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EULAC-FOCUS Newsletter - July Issue 31st July 2017

This newsletter presents the work carried out under Work Package 4 - Scientific Dimension.

The purpose of WP 4 “Scientific dimension” is to analyse the past and current bi-regional relations in Science, Technology and Innovation across all levels in order to identify common drivers and challenges on every level. Through the results and outcomes, a comprehensive picture of the bi-regional STI collaboration will be developed, which will support the formulation of policy recommendations for this dimension.

To find out more about WP4 news, results, photos, images and videos please visit the website on 

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Analyzing EU-LAC bi-regional scientific collaboration through co-publications

Full report by Joan Baltà and Simone Belli, School of Design Engineering and Innovation, Yachay Tech can be downloaded from the EULAC-FOCUS website on

Cooperation in science has become increasingly important due to research networks and a shared vision that key societal challenges can only be addressed through science cooperation. Mapping bi-regional scientific collaboration demands multiple approaches to obtain a picture as complete as possible. The research conducted for Work Package 4 - Scientific dimension of EEULAC-FOCUS and the report written by Joan Baltà and Simone Belli sets out to analyze scientific publications listed by the Web of Science database which involves authors from EULAC countries between 2005 and 2016.

We have used the data analysis tool for Web of Science to obtain registers per country, years of publication and research areas for each sample. We have also considered the type of document, language, and organization for the EULAC sample. The registers have been analyzed with VOSviewer drawing a net of links among countries to identify starred countries and the strongest links of the net. 

The data obtained shows an evolving network of scientists of 214 different countries and territories. EULAC collaboration is not only a matter of EU28 and LAC countries; it involves many other countries, especially the US. EULAC scientific collaboration will become harder and harder to separate from the whole scientific network that scientists from all countries are already building. In summary, it highlights the building of a global scientific collaboration network in which the role of the 28 European countries and the United States is crucial for the scientific development of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The full paper can be downloaded on and an animated version can be viewed from our Youtube account on 

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This year’s SOM took place in March 2017 in Brussels. It was co‐led by the European Commission (EC) and the CELAC pro‐tempore presidency of El Salvador. The main aim of the SOM was to present the progress made in implementing the CRA and discuss newly upcoming thematic priorities for the bi‐regional cooperation.

EULAC-FOCUS was represented at the SOM meeting by DLR Project Management Agency, Germany who participated in the major discussions and outcomes of the EU‐CELAC SOM 2017, to outline what EULAC Focus offers to implement the Common Research Area efficiently.

A full article, reporting on those discussions, has been published on the EULAC-FOCUS website on page

The article points out in particular how EULAC-FOCUS can contribute :

  • to the new EU-CELAC R&I policy advice initiative by giving valuable background information in order to better understand how to contextualize national and regional objectives in the CELAC region, 
  • to academic networks and mobility schemes by identifying key actors and networks, instruments and schemes of (bi‐regional) academic cooperation as well as
    of patterns and trends of (bi‐) regional mobility of researchers,
  • to international outreach of research infrastructure, by conducting a scientific analysis of the current national RI landscapes and processes, in order to better understand the national and regional dynamics regarding RI policy development and implementation in CELAC and to identify pilot initiatives of bi‐regional interest to explore opportunities for connectivity and up‐scaling,
  • to increased thematic cooperation to address global challenges by disseminating relevant information and outcomes in all directions in order to create a higher visibility and improve the dialogues between EU and CELAC Science, Technology and Innovation actors on all levels.

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WP4 Scientific Dimension Update

The scientific cooperation between the EU and CELAC builds on a strong tradition of exchanges and links between individual researchers from both regions, dating back from the rise of scientific development in Latin America and the Caribbean during the last century. “The scientific dimensions” of EULAC Focus (WP 4) tries to create a comprehensive picture of the past and ongoing  bi-regional STI collaboration, which will support the formulation of policy recommendations for future activities between the 2 regions.

In the last year, WP 4 progressed significantly in the conduction of a mapping study of scientific publications on bi-regional STI collaboration and the analysis of the STI policy dialogue and its development over the last decade.

A former important step was made in the area of Research Infrastructures: A close cooperation with the newly founded Senior Officials Meeting Research Infrastructure working group was established and consultations on how to support them by conducting the interviews with key players from the area were initiated. The discussions will be deepened in the upcoming hot topic web conference.

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Meetings & Events

Participation of EULAC-FOCUS team member in the following events in the past or the near future:

For more information please visit 

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