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South Africa-EUREKA Smart Cities Partnering Event
26 April 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
The South African smart cities partnering event took place during EUREKA Innovation Week. A delegation of South African researchers and innovators pitched their project ideas for EUREKA endorsement. South Africa also exhibited, to showcare South African expertise and market South African institutions as preferred international partners for EUREKA projects. South Africa has already expressed interest in submitting EUREKA projects with many countries under the bilateral agreement partnership and this was an opportune time to facilitate partner matching between South African innovators and researchers to strengthen SA-EU bilateral cooperation.

EU Horizon 2020 Information Session
25 April 2016, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The session focused on open and forthcoming calls within the following themes: Climate Action, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials; Energy; Food security, Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry; Marine, Maritime & Inland Water Research; and ICT. Horizon 2020 is the largest EU Research and Innovation Programme ever with a budget of €80 billion available from 2014 to 2020.

ESASTAP 2020 workshop on science for policy advice
25 February 2016, Cape Town, South Africa
The workshop was hosted during the margins of the "Global Network of Science Academies (IAP) conference on Science Advice and General Assembly 2016" which was held from 28 February to 2 March 2016 in Hermanus, Cape Town. The ESASTAP 2020 workshop was targeted at representatives from academia, private sector, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Government who are involved in translating science for policy advice. The workshop aimed to stimulate a robust discussion around science policy and showcase Framework Programme Seven (FP7) and Horizon 2020 (H2020) projects that have results which can influence policy and decision making. The workshop was followed by an ESASTAP 2020 dinner reception in Hermanus. The aim of the dinner reception was to present the new ESASTAP 2020 project, a successor of ESASTAP Plus.

Information session: EU Horizon 2020
28 January 2016, Cape Town, South Africa
The University of Cape Town hosted an information session presented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on the EU Horizon 2020 research funding programme. The focus was primarily on the current open calls in the Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials, Energy programmes.

SA-EU Information Sharing session on European Union Programmes: A side event to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA)
7 December 2015, Pretoria, South Africa
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted a "pre-forum" event entitled "SA-EU Information Sharing session on European Union Programmes: A side event to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA)" on 7 December 2015. The pre-forum event consisted of the following sessions:
Information session of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) and ERASMUS Mundus, which mobility programmes that afford researchers outside Europe to conduct and collaborate with their European counterparts; and
Information session on raising awareness and promoting the EEN and EUREKA networks in South Africa (SA). The session was aimed at discussing various aspects of bridging the gap between R&D and industry through various platforms such as the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and the EUREKA Network and how the SA and EU SMEs can benefit from these networks.

South African-Swedish collaboration on Research and Innovation
22 October 2015, South Africa
Sweden and South Africa have collaborated in the field of research since the 1990s, and in October 2013 a new agreement on Science, Technology (DST) and Innovation was signed between the two countries represented by the Department of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Education and Research. Sweden and South Africa have many common STI priority areas and also face the similar challenges. DST and the Swedish agency for innovation systems, VINNOVA therefore take joint action to identify the best way to support research and innovation collaborations between the two countries. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate identification of priority areas of mutual interest, and possible areas of collaboration with the objective of strengthening collaboration on innovation and applied/industrial research between the two countries.

Gender Summit 5 Africa 2015
28-30 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
The Gender Summit Africa (GSA) stimulated meaningful conversations to ensure that Africa's research agenda is strengthened as we reflect on how our science, technology, infrastructure, capital and skills could be used to realise the continent's full potential for the benefit of its entire people. The GSA is held with a view to reflect on the past, current and future sciences and pose questions related to how women have and could be afforded opportunities to fully partake and make a significant contribution to the various sciences, as well as benefit from the scientific advances made. GSA is also cognisant of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education if Africa is to support its fast growing economy and possibly be a leading innovation economy in the near future. The GSA provided a forum for groups and organisations across all levels of scientific research, including research beneficiaries - to address issues of mutual concern.

