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04 Jun 2014

INCO Newsletter #2

INCO Projects Newsletter supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Centre for Social Innovation „Research Policy and Development“. This quarterly newsletter informs you about international co-operation projects and events relevant for Austrian researchers, research institutions, and project managers. If you want to receive this newsletter via e-mail in the future, please click here to subscribe.

Senior Officials Meeting in Costa Rica

Working Groups Established on Energy, ICT, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Health, Finance, and Good Practice

San José in Costa Rica was this year's host for the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of representatives of Europe and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The SOM was established as a regular bi-regional dialogue on research and innovation to consolidate co-operation and to implement the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI). Four working groups were initially established in the priority areas energy, information and communications technology, bioeconomy and biodiversity, and climate change. In this year's SOM two new working groups on health and good practice and finance were confirmed as well as a cross-cutting working group on researcher's career development. The SOM 2015 and the next EU-CELAC summit will take place in Brussels under the title "Revision of the Action Plan."

One of the main objectives of the SOM in Costa Rica was to agree on the concrete topics for the joint calls of the new ERANet LAC. Funding agencies which have interest in participating in the joint calls or in the pilot co-ordination actions co-ordinated by ERANet LAC are invited to participate in the funding agencies' workshop in Tenerife on 5-6 June 2014. The workshop is organized specifically for EU-CELAC funding and innovation agencies.

Final Conference Successfully Organized

Documentation of the Final Conference Available Online

On 25-26 March 2014 the EVAL-INNO partnership successfully organized the project's concluding conference, presenting the results achieved and its potential future use. The event was held in Vienna at the premises of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. The event gathered a consistent number of RTDI evaluation stakeholder from the South-East Europe Region, like ministries in charge of RTDI evaluation, awarding authorities, evaluation societies, evaluators and scholars skilled in the field. The participants were informed about the current state of the art in RTDI evaluation and the activities of EVAL-INNO. In a further step, the framework for future co-operation in the domain in South-East Europe was proposed and discussed. Read more online...

WBC-INCO.NET Final Publication

R&D and Innovation in Western Balkans. Moving towards 2020

This book outlines results from the past and discusses options for the future while it also tackles the issue of regional co-operation in research and innovation from different standpoints and in different styles. Researchers as well as policy makers and administrators inform on the broader picture but also on their particular perspectives. The publication is not only prepared as a report on the WBC-INCO.NET project that has ended in 2014, but it is intended to promote regional co-operation also in the future and is aimed at everyone interested in research and innovation in the Western Balkan region.

The publication consists of three parts. The first part is discussing the development of RTDI policies and initiatives in the Western Balkan region towards 2020 while including also articles on current strategic approaches in and for the region. The second part includes several reports on the situation of science and research in the Western Balkans and the co-ordination of relevant policies and initiatives in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo*. The third part puts the focus on innovation and discusses a broad range of topics, from innovation infrastructures, needs and capacities to smart specialisation, innovation and brain drain, and RTDI evaluation. This third part includes also some of the project's findings related to innovation issues. The publication may be downloaded from the WBC-INCO.NET website.

Cluster Meetings and Invitation for Twinning

Projects Researching "Climate Action and Cities" or "Organic and Non-Organic Resources" Are Invited to Participate in Workshops and Trainings at the ASEAN Science & Technology Week

After two successful pre-cluster meetings in both the ASEAN and the EU region, the SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN project has updated its core clusters using the feedback of interested and affiliated research projects: one bringing together environmental research focusing on cities and urban space including climate action measures, and the other group containing projects investigating organic and non-organic resources and materials. Research projects of these areas will be invited to the project’s cluster workshops taking place back-to-back with the 9th ASEAN Science & Technology Week (ASTW) between 18 and 27 August 2014 in Bogor, Indonesia. In addition to the cluster session, SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN will also hold the first (of three) media training workshops, organise a public environment research workshop and offer projects the opportunity to exhibit their results in front of a wider audience. Up to 30 projects will be invited to attend the cluster meetings, which will be tailored to the needs of these projects, based on an interactive methodology. In parallel to the preparation of the ASTW activities, SUSTAIN opened a Call for Twinning where environment research projects can apply for support to align project activities. Find out more online…

Travel Grants for Preparatory Meetings

Call for Travel Grants for Ukrainian Researchers to Participate in H2020 Projects' Preparatory Meetings in the EU

The BILAT-UKR*AINA project announces a call for awarding travel grants to Ukrainian researchers who intend to participate in the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 in the following priority areas: new materials and processing technologies, information and communication technologies, biotechnologies, and aeronautics. Travel grants may be awarded to researchers intending to participate in Horizon 2020 on topics other than the above mentioned ones, however applications relating to the above mentioned topics will be considered in priority. Further information is available online.

