Giving focus to the Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension of EU - CELAC relations



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The road to a common language, EULAC FOCUS Project’s First Web conference on Research Infrastructures

In the framework of the EU LAC FOCUS project, we invite you to participate in the first "Hot Topic Web Conference" on Research Infrastructure (RI). The aim of the activity is to exchange lessons learned, common considerations and challenges between the CELAC and the European Union.

The speakers for this event will be:

  • 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

Please note that the live web conference is available on invitation, but will be recorded and made available on the website at a later stage.

WP4 Scientific Dimension Update

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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.

Meetings & Events

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Participation of EULAC-FOCUS team member is foreseen for the following events in the near future:

  • 11th of May 2017 - Chamber of Labour Austria: „Institutional power shifts in the EU and its consequences for social policy and gender relations“

  • 19th-21th of May 2017 - Annual Conference of the Association of Latin American studies in Austria: Partcicipation and presentation of first EULAC results in the Session: ¿De dónde vienes y a dónde vas? Migraciones transnacionales en/desde/hacia América Latina.

WP2 - Cross-cutting Topics Update

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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.

More information can be found here

Hot Topics

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The Hot Topics web conferences, are organized within the framework of the EU LAC Focus project with the aim to contribute by: discussing emerging research topics of the project, defining fields of action for the renewal of the dimensions, supporting the dialogue of cross-cutting topics, attracting new actors, fostering the alignment of the consortium partners, and disseminating the project activities and results.

First “Hot Topic” Web conference: Research Infrastructures

How to develop a harmonized and aligned regional approach to research infrastructure policies? How to find a common language to start a dialogue?

For date and location of the web conference, please check the regularly updated information on the hot topics web page 

The fifth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Science and Technology of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation (JIRI) from 14 March 2016 confirmed the need to ensure a strategic regional partnership in research and innovation through the development of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area. Senior officials committed towards the research infrastructures dimension as one of the three strategic pillars of this Common Research Area (CRA).

In order to enable a structured dialogue on research infrastructures, the European Commission is setting up a bi-regional Working Group on Research Infrastructures (WG RI), which would support policy making in the RI dimension and would facilitate multilateral initiatives leading to a better use and development of research infrastructures in the two regions.

For that reason, the EU LAC Focus Project will support this Working Group by organizing the first web conference on bi-regional dialogue on the subject of Research Infrastructures.

The web conference will be aimed at representatives of research infrastructures of CELAC and EU. They will be invited to the conference as participants in order to enrich the discussions.  

The EULAC-FOCUS 3rd partner event took place in Quito, 29-31 March 2017

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The 3rd EULAC-FOCUS partner event took place in Quito, Ecuador from 29th to 31st March 2017. Over 60 project partners, guests and transectorial board members took part in the meeting, which was the opportunity for all to share information about the early results in each of the Work Packages as well as the work to be completed in the not so far future. 

The event started with a partner meeting which was the opportunity for all work packages to demonstrate the achievements already accomplished and in particular present the first deliverables due and submitted. The meeting was also attended by transectorial board members who were given the opportunity to give their feedback and advice on the work that has been carried out in each of the 5 main work packages.

Day one of the meeting ended with a public meeting that took place at the Auditorium of the Instituto de Fomento al Talento Humano where Barbara Göbel of IAI, Marianne Van Steen of the Delegation of the European Union in Ecuador, René Ramírez Secretary of Superior Education, Science and Technology, Jorge Gómez Director of the Solutions Network for The Sustainable Development of the Region Andean, Wolf Grabendorff of the University Andina Simón Bolívar and Ramon Torrent of the University of Barcelona, presented their views on Diversity and Inequality: Challenges for EU-CELAC Relations and answered questions from the floor.


The following 2 days, saw further discussions and debates between partners and transectorial board members in plenary sessions and individual parallel Work package sessions, where focus was sought on the data that has already been collected and the way that it should be both presented and exploited further.

All 3 days where a great opportunity for such a dispersed team to sit down and work together on consolidating the first achievements of the project and set the objectives for the next phase of the project.