Seminar to present partnership opportunities between South Africa and the European Research Council (ERC), with participation of Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon: President of the ERC
13 January 2015, Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) hosted a seminar to present partnership opportunities between South Africa and the ERC on the bilateral agreement between the ERC and the NRF which will be concluded in 2015. The purpose of the event was to present the role of the ERC and the opportunities it offers to South African researchers by the President of the ERC, Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

South Africa - France ICT Cooperation Workshop
30-31 October 2014, CSIR Meraka Institute, Pretoria
South African and French researchers met at the CSIR Meraka Institute on 30 and 31 October 2014, for a two-day workshop to discuss joint R&D and innovation (RDI) collaboration in information and communication technologies (ICT). The gathering, organized by the French Embassy and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), attracted more than 50 attendees representing research institutions, universities and industry, as well as governments from both countries.

Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal Challenges 2014
29 September - 1 October 2014, Bologna, Italy
LET'S 2014 is a conference which brought together more than 1000 delegates from all over the world to discuss how Europe can support the growth and the creation of new jobs and face Societal Challenges through new products, processes and services, creating opportunities for European actors.

Horizon 2020 information session: Presenting the European Union's new Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (H2020)
26 May 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The workshop was organised by the Department of Science and Technology and ESASTAP Plus. It provided an overview of opportunities for South African - European cooperation under the Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation, "Biotech and food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime and bio-economy thematic area, and current open calls".

SA-EU collaboration meeting
16 May 2014, Pretoria, South Africa
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the European Member States and Associated Countries' views and interest for enhancing coordination of different South Africa - EU science and technology cooperation programmes.

South Africa- European Cooperation in the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Seminars
24 March 2014 (Gauteng), 25 March (Limpopo), 26 March (Cape Town), South Africa
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Meraka, hosted a series of seminars dedicated to exploring South African-European Cooperation in the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (S&T) (COST) for the ICT sector. The seminars provided a platform for sharing of information on South African and European policies, strategies and experiences with regard to participation in the European COST Actions in areas related to Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Funding opportunities and other instruments, which could support South African-European S&T cooperation, were also presented.

National Launch: Presenting the European Union's new Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (H2020)
27-31 January 2014, South Africa
The purpose of the launch was to present the European Union's new Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (H2020) to the South African science and technology community. The launch consisted of a series of workshops which highlighted the first H2020 calls for proposals launched on 11 December 2013. The launch also served as an ideal opportunity for South African organisations interested in cooperating with European organisations under H2020 to learn more about the administrative requirements and the procedure to be followed when wishing to participate in H2020. The workshops were co-facilitated by the DST, the ESASTAP Plus project partners and representatives of the European Commission (EC).

ESASTAP Plus Seminar: Presenting South Africa - a research and innovation partner for Europe in Horizon 2020
14 January 2014, Thon EU Hotel on Rue de la loi, Brussels
The purpose of the seminar was to present to the European science and technology community the exciting opportunities for cooperation with South Africa under the new European Union's new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. In addition to presenting the policy context, from both a South African and European perspective, regarding the strategic importance of collaboration in research and innovation between the two partners, the seminar highlighted South Africa's scientific and technological expertise in some of the priority research and innovation focus areas of Horizon 2020. The event was an ideal opportunity for European organisations interested to cooperate with South Africa under Horizon 2020 to learn more about the countries' capacities.

South Africa-EU Space Skills Workshop
19 - 20 November 2013, Pretoria, South Africa
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the European Commission (EC) hosted a workshop dedicated to exploring South African-European cooperation in the development of scientific, technical and entrepreneurial skills for the space sector. The workshop provided a platform for information-sharing on South African and European policies, strategies and experiences with regard to human capital development in areas related to space science, technology and engineering, including for example in domains such as Earth observation and satellite navigation. Funding opportunities and other instruments, which could support South African-European cooperation, was presented.

