28.06.2010 - 02.07.2010 | Voronezh, Russia

Review of the V Days of European Science in the Central Russia

From 28 June to 2 July 2010 the Voronezh State University hosted «The V Days of European Science in the Central Russia» – a biennial international conference with the objective to provide a forum for the exchange of views on the development of Russia–EU scientific and technological cooperation. Participants used the opportunity to discuss challenges, trends and practical tools for a mutually beneficial research cooperation between Russia and the EU.

This event was held in the framework of the FP7 project European Union and Russia link for S&T co-operation in the area of the environment (E-URAL) and Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation project «Scientific, information and consulting provision of Russian regional infrastructure of scientific and technological and educational cooperation with the EU».

There were more than 80 participants including representatives of Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Barnaul, Belgorod, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Moscow, Oriel, Rostov-upon-Don, Saratov, Sochi, Tambov and 19 delegates from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Greece.

The programme of the Days included:

source: E-URAL project website – http://www.e-ural.vsu.ruInternational Workshop “Nature and biodiversity: Opportunities for EU-Russia Collaboration” (28-29 June 2010)
 Prof. Vladimir Titov, rector of the VSU, Anna Voronina Deputy director of Department of Environment and nature management of Voronezh region, Dr. Igor Zornikov, Director of Regional Information Centre for S&T cooperation with the EU, Voronezh State University, Prof. Antonio Marcomini, E-URAL project coordinator, Interdepartmental centre IDEAS, University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy delivered welcome speeches.

On 28 June the workshop activities were divided into three sessions: Biodiversity; Forest ecosystems and resources; Soil and resources. The presentations were given by the scientists from Russian regions (Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-upon-Don, Tambov) and EU member states (Germany (Leipzig, Göttingen, Freiburg, Berlin, Eberswalde), the Netherlands (Wageningen, Heteren)). The researchers gave overviews of their achievements, projects, and prospects of EU-Russia collaboration.

Discussion «EU-Russia research programmes and projects: opportunities for collaboration» (29 June 2010)
There were presented foundations and their opportunities for Russian scientists by Dr. Gregor Berghorn, head of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) office in Moscow, Dr. Jörn Achterberg, Director of German Research Foundation (DFG)-Office Russia/CIS, Dr. Martin Sandhop, Head of Helmholtz Office Moscow, Prof. Oleg Dyachenko, Deputy Director for competition activities of Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

Moreover there were presented FP7 projects targeted on enhancement of Russia-EU scientific and technological cooperation:

E-URAL – “European Union and Russia Link for S&T cooperation in the area of the environment” (presented by Prof. Antonio Marcomini, E-URAL project coordinator, Interdepartmental centre IDEAS, University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy );

BILAT-RUS – “Enhancing the bilateral S&T partnership with the Russian Federation”; ERA.Net RUS – “Linking Russia to the ERA: Coordination of MS//AC/ S&T programmes towards and with Russia” (made by Dr. Erich Rathske, International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany);

source: E-URAL project website – http://www.e-ural.vsu.ruACCESSRU – Strengthening EU-Russia sciences and technology cooperation and EU access to Russian national funding programmes (given by Olga Anisimova, International Center for Science, Innovations, Technology and Education, Moscow);

INCONET EECA – S&T international cooperation network for Eastern European and Central Asian countries (presented by Dr. Anna Pikalova, Director of the Centre for International Projects, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, University – Higher School of Economics, NCP Mobility).

In the framework of discussion Prof. Semion Kurolap, Head of the department of geoecology and monitoring of environment, Faculty of geography and geoecology, Voronezh State University told the scientists about of successful joint research activities in cooperation with Department of Environmental Meteorology, University of Kassel, Germany; Dr. Walter Seidling, Senior scientist of the Institute for Forest Ecology and Forest Inventory (WOI), Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute (vTI), Germany, gave a presentation of his Institute and research areas of high interest and prospective for cooperation with Russian institutions; Dr. Irina Rotanova, Leading researcher of Laboratory for landscape and water ecological studies, Institute for Water and Environmental Problems, SB RAS, Barnaul, Russia, presented scientific competences of her Institute and also announced a new event under E-URAL project, which is to be held in September 2010 in Barnaul. Information on this event will be available on the project website soon http://www.e-ural.vsu.ru/.

The second part included discussion on topics of mutual interest and opportunities of collaboration between Russian and European researchers in environment as well as recommendations for Joint Working Group in Environment. The draft version was developed by E-URAL partners and presented by Dr. Alla Akulshina, Deputy Director of the RIC VSU. During the discussion a short report was made by Prof. Elena Ermolova, expert at international cooperation in nature conservation of Russian Regional Environment Centre. Elena Pilieva, leading specialist of the RIC VSU, presented the outcomes of the survey conducted during the workshop among Russian and European speakers with the aim to identify interest in cooperation including the forthcoming calls on Theme 6 “Environment including climate change”.

 The discussion demonstrated a high level of interest of research collaboration among Russian and European scientists, revealed a range of research areas for joint activities and boosted not only new contacts but also long-term partnerships.

source: E-URAL project website – http://www.e-ural.vsu.ruOn June 29 there was also a meeting of the VSU administration with Dr. Gregor Berghorn, head of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) office in Moscow, Dr. Jörn Achterberg, Director of German Research Foundation (DFG)-Office Russia/CIS, Dr. Martin Sandhop, Head of Helmholtz Office Moscow, Prof. Oleg Dyachenko, Deputy Director for competition activities of Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

Steering meeting of E-URAL project partners (30 June 2010)
On June, 30 there was conducted a steering meeting of project partners and Scientific Advisory Board of E-URAL.

Training The Seventh Framework Programme: «rules of play» for Russian participants (1-2 July 2010)
The training was held by trainers from Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), Italy, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Greece, and Regional Information Centre for S&T cooperation with the EU, Voronezh State University. The participants were awarded by certificates and got a book “Guidelines on FP7 for Russian participants” in Russian language published by the RIC VSU

Source and further information (including downloads of presentations etc.): E-URAL project website

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