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COST Actions Survey

Dear Participant,

The Global Networking Team of the COST Association contacts you as we are very curious about your experience and would be happy to hear your views, opinion and stories concerning your recent COST Action participation.

We have developed a short survey that you can access from here: It takes about 10 min to fill it in and would provide an important contribution to our understanding on how non-COST partners benefit of the Actions and in what way it could be further improved.

The survey is targeted to non-COST country participants of COST Actions ending in 2020 or later and has the following parts

  • Information about COST and your interaction with the Action.
  • COST virtual networking tools
  • Your opinion about COST
  • Your experience as participant

Please send your answers by the 7th October 2020.

Thank you very much for your cooperation,

Director-General of the DSI speaks at ESOF2020 Opening Session

The Director-General of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI),Dr P Mjwara, spoke at the opening session of ESOF2020. 
His full remarks can be accessed here:

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020 opened on 02 September 2020. The conference will be held for the period 02 to 06 September 2020.
The event can be accessed here:

Invitation Eurogia Brokerage Webinar – 31 August 2020 16:00 CET

Eurogia is launching the Brokerage Webinar, which will take place online the 31st of August, 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This Webinar is in preparation of the Call 16 which will last until the 4th of September. During the webinar you will have the chance to present a project idea.

Please find attached the Call 16 Flyer inviting you to join our Brokerage Event and to submit a Project Outline to the Eurogia Call 16: this Flyer provides you with all the needed information and the Eurogia2020 Technology Scope.

You are invited to join the Brokerage Webinar and to present you Project Idea in a “Pitch” session:

Please register by sending an e-mail to with these information: name, surname, job position and affiliation.

You can also submit you Project idea to be presented and discussed at the “Pitch session”: please use the attached “Pitch template” and send your presentation to

The Brokerage Webinar will be hosted via the app GoToMeeting. After the registration you will receive an e-mail with the link and the password to access the webinar. This call stays in the green energy and decarbonizing technology scope. See Eurogia Technology Roadmap.

Click here to download the Call Flyer 

Click here to download the Pitch Template

COST Newsletter – July 2020

COST has published it’s monthly newsletter and it covers the following topics:

  • Brain circulation and empowering young researchers
  • Interview with Magdalena Król – Finalist for EU Prize for Women Innovators
  • Cross-Cutting Activity (CCA) on science communication
  • COST Connect – The Green Deal
  • COST Conversations – Prof. Tiziana Brevini
  • Microbes, MOBIEU and a meeting of minds
  • News and events from COST Actions

You can access the full COST Newsletter by clicking on this link

EU sends Covid-19 test accuracy material to South Africa

The European Union (EU) Joint Research Centre has sent a consignment of control material, which allows laboratories to check the correct functioning of their Covid-19 tests and avoid false negatives, to South Africa.

The EU Joint Research Centre developed the control material at its laboratories in Geel, Belgium, in support of global efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“As the pandemic sweeps across South Africa, it is critical for medical staff, policy makers and the public at large to be able to fully rely on test data to facilitate timely interventions and action. This small, but hugely useful contribution to South Africa’s efforts to manage the spread of the disease is an expression of our strategic partnership,” says EU Ambassador to South Africa Dr Riina Kionka.

The control material will be sent to 22 laboratories throughout South Africa.

It will enable researchers to carry out thousands of controls to ensure the efficiency of the Covid-19 tests used in the country.

“This has been an extraordinary time in history for laboratory testing in South Africa. Assay validations for Covid-19 and the rapid implementation of testing platforms thereafter, have had to be conducted at an unprecedented speed,” National Health Laboratory Service national priority programmes director Professor Wendy Stevens comments.

“The complexity of molecular testing is frequently not understood and, thus, the provision of standardised quality control material by colleagues from the EU is both timeous and will provide us with much-needed reassurance that we are not releasing poor quality assays into the field,” she adds.


Originally posted on on 24 July 2020
Author : Schalk Burger  – Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor

Edited by: Chanel De Bruyn – Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

OPINION | It is important to share the values of Nelson Mandela during Covid-19 Pandemic

Originally Posted on News24

We all share the same grief and anxiety at a pandemic that is taking so many lives and generating so much pain. As President Cyril Ramaphosa reminded us, a collective response, solidarity and international cooperation is the only way forward.

As we commemorate the legacy of Nelson Mandela – it is more important than ever to share the values that are central to his legacy and beliefs.

