OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOING ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH IN THIRD COUNTRIES
05th of September 2011, Gdansk – Poland, Mercure Heveliusz Hotel, ul. Jan Heweliusza 22
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On September 05th and 06th, six Access4EU-projects participated at the International Conference on Environmental (Bio)Technologies in Gdansk to present the respective research systems and to foster the exchange between EU and Third country R&D stakeholders by participating in Face2Face meetings at the Brokerage Event. Six countries had been present: Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Russia and South Africa. Access4Eu was also present with an Infodesk which provided promotional materials, brochures and personal advice by A4EU-project members. During the presentations on September 5th over 50 people listened to the 15min presentations of the A4EU speakers who introduced their countries research landscape and presented the most interesting funding opportunities for EU-researchers. The A4EU-project and ist intentions and aims had been presented by Ms Christin Pfeiffer (Agency fort he promotion of European research) followed by the speakers presenting their respective countries: Ms Kogilam Iyer for South Africa, Ms Irina Sharova for Russia, Mr Ronan Miclet for Brazil, Mr Hand-Jörg Stähle for Australia, Ms Liz Prendergast for New Zealand and Mr André Isabelle for Canada. The whole Event had been organized by Patrick Ziegler of the Access2Canada project from DLR/Germany. Special thanks goes to the Canadian Ambassador to Poland - Mr Daniel Costello – who was present at the session and underlined in his speech the importance of research and especially international cooperation in R&D for all countries. After the Session the participants had the chance to network at the informal ‚get together’ – as usual the best opportunity to get in touch with the speakers and to lay the base for possible future collaborations. Tuesday, September 6th brought the chance for all participants to be part of the Brokerage Event organized by the Together NCP. About 120 Face2Face meetings took place and especially our colleagues from the Third Countries were busy answering and posing questions throughout the morning. This shows again the relevance of and the interested in the participating Countries research systems and institutions and the need to foster direct exchange between people from different cultural backgrounds as the basic factor for fruitful and sustainable research cooperation is trust which can only be established through personal contacts.
From left to right: NSERC speaker André Isabelle; Talks at Brokerage Event; Lobby and A4EU Infodesk.