Research partnerships for the Mediterranean

May 9, 2012 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Euro-Mediterranean conference on research and innovation, Barcelona, 2-3 April

The European Commission will launch a new partnership for research and innovation in European and non-European Mediterranean countries. The partnership will include the entire range of stakeholders, from universities and research centers to industry to financial institutions and investors. The broad-ranging program will complement current bilateral programs.  This was the key outcome of the Barcelona  conference,  attended by 350 scientists and policy-makers from more than 30 countries. For each of a number of sectors – water, food, energy, transport, health – the conference identified the main challenges, and the priority steps to address these challenges.

ICARDA was represented at the conference by Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General. Dr Solh participated in a round table discussion at the start of the conference, that prepared the ground for subsequent sessions. He highlighted the role that international science partnerships could play in improving food security, livelihoods and employment, stressing that partnerships should be based on national and regional priorities and not externally driven, with clearly defined targets and a major capacity development component.


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