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12 December 2013

Horizon 2020: Open to the World” event (video)

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Cristina RUSSO, Director for International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation
  • Welcoming remarks by Cristina RUSSO, Director for International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation
  • Keynote address by Wolfgang BURTSCHER, Deputy Director-General of DG Research and Innovation
  • Testimonials from three beneficiaries of FP7 grants (Dr Brian WONG, Ms Zeinab M.C. El SADR, and Dr Eddy MOORS)

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16 December 2013

Africa-EU research projects are contributing to food and nutritional security

The second meeting of the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) was held in Brussels on 28 and 29 November 2013.

Europe-Africa STI initiatives to promote food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture were the subject, of a side-event co-chaired by Professor John Wood,

Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK) and Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa.

Following an introduction by Dr Elisabeth Lipiatou (DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission) and Dr Abdul-Hakim Elwaer (Director of Human Resources, Science and Technologies at the AU Commission), six joint initiatives were presented and fuelled a debate on the contribution of Africa-EU collaboration on STI to promote food and nutrition security.

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10 December 2013

Delegation to Egypt wraps up its information campaign on "EU-Egypt Partnership in Higher Education, Research and Innovation"

HE Minister of Scientific Research addressing the event
with Ambassador James Moran, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt
The European Union Delegation to Egypt wrapped up on Sunday 8, December its information campaign on EU-Egypt Partnership in Higher Education, Research and Innovation with a celebration at the EU Residence in Cairo. The event was addressed by HE Minister of Scientific Research, Ramzy George and Dr. Yasser El Shayeb, Advisor for International Cooperation, on behalf of H. E. Hossam Eisa, Minister of Higher Education and was attended by EU programmes beneficiaries in Egypt and R&I stakeholders. Ambassador James Moran, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt addressed the audience by saying: "I firmly believe that the knowledge triangle (education, research and innovation) is a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Investment in education is an investment in our shared future prosperity and in the youth who are shaping our common future. The European Union has a longstanding and important presence in Egypt in the fields of Research and Innovation. Over the last few years, hundreds of European and Egyptians scientists, researchers and academics have been increasingly working together through these programmes."

The information campaign toured three universities in the last few weeks: Assiut, Alexandria and Cairo where information sessions were held to reinforce the networking activities among current and potential participants in EU programmes. The campaign also aimed to celebrate the various success stories among the beneficiaries of the EU funded programmes: Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Research Development and Innovation (RDI) over the last five years and to promote new funding opportunities in the framework of the forthcoming Erasmus Plus and Horizon 2020 programmes.

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4 December 2013

International Chemical Engineering Congress

The International Chemical Engineering Congress (ICEC 2013) is to be held in the Island of Djerba, Tunisia, on 16-19 December 2013. The ICEC 2013 is organised by the Tunisian Chemical Engineering Society. This scientific meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to exchange new ideas and information on many important issues in Chemical Engineering.

3 December 2013

Joint Communique: 6th Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology between the European Union and the United States of Mexico

The 6th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 28 November 2013. It was preceded by a series of productive preparatory meetings. At the last Mexico-EU Summit in June 2012 the leaders decided to continue harnessing the opportunities that the European Union offers in the field of science, research and innovation under the new Horizon 2020 Programme.

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29 November 2013

EU and Africa to forge research and innovation partnership on food security

The European Union and Africa should work towards a long term, jointly-funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security as a first priority, senior officials agreed at talks in Brussels today. The meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation was called to review cooperation and set new priorities ahead of the EU-Africa Summit 2014. The new partnership could be inspired by the achievements of the successful European and Developing Countries' Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

European Commission Director-General Robert-Jan Smits said: "Investment in research and innovation creates growth and jobs and is vital in dealing with societal challenges. Enhancing food and nutrition security as well as sustainable agriculture is a challenge common to the EU and Africa, albeit with different dimensions. An increase in EU-Africa cooperation will lead to evidence-based solutions and policy-making and an improved availability, accessibility and utilisation of agricultural products and services."

An expert working group will be established early next year to develop a detailed roadmap concretely outlining the different steps to be taken towards this new partnership. These decisions will support the African Union Year of Agriculture 2014 and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization Year of Family Farming 2014.

