2014 has seen the launch of the first work programmes under Horizon 2020, which is now among the world’s largest funding instruments for collaborative research and innovation. Major events on global collaboration have included the 4th Africa-EU Summit which took place in Brussels on 2-4 April. May sees the election of a new European Parliament which will have responsibility for major legislation affecting collaborative research and innovation, such as the Data Protection Regulation and the Transatlantic Trade and Innovation Partnership.
Looking ahead to the remainder of 2014 and 2015, the coming months present significant opportunities to build on the progress made in 2013. In March 2015, ISC will convene “EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration,” (ES:GC2) which will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The event will build on the successful ES:GC2 conference, held on 4-8 March 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels, inaugurated by the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. The conference was an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The ES:GC2 2015 conference will be one of many conferences to take place in 2015 which offer the chance to advance global collaboration, particularly in the context of new calls under Horizon 2020 and related funding instruments.
Major milestones for the year ahead are outlined below.
November 11, European Parliament part-plenary session, Brussels, Belgium
November 23-26, European Parliament Plenary Session, Strasbourg, France
November 30 – December 4, World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver, Canada