Deadline for application: 10 June 2014

Research & Innovation in the Danube Region

Promotion Activities and Events for Research & Innovation Co-operation in the Danube Region

The Danube-INCO.NET project has recently launched its state-of-the-art web platform and published its first newsletter (if you are interested, please subscribe to this list). The platform and newsletter offer comprehensive information on the issues of research and innovation co-operation in the Danube Region. You can meet Danube-INCO.NET at the 3rd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), taking place in Vienna on 26-27 June 2014 in the exhibition area. The project also implemented an event on the peer review of smart specialisation strategies in Novi Sad, it was presented at the Steering Group meetings of Priority Area 7 "Knowledge Society" and Priority Area 8 "Competitiveness." The next event will be a workshop on ERA governance and the implementation of the Innovation Union in Belgrade in July.

Summer School for Young Researchers

Summer School on Horizon 2020 Project Management, Development, and Exploitation for Ukrainian Researchers and Project Managers

BILAT-UKR*AINA organises and hosts a summer school on "European RTDI policies, instruments and participation possibilities" from 15-18 September 2014 in Kyiv, Ukraina. The aim of the summer school is to provide a comprehensive training on project development, management, and exploitation of research results in the frame of Horizon 2020. The summer school provides an intensive training backed by a half-year mentoring programme (by the trainers from the consortium) for ca. 30 young Ukrainian research and project managers. Apart from a strong focus on the development of the participants’ institutional profile, the event shall also provide an opportunity for networking and identifying potential fields of common interests among the participants. The target group of this summer school are Young research project managers and project experts from Ukraine actively involved in the above mentioned topics. For 30 selected applicants BILAT-UKR*AINA will cover accommodation and travel costs. Find out more online...

Deadline for application: 10 July 2014


The SEA-EU-NET Project Joins the ASEAN Science & Technology Week End of August in Indonesia with a Series of Activities

This year's ASEAN Science & Technology (S&T) Week (ASTW) will take place from 18-27 August 2014 in Bogor, Indonesia. The ASTW is a triennially held flagship project of the ASEAN Committee on Science & Technology (COST). It aims to showcase S&T achievements and potential both in ASEAN member states and partner regions, particularly solutions relevant for the increasing needs of the public and private sectors in the region. In addition, the event offers a forum for networking to researchers, research funders, government officials, and private sector professionals.

ASTW will combine a scientific conference, an innovation exhibition, and policy and dialogue meetings. The SEA-EU-NET project will contribute with the following activities to ASTW: The analysis team, led by the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), will present preliminary results from a bibliometric study of ASEAN research output to a selected expert audience. Discussions will take place in a workshop setting and involve scientometrics and STI experts from various ASEAN member states. ASTW will also be the opportunity for SEA-EU-NET to present the final version of its "Spotlight on: Stimulating Innovation in Southeast Asia" report. Moreover, SEA-EU-NET partners will organise a workshop on "Biosecurity, S&T and the Biological Weapons Convention" and will join the innovation exhibition. Find out more online...

WBC-INCO.NET Officially Closed

Project End in April 2014 after more than 6 Years

WBC-INCO.NET started in 2008 and achieved a lot in the project's runtime of six years: reports and publications, events on different topics including many different stakeholders from science, research and innovation sectors from the Western Balkan region and Europe-wide, support of the Steering Platform on Research for many years and information via website, and nearly 200 newsletter editions disseminated to a large number of researchers and policy stakeholders! The website will not be closed in the near future. The updates and some basic maintenance will be provided on a voluntary basis of ZSI employees.

A hand-over strategy will ensure that information and value from the WBC-INCO.NET website will be transferred to the new project Danube-INCO.NET. This is a project with similar aims to support international co-operation in research and innovation, but focusing on the Danube region. The new Danube-INCO.NET project newsletter will be sent out together with the launch of the project website.