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27 November 2013

Launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 Moscow, 25-27 November 2013

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The 'EU-Russia Year of Science 2014' was officially launched at an event in Moscow on November 25. Its purpose is to celebrate and promote the vibrant and multifaceted scientific and technological cooperation between the two partners. In the course of twelve months, a rich programme of events and initiatives across Russia and the EU will highlight joint achievements, successes, and the strong potential for future cooperation in research, innovation and higher education. Involving scientists, research organisations, innovators, enterprises and the wider public, the EU-Russia Year of Science will build on the longstanding and fruitful cooperation between the EU and Russia in this area. Read more

The launch event was followed by a Strategic Conference on the Future of EU-Russia S&T Cooperation organised on November 26 and the official start event of the ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative on November 27.

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26 November 2013

Agricultural research that incorporates innovation and experimentation by smallholder farmers

For a long time Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) was regarded as the private domain of scientific experts. The traditional linear model – researchers providing the technologies that are supposed to be taken up by the outreach services that in turn wait for farmers to adopt them – is disappearing.

There is now growing awareness of the vital need to draw on both the local knowledge and capacity to innovate of small-scale farmers in providing a better response to their needs, reducing rural poverty and improving food security. The EU has launched a number of initiatives to this effect, in keeping with the priority objective of encouraging sustainable agriculture in Africa.

The JOLISAA and INSARD projects, financed under the 7th European Framework Programme, are opening up new prospects for the way in which smallholder farmers can be integrated in ARD.

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25 November 2013

ERAfrica: A new model for Europe-Africa research cooperation

Cooperation with Africa in the field of science, technology and innovation has strengthened in recent years. Yet this research is still often funded out of development cooperation budgets, in which case the final word rests with external donors. Hence the growing interest in Africa for research activities that are financed in line with Africa’s own strategies and priorities. The European Union’s ERAfrica (European Research Area Network for Africa - Developing African-European joint collaboration for Science and Technology) project is a response to this concern. It facilitates the networking of European and African research donors and encourages joint calls for proposals to promote long-term cooperation between EU Member States and /or associated countries and African countries.

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Related upcoming events:

Side-event to EU-Africa HLPD on role of STI in promoting Food Security: Brussels, Venue: Sofitel, 28 November 2013 - Open event
Focus: bi-regional STI cooperation in promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Read more

EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (STI): Brussels, 28-29 November 2013 - Closed Event
Senior officials from the European and the African Union Commission and from Research and Innovation Ministries in Europe and Africa will discuss on future cooperation on STI between the two continents, also in view of the EU-Africa Summit 2014. At this year's meeting a special focus will be put on the role of STI in promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. The EU-Africa HLPD will be a closed meeting.
25 November 2013

Egypt: EU Delegation launches information campaign for higher education, research and innovation

The EU Delegation to Egypt has launched an information campaign to foster and reinforce networking activities among current and potential participants in EU programmes in the fields of higher education, research and innovation.

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21 November 2013

The 1st meeting of the EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue

The 1st meeting of the EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue took place in Beijing on 21 November 2013, following the Joint Declaration on the European Union – China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue signed by EU Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang on the occasion of the 15th EU-China Summit on 20 September 2012. As illustrated by the EU Policy towards building an Innovation Union and the Chinese policy towards innovation driven development, the two sides reconfirmed their attachment of the greatest importance on innovation as a means of tackling social challenges and promoting sustainable growth. They exchanged views on their respective innovation policies and discussed ways to enhance cooperation on research and innovation.

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On the margins of the 1st EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue, the EU and China launched the first EU-China flagship initiative for research and innovation with the signature of a Letter of Intent PDF icon on Research and Innovation Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (FAB) between the European Commission and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). This new initiative will ensure concrete, substantial and balanced joint research and innovation cooperation activities on selected priorities of common interest.

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21 November 2013

CAAST-Net Plus releases its video-documentary on how it advances bi-regional research and innovation cooperation between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

You can check the video-doumentary here.
CAAST-Net Plus is a network of 25 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation.
Building on the activities and outputs of the CAAST-Net project (2008-2012), CAAST-Net Plus aims to:
• Encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health.
• Foster discussion among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners.

