The EU and Russia are launching "The EU-Russia Year of Science 2014" to highlight multifaceted scientific and technical cooperation between the two partners. The official opening ceremony will be held with a row of events in Moscow from the 25 to 27 November, including a strategic conference on the future of EU-Russia S&T cooperation.
In the course of the year, more than 200 different events are planned in Russia and in EU Member States, involving scientists, research organizations, innovators, enterprises and the wider public. Apart from general events, organizers have planned special sessions on EU-Russia S&T cooperation.
The EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 will provide a unique opportunity for participants to showcase past and present achievements. It will generate new dynamics; create fresh enthusiasm for joint achievements, successes, and for future cooperation in research, innovation and higher education, an EU press release says.
The Russian Federation has been the most successful international partner in the EU 7th Framework Programme, both in terms of budget and number of participations. 273 different Russian institutions have recorded 459 participations in 298 projects, receiving €64 million in EU financing.
The 'EU-Russia Year of Science 2014’ will be closely linked with key events, which will provide the basis for a new balanced relationship through co-funding and programme-level coordination, such as:
- The launch of the new European Union research framework programme "Horizon 2020";
- The renewal of the EU-Russia Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement;
- The launch of the Russian State Programme and the Federal Targeted Programmes for R&D.
The EU-Russia S&T Agreement is due for renewal in February 2014. The renewal process is now well underway. The EU expects to formally adopt the new agreement by the end of the year.
All latest news, schedule, events and a guide on how to participate in the Year of Science can be seen here.
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info
Our partner source: youth-in-action.org