Connecting Canadians to Horizon 2020

Information Sessions, Webinars, and a Guide for Canadians to H2020

Within the first 8 Months of ERA-Can+ project lifetime, a lot has happened to better connect Canadian and European researchers, innovators, and science managers. Four series of information sessions were organised in all Canadian provinces, covering many major cities within the country: Toronto, Kitchener, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Fredericton, St. John's, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Victoria, Vancouver, and Calgary. All sessions' material was made available online for further spread.

The first webinar on issues of participation in H2020 for Canadians is going to take place soon and will be recorded for the public's disposal. The Canadian partners are about to organise a CANADA Day in Brussels on 12 June 2014 with focus on science, technology, and innovation to foster the bi-regional dialogue. Attached to this event, there will be a priority setting workshop on nanotechnology---a research area that has recently been identified to become one of the main research areas relevant for Euro-Canadian research and innovation partnerships.

To provide comprehensive support to applicants, a guide for Canadians to H2020, as well as a guide for Europeans to Canadian research programmes are being prepared and will go to press soon. A bilingual online platform has been launched and is now currently fed with information on the two research regions and is inter-connected with a facebook page, a Linkedin group, and a twitter stream.

EU-India Cooperation Days 2014

Prepartory Meeting for the EU-India Cooperation Days on 12-14 November 2014 in Chennai, South India Focussing on Energy Research

Each year, more than 150 stakeholders in the field of science and innovation meet at the EU-India STI Cooperation Days to foster co-operation between the two regions, strengthen networks and trigger new ventures. The event was initially launched by the preceding ERA-NET New Indigo. In 2014 the fifth EU-India STI Cooperation Days will be held 12-14 November in Chennai, with a focus on energy research. The event features presentations from top scholars and researchers in the respective research field, providing an overview on co-operative projects and linking research with innovation.

On 8 May, the organising committee for both INDIGO Projects (INDIGO Policy, BILAT and INNO INDIGO, ERA.NET) gathered in Rome to kick-off the planning of the upcoming STI Cooperation Days. This year, the ever-renewing event concept will include new presentation formats and increased use of digital media to engage audiences. For this reason, organisations such as EURAXESS were able to attend the preparatory meeting held in Rome virtually.

Brokerage Event Hosted by the Committee of the Regions

ener2i Is Organising a Brokerage Event Back to Back with the "European Sustainable Energy Week" in Brussels on 23 June 2014

Back to back with the European Sustainable Energy Week, eseia, project partner of ener2i, is organising a series of networking and capacity building sessions in Brussels to support EU-ENP cooperation and knowledge transfer. The event will target representatives from companies, higher education and research institutions and politics from the EU and ENP countries of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova. The aim is to create partnerships for Horizon 2020 calls and other funding opportunities on the following three innovation challenges: bio-resource utilisation, smart cities and regions, and capacity building. Find out more online...

incrEAST now supporting twinning activities

Twinning Calls for Scientific Projects and Research Institutions

IncoNet EaP and IncoNet CA, the "STI International Cooperation Networks for Eastern Europe and Central Asia" will implement twinning grants as a funding instrument---one of the core activities of these projects. Twinning itself has a long tradition in Europe as a an efficient instrument in capacity building processes. The IncoNet EaP and CA consortia plan to use this instrument to enhance STI co-operation and increase capacities on both sides. The grant scheme is envisaged to become a tool to develop sustainable cooperation among experienced EU and regional partners in the realm of science, technology and innovation. Find out more online about the call for clustering of scientific projects and institutions in IncoNet EaP and the call for twinning between research institutions in IncoNet CA.

Societal Challenges and Climate Change

EU-Eastern Partnership STI Policy Stakeholders' Conference Addressing Societal Challenges and Climate Change

The first IncoNet EaP Policy Stakeholders Conference successfully organised by IncoNet EaP took place in Yerevan on 15-16 May 2014. It was hosted by the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (NAS-RA). The focus of the conference was on the EU-EaP STI co-operation in addressing the societal challenge of climate change. The main goal of the conference was to formulate recommendations on the enhancement of the EU-EaP STI co-operation in addressing climate issues which could be integrated in the current and forthcoming agendas and funding instruments by the relevant STI actors involved in co-operation, in priority the EC (DG RTD, DG DEVCO) and the national administrations in the EU MS&AC and the EaP countries. Find out more online...

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