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EULAC-FOCUS Newsletter - June Issue 28th June 2017

EULAC Focus intends to propose a new strategic and more focused framework for the cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU-CELAC relations. These three dimensions are intertwined by common challenges. Therefore, research into them must be cross fertilized by “Cross-cutting / trans-sectorial research pathways”.

This newsletter presents the work carried out under Work Package 2 - Cross-cutting / trans-sectorial research pathways.

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Interview with Dr Peter Birle of IAI: Cross-Cutting Pathways and Research Strategies

WP2: Cross-Cutting pathways

I can see from the deliverable 2.5 synthesis report that you have identified ‘Mobility, Diversity, Inequality and Sustainability’ as the key cross-cutting topics, could you explain why?

The four key cross-cutting topics were not selected by our Work Package alone, but by all project partners. A fundamental decision about the topics to be worked had already been taken during the preparation of the application. After the approval of the project this was then specified by all partners during the opening workshop in Madrid 2016 and further discussed during the workshops in Berlin and Quito. The selection of the cross-cutting topics was guided by four criteria: Firstly, they are paradigmatic key concepts encapsulating a broader spectrum of themes and problems. Secondly, they address significant aspects of the social, the scientific and the cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations between the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). This means that they are pertinent to all three dimensions of bi-regional relations considered in the project. Thirdly, they are of strategic relevance for the EU-CELAC bi-regional agenda and play also an important role within the UN framework. And last but not least, there is a need for a systematic and more differentiated analysis of these cross-cutting issues with regard to the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of EU-CELAC relations and taken altogether, in order to comprehend their interlinkages better. In this sense the analysis of the selected cross-cutting issues makes a contribution to overcome blind spots in our understanding of EU-CELAC relations. It is important to point out that the four cross-cutting topics are not only analysed individually for the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of the EU-CELAC bi-regional relations. In addition, overlaps and interconnections between mobility, inequality, diversity and sustainability are explored.

You have also identified 7 ‘cross-cutting pathways’ questions, how did you bring it down to these 7 questions?

First of all, together with our Work Package 2 Co-Leader, the University of São Paulo Support Foundation, we thought about which questions could be made in a meaningful way with regard to the cross-cutting pathways. The questions were then presented to the other project partners and to the external experts that are members of the Trans-Sectorial Board. To this extent, these are questions which have been shared by all. The basic guiding principle was to ask questions that contribute to a better and more differentiated understanding of EU-CELAC relations. First and foremost, we want to identify through the lens of the key cross-cutting topics significant similarities and differences between the EU and CELAC in the cultural, scientific and social dimension of their relations. Furthermore, the questions are intended to identify where and in which sense one region could learn from the other.

Could you talk me through each of the 7 questions, one by one?

Of course, but it seems most sensible to do this for each of the cross-cutting topics and also briefly explain how these have been defined. So let's start with mobility. We understand mobility as the spatial movement of people and knowledge between Europe and Latin America/the Caribbean. Beyond knowledge, values, worldviews and experiences are mobilized and circulate across the Atlantic. The mobilization of people may be temporary or long-term (e.g. labour migration). When analysing the mobility of people in all three dimensions we will find that depending on the context key groups of actors change (e.g. in the scientific dimension, students, post-docs, senior researchers; or in the social dimension workers carrying out health- or child-care services). We will also see that the digital transformation produces new patterns of mobility beyond institutional and national borders. In the analysis of mobility we focus on the following key questions: How is mobility addressed in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations? How has this changed in the time period considered (1999-2018)? To what extent and how does mobility have an impact on the cultural, scientific, and social dimensions of bi-regional relations? What are the main achievements, what are the main challenges regarding mobility in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations?  Are the existing funding instruments and formats adequate to foster social, scientific and cultural mobility between the EU and CELAC? Which additional instruments and formats would be necessary to enhance mobility?