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18 November 2013

Horizon 2020 EuroMed event, Cairo, 20 January 2014

The European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation is organasing a regional Conference to promote and present H2020 in the EuroMed region. The conference is planned to take place on 20 January 2014 in Cairo. It aims to discuss the future of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in the EuroMed region under Horizon 2020. International cooperation, especially with its neighboring countries and the Mediterranean region, is a key priority of EU research and innovation funding. This conference will aim to draw the attention of stakeholders in Euro-Med Countries to the opportunities and challenges in Horizon 2020 as well as promote Horizon 2020 to Research and Innovation stakeholders in the region.

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8 November 2013

The Seventh Summit between the European Union and the Republic of Korea

Signing of the Implementing Arrangement by the Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and by the Korea's Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Choi Mun-Kee, in the presence of the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, the South Korea's President, Park Geun-Hye and the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso.

The Implementing Arrangement between the European Commission and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea was signed on the 8th November 2013, following the EU-Republic of Korea Summit meeting. It aims to foster opportunities for European Research Council grant holders in Europe to host top researchers from Korea and to stimulate cooperation by bringing the best researchers together to exchange ideas and experiences. The Implementing Arrangement was signed between the European Commission by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (on behalf of the European Research Council) and by Korea's Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Choi Mun-Kee (on behalf of the National Research Foundation). This initiative is the outcome of the European Research Council's global campaign, aimed to raise awareness about the Council's funding opportunities to top talent outside Europe.

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18 October 2013

1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation

In the framework of the Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway “MedSpring”, the Ministry of Scientific Research (Egypt), in collaboration with the Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and the Malta Council for Science and Technology will hold the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation on 12-13 February 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.
MedSpring is an EU funded project with the objective to encourage and strengthen the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation on Research and Innovation.

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14 October 2013

Seminar "Research and Innovation for Economic Development: The Pathway to Prosperity"

The "EU-Egypt Innovation seminar series" is an initiative that aims at sharing experiences in developing enhancing research and innovation ecosystems. This seminar took place on 9 October 2013 under the title "Research and Innovation for Economic Development: The Pathway to Prosperity". The seminar was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Egypt, bringing together more than 200 experts from academic institutions, researchers and representatives of industry, financial institutions and government.

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9 October 2013

PERA project comes to a conclusion after 3 years of EU – Palestinian S&T cooperation

The Final PERA Conference took place on 22 of September 2013 in Tulkram, Palestine and with it brought the conclusion of the project which has operated for the past 3 years. The conclusive meeting examined the positive impacts that the project has had on the capacities of the Palestine Technical University PTUK research centre, working towards answering some of Palestine’s most important societal challenges related to water and energy scarcity issues in Palestine.

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7 October 2013

Lithuanian Presidency Conference

On 30 September and 1 October 2013 Lithuanian Presidency Conference "Enhancement of European International Cooperation and Eastern Partnership in RDI" took place in Vilnius. Mrs Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation Directorate attended the event.

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24 September 2013

Director Maria Cristina Russo in Washington DC

On her first trip abroad in an official capacity as the newly-appointed Director in DG RTD for International Cooperation, Maria Cristina Russo held a series of high-level engagements and meetings in Washington DC (USA) on 12 – 13 September 2013.

Her engagements started with a speech at a European Institute breakfast seminar in which she set out current European Commission views and aspirations on a number of priority topics including: the Commission's new strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation; the Horizon 2020 Programme; priorities for EU-US research and innovation cooperation; developing a research and innovation dimension under TTIP; and ensuring the delivery of concrete successes under the agreed EU-US priority initiatives.

This set the agenda for the subsequent series of meetings over the two days with various U.S. agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of State. In these meetings, stock was taken of progress and next steps across the full range of issues on the EU-US S&T cooperation agenda, focusing on the priorities retained at the Feb 2013 Joint Consultative Group meeting which oversees the cooperation – i.e. marine/ Arctic, materials, health and transportation.

