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Newsletter No 6, October 2015

Upcoming Events

SA-EU Innovation DAYS
19–21 October 2015, Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa

The three days will be branded SA-EU innovation week will comprise of 5 policy dialogues between SA and the EU innovation experts with the aim of exchanging best practices and experiences with regard to innovation policy.

ESASTAP Plus Innovation Conference
21 October 2015, Pretoria, South Africa

Information & programme | Registration
The ESASTAP Plus project will host a "South Africa (SA) – European Union (EU) Conference on Innovation" especially intended for policy-makers, cooperation facilitators and innovation managers interested in discussing the latest developments and possible future scenarios of the EU-South Africa cooperation in the fields of Innovation (RTDI).

South Atlantic Research Workshop
21–22 October 2015, Brasilia, Brazil

Information & programme
The first South Atlantic Research Workshop is a joint activity of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and the BILAT projects B.BICE+ and ESASTAP+, funded by the European Union under FP7. The major outcome of this action will be the identification of concrete initiatives that South Atlantic research endeavors could gather in order to improve a Transatlantic Research Alliance, as well as the better understanding of how these initiatives could be promoted in the context of the program Horizon 2020, among others.

20–23 October 2015, London, United Kingdom

Information & programme | Registration
Aerodays, the 7th European Aeronautics Days, is the European flagship event in aviation research and innovation which takes place once, during each EU Research Framework Programme. Designed to present strategic perspectives for aviation, including research and innovation, the goal is to share achievements of collaborative research and innovation in aeronautics and air transport within Europe and world-wide international co-operation.

SPACE week in Rome 2015
21–23 October 2015, Rome

Information & programme | Registration
The SPACE week 2015 is an international event dedicated to the SPACE sector that will be aimed at universities, research centres, industries, SMEs and SME associations and local administrations with the view of providing new opportunities and competitive advantages for the participants and offering strategic networking opportunities.

Science Forum: South Africa 2015
8–9 December 2015, Pretoria, South Africa

Information & programme | Registration
The Science Forum: South Africa is inspired by events such as ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and the Japan Agora. It is a first attempt to bring such a large-scale public platform for debating the science and society interface to Africa. The Forum offers an enticing programme, including several parallel sessions, addressing the following diverse range of science and science policy themes.

Recent Events

World Social Science Forum (WSSF)
13–16 September 2015, Durban, South Africa

More information | Programme | Photos and videos
The International Social Sciences Council's (ISSC) WSSF was in 2015 co-hosted by The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The ESASTAP Plus project has allocated an exhibition stand.

From Durban COP17 to Paris COP21: Flagship Workshop on Water Science Cooperation for Human Capital Development
12 June 2015, Durban, South Africa

More information
The main objectives of this Dialogue/Workshop was to: share experiences in 'best management practices' for water-related (WRC) research projects, explore opportunities to strengthen the international cooperation in science research and development particularly through H2020 and EUREKA, and discuss cooperation with South Africa in water research within the COP21 framework.

Success story

FP7 project: Social Innovation – empowering people, changing societies?
SI-DRIVE extends knowledge about social innovation (SI) in three major directions:

  • Integrating theories and research methodologies to advance understanding of SI leading to a comprehensive new paradigm of innovation.
  • Undertaking European and global mapping of SI, thereby addressing different social, economic, cultural, historical and religious contexts in eight major world regions.
  • Ensuring relevance for policy makers and practitioners through in-depth analyses and case studies in seven policy fields, with cross European and world region comparisons, foresight and policy round tables.

SI-DRIVE involves 15 partners from 12 EU Member States and 10 from other parts of the world, e.g. the University of Cape Town from South Africa.

The approach adopted interlinks the research process to both the complexity of the topic and the project workflow.

First, cyclical iteration between theory development, methodological improvements, and policy recommendations.

Second, two mapping exercises at European and global level. Initial mapping will capture basic information about 1000+ actual successful and failed social innovations from a wide variety of sources worldwide, leading to a typology of SI (testing the SI perspectives proposed by the BEPA report) and using this to examine the global SI distribution.

Subsequent mapping will use the typology to focus on well documented SI, leading to the selection of 10 cases each for in-depth analysis in the seven SI-DRIVE Policy Fields. Third, these case studies will be further analysed, used in stakeholder dialogues in 7 policy field platforms and in analysis of cross-cutting dimensions (e.g. gender, diversity, ICT), carefully taking into account cross-sector relevance (private, public, civil sectors), and future impact.

The outcomes of SI-DRIVE will address all objectives required by the Call, cover a broad range of research dimensions, impacting particularly in terms of changing society and empowerment, and contributing to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Current Calls

Horizon 2020 funded calls
As an officially-recognised 'third country', South Africa is eligible to participate in H2020 by joining EU-based consortia. Later this month and in the coming months the EC will launch calls for proposals under H2020. View the published final drafts of the relevant H2020 work programmes for 2016 and 2017. Please pay particular attention to the call opening dates (some already open, the rest opening between mid-October 2015 and December 2016) and closing dates (between January 2016 and September 2017).


Investing in European success - EU-Africa cooperation in science, technology and innovation
The EU-funded research projects set out in this booklet reveal what we can learn from traditional African medicines, how we can collaborate to tap into gamma ray astronomy, how we can harness the desert sun to produce clean energy and even how we can bring Africa's culinary diversity to European markets. Download the booklet

Rethinking the blueprint for African-EU research
African and EU countries have long worked together on science and technology research. Now the way they collaborate is being rethought for the modern world. The EU-funded project (ERAfrica) has used a different approach for a more equal, coordinated research partnership between Africa and the EU. Read on

Horizon 2020 made easy with multimedia

Horizon 2020 video - General overview

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics.

Horizon 2020 video - How to apply?

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020.


This newsletter was compiled by the ESASTAP Plus project partners and edited at the
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