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South Africa ICT networking event as part of Digital Agenda for Europe ICT 2013
7 November 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted an ICT networking session to highlight the South Africa-EU ICT research and innovation cooperation as part of the Digital Agenda for Europe ICT 2013 event (6 - 8 November 2013) and in preparation for Horizon 2020. The South Africa networking session highlighted the many exciting ICT opportunities that South African and European research and technology organisations can cooperate on. The theme for the networking sessions was "Accelerating the South African Digital Advantage Vision through Enhanced ICT Research and Innovation Cooperation between South Africa - European Union (EU)".

Horizon 2020 - The new EU framework programme
7 October 2013, Cape Town, South Africa
Horizon 2020 is the instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an 80 billion budget, the EU's new programme for research and innovation will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market. In addition international cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. This workshop, organised by the ESASTAP Plus consortium, provided an overview of Horizon 2020 and highlighted the potential for African participation.

Workshop: Exploring opportunities for greater cooperation and synergy in research and innovation partnerships between South Africa and Europe
19 July 2013, Pretoria, South Africa
The event was an official side event to the sixth South Africa-EU Summit. One of ESASTAP Plus' key objectives is to promote enhanced coordination of different South Africa-EU science and technology cooperation programmes and maximise synergy between them. The side event focused on how such coordination and synergy could be promoted in research and innovation partnerships targeting major societal challenges. The workshop explored commonalities and synergy between different cooperation programmes and instruments targeting societal challenges such as improving food and water security, enhancing waste management, promoting competitive low-carbon economies and leveraging the potential of the oceans in a sustainable manner.

Workshop: EUREKA network, opportunities and benefits
13 June 2013, Pretoria, South Africa
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosted a high-level EUREKA delegation to South Africa during the week of 11-14 June 2013. The visit formed part of preparations by the Department and the EUREKA network to consider South Africa as an associate member of the EUREKA network. DST planned several bilateral meetings with specific innovation players in South Africa. In addition, an open workshop was held at the Department to provide information about the EUREKA network, as well as opportunities and benefits for countries with associate membership.

Innovation as a driving force in the EU R&I 2014-2020
27 May 2013, East London, South Africa
The workshop took place as a side event of the 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship. Participants were informed on the funding opportunities and the most relevant background policies for creating Innovation in Europe and in South Africa. The workshop aimed to share the most up-to-date information paving the way for concrete and informed actions.

ESASTAP Plus - high level networking event
19 April 2013, Brussels
ESASTAP Plus organised a lunchtime briefing and networking event in Brussels. The event was organised with the opportunity of South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology, Minister Derek Hanekom visit to Brussels for a series of high-level engagements with European Commission counterparts. Minister Derek Hanekom offered a speech highlighting South Africa's research and innovation advantages and the willingness to support further cooperation with the EU. Following the Minister's speech Constantine Vaitsas, FORTH (ESASTAP Plus coordinator) presented the project structure, consortium and activities. Mmboneni Muofhe, DST offered a presentation on future plans and priorities for South Africa's research and innovation cooperation with the European Union including South Africa's endeavours in the future Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Following the presentations, lunch was served and extensive networking took place.

ACP call proposal writing training sessions
20 November 2012 (Pretoria), 21 November 2012 (Johannesburg), 27 November 2012 (Cape Town)
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) held proposal writing training workshops for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Science and Technology (ACP S&T) programme call. The ACP S&T programme call for proposals was launched on 8 October 2012. The second Call for Proposals under the ACP Programme in Science and Technology, builds upon the lessons learnt from the first Call for Proposals launched in 2008. The call covers two themes which are: Energy Access and Efficiency, and Agriculture and Food Security, but also strongly encourages interdisciplinary approaches therefore it is not only limited to the two themes. The call will also cover cross-cutting themes such as: good governance and human rights, gender equality, environment sustainability and climate change.