A strong emphasis was given to moving forward at an operational level on the marine/ Arctic priority in order to deliver on the Galway Declaration for a transatlantic research alliance signed by the US and Canadian Governments and the Commission under the Irish EU Presidency in May 2013. This was also specifically addressed in an informal discussion over dinner hosted by the EU deputy Head of Delegation, with Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones from the State Department and high-level representatives of NSF, NOAA and OSTP. Other topics which were addressed in the meetings included on-going efforts to improve the overall framework conditions for EU-US S&T cooperation and the work of the Global Research Council. The visit ended with Ms Russo taking part in the September meeting of the EU Member State embassy-based Science Counsellors chaired by the EU Delegation and to which Science Counsellors from countries associated to the EU RTD Framework Programme were also invited. Ms Russo reported to the meeting the main issues which were covered in her meetings with the US agencies and engaged in a subsequent discussion.

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17 September 2013

Future EU-Tunisia Research and Innovation Cooperation- FETRIC Kick off meeting

The Kick off meeting of the new FP7 supported EU-Tunisia BILAT project, FETRIC, was held on 17-18 September 2013 in Tunis. FETRIC aims at a progressive strengthening of bilateral cooperation in research and innovation between the EU and Tunisia, particularly within the new context of Horizon 2020.

Following the path of its predecessor, ETC, FETRIC will support the policy dialogue between the EU and Tunisia and the proper implementation of the EU-Tunisia S&T agreement.

FETRIC will target the EU and Tunisian research and innovation chain by:

  • analysing the whole Tunisian STI system through the setting up of a link among actors belonging to the scientific, technological and the innovation communities;
  • improving the quality and number of partnerships involving both researchers and entrepreneurs;
  • creating a research and innovation network in the North African region;
  • boosting the participation of the Tunisian research centres and enterprises in the forthcoming program Horizon 2020.

17 September 2013

EU-AFRICA cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation

On 18 and 19 September several events will take place in Brussels in preparation of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on STI later this year.

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11 July 2013

South Africa - EU Summit

What are the opportunities for greater cooperation and synergy in research and innovation? As a side-event to the Summit, the FP7 funded projects ESASTAP Plus is organising a workshop to explore these opportunities. If you want to know more please click here
26 June 2013

EU-Korea 4th Joint S&T Committee Meeting

Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission and Mr Sang Mok Lee, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning in Korea, co-chaired the fourth meeting of the EU-Korea Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee on 27 June in Brussels. Representatives from both sides discussed research areas of common interest and mechanisms for cooperation with a view to further strengthen cooperation in research and innovation.

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25 June 2013

EU-Egypt Innovation Seminar Series

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

The EU-Egypt Innovation seminar series is an initiative that aims at sharing experiences in developing enhancing research and innovation ecosystems. This first of these seminars was co-organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Egypt and the German Science Center (DWZ) in Cairo. The seminar took place on the 25th of June, 2013 and brought together more that 180 researchers, industry experts, academics, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and financial institutions from Egypt and different MS to share knowledge and expertise and to build and deepen relationships. The seminar started with the opening remark of H.E. James Moran, EU Ambassador to Egypt and H.E. Michael Bock, German Ambassador to Egypt. Throughout the seminar, participants and speakers mainly addressed the different aspects of an ecosystem that is conducive to innovation. The seminar gave excellent insights into differently shaped ecosystems that support the competitive strategy of ecosystem players in different ways. It also acted as a platform for exchanging ideas between experts and stakeholders from Egypt and the EU.

20 June 2013

The New Zealand-EC Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Member of the European Commission in charge of Research, Innovation and Science, received Steven Joyce, New Zealander Minister for Economic Development, for Science and Innovation, and for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. They discussed about strengthening the links between the EU and New Zealand in the areas of science, innovation and education.

Steven Joyce, Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General of the "Research and Innovation" of the EC, Ruxandra Drãghia-Akli, Director the "Research and Innovation" of the EC, Prue Williams, New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment General Manager for Science Investments and Vangelis Vitalis, Head of the Mission of New Zealand to the EU and all other Members of the two Delegations participated in the plenary meeting of the joint committee, which aims to identify shared research priorities and plan future joint work.

