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Radio Carve Interview, Uruguay

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Simone Belli was interviewed about the progress of the EULAC-FOCUS project on Radio Carve, the most popular radio station in Uruguay. The full interview can be found on https://soundcloud.com/radio-carve/venta-y-consumo-de-emociones-a-traves-de-la-tecnologia?fbclid=IwAR2li6dfqseLxHY2Y_q9uVZfGF-EcdrTknjnD59a1j1yohOD7OKLUtbq6No with specific points related to the EULAC-FOCUS project from minute 21:59.


Participación de Simone Belli en la mesa redonda “Uso, apropiación e innovación de metodologías para la producción de conocimientos en psicología” en el I Congreso Internacional de Psicología en la Universidad de la República de Montevideo.

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La producción de conocimiento psicosocial en el contexto de las instituciones de educación superior ocurre mediante diversas vías pedagógicas y prácticas que suelen dirigirse a la presentación y análisis de unas u otras áreas sociales e institucionales en su dimensión grupal o comunitaria. Estos aspectos pueden implicar problemáticas vinculadas al funcionamiento de las colaboraciones internacionales, la transformación digital o la vida organizacional y personal en sus avatares y en sus diferentes espacios simbólicos. El problema que se detecta es que, en su despliegue, la producción de conocimiento psicosocial tiene que ver también con la conservación, consolidación, funcionamiento y desarrollo de sistemas socio-productivos y de control que van desde la eficientización del trabajo hasta la elaboración de la opinión pública y la influencia en los estados de ánimo de diferentes grupos sociales; la legitimación y/o la optimización de prácticas y redes comunitarias específicas y la transformación del entorno cultural. En este sentido resulta necesario revisar los modos y las pretensiones instituidas de dicha producción de conocimientos y abrir, en la medida de lo posible, el ejercicio crítico respecto a los contenidos que se transmiten así como respecto a los procedimientos e inercias que aseguran de uno u otro modo, la articulación armónica de tales conocimientos con las prescripciones y vectores del poder instituido, todo a favor de una gran plataforma de adaptación funcional a tales sistemas socio-productivos y de control.

Ante esta situación surge la pregunta: ¿Qué se puede hacer en los contextos institucionales vinculados a la producción de conocimiento psicosocial para lograr replantear ese sentido estrictamente adaptativo del conocimiento y convertirlo en un ámbito de criticidad viva y de transformación social? ¿Qué tipo de condiciones técnico-político-teórico-materiales deben generarse para lograr abrir otras posibilidades de acción y de potenciación de los saberes y las prácticas psicosociales para impulsar la invención de mundos sociales nuevos, más justos y más creativos? La mesa redonda abordó este tipo de reflexiones y recuperó diversas experiencias institucionales vinculadas al debate propuesto, sobre todo analizando los resultados del WP4 del proyecto H2020 EULAC Focus.

Expositores: Gabriel Eira, Simone Belli, y Javier Romano

Moderador/a: Karina Boggio

Instituciones:

Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Universidad San Nicolás de Hidalgo, México
Universidad Yachay Tech, Ecuador

https://www.slideshare.net/SimoneBelli1/comunicacin-digital-en-las-prcticas-cientificas 


EULAC-FOCUS research concludes that international collaboration improves production and impact

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Research  carried out within the framework of the EULAC-Focus project concludes that international collaboration improves production and impact significantly.

In the framework of EULAC-Focus Project, José A. Castillo Ph.D., Faculty of the School of Biological Sciences and Engineering made two scientific publications on the production and impact of Ecuadorian science. The articles were published in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education and were carried out in collaboration with Dr. Michael A. Powell, of the Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (Senescyt, in Spanish). The publications compile data for a statistical study of scientific publications in Ecuador and an analysis of the influence of international collaboration on Ecuadorian science. After the publication of the articles, Dr. Castillo was interviewed by the international journal Nature (p402 | NATURE | Vol560 | 16 August 2018 - see attached).

The publications in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education consisted of a comparative analysis of the volume of Ecuadorian scientific publications and the impact of them between 2006 and 2015, taking into consideration the factor of international collaboration. Four indicators were taken into account to evaluate the impact of these publications: number of citations, index h, SJR indicator and relative position in quartiles. The first indicator refers to the number of times an article was used as a reference for the production of another; the second refers to the balance between the number of publications and the number of citations; the third estimates the quality and prestige of scientific publications and the fourth refers to the relative position of a journal in the general ranking by field of knowledge. The results of the impact of the publication indicate that, in the case of the four indexes, international collaboration improves the position of a publication significantly.

