11 October 2011 in Addis Ababa focused on promoting cooperation in science, technology and innovation in the interest of African and European societies. Click here for the flash report about the outcome of the meeting.
9-13 October 2011 The 6th biennial Europan and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) will present recent achievements in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa in a series of events in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, timed to coincide with the agenda of research policy leaders from the African Union and the European Union.
28 September 2011 The Sixth Joint S&T Committee meeting with Morocco took place in the capital Rabat. The meeting took stock of advances in S&T cooperation between the two parties supported also by external reviews, one carried out by Morocco and one by the EU. The launch conference of the institutional twinning project "Appui au Système National de la Recherche au Maroc pour une intégration à l'Espace Européen de la Recherche" was held back-to-back with the committee meeting.
15 September 2011 Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn met with all the Ministers responsible for Science from the Western Balkans on 15 September in Brussels to discuss future cooperation on Research and Innovation (R&I). The Roundtable allowed for a good exchange of information and some key messages were passed on in preparation of these countries' ambition to join the European Union.
4 August 2011 Interim Evaluation of the FP7 International Cooperation Activities - Expert Group report
The report presents the findings of a team of external independent experts engaged by the European Commission to carry out the interim evaluation of the International Cooperation Activities of the Capacities Programme of the FP7. More info
28 July 2011 Information Meeting, 27 July 2011
The European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation organised on 27 July 2011 an Information Meeting about the new calls for proposals under the 2012 Work Programme of the Activities of International Cooperation. The meeting was addressed to stakeholders and multipliers across Europe and beyond. Detailed information was provided on the activities targeted by the calls, namely the "bi-regional coordination of S&T cooperation including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies (INCO-NET)" and the "Bilateral coordination for the enhancement and development of S&T Partnerships (BILAT)".
28 July 2011 International dimension of the 2012 Work Programmes
The 2012 FP7 work programmes were adopted by the European Commission on 19 July. The first series of calls for proposals, with a budget of over €5.3 billion was launched on 20 July. The main focus of the calls is the integration of research with innovation to tackle societal challenges and create sustainable jobs and growth by giving Europe a lead in the key technology markets of the future. All of the calls are open for the participation of non-European researchers and/or research organisations working alongside their EU counterparts.
20 July 2011 EU-India Cooperation in water and bio-resources related challenges (calls for proposals)
We celebrated this year, on the occasion of the 7th EU-India Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology (1st April 2011, Brussels), ten years of EU-India S&T cooperation since the signature of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement in 2001. Building on the good work done so far, we have agreed to enhance the scale, scope and impact of our cooperation.
As a concrete output of this, the EU and India have agreed to develop new cooperation in the field of water and bio-resources related challenges. Two co-ordinated water-related calls for proposals entailing a total funding of 32 M € were launched on 20 July and will be funded 50/50 by the Commission and the Indian authorities.
8 July 2011 3rd EU-Korea S&T Joint Committee, Seoul
European Commission Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, Rudolf Strohmeier, and Assistant Minister (Office of R&D) of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Yul-Rae Cho, today co-chaired the Third Joint Committee Meeting between the European Union and Korea. Several other meetings and visits were organised in Seoul demonstrating a wish on both sides to reinforce cooperation, at the time of entry into force of both the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the new Framework Agreement.
16-17 June 2011 Workshop on International cooperation projects in Support of Research and Innovation Policies and Competence Building: Good practices, lessons learned and synergies with other programmes
On 16-17 June, the International Cooperation Directorate held a Workshop on International Cooperation projects in support of Research and Innovation Policies and Competence Building. Four regions were targeted: the Mediterranean Region, Sub-Sahara Africa, South-East Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Aneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General of the Research and Innovation DG opened the Workshop, which was attended by 150 participants from 44 different countries. The closing session was chaired by Mr. Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General of the Research and Innovation DG.
16 June 2011 First EU-Japan Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation held in Tokyo. European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, and Ambassador for Science and Technology cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Makoto Yamanaka today co-chaired the first Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Union and Japan since the new bilateral Science and Technology (S&T) Cooperation Agreement entered into force on 29 March 2011. The Committee addressed key areas of mutual interest with a view to strengthening and deepening science and technology cooperation between the EU and Japan.
9 June 2011 EU-LAC Senior Officials Working Group meeting on "ICT for Meeting Societal Challenges" under the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation took place in Santiago de Chile. The working group is co-led by senior officials from Finland and Chile respectively. Representatives from Colombia, Chile, Finland, France, Peru and Spain attended, while those from Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay were unable to. Experts from several of these countries and from Argentina and Brazil contributed to the debate fed also by the results of the preceeding project workshop. The working group is the follow-up of the Senior Officials meeting end March 2011 in Brussels, where a series of activities were agreed to instill momentum into the Joint Initiative.
7-8 June 2011 A workshop on "Information and Communication Technologies for Innovation" was convened in Santiago de Chile through a collaboration of three FP7 projects: CHIEP II (Support to the bilateral S&T Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Chile), FORESTA (promotes policy dialogue for ICT research cooperation between Europe and Latin America) and EULARINET (INCONet for LA). The large group of experts and representatives from both regions discussed successful case studies and explored avenues for future cooperation.
