EC ERA Newsletter: Joint Programming - answering Europe’s biggest questions
The December 2015 edition of the European Commission's ERA newsletter looks at at how Member States are pooling resources and aligning research agendas to address the societal challenges facing Europe.
Joint Programming was launched in 2008 and is now at an important moment in its history. Ahead of the publication of an evaluation report on Joint Programming, the special focus article explores the progress made by Joint Programming Initiatives and the work that remains to be done. The newsletter presents the views of the ERA Stakeholder Organisations on what has been achieved so far in this field, as well as their hopes for the future.
At the same time, policymakers and stakeholders have returned to Lund in Sweden to assess the progress made since the 2009 Lund Declaration. A new declaration – the 2015 Lund Declaration – was presented and discussed. Its main message is that “Europe must speed up solutions to tackle grand challenges through alignment, research, global cooperation and achieving impact.” It identifies four priority areas, each with defined priority actions, and calls on all stakeholders to take these priorities into account in their field of responsibility.
Other topics covered in this issue include:
- Vox Pops
- Research collaborations can be a catalyst for ERA
- Lund should further support innovation
- Universities thrive on taking up Europe’s societal challenges
- EU research must take a global view
- Joint Programming is helping to address grand challenges
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