1st INCO Conference "Supporting Research Integration", Athens 9-10 June 2010
Preliminary Information:1st INCO Conference “Supporting Research Integration”,9-10 June 2010, Athens
The conference is expected to host for the first time all the INCO NCPs (National Contact Points for International Cooperation) from Europe and Third countries, while more than 100 of experts working in the field of International research co-operation from all over the world are expected to participate.
The first day of the conference (9/6) will be open to the INCO NCPs only (and will include the annual INCO NCP meeting and an INCO NCP training).
The second day (10/6) will be open to stakeholders interested in International Scientific Cooperation and will include several relevant topics(a draft program will be disseminated soon).
The recent economic crisis has underlined again the need to invest on a knowledge based economy and highlighted the need for global action. Global action is also a necessity for addressing several challenges (environmental, health, societal, etc) that require immediate attention.
Addressing this need of an interconnected world, the European Union has invested in the development of the International Scientific Cooperation (INCO) over the last 25 years to address the needs and opportunities, and to contribute to peace and prosperity for European citizens. The European Commission (EC) has specifically come forward with a Communication (A Strategic European Framework for International S&T Cooperation) that identifies general principles and specific orientations for action: to strengthen the international dimension of the European Research Area (ERA); to improve the framework conditions for international S&T cooperation; and to promote European technologies in the world.
In this context, the EU has opened to Third countries the Framework Program (FP), its main central funding instrument for scientific research. The current Framework Program, is the seventh (FP7), which lasts from 2007 through 2013. To maximise impact, funding for international research activities is spread throughout the various activities of the 7th Framework Programme, with minimum exceptions, while the INCO program is specially designed to support the participation of third countries in FP7.
The objective of this 1st INCO Conference is to:
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