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EULAC-FOCUS Facebook page

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We are pleased to announce that the EULAC-FOCUS project now has a Facebook page. You can find it on https://www.facebook.com/eulacfocus. Please visit the page and like it to be kept regularly informed of updates in the project. 


Brazilian EULAC-FOCUS project workshop

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The EULAC FOCUS Project workshop: “Brazil in the context of EU-CELAC relations” took place at IRI-USP Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil on 23 November 2017.

The main goals of the workshop were:

  • to present and disseminate to the Brazilian academic community the EULAC FOCUS Project and its current results
  • to analyse Brazil’s position in terms of institutionalised relationship in the political and legal context between EU and CELAC (and its LAC precursors).
  • to present the Brazilian vision and participation in the cultural, scientific, social relations and in the economic partnership developed between EU and LAC in the last decades.
  • to present researches developed inside the EU-LAC cooperation, with Brazilian participation, and its results.
  • to present the cooperation between the two regions in Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, with Brazilian participation.

Speakers emphasized the importance of an event discussing EU-CELAC relations as a great opportunity to explore possibilities for knowledge and research collaboration between the two regions.

It is within this context that Ms Barbara Göbel of IAI, leader of WP2 transectrial pathways of EULAC-FOCUS presented the project to the workshop participants, explaining that the project goes beyond classical relation between universities, bridging universities with institutions such as Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Innovación Productiva (MINCYT) from Argentina, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Zentrum fur Soziale Innovation (ZSI) from Austria, bringing networks of universities which creates a poli-logic experience. Projects looking at EU-CELAC relations usually analyse the Science Policies between the regions from an economic point of view. EULAC-FOCUS is set apart by focusing on three dimensions: scientific, cultural (which is very fragmented and less developed) and social (as an example, migration).

Presentations were also made by:

  • Prof. Paulo Roberto Feldmann, FEA USP (Faculty of Economics and Administration of the University of São Paul) and Fudan Latin America University Consortium on “Central Europe and Latin America: two very similar regions that should complement more”
  • Dr.Paulo Siqueira,CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) on “the Potentials and challenges of EU-CELAC relation on R&I”

After round table discussions focussing on the importance of internationalisation and where the focus of current efforts from the EU lie, the workshop finished with reflections on how EU and CELAC can improve collaboration and participants pointed out that the discussions presented in the event were very important to disseminate crucial knowledge to widen collaboration.

Video recording of the workshop can be found on the project Youtube page on: https://youtu.be/ITBtR5YC6dA. The full report can be downloaded here. Photos of the event can be viewed on the project Instagram page on: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/


The scenario buiding exercise

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The objective of the scenario building process is to stimulate the development of a common vision and an action plan/roadmap for renewed cooperation in the fields of cutural, scientific and social relations through the upgrading of the bilateral relation and the provision of a clearer strategic orientation.

Through this exercise EULAC Focus very ambitiously intends to go beyond any project, initiative or political dialogue that to date has been implemented to underpin the EU-CELAC partnership.

The scenario building process must be instrumental to the development of policy recommendations, which is expected to be one of the key outputs of the EULAC Focus project.

The scenario building exercise took place during the 4th EULAC-FOCUS workshop in Buenos Aires on 8th and 9th November 2017 and was based upon an iterative process that builded on existing work.

During the workshop the team agreed on a shared framework through the identification and validation of Key Forces/Trends and Uncertainties and using the selection criteria plausible, structurally different, internally consistent, have decision-making utility and be challending to conventional thinking:

  • Identified the major features of available EU and LAC scenarios
  • Discarded combinations of scenarios considered non-relevant and/or repetitive
  • Selected three combined scenarios to be developed in more detail during the first semester of 2018

What happens next:

Following a preliminary group discussion of the implications of each of the three selected scenario for the three dimensions relevant to EULAC-Focus that took place during the workshop in Buenos Aires, the team is expected to work on identifiying more detailed implications for each of the policy domains and developing a storyline/plot for each scenario on the basis of specialised inputs.