The second cross-cutting topic is inequality. We define inequality on two analytic levels. On the one hand, we address inequalities between countries and among regions. On the other, there are inequalities between individuals and social groups that can be defined as a disparity among individuals, social groups and institutions, in time and space, that create a hierarchy of access to socially-relevant and economically important goods (income, wealth, etc.) and power resources (rights, political participation, political power, etc.). Beyond the traditional emphasis on class differences and unequal distribution of income, we also consider inequalities of gender, class, ethnicity and the interrelations among these social categories. In the analysis of inequality we focus on the following key questions: How is inequality addressed in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations? How has this changed in the time period considered? How and to what extent does inequality have an impact on the cultural, scientific, and social dimensions of bi-regional relations? What specific roles do cultural, scientific and social relations between EU and LAC play in fostering social inclusion and reducing social inequalities within and between the two regions? What are main achievements, what are main challenges regarding inequality in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations? What are commonalities and differences concerning strategies to address social inequalities and enhance social inclusion? What could both regions learn from each other?

The third cross-cutting topic, diversity, is recognized by us on two dimensions: On the one hand, cultural diversity, which encompasses diversity in terms of cultural norms, values forms of knowledge, and practices. It also includes differences spanning gender, age, and ethnicity, as well as the interconnections between these social categories. On the other, biological diversity which refers not only to a diversity of living species in ecosystems and to their complexity. Both dimensions are mutually interdependent when it comes to wellbeing and sustainability. With regard to this topic, we also ask how it is addressed in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations, how has this changed in the time period considered, to what extent and how it does have an impact on the cultural, scientific, and social dimensions of bi-regional relations und what are main achievements and the main challenges regarding this topic in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations.

The fourth cross-cutting topic is sustainability. At the core of the concept are the interconnections between economic growth, environmental health and social wellbeing. Sustainable development has been a mainstay concept and goal of the social and environmental international agenda from the late 1980s until the present. In the social and cultural areas, the concept of sustainability addresses transformations related to development dynamics, highlighting interdependencies between spatial scales (local, national, regional and global scales) and temporal frames (past, present and future). In the scientific dimension sustainability is more directly addressed as the durability and resilience of ecological rather than eco-social systems, and is increasingly brought into close connection with the implementation of particular technologies that are associated with sustainable practices. The questions we ask with regard to this topic are once more how it has been addressed in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations, how has this changed in the time period considered, what are main achievements and main challenges regarding the issue in the social, scientific and cultural dimensions of bi-regional relations and to what extent and how sustainability does have an impact on the cultural, scientific, and social dimensions of bi-regional relations.

How do you expect the WP3, 4 and 5 to respond to use your conclusions?

It is not simply that the other Work Packages should react to our conclusions. The whole interplay between the different WPs is giving and taking. Our Work Package fosters the interdisciplinary treatment of trans-sectorial pathways and feeds into the analysis of the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of EU – CELAC bi-regional relations. We also see our task in synthesizing the outcomes regarding the cross-cutting topics provided by the thematic pillars WP3, 4, and 5. Thus, WP2 will promote knowledge exchange, close interconnections and feedback loops between WP3, 4, and 5 in order to mutually reinforce those thematic Work Packages and provide a targeted input to the vision-building process of WP6. Results from the analysis of the cross-cutting topics of the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of the bi-regional relationship will be taken into account in the scenario building process, which addresses key factors, trends and uncertainties that will most probably shape and determine the future of EU-CELAC relations.

The Synthesis Report on Cross-Cutting Topics we delivered in December 2016 is work in progress. It summarizes the results of a first round of evaluating primary and secondary sources for two out of the three dimensions that have to be taken into account, the scientific and the social dimension. The evaluations and conclusions presented in the report are preliminary and can be expected to become more differentiated as the analysis evolves over time. Future versions of the document will also take the cultural dimension into account and will go into greater detail in reviewing and evaluating the content of political, policy and programme documents to the extent that they are relevant for analysing the cross-cutting topics. Thus far, no results from the other working packages were considered, but of course we hope to enrich our analysis through this material in future versions of the report.

How do you think this will then be used to improve bi-regional relations?

As you know, the main objective of the EULAC Focus project is that of “giving focus” to EU–CELAC bi-regional relations. The project pays special attention to the social, scientific and cultural dimensions, proposing a new strategic and more targeted framework for bi-regional relations. We hope that with our analyses, we can make a small contribution to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the bi-regional relations and finding areas that should be given special attention in the future.

The interview was conducted by Estelle Morris.

