On 27 November 2012, the new strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation was presented to and discussed with representatives from the Brussels based diplomatic community. Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn in her speech presented the strategy which was adopted on 14 September 2012.
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The meeting of research funding agencies of European, Latin American and Caribbean countries was successfully concluded today endorsing a Joint Statement about supporting the implementation and further development of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. The Joint Statement was also endorsed by several research performing bodies and the European University Association attending as observers.
Beijing, 12-16 November 2012
A series of events and high-level meetings on science & technology and innovation took place in Beijing during the week of 12-16 November 2012 within the framework of the EU-China S&T Agreement.
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Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology, M. Cao Jianlin, and DG RTD Deputy Director-General, Rudolf Strohmeier
In a year celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and the EU, and with negotiations proceeding towards a new treaty-level Australia-EU Strategic Framework Agreement, the 12th Australia-EU Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 16 October 2012.
EUCARINET and ENLACE are two international cooperation platforms aiming at strengthening the cooperation on Research and Innovation respectively between EU, Central America and Caribbean Regions. The two projects are organizing a follow up event of the expert dialogue workshop held in April 2012 in Curaçao, where three BioEconomy R&D pathways were identified to be further studied for the Caribbean and Central America:
- Sustainable management of marine biodiversity;
- Food Chain efficiencies;
- Eco-intensification and Eco-services.
The next workshop, that will be held in Brussels on October 17 and 18, will pursue the following objectives:
- To provide specific Caribbean (CAR) and specific Central American (CA) inputs into the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) dialogue and implementation planning, in particular to the BE Working Group.
- To contribute to the establishment of R&I and policy agendas and project profiles for the development of a CAR and a CA BE economy.
The meeting will be attended by representatives of the DG Research and Innovation, the DG Development and Cooperation, representatives from several Embassies of the Caribbean and Central America Regions, and of course scientific experts coming from EU member States, CAR and CA.
ENLACE is a FP7 international cooperation network (INCO-NET) which supports the dialogue between the EU and Central America in order to enhance their collaboration on Research and Innovation. The project is currently organising the follow-up event of the ICT experts' dialogue that was held in Guatemala, May 28-31. The event will take place in Brussels on the afternoon of October 18, as a contribution to the EU-LAC SOM initiative, to support the dialogue on this area of mutual interest. For further information: http://www.enlace-project.eu/
A joint declaration on European Union - China High level Innovation Cooperation Dialogue has been signed at the occasion of the 15th EU-China Summit.
Picture of the signature of the Joint Declaration by EC Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Maire Geoghegan Quinn and China Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Wan Gang :
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The Commission adopted a Communication entitled 'Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach' (COM(2012) 497). The Communication sets out a new strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation, in particular with a view to implementing Horizon 2020. The Communication is accompanied by a Staff Working Document providing further background information and analysis. Further information is available here.
This booklet presents all coordination and support action projects of international cooperation which have been supported under the FP7 'Capacities' programme, organised by country and regional chapters. Download the publication.
The main objectives of this symposium are to:
- Promote bi-regional cooperation between the EU and ASEAN by highlighting good pratices of mutual benefit;
- Facilitate an exchange of ideas and information on national and programmes;
- Discuss global societal issues with ASEAN and EU stakeholders with a view to identifying priorities for future EU-ASEAN STI cooperation.
Directorate General for Research and Innovation organised on 11 July 2012 an Information Meeting about the new calls for proposals under the 2013 Work Programme of the Activities of International Cooperation.
Ministers for science and research from the European Union and India agreed during talks in Brussels to draw up a strategic agenda in the area of research and innovation and to support it through the creation of a group of senior officials. The aim is to adopt the agenda in the first half of 2013. Read more
Following the Joint Declaration signed at the last EU-India Summit in February 2012, the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, the EU Member States Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC) and the Indian Department of Science & Technology are pleased to announce that the Indo-European Research and Innovation Partnership Conference will take place on 31st May and 1st June 2012 in Brussels (Belgium).
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The Advisory Group provides a written input to the Commission on an annual basis to be used in the preparation of the annual work programme. The 2011 Contribution to the definition of the International Cooperation Activities of the Capacities Programme can be found here.
The aim of the Travel Grant Scheme is to promote exchange between Caribbean and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions to explore possibilities for joint participation in FP7.
The Travel Grant consists of two components: 1) The participation of Caribbean researchers at 2012 info-days and brokerage events in Europe in: Health, ICT, Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy, Energy, Environment (including Climate change); 2) Visits to specific research centers/institutions with existing contacts or acquaintance with the grantee. The 2012 call is open from 2 April 2012 to 20 July 2012 with different deadlines according to the themes of the events selected by the applicants.
This publication has been prepared on the occasion of the "Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Research and Innovation: An agenda for a renewed partnership" organised by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, in Barcelona on 2 and 3 April 2012. It includes all the projects with participation of at least one partner from the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) which have been supported under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The projects are organised in eleven thematic chapters which include collaborative research, networking, competence building, infrastructure and mobility projects. A short description and a list of all participating organisations and contact persons are provided for each project. Download the publication
This brochure showcases a selection of success stories from various EU-funded S&T projects real results. The brochure is launched on the occasion of the "Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation: An agenda for a renewed partnership" in Barcelona on 2 and 3 April 2012. The conference set out a path for Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Innovation, based on closer cooperation on research and innovation policy. Download the publication
The aim of the ENLACE travel grant scheme is to promote exchange between Central American and European researchers as well as to encourage contacts between research institutions for joint participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The grant scheme works as a mechanism to facilitate networking or even joint proposal writing. The third call is now open from the 9th of March to the 10th of May 2012.
It supports researchers from the EU Member States and the Central American countries to meet their counterparts from the other region for a joint preparation of a project proposal / cooperation in one of the upcoming FP7 calls (July 2012) of the Cooperation Programme or of the People Programme. Researchers may stay up to 30 days in Central America or the EU for the joint preparation of a project proposal. In order to maximize the benefits of the researchers' stay in the EU or Central America, it is envisaged that the grantees visit additional research institutions of their thematic interest (but within one of the thematic FP7 areas). For more information and to download the necessary documents please visit the project website.
The PACE-Net Project and the Ministry of Sciences and Economic Affairs - Saxony - Anhalt organise the PACE-Net Key Stakeholder Conference in Brussels, 20-23.03.2012.
The event's topic is: Climate Change: in relation to Water, Agriculture/Forestry, Natural Hazards, Fisheries, and Mid-Term Research, Development & Innovation Policies in the Pacific. The interactive conference will include: 1) Presentations of funding opportunities for the Pacific with networking possibilities, 2) Thematic workshops on the climate change topics and the research development & innovation policies in the Pacific, 3) High level policy dialogue to discuss the priority research, innovation, and development issues from the workshops in view of the interaction between the S&T Community, EC directorates, the EU-external action services, EIB, and further funding organizations.
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As Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: "This joint declaration will boost an Indo-European alliance for research and innovation. We have great potential to make our joint research efforts more effective, in order to promote the innovation needed to tackle societal challenges we all face, such as food security and climate change. Research and innovation are also proven investments in growth and jobs in this difficult period for the global economy."
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