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
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.
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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
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
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