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WP2 - Cross-cutting Topics Update

In December 2016, Work Package 2 "Cross-cutting pathways", led by the Ibero-American Institute, Berlin, presented an updated version of the "Synthesis Report on Cross-cutting Topics". This version of the report analyses the four cross-cutting topics: mobility, inequality, diversity and sustainability for the scientific and social dimensions of the EU-CELAC bi-regional relations. Future versions will also take the cultural dimension into account. 

Looking into cooperation programmes and activities between the EU and LAC regions within the framework of the EULAC-FOCUS project (namely: Cultural, Scientific and Social dimensions), they have often been characterized by the participation of only some countries in each region. This is the case regarding scientific mobility in which four countries in Latin America carry a very high percentage of all participation. It is also the case for a frequent exclusion of the Caribbean, or of separate negotiation processes, such as is the case in the climate programmes, EUROCLIMA Programme between EU and Latin America on the one hand, and the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) programme between the EU and the Caribbean on the other.

A major institutional asymmetry in the EU-CELAC relationship is related to the fact that beyond the political dialogue, a large part of bi-regional relations is implemented through instruments to fund common programmes and activities which stem almost exclusively from the EU. There is a tendency to which funding dictates the format, the thematic priorities and outcomes.


Mobility is central to bi-regional relations between EU-CELAC in the field of science, technology and innovation.

Although specific motives and drivers for mobility are not necessarily the same on each side of the Atlantic and differ with regard to status groups, disciplines and interests, key factors for mobility include access to cutting edge science and complementary know-how, gaining entry to international technology markets, the valuation of skills, information, and insights concentrated in other countries, and access to funds from foreign institutions and foreign funding agencies.

A qualitative and strategic change in the bi-regional relationship with a significant effect on the mobility of information, knowledge and researchers is marked by the initiation of the Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation (JIRI), launched in 2010 at the Madrid Summit.



In the scientific dimension of bi-regional relations, diversity refers almost exclusively to biological diversity. Diversity in the sense of other types of knowledge, including traditional knowledge has been politically recognized but has not been addressed through scientific collaboration.

In the social dimension of LAC-EU bi-regional relations, diversity is defined through the lens of social cohesion and social inclusion, principally via programmes that seek the inclusion of diversity of the population considered as vulnerable — e.g., groups excluded on the basis of gender and ethnicity, or language. Diversity in the social dimension is therefore closely linked to social inequality.

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Interview with Dr. Barbara Göbel: Objectives and topics of EULAC Focus

Setting Course for the Future: A New Project to Study Relations between the EU, Latin America, and the Caribbean

What is the state of relations between EU and CELAC as regional blocs on either side of the Atlantic? This question is being explored by a team of experts in an EU project called EULAC Focus. Among those taking part is the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut.

March 2016 marked the launch of an international research project to study relations between two large regional blocs on either side of the Atlantic Ocean: the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). How do they differ? In which areas do they cooperate successfully? What can they learn from each other? An EU-funded project, “Giving Focus to the Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension of EU - CELAC relations – EULAC Focus“ (2016–2019), has brought researchers from nineteen institutions in both regions together in search of answers. We talked to Dr. Barbara Göbel, Director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (Ibero-American Institute), about the main themes of the project, the political importance of the diffusion of knowledge, and why a project on bi-regional relations that involves a variety of partners always involves building relationships.

Dr. Göbel, could you summarize the objectives of the EULAC Focus Project for us?

Relations between Europe, on the one hand, and Latin America and the Caribbean, on the other hand, are multifarious and are characterized by stability and great historical depth. Although a variety of stable forums for dialog have been established since the Europe-Latin America Summit in 1999, a more strategic orientation is needed for the future course of bi-regional relations. Our EU project aims to contribute to this and to provide the European Commission's policy-makers with a better theoretical basis for developing new programs.

Why does the title of your project mention the “Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension” in particular?

Up to now, researchers have always looked at these three important areas of bi-regional relations separately from each other. Both regions can learn from each other – not only in respect of politics and economics, but also society, culture, and science. Whereas we know quite a lot about academic exchange, this is not so much the case for social phenomena such as the migration of labor. Since 2008, for example, more EU citizens have emigrated to Latin America than the other way around. We aim to examine how this affects bi-regional relations.

How do you approach such a large range of topics?