FP7 FAFB call information sessions and partner identification workshops
14 November 2012 (Pretoria), 15 November 2012 (Cape Town), 16 November 2012 (Port Elizabeth)
The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the European Union funded project entitled "Reinforcing the international cooperation in European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology (FAFB) strengthening the CIRCLE of Third Countries BIO National Contact Points (BIO CIRCLE 2)" organised FP7 FAFB call information sessions and partner identification workshops. The workshops were facilitated by Dr Bongani Ndimba: South Africa's National Contact Point for the FP7 FAFB thematic area and Ms Chiara Pocaterra: BIO CIRCLE 2 project coordinator from Italy.

Information sessions: Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Science and Technology Programme call for proposals
6 November 2012 (Cape Town) and 7 November 2012 (Pretoria)
At the information sessions, initiatives such as the GMES and Africa initiative to bolster Africa's Earth observation capabilities, the Africa Connect programme aimed at strengthening Africa's high-speed research networking capacities and various actions promoting research and innovation partnerships were presented. With the regard to the latter, the proceedings included a presentation of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Science and Technology Programme's new call for proposals.

Young Researchers' Workshop to enhance future SA-EU research and innovation partnerships
5-6 November 2012, Belgium
The workshop brought together a small group of young South African and European researchers (either at doctoral student or post-doctoral level), for shared reflection on how future research and innovation partnerships between South Africa and the European Union could be enhanced. The recommendations formulated by the young researchers and a short report on their perspective of past cooperation was presented to the South Africa - EU Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee upon conclusion of the workshop.

AERAP workshop on human capital development opportunities
27 September 2012, Pretoria
The workshop was held under the aegis of AERAP (African-European Radio Astronomy Partnerships) and targeted at the astronomy community in South Africa and the rest of the continent. The focus of the workshop was EU-FP7 researcher mobility and training programmes.

Seminar on harnessing research and innovation for societal challenges: New opportunities for South Africa-EU cooperation
19 September 2012, Brussels, Belgium
Organised as a side event to the fifth South Africa-EU Summit the seminar explored new opportunities for South Africa - EU cooperation in harnessing research and innovation to address societal challenges. The seminar reviewed scientific cooperation between South Africa and the EU over the past 15 years and considered opportunities for European researchers to participate in South African programmes related to the proposed Horizon 2020 societal challenge focus areas.

Conference on Innovation for Poverty Alleviation
Side Event to the 5th South Africa - European Union Summit
18 September 2012, Brussels, Belgium
The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the European Commission organised a special conference on "Innovation for Poverty Alleviation" as side event to the fifth South Africa - European Union Summit. The conference presented and celebrated the EU's Sector Budget Support (SBS) Programme on Innovation for Poverty Alleviation to the DST. The event included as keynote speaker His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa. South Africa and the European Union share the policy conviction that science and technology are critical instruments for sustainable growth and development and can play an essential role in poverty alleviation efforts.

Information Days: FP7 2013 Calls
3 September 2012 (Pretoria) and 5 September 2012 (Cape Town)
ESASTAP hosted a series of information days on the funding opportunities afforded by the European Commission's FP7 2013 Calls launched in July 2012 in a wide variety of themes.

FP7 NMP and Security: Look to South Africa for partnerships
26 June 2012, Brussels, Belgium
If you are looking for partners for proposals, under the coming FP7 Nanotechnology, Nanosciences, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP), as well as Security, themes, you may wish to look to South Africa. As part of the European South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme, South Africa's best researchers are being mobilised to offer attractive partnership propositions to European consortia planning participation in these areas. Possible topics in the coming NMP call where South Africa has special expertise to offer include societally beneficial nano- and material technologies, nano-therapies to treat infectious bacterial diseases or mineral extraction and processing. Under the Security call, risk and disaster management, the fight against cybercrime, as well as logistics and supply chain security, number among possible areas where South African experts can add value to European consortia.