The project ended with an optional tour of Yachay Tech Campus and Botanical Garden, an opportunity for partners and transectorial board members to discover this incredible new campus and some of the country's amazing biodiversity.

We look forward to meeting again as a team in Buenos Aires in November 2017. For more information on the programme of the meeting and to view the brochure of the public meeting please visit

WP5 - Social Dimension Update

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The first phase of the project focused on the creation of a common understanding of what “social dimension” can mean in the LAC and the EU context.

This came about through intense communication and cooperation between the WP5 team members and the elaboration of a Work Implementation Plan that enabled the team to approach the social dimension of EU-LAC relations in a common but coordinated way. Regular online meetings also took place with the intention to have a continuous exchange on the scientific state of the art in both regions, which also was a way to put intercultural and interdisciplinary communication into work.

This intense work process concluded in the elaboration of Deliverable 5.1:  “Identifying common Trends and Challenges. Research Trajectories on social issues in EU and LAC” in April 2017, which will be updated in the further course of the project as important developments on the EU side are taking place at this very moment, in particular: the EU Pillar of Social rights: is a Commission Recommendation, effective as of today (27.04.2017), and a a proposal for a joint proclamation by the Parliament, the Council and the Commission (see: The WP5 team is monitoring the process of the implementation of the EU Pillar of social rights and will in the next months examine the relevance of this new development for the EU Social Model and the social dimension of EU-LAC relations.

Furthermore the WP5 team is working actively on the fine-tuning of D5.2 and D5.3. The meeting in Quito was an excellent opportunity to align the research focus and to make some necessary adjustments to the focus of the specific tasks. A further two online meetings were held since then.

EULAC-FOCUS Public meeting in Quito on 29 March will be streamed live

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The EULAC-FOCUS Public meeting on "Diversity and Inequality: Challenges for the Europe Union and Latin America & the Caribbean Relations” that will take place in Quito on 29 March 2017 at 5.30pm UTC-5 will be streamed live on

Proyecto EU-LAC Focus - sesión abierta Quito "Diversidad y Desigualdades: desafíos para las relaciones Unión Europea-CELAC"

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3º encuentro del proyecto EULAC FOCUS dentro del PROGRAMA HORIZON 2020 

Quito, Ecuador – 29 de marzo – 1 de abril de 2017

La Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de Ecuador conjuntamente con la Universidad de Investigación de Tecnología Experimental Yachay (Yachai Tech) de Ecuador, serán anfitriones de la tercera reunión de coordinación de esta iniciativa que se celebrará bajo el lema “La dimensión cultural, científica y social de las relaciones UE – CELAC“ .

El proyecto EULAC-Focus es una iniciativa del Programa Horizon 2020 de la Unión Europea, coordinado por la Universidad de Barcelona integrado por un consorcio de 19 entidades provenientes de Europa, América Latina y el Caribe que trabajan desde 2016 con el fin de analizar las dimensiones Culturales, Científicas y Sociales de las relaciones EU-CELAC y contribuir a proporcionar orientaciones sobre el desarrollo estratégico de las relaciones entre ambas regiones.

La OEI participa en el 3º encuentro del proyecto EULAC-Focus del Programa Horizon 2020 como socio de esta iniciativa.



(Los panelistas se identifican al pie de esta nota) Sesión en español, con traducción simultánea en los casos que se requiera.

Instituto de Fomento al Talento Humano, Quito, Ecuador 29 de marzo de 2017

El 29 de marzo de 2017 se celebrará un acto público en el Auditorio del Instituto de Fomento al Talento Humano consistente en un Panel de Discusión Público sobre Desarrollo Sostenible: "Vinculación de la cultura, la ciencia y el social a través de temas transversales entre Europa y América Latina y el Caribe".