We evaluate existing research results, combine existing studies, undertake new surveys in some areas ourselves, and draw new conclusions from them, which we then systematize. Our work here has a strong focus on bi-regional relations. The core period covers about twenty years since 1999, when the first EU-Latin America summit meeting was held.

In total, you are working with eighteen project partners. What role does the IAI play?

In addition to the administrative components, the project consists of three thematic pillars: culture, social issues, and science. These are cross-linked by two interdisciplinary areas. One of the areas is devoted to developing a strategic vision for bi-regional relations. In the other area, we focus on our thematic pillars from four different viewpoints: mobility, inequality, diversity, and sustainability. The IAI is coordinating the latter interdisciplinary area in collaboration with the Universidade de São Paulo.

On August 29, a panel discussion among the project members, open to the public, will be held in the IAI. The subject is “Mobility and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: The Challenges of Scientific Exchange Between the EU and CELAC.” What are the main topics for discussion?

For science, mobility and diversity are very important factors. Historically speaking, science has also been characterized by inequalities, also in the context of relations between the two regions. So, for example, we are investigating the role of diversity – i.e. cultural, ethnic, gender, and age differences – in scientific exchange between the EU and CELAC. We are also considering various types of mobility – the movement of people as well as the diffusion of ideas and knowledge. We are interested in the extent to which mobility reduces or reinforces inequalities in trans-regional scientific relations.

Where do inequalities exist in scientific exchange between the two regions?

Various differences exist between the two regions, relating to the level of investment in research and development, the scale and thematic diversity of grant-funding programs, the number of post-doc researchers, and the existence of knowledge infrastructures. The EU is well organized in these respects. That is not so much the case in Latin America and the Caribbean. In terms of infrastructures in particular, the Ibero-American Institute is a good example. Unlike the nationally focused libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean, we have a great range and historical depth of material relating to every country of the region. This means that if you are a Brazilian researcher, for example, wanting to do comparative studies or relate materials such as books, magazines, maps, and photos to each other, then you have to come to the IAI in Berlin.

As an anthropologist, you are also a scientist – what does the project mean for the IAI and you?

It definitely gives us greater experience. As part of the EU's “Horizon 2020” grant program, our project is very application-oriented. Our task is to lay the groundwork for future political measures. At the same time, it is an interdisciplinary project involving a variety of institutional partners and different administrative structures, so it is also a great learning environment. It is often said that EU projects are extremely bureaucratic. Of course, they do require a lot of communication and coordination. But why see that as such a negative thing? These projects train all of the participants to integrate cultural diversity into their daily work and help them to build up tried and tested networks. This is a huge gain for the IAI. We are now establishing contacts with institutions that we had not previously collaborated with at this level: research funding agencies, think tanks, and governmental bodies such as the Argentine Ministry of Science. I am excited that we will not only be producing knowledge jointly, but also learning from each other in the different ways that we work.

The interview was conducted by Silvia Faulstich.

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Auf Kurssuche: Neues Projekt erforscht Beziehungen zwischen EU, Lateinamerika und Karibik

Wie steht es um das Verhältnis der Staatenverbünde EU und CELAC beidseits des Atlantiks? Dies erforscht ein Expertenteam im EU-Projekt „EULAC Focus“. Mit dabei: das Ibero-Amerikanische Institut.

Im Zentrum eines internationalen Forschungsprojektes stehen seit März 2016 die Beziehungen zwischen zwei transatlantischen Großregionen: der Europäischen Union und der Gemeinschaft der Lateinamerikanischen und Karibischen Staaten (CELAC). Was trennt sie? Wo kooperieren sie erfolgreich? Was können sie voneinander lernen? In dem von der EU geförderten Projekt „Giving focus to the Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension of EU - CELAC relations – EULAC Focus“ (2016-2019) suchen Wissenschaftler aus 19 Institutionen beider Regionen gemeinsam nach Antworten. Wir sprachen mit Dr. Barbara Göbel, Direktorin des Ibero-Amerikanischen Instituts, über die Themen des Projekts, die politische Bedeutung von wanderndem Wissen und darüber, warum ein Projekt über bi-regionale Beziehungen mit einer Vielfalt an Partnern immer auch Beziehungsarbeit ist.