Diagnosis and Strategies for empowering cultural relations between EU and LAC

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The EULAC-Focus Project held from 7 to 10 November in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires, its 4th project workshop. The meeting started on day 1 with a meeting of the WP3, cultural dimension team and invited guests from across Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe to discuss the qualitative analysis of the questionnaire on the diagnostic of the cultural relation between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean and the questionnaire on the strategies for strenthening the relations between the two regions. 

The first questionnaire was sent earlier this year to circa 700 experts (with 160 answers) with the second sent to those who had agreed to receive the second and had previously received and read the report from the first questionnaire (this time with 73 answers) affording them the opportunity to review their original answers and answer further questions. The experts consulted originated from 44 different countries, from a vast set of target groups giving the team answers from very different perspectives in relation to what is the diagnosis and what could be the strategies for empowering cultural relations between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The seminar that took place on the 7th November in Buenos Aires was the last stage of the DELPHI methodology for questionnaires review, where specific questions where reviewed in response to both the questionnaire reports, in parallel sessions, allowing the team to discuss very enriching ideas and suggestions in small groups. 

Attendees included very high level experts, including two former deputy ministers of culture (from Brazil and Argentina), the Director of the Cultural Observatory of Chile, the Director of the British Council in the Americas, the Director of the Goethe Institute in Buenos Aires, the director of the Cultural Institute of Italy and the director of the EULAC Foundation, all experts in the field of culture in Europe and Latin Americans and Caribbean countries.

Their insight and expertise will help the EULAC-FOCUS team to put together the high impact actions for encouraging and enlarging cultural relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information, please see the storify story of the full event on https://storify.com/EULAC_FOCUS/4th-workshop. To view a video presentation of the objectives and achievements of the meeting, in English see https://youtu.be/FZimATjzJYU, in Spanish, see https://youtu.be/h9z4xwgE4Ss. Photographs can also be found on our instagram account on: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/.


4th EULAC-Focus project event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 7th - 10th November 2017

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The EULAC-Focus Project of the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, held from 7 to 10 November in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires, its 4th project workshop. The meeting brought together all the participants in the project, including project partners and trans-sectorial board members. This was the opportunity for the project team not only to analyze the progress of the planned programming in the different lines of work, but also to work together on building the scenarios in which the prospects for renewed cooperation in the areas of cutural, scientifc and social relations between the European Union and the community of Latin American and Caribbean States could be examined.

The EULAC-FOCUS meeting started on day 1 with a meeting of the WP3, cultural dimension team and invited guests from across Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe to discuss the qualitative analysis of the questionnaires on the diagnostic of the cultural relation between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean and the questionnaires on the strategies for strenthening the relations between the two regions.

Finally the EULAC-Focus Project and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCYT) together with the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) also organised on 8th November 2017 a public meeting entitled "Gender and Transnational Knowledge Networks: Status and Participation in the international scientific exchange" chaired by Guillermina D’Onofrio (National Director of Programmes and Projects de la Red Argentina de Género, Ciencia y Tecnología), that heard presentations from a number of previous projects and saw passionate discussions on a subject that is very topical nowadays.

We look forward to our next meeting in Vienna, Austria in June 2018.

For more information, please see the storify story of the full event on https://storify.com/EULAC_FOCUS/4th-workshop. To view a video presentation of the objectives and achievements of the meeting, in English see https://youtu.be/FZimATjzJYU, in Spanish, see https://youtu.be/h9z4xwgE4Ss. Photographs can also be found on our instagram account on: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/.


4th EULAC-Focus project event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 7th - 10th November 2017

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The EULAC-Focus Project partners will be meeting next week in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires, for the 4th technical project meeting. The meeting will provide continuity and analyze the progress of the planned programming in the different lines of work.

for more information please see http://eulac-focus.net/events/Buenos-Aires-EULAC-FOCUS-Meeting/ 

Public meeting, "Gender and Transnational Knowledge Networks: Status and Participation in the international scientific exchange" 

8th November 2017, 18h30 - Library of C3 Institue, MINCYT, Buenos Aires

The EULAC-Focus Project and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MINCYT) together with the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) are pleased to invite you to attend the public meeting entitled "Gender and Transnational Knowledge Networks: Status and Participation in the international scientific exchange" to be held on 8th November 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Argentine capitale.

