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First hot topic web conference now live

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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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