The EU-Russia Year of Science was celebrated with a colourful and high-ranking opening ceremony on Monday, 25 November 2013 in Moscow. More than 300 guests from science, politics, business and media attended at Moscow's impressive 'Radisson Royal' Congress Center, also known as the famous Hotel 'Ukraina'.
The Russian Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov and the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn welcomed the guests. They and other high-ranking speakers from politics and science – among them two Ministers of EU member states – underlined the rich prospects and possibilities of future EU-Russian cooperation in science and innovation. The Year of Science will highlight the diversity and the richness of links between the European Union, the EU Members States and the Russian Federation in all areas of science and technology.
At the end of the official opening ceremony the participants welcomed the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014 watching a colourful display of fireworks above the river Moskva.
Conference “Towards a Vision for EU-Russia Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation” - 26 November 2013, Moscow
The participants took stock of EU-Russia cooperation in science, technology and innovation and mapped out areas of future collaboration. The richness and strategic importance of EU-Russia scientific cooperation was the leitmotiv of the discussions. The EU and Russia are longstanding scientific partners who closely interact at the policy, institutional, programme, project and personal levels, both in the bilateral (EU member states) and multilateral context. Over the last decade, the EU and Russia have put in place a comprehensive framework for cooperation in these areas and have supported several successful initiatives, such as joint calls for research proposals on issues of mutual interest.
For a brief summary of the proposed priority areas of future S&T cooperation between the EU and Russia which were outlined at the conference please click here.
Breakfast Session on Opportunities for Future EU-Russian Joint Projects - 27 November 2013, Moscow
The Breakfast Session on "Opportunities for Future EU-Russia Joint Projects" held on 27 November 2013 in Moscow aimed at providing an overview over the new framework programs in Russia and the EU. In particular, the Breakfast Session introduced further funding opportunities for joint EU-Russia initiatives in Science, Technology and Innovation by highlighting for example the Russian Federal Target Programme, the new Russian National Science Foundation, the new ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative, the RFBR basic research fund and the FASIE support for small businesses.