The event will be held at the Cultural Center of Science, C3, of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation on 8th November at 6:30 p.m.

Overview: The issue of gender equity is not an issue outside the world of science and technology; although women have a percentage of participating in research, female scientists are mostly at the base of the pyramid, and those who occupy the highest positions continue to be men. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, women make up only 30% of the world's workforce in research and experimental development (R & D); but, in addition, the way of collecting data on the field of Science Technology and Innovation makes invisible the issues, problems and responsibilities of women.

In this sense, EU LAC FOCUS Public Session will consist on a Panel will discuss around the role of female researchers in international scientific cooperation, specifically in their status and full participation in Transnational Knowledge Networks.

Some of the questions to be discussed will be: Which is the role of female researchers’ in international scientific cooperation? What are the main challenges of female researchers within knowledge Networks?

The panel will include an introduction with regards of the approach of crosscutting issues of EU LAC Focus and also a brief overview of UNESCO Project SAGA, whose main objective is to provide governments and policy makers with a variety of tools to reduce the global gender gap that exists today at all levels of education and research. This short overview will be followed by the discussions to discuss around the up above-mentioned questions.

Speakers:

  • Dra. Hebe Vessuri. (Investigadora Principal del CONICET, Premio John Bernal).
  • Dra. Erica Hynes, (Secretaria De Ciencia Y Técnica De La UNL)
  • Dra. Barbara Gobel (Director, IAI).

Patricia Goméz, (Secretaria de Investigaciones de la Red Argentina de Género, Ciencia y Tecnología).

Please register to attend on :
www.eulac-focus.net/events/buenos-aires-meeting/register-for-public-event/ 


Cumbre Académica y del Conocimiento de la EULAC, El Salvador, 5 y 6 de octubre de 2017

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La Cumbre Académica y del Conocimiento de la EULAC, "Hacia la construcción de un espacio común Euro-latinoamericano y Caribeño de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación" tuvo lugar los días 5 y 6 de octubre de 2017 en la Universidad de El Salvador, con el apoyo de instituciones, incluyendo el Consejo Permanente de Consejos de Rectores, EUA, CSUCA, AUGM, UNICA, ENLACES y UDUAL. La Cumbre del Conocimiento también contó con el pleno apoyo de las dos Copresidencias de las Cumbres de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno de la UE-CELAC, así como de la Fundación EULAC.

Al evento asistieron más de 500 participantes de Europa, América Latina, Caribe y ponentes de alto nivel, como el Canciller y Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de El Salvador, Hugo Martínez; el Embajador de la UE en El Salvador, Andreu Bassols y el Rector de la Universidad de El Salvador, Roger Armando Arias.

El proyecto EULAC-Focus, uno de los principales patrocinadores de la Cumbre, estuvo representado en El Salvador por varias de sus organizaciones asociadas. El coordinador del proyecto, Ramón Torrent, intervino en diversos espacios y en particular en la Mesa redonda Marco Institucional Birregional titulada "Impulsando la cooperación birregional desde una perspectiva institucional: El papel de los proyectos estructurales y la cooperación entre Asociaciones y Redes".

El Director de YT-IN Research, Yachay Tech, Ecuador y Codirector del Paquete de Trabajo 4 del EULAC Focus, Simone Belli, moderó una de las sesiones del Panel Temático "Construcción de un Espacio Común Euro-Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación", así como habló sobre el tema de “La contribución de las universidades al desarrollo territorial". La responsable de Proyectos de DLR de Alemania, y Coordinadora de la línea de Trabajo 4 del proyecto EULAC Focus, Sophie von Knebel, participó en el Panel Temático paralelo sobre el "Aporte de las universidades en la agenda 2030: vínculo entre los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y la educación superior", moderado y también uno de los miembros de la Junta Transectorial del proyecto, Moacyr Martucci.

Finalmente, la Secretaria Técnico-Científica del IILA, Italia y una de las socias del proyecto, Florencia Paoloni, actuó como ponente en la Mesa Redonda del Marco Institucional Birregional, y en Paneles Temáticos Paralelos. La Sra. Paola Amadei, Directora Ejecutiva de de la Junta Transectorial y Directora Ejecutiva de la Fundación EU-LAC, participó como ponente en una de las ponentes de la ceremonia de clausura.

