IST-Africa results shared during H2020 Workshop to Launch H2020 WorkProgramme 2018 - 2020, Cairo

14 December 2017

On 12 December 2017, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Egyptian National Contact Points Network organized a workshop in Cairo to launch the 2018-2020 Work Programme of Horizon 2020.

More than 100 professionals including policy makers, researchers, representatives from the academia and technology transfer centers and all R&I community interested in the EU-Egypt Cooperation attended the workshop. It was formally opened by Prof. Mohamed El-Sayed El-Shinawi, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for International Collaborations and Agreements and H. E. Ivan Surkos, EU Ambassador to Egypt.

Head of EU Delegation to Egypt Ambassador Ivan Surkoš said, "2018 marks 10 years since the EU-Egypt science and technology agreement came into force. We remain to believe that scientific cooperation is one of the most important pillars of our cooperation." Ambassador Surkoš argued that science and innovation can provide answers to major societal challenges which affect all of us directly such as food security or water resources management (EU Delegation Press Release).

The event provided information on the new H2020 Calls for 2018 - 2020 by thematic work programme, insights into writing a H2020 proposal and the proposal evaluation process. There was also a session on H2020 experiences and success stories in Egypt.

ITIDA, the IST-Africa partner and ICT NCP in Egypt, presented IST-Africa results. This presentation provided insights into IST-Africa activities, opportunities to support EU-Africa research cooperation including interim results from the ICT-39-2017 Call, an overview of participation in H2020 from IST-Africa partner countries, the mapping of research capacity in IST-Africa partners countries to common research priorities and mapping of Innovation Spaces.

The full IST-Africa Report on ICT Initiatives, Research and Innovation Priorities and Capacity provides an update on the ICT enabling Environment, ICT-related Initiatives and Research Capacity in the targeted countries; National Research Priorities, Priority areas for collaboration in the context of the ICT-39-2017 Call of H2020, a mapping of research priorities to H2020 themes, summary of participation under FP7 and Horizon 2020 and a mapping of Innovation Spaces in Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda as at October 2017, ISBN No: 978-1-905824-58-8.