The results of these two publications are part of what the EULAC-Focus project seeks to understand and analyze. More specifically, the project aims to strengthen the common vision between the EU and CELAC by guiding the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of bi-regional relations, thus reinforcing the strategic partnership aimed at increasing the productivity and quality of collaborative scientific work.

With the results of the publications, Dr. Castillo was one of the academics interviewed by the journal Nature for an article that compiles strategies to build and maintain international collaboration among academics. In this article, Dr. Castillo and three other researchers from Australia, Norway, and the United States, point out the ways in which each of their regions has benefited from the collaboration. In the specific case of Latin America and Ecuador, the professor mentions the importance of international collaborations for research in terms of resources and experience. In addition, it highlights the case of Yachay Tech University and how its students and academics have sought to strengthen international relations obtained from internships, scholarships, and opportunities abroad.

In addition, it highlights the case of Yachay Tech University and how its students and academics have sought to strengthen international relations obtained from internships, scholarships, and opportunities abroad.

You can view the scientific papers at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1538192718779169 and http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1538192718792151.  


Expo Study in Europe, Ecuador, September 2018

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On 18th September 2018, Simone Belli of Yachay Tech University gave a presentation about the EULAC-FOCUS project and mobility of researchers in the event "Expo Study in EUrope"" that took place in Ecuador. 

Simone presented the data extracted from the EULAC-FOCUS research into collaboration between Ecuador and other countries involved in EU research projects, as well as opportunities for training and professional development for researchers in mobility.

You can find Simone's presentation on http://eulac-focus.net/events/expo-study-in-europe/ 


6th EULAC-Focus project event in Santiago, Chile, 4th -6th December 2018

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The 6th EULAC-Focus project event will take place in Santiago, Chile from 4th to 6th December 2018.

The meeting will bring together all the participants in the project, including project partners and trans-sectorial board members. This will be 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 finalising the scenarios in a view to putting together an action plan 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 will start 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.

This will mark the last phase of the work carried out by the EULAC-FOCUS team.

For more information on the programme for the meeting see http://eulac-focus.net/events/Santiago-Meeting/Santiago-Meeting-Programme/


5th EULAC-Focus project event in Vienna, Austria, 5th -7th June 2018

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The EULAC-Focus Project of the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union, held from 5th -7th June 2018 in Vienna, its 5th 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 to focus on further developing 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 as well as looking at the plan for the last phase of work.

Finally the EULAC-Focus Project and Zsi also organised on 6th June 2018 a public meeting entitled "The UN Sustainable Development Goals: How do they frame social relations between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?". The discussion contributed to the exchange of experience on the 2030 Agenda and good governance at the regional level, Nature-Society-Nexus and multi-stakeholder learning, Translation of new ethics (community-centric, ecologically balanced, culturally sensitive) into normative principles in the public and political sphere and Harmonization of actions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda between different agencies, funds and specialised programmes. More information can be found here.

The event was also the opportunity for the team to present the work carried out since the last meeting. Updates from each of the working teams can be found on:

We look forward to our next meeting in Santiago, Chile in December 2018.

For more information, please see tthe video of the public event on . Photographs can also be found on our instagram account on: https://www.instagram.com/eulac_focus/.


Public event: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: How do they frame social relations between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?

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The Public event organised by the EULAC-FOCUS team took place in Vienna, Austria on  Wednesday, June 6th 2018 and had very good attendance as well as four high profile panellists from varied backgrounds.

The Panellists were:

Adam Tyson, Head of Cooperation with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Alan Cobley, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of West Indies, Jamaica
Karin Fischer, Head of Department for Policy and Development Research, University Linz (JKU)
Moderation: Barbara Göbel, Director at Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlín

The panellists all emphasised that the SDGs are a very valuable framework for the relationship between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean to 2030. Adam Tyson phrased it more clearly by saying that the SDGs influence almost everything that the EU does. The SDGs are unique in committing developing and developed world likewise to achieving sustainable development in an integrated approach and by means of global partnership. The EULAC Focus project contributes by looking at a subset of this partnership, which allows developing targeted interventions in support of SDGs. The three panellists had different recommendations for topics that could be taken up by the EULAC Focus project.