Por otra parte, asistió al evento en el marco de las relaciones de los programas de Educación Superior de la OEI, el Director de la Oficina en El Salvador, Roberto Cuellar y el Secretario Técnico del CAEU, Hugo Camacho.

 

Para más información sobre el evento, así como Tweets y fotos, consultar: https://storify.com/EULAC_FOCUS/eulac-focus-participation-at-the-eulac-academic-an. Las fotografías del evento están disponibles:  https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/ y se publicarán los videos en breve en el espacio del canal YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNX5iwzLUT6NTv7Zg_fv-Gg 


Cúpula Acadêmica do Conhecimento da EULAC, El Salvador, 5 e 6 de outubro de 2017

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A Cúpula Acadêmica e do Conhecimento da EULAC, "Rumo à construção de um espaço comum Euro-Latino-Americano e Caribenho de Ensino Superior, Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação" foi realizada nos dias 5 e 6 de outubro de 2017 na Universidade de El Salvador, com o apoio de instituições, tais como o Consejo Permanente de Consejos de Rectores, EUA, CSUCA, AUGM, UNICA, ENLACES e UDUAL. A Cúpula do Conhecimento também contou com o apoio total das duas Co-Presidências das Cúpulas de Chefes de Estado e de Governo da UE, CELAC, bem como da Fundação EULAC.

No evento estiveram presentes mais de 500 participantes da Europa, da América Latina, do Caribe e palestrantes de alto nível, incluindo o Ministro das Relações Exteriores e Chanceler da República de El Salvador, Hugo Martinez; o Embaixador da UE em El Salvador, Sr. Andreu Bassols; e o reitor da Universidade de El Salvador, Sr. Roger Armando Arias.

O projeto EULAC Focus, um dos principais patrocinadores da Cúpula, foi representado em El Salvador por várias organizações parceiras. O coordenador do projeto, Ramón Torrent, foi convidado a falar em diversas ocasiões, em especial, para moderar a mesa-redonda Quadro Birregional Institucional: “Promover a cooperação birregional desde uma perspectiva institucional: o papel dos projetos estruturais e da cooperação entre Associações e Redes” no primeiro dia, logo após o almoço.

O diretor da YT-IN Research, Yachay Tech, Equador e co-diretor do pacote de trabalho 4 do EULAC Focus, Simone Belli, também moderou uma das sessões do painel temático “Construção de um Espaço Comum Euro-Latinoamericano e Caribenho de Ensino Superior, Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação”, bem como falou sobre “a contribuição das universidades para o desenvolvimento territorial”. A gerente de projetos da DLR, Alemanha, e diretora do pacote de trabalho 4 do EULAC Focus, Sophie von Knebel, discursou no painel temático paralelo sobre a “contribuição das universidades para a agenda de 2030: ligação entre os objetivos de desenvolvimento sustentável e o ensino superior”, moderado pelo coordenador do Instituto Brasil-Europa da USP, Brasil e também um dos membros do Conselho Transectorial do projeto, Moacyr Martucci.

Para concluir, a secretária técnica e científica da IILA (Itália) e uma das parceiras do projeto, Florencia Paoloni, foi escolhida como relatora oficial, não somente da mesa-redonda do Quadro Institucional Birregional, mas também como relatora geral dos painéis temáticos paralelos. A nossa diretora transectorial, Paola Amadei, Diretora Executiva da Fundação UE-ALC, também foi escolhida como uma das palestrantes da cerimônia de encerramento.

Para mais informações sobre o evento, bem como Tweets e fotos, acesse o nosso Storify em: https://storify.com/EULAC_FOCUS/eulac-focus-participation-at-the-eulac-academic-an. As fotos também estarão disponíveis em nossa página do instagram em: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/ e os vídeos serão publicados em breve em nossa página do youtube em: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNX5iwzLUT6NTv7Zg_fv-Gg 


EULAC Academic and Knowledge Summit, El Salvador, 5-6 October 2017

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The EULAC Academic and Knowledge Summit, "Towards the construction of a Euro-Latin American and Caribbean common space of, Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation" took place on 5-6 October 2017 at the University of El Salvador with the support of  institutions including Consejo Permanente de Consejos de Rectores, EUA, CSUCA, AUGM, UNICA, ENLACES and UDUAL. The Knoweledge Summit also had the full support of the two Co- Presidencies of the EU - CELAC Summits of Heads of State and Government as well as of the EULAC Foundation.