In this spirit, Europe is actively teaming up with South Africa to fight against Covid-19, and to alleviate its social and economic consequences. The EU is proud to be South Africa’s primary trading and political partner, amplified by our wide ranging partnerships in science, research and education.

As Chair of the Africa Union, South Africa’s leadership reflects Mandela’s legacy, ensuring a collective response to protect and provide resources in the fight against Covid-19.

The EU has responded by coordinating our efforts with all our African partners and mobilising more than 20 billion euro (R380 billion) to support the most vulnerable African countries. Our support is focused on meeting the three immediate challenges of humanitarian response, sustainable strengthening of health systems and the mitigation of the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.

We have been working with South Africa and our African partners since early April, including at a time when Europe was facing the peak of the epidemic.

WHO’s role

Both South Africa and the EU share an appreciation of the important role that the World Health Organisation plays today, both politically and financially. The European Union has also worked to strengthen vertical funds for health (Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, GAVI and UNITAID). Overall, the EU and its member states have made the largest contributions to global health organisations.

Beyond humanitarian assistance, and working closely with South Africa, we continue to build a lasting partnership with the African continent on health issues. The coronavirus requires a sustainable endeavor, not through stand-alone initiatives designed to grab media attention, but by supporting regional and international organisations to support the citizens of this continent.

We have worked hard to develop new and innovative ways to ensure the sustainable supply of health materials and equipment.

Europe promoted the “Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator” initiative, launched on 24 April in partnership with the WHO, to develop and support universal and equitable access to diagnostics, treatment and vaccines against Covid-19. Europe has helped to mobilise international donors in order to give substance to this initiative. It was also the European Union that presented a resolution which was unanimously adopted at the World Health Assembly on 19 May this year, calling, among other things, for equitable access to technologies, medicines and vaccines against Covid-19.

This demand for universal care and treatment is combined with a major effort to strengthen African medical research, to ensure that the African continent can take advantage of the recognised expertise and experience of its own researchers.

In South Africa, we Europeans are teaming up with local experts, NGOs and officials to establish strong and comprehensive support in this crisis. South Africa’s government has taken vigorous and courageous measures against the spread of the virus. All along the way, civil society has played a crucial role on the ground.

In the Rainbow nation, beyond the health response, we are making a concrete contribution to a sustainable economic recovery. South Africa and Europe share the same vision of a Just Transition, where the enhancement of natural and human capital is key to ensure sustainable, long term and inclusive prosperity. Towards this end, we support a variety of partners – local authorities, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, through public funds and European civil society and private companies. It is worth noting that more than 1 000 European companies create jobs and do business in South Africa.

Joint initiatives

We are particularly proud of the action of the joint South African/European private companies, which responded to the needs expressed by the South African authorities, at national and provincial levels. We are also grateful that, on top of helping their employees get through this crisis, they support the most vulnerable communities around their premises through different initiatives and donations from Gauteng to Western Cape, from Limpopo to KwaZulu-Natal.

Last week, our ministers and representatives met by video-conference to ensure the delivery of our joint initiatives. It is our wish to further strengthen our strategic partnership with South Africa. This year will see the 6th EU-AU Summit, which will take place in October, where we will actively contribute to our common fight against Covid-19, and strengthen the team spirit between Europe and Africa.

South Africa and Europe stand together to face the global challenges of our times. Our partnership reflects the spirit and values of Nelson Mandela following the commemoration of his birthday on Saturday.


Ambassador of the European Union Dr Riina Kionka, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria Dr. Johann Brieger, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium Didier Vanderhasselt, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria Krassimir Stefanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia Ante Cicvaric, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus Costas A. Papademas, Ambassador of the Czech Republic Pavel Rezác, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark Tobias E. Rehfeld, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland Marjaana Hypponen, Ambassador of the Republic of France Aurélien Lechevallier, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr Martin Schäfer, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) Roussos Koundouros, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary András László Király, Ambassador of Ireland Fionnuala Gilsenan, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy Paolo Cuculi, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Ms Inga Stankaite, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Han Peters, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Kanthak, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal Manuel Carvalho, Ambassador of Romania Marius Boranescu, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic Monika Tomašovicová, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain Carlos Fernández-Arias Minuesa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden Cecilia Julin.