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10 June 2013

"Strengthening international cooperation in Research & Innovation - Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean Partner Countries"

17–19 June 2013, Marseille, France

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The Institute of Research for Development organizes from 17 June to 19 June 2013, in Marseille, France, the 4th INCO conference and the annual meeting of the National Contact Point for the international cooperation activities funded by the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The INCO Conference 2013, entitled "Strengthening international cooperation in Research & Innovation: Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean Partner Countries" brings together a diverse range of research managers, funders, and other experts, from all over the world. The main objective of the conference will be to discuss the future of international cooperation in European and international Research and Innovation programmes. This year, the regional focus emphasizes experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC).
The main day of the conference, on 18th June is open to all stakeholders interested in international scientific cooperation.
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31 May 2013

Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach

On 30 May 2013 the Competitiveness Council adopted conclusions PDF icon on the Communication 'Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach'. The conclusions acknowledge the importance of international cooperation and strongly support the new strategic approach advocated by the Commission.

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30 May 2013

The Atlantic – A Shared Resource

On 23 and 24 May, a high level event took place at the Marine Institute in Galway, Ireland, which has provided a vision for enhanced cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic and launched the Canada - EU - U.S. Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. Commissioners Geoghegan-Quinn and Damanaki, on behalf of the EU, Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, U.S. Department of State, and Senator Mark Wells from Canada signed the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr. Enda Kenny, and Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Commissioner Geoghegan–Quinn referred to the Galway Statement as "one of the first successes of the new strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation launched by the Commission last September".
22 May 2013

EU - South Africa Cooperation

Innovation as a driving force in the EU R&I 2014-2020 Programming

Tecnology Transfer officers, Policy makers, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Development practitioners, Regulators, international aid representatives, and innovation enthusiasts participating in the Global Innovation Forum or interested in cooperation between South Africa and Europe on Innovation..

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17 May 2013

Advancing the quality of the Euro-Mediterranean research area: your voice is needed

The MEDSPRING project, coordinated by CIHEAM (Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes)IAMB (Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo di Bari), is working to advance the quality of the Euro-Mediterranean research area. In order to address the societal challenges of high quality affordable food, scarcity of resources and renewable energies in the Mediterranean region, the project is launching an on-line Open Consultation.
We are looking for active citizens, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, members of civil society and everyone else who has a stake in food, water and energy in the Mediterranean region. All participants to this open consultation can help us to frame a better understanding of the societal challenges of the Mediterranean and build adequate instruments to address them.
All the opinions and views will be taken seriously and collected suggestions and comments will form part of recommendations and inputs for actions to research managers and policy makers, as well as the European Commission, contributing to frame and orient the Euro-Mediterranean research agenda.

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8 May 2013

New EU-India Energy call

New EU-India Energy call for proposals published by New INDIGO with funding from 7 European Funding Organizations and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

This is the 4th multilateral call for proposals launched by the EC funded New INDIGO Era-Net project. The call is open from 8th May 2013 to 23 August 2013. Research projects involving at least two European partners and one Indian partner will be funded. For more information please consult the call documents on the New INDIGO webpage.

18-19 April 2013

EU-Egypt Year of Science & Innovation Closing Event - Cairo, Egypt

On the occasion of the closure of the 2012 EU-Egypt Year of Science and Innovation, HE Ambassador, Mr. James Moran, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Egypt and HE Minister Dr. Nadia Zakhary, the Egyptian Minister of Scientific Research, with Research and Innovation community in Egypt, together with European Commission representatives of the International Cooperation Directorate of the DG Research and Innovation held a conference and a reception to celebrate the event, in cooperation with EU Member States. The successful events witnessed large participation of research centres, universities, scientific communities and enterprises. TV and media covered the events broadcasting them also on internet and social media channels in addition to an international press conference.

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16-17 April 2013

The Third Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation

On 16 and 17 of April 2013 the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting was convened in Brussels. This yearly meeting is held alternatively in Europe and in the country holding the presidency of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The meeting was attended by representatives of 21 countries of the CELAC region, together with representatives from EU countries, coordinators of relevant networking projects and colleagues from the European Commission and from the European External Action Service (EEAS) . The meeting was opened by Mr Carlos Applegren Balbontin, the Ambassador of Chile to the European Union and Ms Anneli Pauli, Deputy Director-General of Directorate General Research and Innovation, of the European Commission.