Lugar: Instituto de Fomento al Talento Humano (Calles Alpallana y Martín Carrión), Quito, Ecuador

Fecha: Miércoles 29 de marzo de 2017

Hora: 17h15 - 18h45

Registro en el evento: 



La dimensión cultural, científica y social de las relaciones entre Europa y América Latina y El Caribe

 La OEI participa en el Proyecto Eulac-Focus perteneciente al Programa Horizon 2020 cuyo principal objetivo del proyecto es poner el énfasis en las dimensiones culturales, científicas y sociales de las relaciones entre Europa y América Latina, con la perspectiva de analizar y promover sinergias y cruces transversales de información y conocimiento, e identificar asimetrías y espacios críticos en las relaciones bilaterales entre ambas regiones.

Acerca del proyecto EULAC-FOCUS

El contexto global de la Asociación Estratégica entre la Unión Europea y América Latina y El Caribe ha evolucionado a lo largo del tiempo. Existe actualmente la necesidad de revisar la cooperación birregional con una visión crítica para detectar los puntos destacados, iniciativas exitosas y nuevos temas emergentes de importancia en ambas regiones y plantear recomendaciones para elaborar estrategias con una perspectiva futura.

Las instituciones vinculadas a la cooperación internacional, reconocen la necesidad de conectar la cooperación en los temas culturales, científicos y sociales, mejorando la interacción transversal y la visibilidad, y poniendo el énfasis en las iniciativas significativas en beneficio de la sociedad civil.

El proyecto tiene una duración tiene una duración de  3,5 años, habiendo comenzado el pasado mes de abril de 2016

Actividades, estructura, resultados

Las actividades a llevar a cabo por el proyecto, permitirán:

  • Analizar el papel de los actores sociales y políticos en la promoción del intercambio cultural, social y científico, y promover una colaboración social más intensa y rica en el nivel bilateral y birregional en el marco de las relaciones entre la Unión Europea y los países de América Latina y El Caribe.
  • Proponer un conjunto de acciones e iniciativas de alto impacto para fortalecer la cooperación. 
  • Dirigirse a instituciones, investigadores, expertos, actores responsables de políticas públicas de ambas regiones a partir de la difusión de los resultados de la investigación, las publicaciones que se desprendan del proyecto, actividades y conferencias que se desarrollen a lo largo del proyecto y que permitirán construir alianzas para poner en marcha iniciativas piloto.

EULAC Focus tiene una estructura matricial con tres paquetes de trabajo temáticos enfocados en las dimensiones culturales, científicas y sociales, así como otros tres paquetes de trabajo horizontales que establecerán una metodología que se llevará a cabo a partir de la asimilación de los resultados y la difusión del proyecto.

EULAC Focus permitirá fortalecer la visión común entre la UE y CELAC orientando las dimensiones culturales, científicas y sociales de las relaciones birregionales, reforzando así la Asociación Estratégica.

La OEI en el proyecto:

La OEI, trabajará prioritariamente en la línea correspondiente al ámbito cultural. Elaborará tareas de recopilación de documentos clave e identificación de capacidades institucionales y profesionales con una perspectiva histórica y una visión estratégica de futuro.

 Asimismo, se vinculará al trabajo que realizará el grupo del ámbito científico y transversal  en materia de comunicación y articulación entre las distintas líneas de desarrollo del proyecto.

Equipo de trabajo

  • Entidad Coordinadora: Universitat de Barcelona (UB),  España
  • Administración del proyecto: Samui France (Samui-Fr), France
  • Instituciones asociadas:
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Alemania
  • Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (ZSI), Austria
  • Methodology Centre for Environment Assessment (Metcenas), República Checa
  • Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Berlin (IAI), Alemania
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO), Países Bajos
  • Fundaçao de Apoio a Universidade de Sao Paulo (F-USP), Brasil
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México
  • University of West Indies (UWI) Trinidad y Tobago
  • Universidad de Investigación de Tecnología Experimental Yachay (Yachay), Ecuador
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina
  • Universidad de Chile (U. Chile), Chile
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Perú
  • Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano (CSUCA), Guatemala
  • Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MINCyT), Argentina
  • Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT), Ecuador
  • Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI)
  • Instituto Italo-Latinoamericano (IILA), Italia

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