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Minister Nzimande AU-EU Ministerial Meeting Address

16 July 2020

South Africa Minister Of Higher Education, Science And Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande Remarks On The Occasion Of The Introduction Of The African Union – European Union Research And Innovation Ministers Meeting Session On Innovation And Technology On The Topic Of “How Can We Ensure That Innovation Ecosystems Emerge Stronger From Covid-19 Crisis And Play A Critical Role In The Economic Recovery”

Read Full Remarks by clicking on this link


Sigi Gruber’s All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Online Presentation | Networking Fridays

Sigi Gruber’s All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance on line presentation on July 10th in scope of the AIR Centre Networking Fridays


In a time of social distancing, the AIR Centre is bringing people back together by launching a series of online networking meetings that take place every Friday, from 1pm to 2 pm UTC. During these relaxing Networking Fridays, researchers, technology innovators, representatives of multilateral organizations, government officials, and social entrepreneurs will present to and discuss with the audience their current work and, most importantly, explore ways of future collaboration. The goal is to keep our networks active, connected and informed of interesting activities going on around the Atlantic region. Places are limited, so please register here. Let’s inspire each other and thrive through all this together.

Under AIR Centre Networking Fridays,  on July 10th, 2020, 1-2 PM UTC – Sigi Gruber who is the Head of the Healthy Oceans and Seas Unit, DG RTD, EC, will make a presentation of the work of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Twitter Hashtag: #netfridays

Zoom Webinar Registration Here

For more information click here.

For enquiries:

Opening seventh ITEA 3 Call for projects

Opening seventh ITEA 3 Call for projects
ITEA PO Days 2020: 7-11 September 2020

On 7 September 2020, ITEA, the Eureka Cluster programme on software innovation, will open its seventh ITEA 3 Call for project proposals in conjunction with the Online ITEA Project Outline (PO) Preparation Days 2020 on 7-11 September.

This event is the perfect way to jump-start your preparations for an ITEA Project Outline. In short, the Online ITEA PO Days 2020 will enable you to:

  • Present your project idea(s) and/or learn about other project ideas via uploaded posters and video pitches
  • Discuss your project ideas in online workgroup sessions and shape them into initial project proposals and consortia.
  • Get connected with companies and potential partners from all over Europe and beyond
  • Learn more about the specific funding rules in your country well in advance, as well as how to get in touch with your Public Authorities to discuss your idea(s)
  • See how the ITEA Office can support you during the full project lifetime

Online ITEA PO Days registration

If you are interested in participating in the Online ITEA PO Days 2020, please fill in the registration form via the Online ITEA PO 2020 Days website.

The participation fee for the Online ITEA PO Days 2020 is 150 EUR, but if you register before 1 August 2020, you can benefit from the Early bird fee and only pay 100 EUR! (Fees ex. VAT and non-refundable). The number of registration spots is limited, so if you plan to participate, do not miss this opportunity and register now! Note: to participate in the event you need to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Get started now!

You can already get started for this ITEA Call by using the online ITEA Project idea tool and Partner search. It is highly recommended to start shaping project idea(s) and identifying potential partners in advance to optimise your preparation period. During the Online ITEA PO Days you can then further define your project idea(s) in the different sessions and connect with (new) consortium members.

About ITEA

ITEA is a transnational and industry-driven R&D&I programme in the domain of software innovation. ITEA is a Cluster programme of EUREKA, an intergovernmental network for R&D&I cooperation, involving over 40 countries globally. ITEA enables an international Community to collaborate in funded projects that turn innovative ideas into new businesses, jobs, economic growth and benefits for society.

ITEA is open to large industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, academia and customer organisations and its bottom-up project creation ensures that the project ideas are industry-driven and based on actual customer needs. The ITEA programme is publicly funded on a national level; each ITEA project partner can apply for funding from their own national Public Authority.

For more information: About ITEA & Call process.

ITEA Office

USER GUIDELINES EUREKA Application Portal | 2nd EUREKA GlobalStars-Singapore Call

2nd EUREKA GlobalStars-Singapore Call

EUREKA has published User Guidelines for the EUREKA Application Portal where applicants can apply for the Globalstars and Network Projects.

The applicant portal is a really effective way for applicants to stay engaged in the application process and these guidelines are an important tool in clarifying how to navigate the portal.

Additional Information about the call

Read the article on the Information Day for this call by clicking here

Time Schedule:

Deadline for Eureka Application: 15 October 2020
Applicants Informed: January 2021
Eureka label procedure and approval: January – February 2021

All relevant information can be found at You are also strongly encouraged to upload your company profile at the EUREKA GlobalStars Singapore Open Call Virtual Marketplace through which you will be able to find the right partner for your proposed project.