Frau Göbel, wie lassen sich die Ziele des EULAC Focus Projekts in aller Kürze beschreiben?

Die Beziehungen zwischen Europa einerseits, Lateinamerika und der Karibik anderseits sind vielfältig und durch eine große historische Tiefe und Stabilität geprägt. Obwohl seit dem Europa-Lateinamerika-Gipfel 1999 verschiedene, stabile Foren des Dialogs geschaffen wurden, bedarf es einer strategischeren Orientierung für die Zukunft der bi-regionalen Beziehungen. Hierzu möchte das EU-Projekt einen Beitrag leisten und den Entscheidungsträgern der Europäischen Kommission eine bessere wissenschaftliche Basis für die Entwicklung neuer Programme liefern.

Warum stehen gerade „soziale, wissenschaftliche und kulturelle Dimensionen“ als Themen in Ihrem Projekttitel?

Bislang wurden diese drei wichtigen Bereiche der bi-regionalen Beziehungen in der Forschung immer getrennt voneinander betrachtet. Nicht nur im politischen oder wirtschaftlichen, sondern auch im sozialen, kulturellen und wissenschaftlichen Kontext können beide Regionen voneinander lernen. Während wir relativ viel über den wissenschaftlichen Austausch wissen, ist dies für die soziale Dimension, z.B. die Arbeitsmigration nicht so sehr der Fall. Seit 2008 wandern etwa mehr Bürger aus der EU nach Lateinamerika aus, als umgekehrt. Wir wollen untersuchen, wie sich dies auf die bi-regionalen Beziehungen auswirkt.“

Wie geht man an ein so großes Spektrum von Themen heran?

Wir werten vorhandene Forschungsergebnisse aus, verknüpfen existierende Studien, führen in Teilen auch selbst neue Erhebungen durch und entwickeln daraus neue Erkenntnisse, die wir systematisieren. Hierbei geht es uns vor allem um die bi-regionalen und nicht um die bi-nationen transatlantischen Beziehungen. Der Kernzeitraum umfasst ca. 20 Jahre seit dem ersten EU-Lateinamerika-Gipfel 1999.

Insgesamt arbeiten Sie mit 18 Projektpartnern zusammen. Welche Rolle hat das IAI?

Das Projekt besteht neben den administrativen Komponenten aus drei inhaltlichen Säulen: Kultur, Soziales, und Wissenschaft. Diese werden durch zwei Querschnittsbereiche miteinander verknüpft. Ein Querschnittsbereich entwickelt eine strategische Vision für die bi-regionalen Beziehungen. In dem anderen Querschnittsbereich schauen wir ausgehend von den vier Fokusthemen Mobilität, Ungleichheit, Diversität und Nachhaltigkeit auf unsere inhaltlichen Säulen. Diesen zweiten Querschnittsbereich koordiniert das IAI zusammen mit der Universidade de São Paulo.

Am 29. August findet im IAI eine öffentliche Gesprächsrunde der Projektmitglieder statt. Dabei geht es um „Mobilität und die Geopolitik des Wissens: Herausforderungen des wissenschaftlichen Austauschs zwischen der EU und CELAC“. Welche Aspekte stehen dabei im Mittelpunkt?

Für die Wissenschaft sind Mobilität und Diversität sehr wichtige Faktoren. Historisch gesehen ist Wissenschaft, auch bezogen auf die Beziehungen zwischen den beiden Regionen, aber auch durch Ungleichheiten geprägt. Wir untersuchen deshalb beispielsweise die Rolle von Diversität – d.h. kulturelle, ethnische, geschlechtliche und Alters-Unterschiede – beim wissenschaftlichen Austausch zwischen EU und CELAC. Auch berücksichtigen wir verschiedene Arten von Mobilität– sowohl die Bewegung von Personen, als auch die Wanderung von Ideen und Wissen. Uns interessiert, inwieweit Mobilität Ungleichheiten in den transregionalen Wissenschaftsbeziehungen verringert oder verstärkt.

Wo gibt es Ungleichheiten im wissenschaftlichen Austausch zwischen beiden Regionen?

