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Newsletter No 2, March 2014

Upcoming Events

Engaging SME's in EU-Africa Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Research Cooperation | 31 March 2014, Brussels

UniPID (The Finnish University Partnership for International Development) is organising a stakeholder's workshop on EU-Africa STI Research Partnerships, in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, ESASTAP Plus and PAEPARD (Platform for African-European partnership on Agricultural Research for Development) at the occasion of the 5th EABF and 4th EU-Africa Summit. The workshop is targeting researchers, private sector and policy makers working with themes related to EU-Africa STI research. View the draft agenda and detailed event information

Recent Events

Promoting South Africa - EU Water Research and Innovation Partnership | 20 February 2014, Brussels

Water is a key issue in South Africa as well as in Europe. A snapshot of South Africa's water research and innovation capacities will be presented by several universities and companies. Opportunities for joint SA-EU cooperation in different programs as H2020 or COST will be highlighted as well as platforms and initiatives for networking. This event is planned to be held on 21 February 2014 in the South African Mission to the EU, Brussels. View the agenda

ESASTAP Plus Seminar: Presenting South Africa - a research and innovation partner for Europe in Horizon 2020 | 14 January 2014, Brussels

The purpose of the seminar was be to present to the European science and technology community the exciting opportunities for cooperation with South Africa under the European Union's new Horizon 2020 Framework Program. The response was overwhelming: about 100 participants listened to Marie-Cristina Russo, DG Research & Innovation and to Mboneni Muofhe, DST preparing the ground, followed by the presentations on SA R&D landscape and strategies and the panel discussion how to leverage synergy between different cooperation instruments between Michel Andrieu, Dr Andy Cherry, Jan Haakonsen, Stephane Hogan and Daan du Toit. View the presentations

12th EU-South Africa Joint S&T Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meeting | 13 January, Brussels

The meeting took place to review and plan new priorities for collaboration and was co-chaired by Robert-Jan Smits and Phil Mjwara, Directors-General of DG Research and Innovation and the South African Department of Science and Technology respectively. Both sides agreed to step up collaboration in the fields of global health research (EDCTP, Infectious Disease and chronical Diesease), earth observation and research infrastructures. Possible future areas of cooperation to be explored in 2014 are marine research including the possible opening of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance initiative towards new partners such as South Africa and minerals research and innovation. View media release

Road-Show promoting Horizon 2020 across South Africa | January 2014, South Africa

A series of workshops in Gauteng (27.1.), Polokwane (28.1.), Bloemfontein and Potchestroom (29.1.), Durban and East London (30.1.) and Western Cape (31.1.) highlighted the first Horizon 2020 calls for proposals and served as an ideal opportunity for South African organisations interested to cooperate with European organisations under H2020 to learn more about administrative requirements and the procedures to be followed when wishing to participate in H2020. View the presentations

SARIMA Workshop on Horizon 2020 | 7 October 2013, Cape Town

The aim of the workshop was to provide an overview of Horizon 2020 and to highlight the potential for South African and broader African participation. South Africa view the EU framework programmes as one of the priority instruments for internationalisation of South African S&T and South Africa was quite successful in FP6 and FP7 and ranks only behind the USA, Russia, China and India. It is hoped that South Africa will perform even better in Horizon 2020, with the necessary support from the DST and the ESASTAP Plus project in place. The workshop attracted about 60 participants from universities, research councils as well as a number of government agencies from across Southern Africa. View the agenda and presentations

Current Calls

Announcement for EU-SA Twinning Activities in Marine Sciences and Raw Materials | Deadline 7.5.2014

The European Union and South Africa have long been committed to strategic cooperation in science and technology, dating back to their 1996 Cooperation Agreement, which facilitated cooperation under the Framework Programs. On the other hand, South Africa has concluded several bilateral cooperation agreements with EU Member States, and is aiming to create a robust national system of innovation to enable its transition to a knowledge economy, achieving sustained growth and development.

The very strong South African participation in FP7 is the basis for further effort to expand this success in Horizon 2020. Twinning activities within the framework of ESASTAP Plus are an ideal instrument for strengthening this objective. This is further supported by SA's Department of Science and Technology agenda of seeking to broaden the bilateral cooperation ties between SA research institutions/universities/SME's with relevant stakeholders in MS/AC of the EU.

The mechanism within the ESASTAP Plus framework is intended to further intensify scientific and technological collaboration by deepening cooperation in a few selected areas. Programmes such as the mobility support programme are designed to build on existing research collaborations and relationships and to establish new research relationships or collaborative projects. The objective of this call is to establish long-term, institutional cooperation between EU and South African partners and reach a new level of partnership by strengthening a small number of strategic alliances between South African and European groups. The activity is a targeted intervention to foster relationship between South Africa and Europe which have potential to grow e.g. may also act as precursors for larger projects and in particular for future applications to Horizon 2020. View the call and download the application form


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