Project Partners


The University of Canterbury (UC) was estabilished nin 1873 and is a public institution that is funded through a combination of government grants, student fees and research income. Canterbury is known as a research leader both nationally and internationally in many different fields. The University is comprised of 5 Colleges and 5 university-wide Research Centres (including the NCRE). The NCRE, based at the University of Canterbury (UC), constitutes New Zealand's leading EU-dedicated tertiary level centre. Established in 2002, the NCRE is a multi-disciplinary centre focusing on research on European Union (EU), and Europe-related topics.

Contact: Frendehl Warner

Coordinator: Prof. Martin Holland


The Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) is an independent, national academy of sciences, a federation of some 60 scientific and technological societies, and individual members. They promote science and technology in schools, in industry and in society. The RSNZ administers several funds for research, science and technology; publish science journals; offers advice to Government; and fosters international scientific contract and cooperation. As part of these roles, it administers the Marsden Fund, which is the primary funding scheme to support excellent, researcher-initiated, primarily fundamental, research in New Zealand. The RSNZ membership currently comprises over 1500 members and 423 elected fellows, plus nine regional branches, and 58 constituent scientists, technologists and technicians in New Zealand.

Contact: Jason Gush


The International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) implements, on behalf of the BMBF, a wide range of international cooperation activities. The IB is part of the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which is the largest funding agency working for the BMBF and other governmental bodies. It provides direct services to the Ministry and also administers BMBF support for German Universities, public research institutions and industries to identify and develop international links in strategic fields of mutual interest. The IB is preparing joint research activities in strategic fields of common interest, linked to national and European research funding programmes. It supports bilateral cooperation programmes in S&T with approximately 50 countries around the world in order to facilitate the preparation and implementation of international cooperation of German institutions. For these programmes BMBF provides an annual budget of approximately €10million. In addition, IB coordinates a number of accompanying measures to set up a framework for the stimulation of future cooperation in close cooperation with BMBF. The International Bureau currently participates in a number of EU projects for setting up frameworks for international cooperation, e.g. SEE-ERA-NET (Western Balkans), EULANEST (Latin America) and CO-REACH (China). The IB is involved in all current INCO-Net projects and co-ordinates the SEA-EU-NET (INCO-NET with South-East-Asia).

Contact: Hans-Jörg Stähle


Sigma Orionis is a private and independent company founded in 1984 and based since then in the Sophia Antipolis science park in France. Sigma Orionis specialises in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with a focus on Science and Technology (S&T) and mainly involved in international projects, providing research labs, companies, and institution active in the ICT domain worldwide with services such as business intelliugence, technology assessements and product definition, market research reports and industry analysis, business and cooperation events, back office operations of associations and alliances, EU-funded project definition and management, etc. Sigma Orionis is a member of several European Technology Platforms (ETP) in the ICT domain (Net!Works, ISI, NEM, NESSI) and is involved in the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) flagship initiative launched in 2008 under the aegis of the EC. Sigma Orionis has been, and is still involved in projects funded by the EC under the FP5, FP6 and FP7, either as a partner or a coordinator. In particular, Sigma Orionis has been coordinating several projects funded by DG INFSO or DG RESEARCH aiming at supporting the development of S&T cooperation on ICT between Europe and other countries or regions of the world (China, Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, Latin America, Africa and New Zealand).

Contact: Karine Valin