 

Alan Cobley pointed out that the EU-LAC relationship is far from being secure and remains a relationship of unequal power. For the Caribbean he stressed the importance of resilience (as the region is severely threatened by natural disaster) and equality in connection to the SDGs. The Anglophone Caribbean has the lowest rate of enrolment in tertiary education in the hemisphere and the consequences are persistent inequalities and reproduction of elites as well as youth unemployment and crime. Education and pathways for young people through the education systems must therefore be a policy priority, also in terms of local capacity building for pushing targeted interventions linked to the SDGs.

Karin Fischer raised the topic of slavery and historical injustice, which is often consciously forgotten in debates about current socio-economic problems in former colonial States in LAC. Another topic for collaborative EU-LAC research is impacts of neoliberal reforms that strongly affected LAC in the 1980ies and has nowadays similar implications for the European periphery. Europe might learn a great deal from LAC by studying measures for reducing income inequalities, as LAC was the only region in the world which made a serious leap forward in the last decades related to this goal. Linking decent work, economic growth and ecological concerns is clearly another topic of immediate relevance in the bi-regional dialogue.  

Adam Tyson strongly recommended using the SDGs as a clear policy framework that helps EU researchers to cooperate with researchers from LAC. Countries that are on the forefront of scientific research must be convinced to the SDGs are also interesting for them. At the same time, projects like EULAC focus can contribute to provide evidence that research cooperation with LAC makes sense for the EU. The EU-LAC Common Research Area (CRA) has identified numerous topics that are of high interest for both regions (e.g. personalized medicine, neglected infectious diseases, urban mobility, earthquake forecasting, etc.). The SDGs demand that researchers come out of their thematic silos and join forces for paving the way for transformative action.

 

View the full video of the panel here.

Download the event brochure here.


Towards a Common Vision of EU-CELAC Relations - Vienna meeting, 7 June 2018

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The main objectives of the work on establishing a common vision is to give a coherent orientation to research in the thematic research, establish priorities and overall coherence to the set of recommendations from the project as a whole and  define a clear strategic narrative for the renovation of the EU- CELAC relation that transcends the thematic & institutional limitations of the current negotiations and dialogue.

The first task of the team was to analyze the legal, political and institutional setting of EU-CELAC relations & create the adequate background for the prioritization of thematic  outcomes and their respective policy recommendations.

This has so far made it possible to build a vision common to the whole project for all to follow. Preliminary conclusions are that:

  • there are different regional experiences
  • CELAC as particular political process promoted by states, lacks the legal status and the organizational structure to be, in many areas, an effective “actor” of bi-regional relations. 
  • there is a declining interest in the relation between EU and LAC
  • there are two EU frameworks for the CELAC region: Latin America/Caribbean, which makes it difficult to have a consistent approach towards CELAC

  • bi-regional dialogue only takes place at governmental level with lLow participation of civil society

  • the EU & CELAC Joint agenda is on two different levels: bi-regional and global but in order to achieve  concrete results within the Summits framework, the Action Plan Chapters need more interrelation and redefinition for coherence throughout the 3 dimensions

  • the evolution of cooperation depends on material and institutional structures, 

  • the link between EEAS & DG DEVCO. development cooperation within the framework of EEAS should give wider spectrum for cooperation with LAC

  • the agenda for Change leads to different kinds of development partnerships and new aid allocation criteria

  • the European development policy faces changes

The second task focuses on the development of 4 scenarios (common vision) of renewed social, scientific and cultural relations, going from scenario methodology to scenario definition to scenario validation.

The team produced methodological guidelines for implementing a scenario building process leading the consortium and stakeholders into identifying 4 scenarios to be considered more in details with regards to the 3 dimensions. These scenarios will then be further assessed and refined with the help of contacts withing well established EU-CELAC bodies and events (e.g. SOM, summits, scientific and technology conferences, etc ) concluding into a validation workshop and action plan.

The third task aims at identifying and elaborating “hot topics” of promising fields of action for the renewal of the cultural, scientific and social dimension of EU CELAC relations.

These are areas where the CELAC-EU space could be developed further, bringing together experts on a particular topic to discuss how to propose and insert a specific line of work in bi-regional cooperation and propose concrete activities.