The summit had over 500 participants from Europe and Latin America and the Carribean, and high profile speakers including Chancellor Hugo Martinez, Foreign Minister and Chancellor of the Republic of El Salvador, Mr Andreu Bassols, Ambassador of the EU in El Salvador and Mr Roger Armando Arias, Rector of the University of El Salvador.

EULAC Focus was one of the key supporters of the Summit and was represented in El Salvador by a number of its partner organisations. In particular, the project coordinator,Ramón Torrent, was called upon to speak on a number of occasions, in particular to moderate the round table Institutional Bi-regional Framework: "Promoting biregional cooperation from an institutional perspective: The role of structural projects and cooperation between Associations and Networks" on the first day straight after lunch. 

Mr Simone Belli director of YT-IN Research, Yachay Tech, Ecuador and co-leader of EULAC FOCUS' Work on the scientifc dimension of EU LAC relations, also moderated one of the thematic panel session on "Construction of a Euro-Latin American and Caribbean Common Space for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation", as well as speaking on the subject of "the contribution of universities to territorial development". Miss Sophie von Knebel, Project Manager for DLR, Germany and leader of EULAC FOCUS' Work on the scientific dimension of EU LAC relations spoke in the parallel thematic panel on the "contribution of universities to 2030 agenda: articulation between the sustainable development goals and higher education", moderated by Mr Moacyr Martucci, from USP, Brazil, and also one of the project's transectorial board member.

Finally Ms Florencia Paoloni, technical and scientic secretary at IILA, Italy, one of the project's partner was chosen as official rapporteur not only for the round table of the bi-regional institutional framework but also as the overall parallel thematic panels rapporteur. Our transectorial board member, Paola Amadei, Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation was also chosen as one of the speakers during the closing ceremony.

Sharing a firm commitment to the achievement of more prosperous, cohesive, inclusive and sustainable societies, for the benefit of future generations, after 2 days of presentations and discussion, the organisers and participants agreed to:

  • To reaffirm and renew adherence to the principles and objectives enshrined in previous declarations and agreements
  • To express commitment to the construction of the Euro – Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Area
  • To establish an alliance with the United Nations System that, via the commitment of universities adhering to the Sustainable Development Goals, will enable the participation of higher education and research institutions in the promotion and development of 2030 Agenda
  • To deepen and enhance academic mobility, cooperation among institutions and the exchange of experiences and good practices in teaching, research, outreach and management
  • To foster bilateral, regional and bi-regional agreements for the recognition of diplomas and curricula
  • To encourage and support the creation of a collaboration framework for EU and CELAC national and regional quality assurance, accreditation and evaluation systems
  • To promote cooperation between scientific research, technology and innovation systems
  • To foster the construction of the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Area (ENLACES)
  • To welcome the constitution of the CELAC-EU University Council, as an organisation and institutional forum for dialogue, concertation and cooperation among universities, councils, conferences, associations and university networks
  • To request that the higher education institutions and networks that are part of the Organising Committee for this Academic and Knowledge Summit, along with CELAC-EU University Council, take specific actions to fulfil the commitments of this Declaration
  • The progress towards the Euro-Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Area requires a coordinated and generous effort from all institutions that are committed to it, so must be underpinned by an institutional structure that promotes its continuous progress and adequate bi-regional articulation
  • To request Heads of State and Government to consider, within the framework of the Third CELACEU Summit, the proposals of this Declaration and to agree on concrete measures that will yield new impetus to the construction of the Common Area

For more information on the event in Tweets, and photos, please see our Storify story on: https://storify.com/EULAC_FOCUS/eulac-focus-participation-at-the-eulac-academic-an. Photographs can also be found on our instagram account on: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/ and videos will be published shortly on our youtube accounts on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNX5iwzLUT6NTv7Zg_fv-Gg. To download the full declarion, click here


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