2nd INCO Conference "Supporting Research Integration", Pretoria 26-28 September 2011

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“INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS TO MEET GLOBAL CHALLENGES”

27 and 28 September 2011, Emperor’s Palace,64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

The INCO Conference 2011 “International Research and Innovation Partnerships to meet Global Challenges” and the INCO NCP meeting and training workshop, will take place on 27 and 28 September 2011 respectively in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The theme for the 2011 conference revolves around issues of International Research and Development co-operation to address global challenges, with particular, but not exclusive, focus on African EU Science and Technology co-operation. The first day (27/9) of the conference will be open to stakeholders interested in international scientific cooperation and will include several relevant topics (a draft program is attached below).

The second day of the conference (28/9) will be open to the INCO NCPs only and will host the annual INCO NCP meeting and an INCO NCP training session).

Please note:

  • Travel and accommodation costs for officially nominated INCO NCPs will be paid directly by INCONTACT.
  • Only the costs of one INCO NCP per country will be covered.
  • Other qualifying NCPs wishing to attend may avail themselves of the arrangements made by the organisers but will be required to pay all costs as upfront payment.
  • If you are not officially nominated as an INCO NCP please proceed with the necessary steps for getting the official nomination.



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    Backround

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    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, the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), lasts from 2007 through 2013. To maximise impact, funding for international research activities is spread throughout the various activities of FP7, with limited exceptions, while the INCO program is specially designed to support the participation of third countries in FP7.

    The 2011 conference occurs at a time when Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is under development and offers an opportunity for the role of international co-operation to be considered.

    The objectives of the INCO Conference 2011 are to:

  • Outline the policy for international S&T co-operation and global challenges,
  • Examine the experiences of S&T partnership initiatives,
  • Discuss International co-operation in the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation.


    Outcome

  • Read the outcome of the 2nd INCO Conference
  • Summary of conclusions and recommendations, INCONTACT Africa Regional Dialogue Meeting, 26 September 2011, Johannesburg
  • Participants list

    Programme

  • Agenda, Open Day 27th of September
  • Agenda, INCO NCP meeting & NCP training, 28th of September

    Conference Presentations

  • 27 September 2011 , open day
  • 28 September 2011, NCP Meeting, NCP training

    Registration, Travel and Accommodation Information

    Information for:

  • Criteria for funding of travel and accommodation costs
  • Travel arrangements
  • Accommodation arrangements (please check the following registartion form)
  • Post-Conference Tour Packages (optional)
  • Registration Form-Hotel Booking form

    Contact Information

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    For addtional information please contact: incontact@dst.gov.za

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