Bei Investitionen in Forschung und Entwicklung, der Höhe und thematischen Vielfalt von Förderprogrammen, der Anzahl an promovierten Wissenschaftlern und der Existenz von Wissensinfrastrukturen gibt es Unterschiede zwischen beiden Regionen. Die EU ist in dieser Hinsicht gut organisiert. Im Fall Lateinamerikas und der Karibik trifft das nicht so sehr zu. Gerade hinsichtlich der Infrastrukturen ist das Ibero-Amerikanische Institut ein gutes Beispiel. Anders als die national geprägten Bibliotheken in Lateinamerika und der Karibik haben wir Materialen zu allen Ländern dieser Region in großer Vielfalt und historischer Tiefe. Das heißt, wenn Sie beispielsweise als brasilianischerWissenschaftler vergleichend arbeiten möchten oder Materialien wie Bücher, Zeitschriften, Landkarten, Fotos etc. miteinander verknüpfen wollen, dann müssen sie nach Berlin ins IAI kommen.

Sie sind als Ethnologin selbst Wissenschaftlerin – was bedeutet das Projekt für das IAI und Sie?

Es ist definitiv ein Erfahrungsgewinn. Als Teil des EU-Förderprogramms „Horizont 2020“ ist unser Projekt sehr anwendungsbezogen. Wir haben den Auftrag, Grundlagen für künftige politische Maßnahmen zu schaffen. Gleichzeitig ist es ein interdisziplinäres Projekt mit vielfältigen Partnerinstitutionen und unterschiedlichen Verwaltungsstrukturen und somit ein großartiger Lernraum. Es wird oft gesagt, EU-Projekte seien extrem bürokratisch. Natürlich erfordern sie viel Kommunikation und Koordination. Aber warum sollte man das so negativ sehen? Diese Projekte trainieren alle Beteiligten, kulturelle Vielfalt in die tägliche Arbeit zu integrieren und helfen dabei, praxiserprobte Netzwerke aufzubauen. Für das IAI ist das ein großer Gewinn. Wir treten nun in Kontakt zu Institutionen, mit denen wir so noch nicht kooperiert haben – Forschungsförderern, Think Tanks, oder Regierungseinrichtungen wie das argentinische Wissenschaftsministerium. Ich bin gespannt darauf, wie wir nicht nur gemeinsam Wissen produzieren, sondern auch in unseren Arbeitsweisen voneinander lernen werden.


Das Interview führte Silvia Faulstich.

Teil des vom 29. bis 31. August 2016 in Berlin stattfindenden Workshops des EU geförderten Projektes „Giving focus to the Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension of EU - CELAC relations – EULAC Focus“ (2016-2019) ist als öffentliche Veranstaltung der Roundtable „Mobility and the Geopolitics of Knowledge: Challenges of the Scientific Exchange between EU and CELAC“ am 29. August 2016 im Ibero-Amerikanischen Institut. Veranstalter sind das IAI und der DLR Projektträger (Bonn), ein Teil des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt.

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First hot topic web conference now live

The road to a common language, EULAC FOCUS Project’s First Web conference on Research Infrastructures ran by the EULAC-FOCUS project took place on 13th June 2017. The aim of the activity was to exchange lessons learned, common considerations and challenges between the CELAC and the European Union.

The speakers for the event were:

Fernando Amestoy, Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Uruguay - CELAC leader of the SOM Working Group.
Gerd Rücker - InRoad Project representative.
Margarida Ribeiro - EC representative in ESFRI project.
Moderator: Mónica Silenzi, ALCUE NET Project Coordinator / Ramon Torrent, EULAC FOCUS Coordinator

The event was a success with 25 participants online and some really good questions and discussion on the subject of research infrastructures and the different initiatives on going from Europe & the potential synergies/ lessons learnt for CELAC.

It engaged EC representatives and participant from European and CELAC countries as a preliminary dialogue on this important topic. It also engaged new stakeholders to the project (e.g. MEC from Uruguay, SENESCYT from Panamá, CNPq Brazil, among others). It is also worth noting that this activity was coordinated by 3 on-going EC projects : EULAC FOCUS, ALCUE NET & ERANET LAC.

Further Hot Topics web confeerences will be organised in due course. The full programme will be published on In the meantime, the recording of the web conference has now been published live on the EULAC-FOCUS Youtube channel on and can also be found on the Hot Topic section of the EULAC-FOCUS website on

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