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“Opportunities for Cooperation between Latin America and Europe” Info Day Report

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The “Opportunities for Cooperation between Latin America and Europe” Info Day was held on 10 June from 09.00 a. m. to 4.30 p. m. at the Library of the Science Cultural Centre - C3, Godoy Cruz 2270, CABA. The morning sessions were co-organized with the Observatory of the European Union - Latin American Relations (OBREAL) and the CAMINOS project[1].

It involved 16 speakers (from Argentina, Spain, Italy, Colombia and Ecuador); more than 60 face­to-face attendees and 150 TecTV streaming connections from different institutions in the country and abroad. This last method was used by 141 participants from Argentina, 4 from Chile, 1 from Brazil, 1 from Germany and 2 from other locations. The average view time was 41 minutes.

The main goal of this activity was to promote funding opportunities provided by the European Commission programmes, in particular the European Funding Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 — Horizon 2020, and provide information on how the next framework programme Horizon Europe is being prepared. In that context, it was described how the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) operate. Also, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport (Erasmus +) was presented and success stories from Argentina and Latin American countries in the different mobility programmes were showcased.

The discussions held during this day may be summarized as follows:

  • In Argentina, a series of institutional efforts are been conducted to promote the submission of joint projects with countries in Latin America and Europe, the result of which is that many successful cases can be identified today. The promotion of available financing tools is still a priority if the quantity and quality of submissions are to be improved. It would be important to continue with outreach and training actions targeted to institutions all over Argentina and other Latin American countries so they can profit from the opportunities offered by the European Union programmes. It is also important to monitor these activities.
  • Another important aspect is the presentation of the results of those projects already funded by the European Commission to find continuities and synergies between them. According to the experience of the Liaison Office, this not only will contribute to maximizing project impacts but will also generate proposals on new themes and promote long term duration in the national and regional ecosystems. In addition, many of these already funded projects have outcomes not yet fully exploited that could have a better impact if they are connected to similar ones.

  • It must be emphasized that this type of meetings help generate valuable exchanges between stakeholders interested in preparing proposals under programmes with similar schemes, since they get to interact with institutions from other countries and / or with professionals from the same country who have prior experience participating. It is also important to attract stakeholders who had no knowledge about the funding instruments so that representatives of the Liaison Office can advise them in each specific case.

  • This time, H2020, MSCA and ERASMUS+ success stories were presented, including a description of how the consortia were set up, joint work approaches used and project impacts, as well as the challenges and limitations faced by each of them to achieve successful results. The agenda was developed in response to the successive consultations about and requests for assistance to participate in European calls received by the Liaison Office.

  • The session had great repercussion and much interest was shown in learning about and participating in international projects. Since that day, the different representatives of the Liaison Office have received more than 25 enquiries on specific calls and institutional requests for thematic info days (for more information, see below).

Based on this information session, the Liaison Office ARG-EU is scheduling the actions for the coming months and until the end of the year. The activities will focus on the following three dimensions:

  1. Continue carrying out face-to-face or virtual dissemination and training activities in different institutions, looking into the different aspects of international cooperation.
  2. Continue assisting in the search for partners in Latin America and Europe to form successful consortiums.
  3. Disseminate and advise on the main international cooperation programmes (both for mobility and research) in which Argentine institutions can participate as partners.ASMUS+ programme. Its main goal is to contribute to strengthening the Latin American Higher Education Space by improving the capacity of universities, university associations and networks to enhance, promote and manage regional Latin American student and academic staff mobility. For more information see: https://www.caminosproject.org/.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Resistencia, Chaco 26/06/2019 Info Day
Mendoza 27/06/2019 Info Day - National University of Cuyo
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 16/07/2019 Info Day - TTO of CABA
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 12/08/2019 European Day - School of Agronomy - University of Buenos Aires
Resistencia, Chaco 23/08/2019 #OpenDay International - National Technological University -Resistencia
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 27/09/2019  European Researchers' Night in Argentina
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 21-22/10/2019 Alumni Marie Curie Argentina - Brazil
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires 9-12/09/2019 WEEK “WAY TO A FIESA 2020” AND FINAL CONFERENCE OF THE CAMINOS PROJECT: Internationalization of Higher Education in Latin America.
Buenos Aires August Info Day - National University of San Martín
San Juan August Info Day - National University of San Juan
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires July - August University of Buenos Aires, different schools
Buenos Aires September Info Day - National University of La Plata
Buenos Aires September Info Day - INTI
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires September Info Day – University of Salvador
Buenos Aires September Info Day - National University of Luján
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires September Info Day - University of Business Sciences
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires September Info Day - Inter-American Open University
Santa Fe TBC Info Day - National University of Litoral
Jujuy TBC Info Day - Provincial Directorate of Science and Technology of Jujuy
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires TBC August Info Day
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires TBC August Info Day - Business Incubator UNMDP
Salta TBC August Info Day - CONICET CCT Salta
Tucumán TBC August Info Day - CONICET CCT Tucumán
Ecoandina Foundation TBC August Info Day - CONICET CCT Tucumán
Entre Ríos TBC July Info Day - INTA Entre Ríos
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires TBC July Info Day - Industrial Union of the Province of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires TBC July Info Day - INTA Castelar
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires TBC July Info Day - Catholic University of Argentina
Montevideo TBC October Info Day
Asunción TBC September Info Day
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires TBC September Info Day - National University of Mar del Plata
Posadas, Misiones TBC September Info Day - National University of Misiones and Catholic University of Encarnación, Paraguay
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires TBC November Info Day - National Technological University
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 05/11/2019 Info Day - Science Cultural Center

 

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