The European Union is a world leader in research and innovation but more and more research and innovation is performed outside of Europe. The increasing number of internationally co-authored scientific publications shows that research and innovation are strongly interlinked internationally.
Furthermore, global challenges are important drivers for research and innovation and have to be tackled in common efforts such as climate change, infectious diseases, food security and safety, etc. do not stop at national borders. Therefore, cooperating with partners beyond Europe becomes increasingly important for Public to Public Networks. However, in practice, it is not always easy to identify suitable cooperation partners, to build a good working basis despite large distances or to find a common approach across cultures. While some JPIs are well advanced in integration international partners in their activities, others, on the other hand, have not initiated any collaboration beyond Europe.
Following this event and its conclusions, during May 2016 three Horizon 2020 BILAT initiatives targeting Brazil, China and the USA have jointly approached the existing European Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and asked their interest and expectations towards these countries. The outcome of this survey showed that many of them are interested in outreach to and cooperation with Brazil, China and the USA at different levels.
As a result of this survey as well as dedicated work done within these 3 projects focusing on collaboration among funding agencies, this workshop is being organized jointly.
The objectives of this workshop are:
JPI Climate was represented by the Chair, Patrick Monfray to discuss future collaboration opportunities and the Executive Director of the Central Secretariat presented JPI Climate (presentation available here).