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


The Scientific Dimension of EU-CELAC Relations - Vienna meeting, 7 June 2018

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Work for the EULAC-FOCUS research into the scientific dimension of EU-CELAC relations is divided into 4 tasks and additional sub-tasks. The Vienna meeting that took place in June 2018 was the opportunity for the WP4 - Scientific Dimension team to present what they have accomplished so far and what their next aims and objectives will be.

The scientific dimension team first conducted the stocktaking and analysis of outcomes of projects supporting the EU-CELAC process. This task is now 80% complete and the main findings so far are that:

  • There are great asymmetries when it comes to political, economic and social conditions, both between EU and LAC and within LAC, which hinders the STI collaboration. This results in a collaboration that is bi-regional, but does not affect equally the entire region.
  • There has been a change in the approach of the EC, from projects targeting specific countries/sub-regions, to projects for the entire  LAC region, especially after the establishment of CELAC.
  • CELAC was expected to be a counterpart to the EU in the bi-regional collaboration, however it works as a forum for discussion and lacks institutional instruments, meaning that it is not able to enforce the decisions made.

The team then looked at the stocktaking and the analysis of scientific publications on bi-regional collaboration, which is now 90% complete. The Analysis has confirmed that:

  • Open Access in LAC countries have strongly intensified in the last decade thanks to the scientific and economic regional policies.
  • LAC region has increased the number of Open Access registers rate in the last decade compared with the rest of the world.
  • Peru is the second country with the highest growth in Open Access publications (after Colombia).
  • Identifying specific networks of countries may focus the attention on smaller countries and the way its partnership is given.
  • Andean and Caribbean countries have increased the number of successful collaborative works in the last decade compared with the rest of scientific international networks.

Research then focussed on mobility and is now 100% complete. Its aim was to identify key actors, instruments and stakeholders of bi-regional mobility, potentials for upscaling bi-regional mobility and creating synergies in international cooperation. 

Research in mobility concluded that possibilities and requirements for participation in these programmes are still not well known in some parts of the LAC scientific community, whereas the team recommended:

  • To promote mobility and support the NCP network
  • Alignment and coherence
  • Focus on joint and LAC funding
  • An EULAC University Association

Work looking at the effect of the digital transformation is 70% complete and has delivered 2 papers and a statistical report and work looking at research infrastructures is 90% complete delivered in a report summarizing the outcomes of two surveys and the information and data presented by the countries representatives in Montevideo.


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