Cristina Russo (Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission) and Sergei V. Salikhov (Ministry of Education and Science (MON), Russia) | © Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union

Cristina Russo and Sergei V. Salikhov at the Closing Conference of the EU Russia Year of Science in Brussels on 25 November 2014

Twelve months of EU-Russia cooperation in science, higher education and innovation

On 25 November 2014, a scientific conference in Brussels closed the bilateral EU-Russia Year of Science, exactly one year after its launch in Moscow on 25 November 2013 | © Mikhail Fominykh

Twelve months of EU-Russia cooperation in science, higher education and innovation

The purpose of the Year of Science was to showcase the multifaceted nature of cooperation between Europe and Russia in science, technology, higher education and innovation, to accentuate past achievements and to point towards future collaboration opportunities for mutual benefit.

With more than 170 joint European-Russian events having taken place all over Europe and Russia throughout the year, the Year of Science put into focus the diversity of links in research, innovation and higher education between the EU, its Member States and the Russian Federation. These events provided an opportunity for individual researchers, enterprises, laboratories, research and higher education institutions to present their scientific achievements as well as to submit their ideas for future projects to a broader public. As a result, many partnerships between European and Russian researchers were continued or newly established.

The Year of Science coincided with the parallel start of the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and the new Russian Federal Targeted Programme 'Research & Development in Priority Areas of Development of the Russian Scientific & Technological Complex 2014-2020'. Both programmes share the goal of increasing economic competitiveness by supporting forward-looking exploratory science and innovative market-oriented research, and offer numerous opportunities for reciprocal collaboration.

The events organised as part of the EU-Russia Year of Science served as a timely reminder that science and innovation are essential ingredients of any approach that seeks to address today's global societal challenges and demonstrated the important contribution international collaborative research and innovation can make towards solving them.

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Russia's Regions: Cultural Diversity, Long Traditions and Scientific Excellence

The year 2014 was declared the EU-Russia Year of Science and solemnly opened in November 2013 by the Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov, and the then European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The framework of the EU-Russia Year of Science offered a unique opportunity to highlight EU-Russia cooperation in the field of science and innovation. At the same time it was also a perfect possibility to get familiar with the broad culture and history of Russian regions. As there were many Russian Regions that participate actively in the EU-Russia Year of Science we featured these regions and their potential for STI cooperation with Europe.

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