31 May to 1 June 2011 6th Steering Committee of the EU-Argentina S&T Cooperation Agreement. The meeting allowed for updates of each other's policy developments. In Argentina there is a notably the increase in R&D investment and good results of the RAICES programme, which has so far repatriated 820 senior researchers to Argentina since 2004. European developments focused on the Innovation Union and the international dimension of the Common Strategic Framework. It was agreed to update the Cooperation Roadmap to reflect exchanges between thematic directorates and Argentinean thematic FP7 contacts and planned new joint activities. In the light of the favourable evaluation of the last five years of implementing the Agreement (to be published soon), its tacit extension for another five years was welcomed. Participation of Argentinean research teams in FP7 is up from FP6, notably as a result of active participation in the staff exchange programme (IRSES) under Marie Curie Actions, which allow the build-up of better mutual knowledge and trust to pave the way for future cooperation.
19-25 May 2011 Research and Innovation Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn paid an official visit to China Research and Innovation Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn paid an official visit to China visiting several research and innovation establishments in Shanghai and Beijing. She had a dense programme of meetings with senior Chinese representatives in research and innovation, including Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang, as well as encounters with representatives of European industry, researchers and Member States officials. The Commissioner gave keynote speeches at a graduation ceremony at the China-Europe International Business School in Shanghai and at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
18 May 2011 Research cooperation with the Western Balkans - new publication
This brochure - to be downloaded here - provides an overview of the ongoing research cooperation between the EU and the Western Balkans. It also explains why we engage in research with this region and how we do it. The political commitment to give a European perspective to the Balkan region goes hand in hand with increased support for research cooperation: this is illustrated by facilitating future integration into the European Research Area and in the section on concrete research cooperation. Strengthening research capacities and excellence are part and parcel of enhancing the contribution of research and innovation cooperation to building stable and prosperous futures for Western Balkan countries and the region as a whole in Europe.
17 May 2011 CSF: the international dimension
A consultation event on the international dimension of the Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation (CSF) was held in Brussels on 17 May. The event was attended by over 100 Brussels-based participants, including Ambassadors and Science Counsellors from international partner countries, representatives from international research organisations and from Brussels-based research liaison offices. The meeting was opened and chaired by Director-General Robert-Jan Smits and included an introductory speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and presentations from five representatives from a range of research-based organisations. The discussion highlighted the importance of the international dimension of research in addressing global challenges, including more industrial-based challenges, the need for capacity building in partner countries and increased synergy with European and international aid programmes, as well as the importance for international partner countries to invest in suppport services to facilitate the participation of their researchers in EU programmes. The need for simplification, including procedures for IPR and reporting, was also strongly emphasised by participants.
12 May 2011 The 2nd EU-ASEAN S&T Dialogue
The second meeting of the Dialogue on Science and Technology between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held on 12 May in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The parties exchanged on recent policy developments on both sides and noted progress with ASEAN participations in FP7, currently standing at 110. Read more
7 April 2011 2-3 May 2011, The Canada-EU Innovation Forum
The Canada-EU Innovation Forum will be convened 2-3 May 2011 in Montreal under the Motto 'Cooperate to better innovate'. The event is organised by the Montreal Council of International Relations (Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM)). Ms Ana Arana Antelo, Deputy Head of Cabinet of European Research and Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn, will represent the EU.
28-29 March 2011 Senior Officials from 12 European and 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) met 28-29 March in Brussels for the first meeting in this configuration under the EU-LAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, endorsed by the 2010 Madrid EU-LAC Summit. The senior officials agreed on the establishment of thematic working groups to develop enhanced pilot activities on: the Bioeconomy including food security; Biodiversity and climate change; ICTs for meeting societal challenges; and energy. A cross-cutting working group on funding and successful collaborative mechanisms was also established. For the family photo click here.
22 March 2011 ENLACE – Travel Grant Scheme. The second of the ENLACE INCO-NET (Enhancing Scientific Cooperation between the European Union and Central America) is now open. Read more
10 March 2011 Cooperation with Australia
On March 10, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Senator Kim Carr, Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research met for the first time. This was an occasion to discuss the EU-Australia partnership towards a strategic approach on research and innovation including regional and multilateral initiatives. The overall context of innovation was discussed as of mutual interest and issues such as an exchange of information on IPR, innovation indicators, public procurement and the role of SMEs was tabled. High-level visits to Australia have been also discussed in the context of the intense contact between Australia and the EU.
21 February 2011 ENLACE – EUCARINET: Workshop “Thematic priority setting for EU, Caribbean & Central America in research and innovation”, 7-8 March 2011 – Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic – Universidad Ibero-americana Read more
12 January 2011 The new BILAT publication is now available.
This brochure - to be downloaded here - presents the activities of five BILAT projects which aim at developing and enhancing S&T Partnerships with third countries, which have signed or are in the process of negotiating an EC S&T cooperation agreement. The third countries targeted by these projects are: Argentina, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, and the USA.
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