2012 FP7 Information and Call Analysis Sessions
May & June 2012, South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Polokwane, Pretoria)
In 2012, FP7 will launch its final and biggest calls for proposals since its inception. Calls will be launched in all thematic areas and all FP7 programmes. Some of the calls have already been launched. South Africa's participation has increased since the beginning of FP7 but there are still sectors and thematic areas which need improvement. ESASTAP, together with the South African National Contact Points (NCPs), recently embarked on road shows to raise awareness of the upcoming FP7 calls and prepare the South African research community to respond to these calls.

ICT and Environment info session in Germany
17 January 2011, Berlin, Germany
Expert researchers, programme owners and other stakeholders from South Africa visited Germany to promote cooperation opportunities and to strengthen SA research collaboration with EU counterparts in ICT and the environment.

ICT and Nanotechnology info session in France
20 January 2011, Paris, France
Expert researchers, programme owners and other stakeholders from South Africa visited France to promote cooperation opportunities and to strengthen SA research collaboration with EU counterparts in ICT and nanotechnology.

FP7 Legal and Financial Training Workshops
13 October 2011, South Africa
FP7 L&F issues such as direct and indirect costs, personnel costs, Third Parties, sub-contractors, flat rates, receipts, financial reporting, etc. was discussed. In addition, the presenters provided an overview of L&F issues under discussion for the next Framework Programme, Horizon 2020.

Fourth South Africa - European Union Summit Supporting Events
September 2011, South Africa
The SA-EU Summit is a high-level event which is aimed at discussing issues of strategic importance including trade, the economy and development. The EU has this level of strategic relationship with very few countries, and South Africa is one of the most recent additions. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) continues to use the Summit to highlight the successful science and technology (S&T) partnership between SA and the EU by hosting supporting events to the Summit each year. The events are critical in broadening the scope of cooperation in common priority areas between the EU and SA researchers. Two supporting events to the Summit were held on climate change, and on minerals and mining. The main aim of the sessions was to review the success and impact of existing cooperation between SA and EU researchers, and also to identify new opportunities for future collaborations.
Climate Change Research Cooperation
Minerals and Mining Innovation Partnerships

Information Days: FP7 2012 Calls
August 2011, Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa
ESASTAP hosted a series of information days on the opportunities afforded by the European Commission's FP7 2012 Calls launched in July 2011. Mobility programmes such as COST and IRSES as well as the various sources of funding available both locally and internationally for participants in actions and programmes recognised by ESASTAP were presented.

Mobility and FP7 proposal writing workshops
June 2011, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, South Africa
The mobility proposal training was provided by Frank Marx, Acting Head of Unit: International Fellowships, Research Executive Agency (REA). REA is a funding body created by the European Commission to foster excellence in research and innovation. The agency manages large parts of the European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities such as the People Programme.

Space Dialogue meeting side events
18 April 2011 and 21 April 2011, Pretoria, South Africa
The South Africa - EU Space Dialogue was welcomed as part of the South Africa - EU Strategic Partnership during the first South Africa - European Union (EU) Summit that was held in Bordeaux in July 2008. The Space Dialogue has the objective of bringing together the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), the European Commission (EC) as well as the European Space Agency (ESA), to review SA - EU cooperation in space and to plan new initiatives to enhance cooperation and to exchange perspectives on space policy developments. Two successful Space Dialogue meetings have been held in Pretoria (2009) and Brussels (2010). The third Dialogue meeting took place in Pretoria on 19 April 2011. In order to provide the SA space research community with the opportunity to engage with the European researchers, DST organised side events to the Dialogue on 18 April and 21 April.

18 April 2011: A review of South Africa - EU cooperation in space and its contribution to the strengthening of the South Africa - EU Strategic Partnership

The objective of the first event was to present the results of the South Africa - EU space cooperation and to review the cooperation. There were several presentations delivered by the DST, EC, SANSA and ESA and SA researchers.

21 April 2011: FP7 funding and opportunities available for the space researchers

The second meeting organised by South Africa's FP7 Space National Contact Point raised awareness of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) amongst the broader SA research community, highlighted the processes that needs to be followed when applying for FP7 funding and shared opportunities available for the space researchers.

 
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