Workshop 7: Open to the World and International Research Cooperation

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Central questions workshop 7: Open to the World and International Research Cooperation

  • What are the goals and topics of research and innovation cooperation between EU and third countries in the further development of the ERA?
  • What structures, instruments and measures can contribute to the success of international cooperation in research and innovation?
  • How can national, international and European approaches to cooperation between EU and third countries be linked?

This workshop was held in English.

Panel

Moderator:

  • Kerstin Cuhls, Research expert at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and Member of the 'Open to the World' advisory group, Member of the High Level Expert Group for Research, Innovation and Science Experts (RISE), a High-Level Advisory Body to Commissioner Moedas

Rapporteur:

  • Ronald de Bruin, Director of the COST Association (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)

Panel:

  • Dan Andree, Special Advisor to the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) and to the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research. He is the Chair of EUs Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC)
  • Ronald de Bruin, Director of the COST Association (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)
  • Kerstin Cuhls, Research expert at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and Member of the 'Open to the World' advisory group, Member of the High Level Expert Group for Research, Innovation and Science Experts (RISE), a High-Level Advisory Body to Commissioner Moedas
  • Effrosyni Chelioti, Head Research Policy & External Affairs of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF)
  • Olivier Steffen, Policy Officer for International S&T Cooperation with the French Ministry for Education and Research; National Contact Point for International Cooperation in Horizon 2020 and Representative of France in the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC)

Further information on the panellists (PDF)

Workshop description

The majority of the global knowledge is generated outside of Europe. International cooperation must ensure the greatest possible access to this knowledge potential for research and innovation processes in Europe. It is the only way that Europe can secure its global competitiveness in the long term. Effective international cooperation and networking with third countries in the area of research and innovation is also necessary to be able to tackle the grand societal challenges, to increase the attractiveness of the European Research Area (ERA) for talented minds and investors, and to ease access to new emerging markets.

A central component of this approach – besides a principal openness to international cooperation with third countries – is a closer partnership between Member States and the European Commission. Priorities for cooperation with third countries will be jointly identified in such a partnership, and coherent strategies for internationalisation will be drawn up to better coordinate national activities and instruments. The continuous realisation of the international dimension of the ERA with regard to third countries is a prerequisite to strengthen Europe’s research performance in the long-run and to develop its innovation capabilities further.

The workshop discussed the further shaping of the cooperation between the EU Member States and the European Commission with international partners. An outlook to the future development of the third country cooperation was given. The implications of the recently published "Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World – a vision for Europe" by the European Commission was also considered. Further aspects of the discussion were: The framework conditions of international cooperation, the structures and instruments for the successful implementation of the cooperation, the selection of countries and topics for third country cooperation and an analysis of the significant drop in participation of third countries in Horizon 2020 compared to the 7th Research Framework Programme.