Over 600 researchers from 47 countries across Europe and ASEAN attended a three-day information and matchmaking launch. The event, which ran from 20 to 22 July 2021, was geared towards initiating partnerships for projects funded under the European Union’s ‘Horizon Europe’ research programme.
The virtual event was opened by H.E. Igor Driesmans, EU Ambassador to ASEAN and H.E. Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community.
H.E. Ambassador Driesmans said, “COVID-19 has shown us that international collaboration in the field of research is now more crucial than ever. No country, no region can tackle these challenges alone. This is a principle that the research community has always known. Researchers have shown their belief in open science and innovation by sharing results and exchanging ideas in the international forum. Multilateralism and international collaboration are also at the heart of the 44 years of EU-ASEAN partnership.”
His words were echoed by Ms Nienke Buisman, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Global Approach & International Partnerships, European Commission, who delivered the keynote speech.
Ms Buisman said, “Closer global collaboration in research and innovation means that we will be stronger in jointly finding solutions to societal challenges such as climate change, pandemics, the digital transition and ageing societies. For the EU, international collaboration in research and innovation is a key priority.”
Noting the global scale of today’s challenges, including the current Covid-19 pandemic, H.E. Ambassador Singh commented, “The future of ASEAN depends on how effectively we marshal our collective knowledge, our expertise and our resources to deal with all these challenges moving forward.” Research collaboration between the research communities of the two regions, H.E. Ambassador Singh noted, has already led to great results in some of the thematic priority areas, for example, the EU-ASEAN High-Performance Computing School, which was facilitated by the EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI) in early July.
The €95.5 billion ‘Horizon Europe’ programme will run from 2021-2027. In addition to funding bottom-up research, 'Horizon Europe' is designed to focus on some of the world's biggest challenges, from cancer and climate change to the health of our cities and food supplies. It offers researchers in ASEAN the possibility to collaborate with large European projects, as well as to apply for generous grants available to individuals interested in spending part of their careers in Europe. It also presents opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators with breakthrough, disruptive ideas interested in scaling them up in Europe.
In his closing remarks Director Ho Quang Trung of the ASEAN Secretariat expressed his hope that the exchange between the research communities of ASEAN and Europe would lead to the development of innovative ideas to tackle current global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to support sustainable development and long-term resilience in the two regions.
The Horizon Europe Launch event ASEAN was organised by EURAXESS Worldwide, an initiative supported by the European Commission to promote international research collaboration, and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation.
Horizon Europe is an EU research and innovation programme. It has a budget of €95.5 billion, which marks an increase of 30% compared to its predecessor Horizon 2020. The programme will run from 2021 until 2027. Horizon Europe facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.
Horizon Europe funding is awarded based on calls for project proposals, which are published on the Funding and Tender’s Portal. The calls for proposals define the thematic areas for which funding is available and provide all criteria that need to be respected. They also include information on the total amount of budget available and the deadline for submitting a call.
International cooperation for bigger impact: strategic, open, and reciprocal
International cooperation in research and innovation is essential for tackling global challenges and to enable Europe to access resources, know-how,s scientific excellence, value chains and markets that are developing in other areas of the world. In May 2021, the European Commission presented a Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the European Union aims to deliver solutions and facilitate global responses to global challenges, based on multilateralism, openness and reciprocity.
Full details of the event including agenda, speakers’ details and event recordings are available on the EURAXESS ASEAN website.
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