At the meeting, reports were given from the four existing thematic Working Groups and the horizontal, Cross-cutting Working Groups "Existing and New Instruments". A new working group on Health was created, which will be co-chaired by Spain and Brazil. The working group will be supported by the EU-LAC-Health coordination action. A second operational group towards the possible adoption of a Working Group on Career Development of Researchers was also put in place, co-chaired by Finland and Mexico. At the end of the meeting, the previous holder of the CELAC presidency, Chile, handed over the responsibilities to the current presidency, Cuba, which was represented by Ms Lina Dominguez, the Vice Minister of Science, Technology and Environment. The next meeting will be held in Costa Rica, the 2014 CELAC presidency country.


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6 April 2013

International Conference on Sustainable Water Management -CB-WR-MED Final Conference

The International Conference on Sustainable Water Management took place on 24-27 April 2013 in Tunis. The Conference provided a forum for researchers and practitioners around the Mediterranean to exchange on recent developments in the water management, treatment and reuse/recycling for sustainable water management with a special focus on the contribution of advanced oxidation process (AOP). The conference also hosted the presentation of successful EU projects and was a dynamic forum of knowledge, exchange and networking.

The event consisted of plenary and parallel sessions, an exhibition and technical visits to sites.

4 April 2013

Research and Innovation and EU Delegation Providing Support to the Needs of People with Disabilities in Egypt

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in Egypt organized the Second Annual Conference and Exhibition on Communications and Information Technologies for People with Disabilities (PWDs) on April 2-3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The conference was organized under the slogan "Integration, Empowerment, Participation". In line with its efforts to support human rights and rights of minorities in Egypt as well as promote research and innovation collaboration in different sectors, the EU co-sponsored and was part of the conference. The conference is the 2nd annual conference for ICT for people with disabilities, and the first one on the international level. With 15 million PWDs in Egypt alone, and 180 million in Africa and the Arab World, the development and spread of assistive technologies are one of the important objectives of the MCIT. The conference is an important step towards the real empowerment of people with disabilities in Egypt, where it aims to provide them with assistive technologies that are affordable and in their native language.

Representatives of more than 14 countries and international institutions, such as the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and International Labor Organization attended the event. The conference was also attended by SMEs, NGOs, ICT researchers as well as main innovation stakeholders in Egypt. This conference also aims to build networks and open doors for more collaboration in ICT cooperation between the European and Egyptian scientists, researches entrepreneurs and organizations. The booth of the EU Delegation, at the event, showcased EU research and innovation funding programmes.

In his speech, H.E Ambassador James Moran emphasized that this conference is a great example of how science should be linked to society and how innovation should stem from societal needs. He added that the conference is an important initiative to support Egypt in meeting the commitments of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ambassador James Moran highlighted that ICT is a field of high priority for research and innovation, both for the European Union and Egypt. Collaborative projects in ICT cover a variety of topics, including supporting policy dialogue, mapping of competencies, assessing the regional impact of ICT, fostering Arabic language and speech technology, as well developing different e-services.
21 March 2013

EU-Canada Cooperation

The EU and Canada have identified the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic as major new areas for Research and Innovation cooperation in the coming years. The cooperation will cover: Transatlantic Maritime Research ranging from ocean observation to seabed mapping and aquaculture, as well as sustainable climate observations; Arctic Research cooperation, where Canada and Europe have high research capacity and excellent infrastructures, and where joining forces will help to study the vastly unexplored Arctic in a more effective manner; Research Infrastructures, where a Symposium will take place in September 2013 in Italy, with the objective of identifying opportunities for collaboration in the development, management and use of Arctic and Marine research infrastructure. The decision was taken at the 11th Meeting of the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC), which took place in Brussels on 6 March 2013. The JSTCC meets regularly to review progress and provide new directions for cooperation under the EU-Canada "Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation".

