06.10.2014 | Moscow, Russia

International Workshop 'Horizon 2020 & International Researchers’ Mobility: EU Supporting Tools'

The International Workshop 'Horizon 2020 & International Researchers’ Mobility: EU Supporting Tools' took place in Moscow on 6 October 2014. The event was organised by National Research University Higher School of Economics in the frame of the BILAT RUS Advanced project. Its objective was to promote opportunities for EU-Russia STI cooperation through the dissemination of information on the new EU framework programme Horizon 2020, EU tools for supporting international researchers’ mobility, and the Russian Federal Targeted Programme 'Research and Development in Priority Areas of Russia’s Scientific and Technological Complex 2014-2020'.
The workshop brought together leading experts in EU-Russia science and technology cooperation – representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation; of the International Centre for Innovation in Science, Technology, and Education (Russia); the Institute of Technology and Development (Sophia, Bulgaria); the EURAXESS portal; Innovation Projects and Development Ltd. (Israel); Russian National Contact Points (NCPs); et al.

The workshop commenced with an overview of the EU programme Horizon 2020 and Russia’s new Federal Targeted Programme 'Research and Development in Priority Areas of Russia’s Scientific and Technological Complex 2014-2020', with special emphasis on opportunities for EU-Russia S&T cooperation envisaged in their framework.

Another topic discussed in the framework of the event was intellectual property rights as one of key issues of international S&T cooperation. In particular, opportunities of the European IPR Helpdesk, IPR trainings, and Technology Transfer Offices experience were highlighted.

Furthermore, workshop participants learnt about the EURAXESS portal – a unique pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe.

In addition, the workshop featured a presentation on European Research & Mobility Financing Tools, with emphasis on: 'Innovation Union: EU Strategy for ERA development'; Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions; the European Research Council; and Financial Tools for SMEs.

Finally, the floor was given to representatives of four (out of six) Russian National Contact Points (NCPs) selected as a result of an open competition under FTP-R&D in Priority Areas: 'Food and Agricultural Biotechnology', 'Environment and Climate Change', 'Research Infrastructures', and 'Aeronautics'. In their presentations, representatives of the successful tenderers – organisations that will host Russian NCPs – put emphasis on the perspectives of EU-Russia S&T cooperation in related thematic areas.

Workshop topics inspired great interest of the participants. In total, over 60 representatives of Russian and European research and academic communities took part in the workshop.

Source and further information: HSE