4th INCO Conference, Marseille, 17-19 June 2013

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General information on the INCO Conference and NCP meeting 2013

The 4th INCO Conference, “Strengthening international cooperation in Research & Innovation Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean Partner Countries”, and the annual NCP meeting took place on 17-19 June 2013 in Marseille, France. The event focused on the future of international cooperation in Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020. It was held as a part of “INCONTACT-One World” project which is the official network of the FP7 INCO NCPs. Since the beginning of the project, four conferences were held in Athens, Johannesburg, Bonn and Marseille. It was organized by the Europe Department of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

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At the bridge between the ending FP7 and the coming H2020, the main topic of the 4th INCONTACT conference was the future of international cooperation in Research and Innovation between Europe and third countries. The event displayed two geographical focuses: Latin-American and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean Partner Countries. The conference outlined opportunities for developing and emerging countries in Horizon 2020 and other funding sources for projects of mutual interest between EU and the focused regions by the conference.


The objectives of the INCO Conference 2013 were to:

  • Share information on international R&I cooperation
  • Examine experiences of international R&I partnerships
  • Collect the views of developing and emerging countries towards international cooperation in research and innovation
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges for third countries in Horizon 2020 and other programmes
  • Outline the frame for international cooperation in European and other programmes


The event brought together a diverse range of experts working in the field of International research co-operation from all over the world. It was attended by 157 participants from 68 countries

  • Representatives of EU member states
  • EU Commission (DG RTD, DG DEVCO, EEAS)
  • FP7 project coordinators with international partners
  • Researchers involved in FP7 projects comprising partners from developing and emerging countries

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World Trade Center Marseille

2 Rue Henri Barbusse

13001 Marseille

+33 4 13 94 04 13

The 3 days programme

17 June 2013

  • Project meetings and other side events (open to project members only)
    • ESASTAP Plus WP Leaders meeting
    • LAC - Bilats meeting
    • INCONTACT consortium meeting
    • INCONTACT Regional Dialogue Platform
  • In the evening: Welcome drink and poster exhibition “Water at the Heart of Science” (open to all stakeholders interested in international scientific cooperation)

18 June 2013

  • Main day of the conference(open to all stakeholders interested in international scientific cooperation)
    • During the day: 4th INCO conference “Strengthening international cooperation in R&I: Experiences from LAC and MPC”
    • In the evening: Dinner in Marseille

19 June 2013

  • NCP Networking Day(open to the INCO NCPs only)
    • In the morning: NCP meeting
    • In the afternoon: NCP training

Conference schedule – Open conference – 18th June 2013

The main day of the conference, the 18th June 2013, was the highlight of the 3-day conference and provided a platform for discussions about the future of international cooperation in Horizon 2020. The conference was divided into 3 main sessions:

  • The first session presented an overview on the current state of international cooperation in FP7 and underlined the main perspectives of international cooperation in Horizon 2020.
  • The second sessions, geographical workshops, emphasized experiences of cooperation from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC). These parallel sessions were the opportunity to tackle some cross-cutting issues, identifying best practices and needs for the coming programme.
  • The final session, a high panel discussion, provided answers on challenges and opportunities of international cooperation in Horizon 2020 more particularly with emerging and developing countries.

Conference materials

The latest version of the conference programme

The official poster

Conference report

The participant list

Report on the 4th INCO Conference in Marseille, France

Conference presentations

Presentations of the 4th INCO Conference

Presentations of the NCP Day

Registration & Travel Information

Registration website is open!

Please note that the deadline for registration is 10 May 2013.

Criteria for reimbursement of expenses

Who is concerned?

  • Only officially nominated INCO NCPs or NCP coordinators (representing INCO NCP)
  • Only one INCO NCP or one NCP coordinator per country. Costs of experts replacing an official INCO NCPs will not be covered.
  • NCP coordinators will be reimbursed only if the officially nominated INCO NCP is not available.

Rights and conditions for travel, accommodation and daily allowance:

  • All officially nominated INCO NCPs or NCP coordinators (representing INCO NCP) shall be entitled to have the cost of the accommodation and the air/train ticket from their country of origin to Marseille, France covered by INCONTACT. This travel must be organised through the official INCO conference travel partner.
  • Each INCO NCP representative is entitled to the reimbursement of the following expenses during the time of the conference:
    • Transportation: Airport shuttles, public transportation (the use of a taxi in exceptional cases when public transportation is not available).
    • Catering: Most meals during the conference will be provided by INCO conference. Any other meals will be reimbursed 15.25€ each.

The INCO conference won't distribute daily allowance during the conference. The reimbursement of your costs during your stay in Marseille will occur after the conference and after all justificatory documents are issued back to the IRD

INCONTACT project partners and INCO projects must utilise the resources available under their project budget.

Contact Information

The conference is organised by the Europe department of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

INCO Conference 2013 organization team:

Mr François Trémège / Ms Ophélie Martinez

+33/(0)4 91 99 93 73 / +33/(0)4 91 99 92 91

E-Mail: incontact.marseille@ird.fr

Background information


INCONTACT (www.ncp-incontact.eu) is the official project of the FP7 INCO NCPs and aims at the development of a platform for stimulating closer cooperation among INCO National Contact Points. The conference in Marseille is part of the project “INCONTACT – one world” which comprises four conferences with different regional priorities. The INCONTACT – one world project number 243834 is funded by the European Commission under the FP7th Framework Programme.


National Contact Points (NCPs) for International Scientific Cooperation Activities (INCO) are experts nominated by the competent national authorities to provide assistance to potential FP7 participants in their countries. They particularly support the execution of the International Cooperation theme of FP7 to enhance participation of third countries (not EU Member States or Associated countries).

Horizon 2020

The European Commission has published a proposal for "Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation" (2014-2020) on 30 November 2011. Horizon 2020 will run from 2014-2020, integrating the European Framework Programme, the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) as well as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The Commission has proposed an overall budget of 80 billion euros.

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

  • International cooperation is crucial to address many Horizon 2020 objectives.
  • Principle of general openness: third countries can participate in Horizon 2020
  • Horizon 2020 shall be open to the association of: acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates and selected third countries

On 14 September 2012, the Commission adopted a Communication entitled Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation: a strategic approach(COM(2012) 497). The Communication sets out a new strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation, in particular with a view to implementing Horizon 2020.

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