  • The First Hot Topic Web Conference on Research Infrastructure was organized on June 13th 2017. The participants shared their views on regional integration of research infrastructures. Two questions were addressed: How to find a common language to start a dialogue?/ How to develop a harmonized and aligned regional approach to research infrastructure policies?
  • The Second Hot Topic Web Conference on "Towards an Open Science and Open Access scientific EULAC relations" was organized on April 18th 2018 to discuss the potentialities and limitations of Open Access and Open Science in scientific production as a strategy to achieve the development of equitable, cooperative knowledge and quality.

Further hot topic web conferences will be organised and advertised on our news page and social media accounts.

The fourth task will focus on formulating of an Action Plan for bi-regional joint actions taking into account the scenarios. 

The Action Plan will be presented and discussed in the Project final event and will need to integrate coherently the three dimensions (cultural, scientific and social) , and, in particular:

  • Design actions that are transversal to the three dimensions
  • and that overcome the division in different DGs of the European Commission, being thus able to integrate policies that affect EULAC Focus three dimensions

 


The Cross-cutting Pathways of EU-CELAC Relations - Vienna meeting, 7 June 2018

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The Cross-cutting Pathways WP2 research work played an essential role at the start of the project in order to define in detail the cross-cutting issues that the thematic work package teams have to consider and address.

A Synthesis Report on Cross-cutting Pathways has been drafted, circulated and discussed between project members and external experts of the Trans-Sectorial Board already with the final version to be finished by February, 2019.

In the first 12 months of the project, the cross-cutting topics (mobility, inequality, diversity, and sustainability) were mainly addressed for the scientific dimension and, to a lesser extent, the social dimension. Work then focused on the cross-cutting topics regarding the cultural and the social dimension of EU-CELAC relations.

Through their research, the team identified that since 2007 (European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World), the EU multilevel cultural cooperation strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean has been implemented in diverse frameworks of collaboration including strategic partnerships (with Brazil and Mexico) and economic partnership, trade and association agreements with sub-regions (Central America, Colombia/Peru/Ecuador) and sub-regional entities (CARIFORUM, MERCOSUR).

However, the vast majority of cultural cooperation approaches between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean is located outside the scope of birregional relations, in culture-related foreign policies of European countries or institutions of European origin, cooperation schemes between individual countries or activities of civil society actors.

Looking more specifically at the mobility cross-cutting issue in relation to the cultural dimension, the team has concluded that: Mobility is mainly addressed as “exchange”, “interaction” or “circulation” between both regions; for example as mobility of people (e.g. artists, brokers), items (e.g. goods, services), knowledge (e.g. expertise, techniques) and cultural practices;

As for the inequality cross-cutting issue in relation to the cultural dimension, the team has identified that: culture is envisioned as an important dimension to reduce social exclusion and to promote social cohesion and inclusion in the political dialogue, but there are few references to inequality within the cultural dimension and no agreements or binding documents which address inequality within the cultural dimension.

Considering the diversity cross-cutting issue in relation to the cultural dimension, the team has concluded that: diversity is a central concept within the cultural dimension of  bi-regional relations; it is addressed as a key feature of cooperation in the field of cultural industries with broad support by EU and LAC countries. However since 2005 there has been shrinking attention on “diversity” in connection with “culture” in the scope of bi-regional summits but growing attention in the context of bilateral and sub-regional agreements.

As for the sustainability cross-cutting issue in relation to the cultural dimension, the team has found that: Sustainability in the cultural dimension is a rather a subordinated topic mainly related to “development” with loose or indirect connections to ”culture” in the political dialogue. It is limited for example to preserving "cultural heritage", fostering "cultural industries" or promoting "cultural diversity".

 

 


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Paper on Mapping the development of Open Access in Latin America and Caribbean countries published in Scientometrics journal more

Radio Carve Interview, Uruguay more

Participación de Simone Belli en la mesa redonda “Uso, apropiación e innovación de metodologías para la producción de conocimientos en psicología” en el I Congreso Internacional de Psicología en la Universidad de la República de Montevideo. more

EULAC-FOCUS research concludes that international collaboration improves production and impact more

Expo Study in Europe, Ecuador, September 2018 more

6th EULAC-Focus project event in Santiago, Chile, 4th -6th December 2018 more

5th EULAC-Focus project event in Vienna, Austria, 5th -7th June 2018 more

Public event: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: How do they frame social relations between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)? more

The Cross-cutting Pathways of EU-CELAC Relations - Vienna meeting, 7 June 2018 more

Towards a Common Vision of EU-CELAC Relations - Vienna meeting, 7 June 2018 more

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