25.11.2013 - 27.11.2013 | Moscow, Russia

Successful launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014

From November 25 to 27 Russia and Europe have celebrated the launch of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 with a three-day series of events in Moscow. After weeks of intensive preparations, this joint Russian-European initiative commences on Monday, November 25, with a high-ranking opening ceremony at Moscow's impressive 'Radisson Royal' Congress Center, also known as Hotel Ukraina. The Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov and the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn welcome the assembled guests.

Speakers from science, business and politics – among them ministers from EU member states – highlighted the vast vistas and promising opportunities for future EU-Russia cooperation in the field of science and innovation.

'In recent years intensified the collaboration not only between EU and Russian universities and research organizations, but also interaction between high-tech companies implementing more and more joint projects', said Dmitry Livanov. He also added that these processes guarantee that Russian business 'will bring more demand, and express growing interest in the competitive results of the research-work'. According to the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Vladimir Fortov, Russia and the EU can successfully implement joint research projects in the field of space.

The official opening ceremony of the EU-Russia Year of Science was concluded with colorful fireworks over the Moscow River.

This launch ceremony was followed by a high-ranking conference on the future potential of EU-Russian science, technology and innovation cooperation on Tuesday, November 26. During this conference, hosted by the Lomonosov Moscow State University, experts from science and innovation as well as policy stakeholders discussed their vision towards future EU‐Russia STI cooperation. The event was opened by the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation and the Russian Deputy Minister for Education and Science.

The opening events were concluded on Wednesday, November 27, with a 'Breakfast Session' on opportunities for Future EU‐Russia Joint Projects within the prestigious premises of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. During this event, opportunities for future EU‐Russia joint STI projects are presented and discussed. Special attention is being given to the new EC framework program 'Horizon 2020' and the Russian Federal Target Programs on Science and Technology 2014-2020.

The EU-Russia S&T Agreement is due for renewal in February 2014. A joint team of independent EU and Russian experts carried out an in-depth evaluation of the Agreement – the first time such an evaluation was done jointly with a third country. Their report, which proposed to renew the agreement as is, was accepted by both the Commission and the Russian Ministry. The EU expects to formally adopt the prolongation of the Agreement by the end of the year.

Official web-site of the EU-Russia Year of Science: http://www.eu-russia-yearofscience.eu/

Report of the Joint expert team 'Review of the S&T Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Russia':


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  • EU-Russia Year of Science 2014

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    (info brochure, 36 pages, English and Russian) (URL: http://www.st-gaterus.eu/_media/EU-Russia_Year_of_Science_brochure_final.pdf)

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