Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Monday, January 20, 2014

Horizon 2020 info meeting

Photo credit: PAEPARD
17 Jan 2013 Brussels. The info day was organised by the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food to provide full information on the new calls for proposals of Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research bio-based industries and the Bioeconomy) and on the call Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) - Biotechnology.

Societal Challenge 2 covers three calls for proposals under which
projects can apply for funding:
  • Sustainable Food Security
  • Blue Growth
  • Innovative Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy
In addition, the call under Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies was also be presented:
  • LEIT - Biotechnology
Horizon 2020 is the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, succeeding P7. Running Europe 2020 strategy and addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere.
from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly €80 billion, Horizon 2020 is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 reflects the policy priorities of the

Programme pdf - 106 KB

Morning session:
Afternoon sessions
Session: Sustainable food security session
Session: Blue Growth
Session: Innovative, sustainable and inclusive Bioeconomy (ISIB) + Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies

Interview with Mr Stephane Hogan, Science Counsellor, European Union Delegation to the African Union. (South Africa in Horizon 2020 Information Day, 14 January 2014, Brussels)

Stephane Hogan answers following questions: 
  1. How will the private sector be involved in the food security?
  2. Two themes target Africa. Are African researchers excluded from the other themes?
SciDev 07/01/2014: A new horizon for African-European research links
“It’s a European programme, not a collaboration programme with Africa,” so it is logical that most funding goes to the EU, says Daan du Toit, senior science and technology representative for the South African Department of Science and Technology to the EU in Brussels, Belgium. “As much as we [South Africans] promote it and are enthusiastic about it, it’s not a magic instrument for all.”

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