25.11.2014 | Brussels

Closing Conference "EU-Russia STI collaboration: Good practice examples from the Year of Science and beyond"

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. 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 have 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 have been continued or established.

The conference participants noted that 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.


Presentations of the Closing Confrenece:

On 25 November 2014, the Bilat RUS Advanced project (which is coordinated by the DLR Project Management Agency) organised the Closing Event of the EU Russia Year of Science 2014. In their function as editors of the 'EU-Russia Year of Science' website, DLR agreed to upload the presentations held during this event on this website for download in pdf format subject to the expressed consent of the speakers concerned. DLR, as the uploading entity, has not monitored the contents of these presentations in any way. In case of incorrect contents, copyright infringements or other violations of the law, please contact Maria Josten, DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, maria.josten@dlr.de. Any offending material will be removed immediately.

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