Participants at the meeting of the EU-Canada Joint S&T Coordination Committee
4 March 2013

High-level conference on 'Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships', 7-8 March, Brussels

This high-level conference will present the outcomes of the PAERIP (Promoting African European Research Infrastructures Partnerships) project, funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme FP7. Over the past two years PAERIP undertook an extensive analysis of Africa-EU research infrastructure partnerships, including best practices which could be identified from current cooperation and the formulation of recommendations to enhance collaboration. In this context PAERIP considered cooperation activities such as how to enhance transnational access to research infrastructures for African and European researchers, and the promotion of networks integrating African and European research infrastructures.
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4 March 2013

Training Seminar in Egypt for FP Advisors and Information Multipliers

The FP7 project ShERACA in collaboration with the EU Delegation to Egypt and Ain Shams University, organised a training seminar at Ain Shams University in Cairo from the 19th-21st February, 2013. The seminar aimed to strengthen and deepen the level of understanding of FP advisors on legal, financial and administrative issues of FP7 while shedding some light on Horizon 2020, the EU's future funding programme for research and innovation. The training seminar addressed FP7 rules for participation, grant agreement and financial issues, as well as management of FP7 grants. The seminar also presented updated information on Horizon 2020 and the EU's Innovation Union flagship initiative. Members of the RDI network of institutional focal points at Egyptian universities and research institutes, as well as thematic national contact points attended the seminar.

13 February 2013

EU-U.S. Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation

On 12 February, European Union and U.S. officials met in Washington to discuss ways to enhance science, technology and innovation cooperation. The discussions covered cooperation in transatlantic marine, maritime and Arctic research, transport research, health research and materials science. At the meeting, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation signed an agreement to boost cooperation in transport research.
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Robert-Jan Smiths, Director General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission and (Acting) Administrator Gregory Winfree, U.S. Department of Transportation

Robert-Jan Smits and Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State with the EU and US officials who participated in the Joint Consultative Group meeting
12 February 2013

EU Med partnership bridging R&I for growth and employment - ETC Final Conference

On 18-19 February 2013 took place in Tunis, Tunisia, the final conference of the EU-Tunisia BILAT project entitled ETC for European-Tunisian Cooperation. The theme chosen for this international final conference was EU Med partnership bridging R&I for growth and employment. The conference was attended by 200 participants and was a major success.

ETC Project

18 January 2013

ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012 Closing Event

Summary report

The closing event of the 'ASEAN-EU Year of Science 2012' took take place on Wednesday 12 December 2012 in Brussels. The event, attended by over 140 participants, was organised with the support of the INCO-NET project 'SEA-EU-NET'. The overall objective of the event was to take stock of the achievements of the 'Year' and to discuss the next steps in the inter-regional dialogue on research and innovation cooperation. A large delegation of the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology (ASEAN COST) came to Brussels on this occasion. ASEAN COST Members are generally the highest ranking administrative officer in charge of international cooperation in science and technology in the respective ASEAN Member Countries.

Achievements of the 'Year' and lessons learned


  • Year long campaign involving more than 50 events in thirteen different countries
  • More than 40 different institutions involved from both regions
  • Direct involvement from the European Commission, EU Delegations and ASEAN COST
  • Over 15 presentations and posters from ASEAN Marie Curie Fellows during the conference


  • The 'Year' helped to highlight the visibility of EU STI cooperation with ASEAN.
  • The 'Year' contributed to promoting networking between the two regions at bilateral and bi regional levels.
  • The 'Year' helped to strengthen and focus cooperation on selected areas of mutual interest (e.i. food security, green technologies).

EU-ASEAN Year has been the first of this kind supported by the EU, and the experience was positive. Presently plans and strategies are being made to follow-up with a Year of Science with Russia in 2014. Particular lessons to improve the Year of Science are:

  • - Establish a stronger governance structure from the very beginning
  • - Professionalise some of the Year's activities e.g. public and media relations
  • - Put a stronger focus on awareness raising especially for youth and general public
  • - Place a greater emphasis on 'legacy' projects which can outlive the Year
  • - Extend the reach of the Year's activities beyond the existing EU-SEA networks

Outcomes of closed session with ASEAN COST Delegates

The closed session was attended by ASEAN COST, Commission, EEAS and EU Member States' officials, and coordinators of large EU/EU Member States initiatives with the purpose to:

  • - Learn from ASEAN and ASEAN Member States' expectations from Europe as a partner for STI cooperation
  • - Present the diverse partnerships between the EU and its Member States as a source of inspiration for ASEAN    (i.e. Eco-Innovation Action Plan, European Technology Platform for Water)
  • - Exchange views for enhancing cooperation between the two regions