The purpose of the H2020 workshop was to present calls for proposals currently open focusing mainly on the Information and Communications Technologies work programme as one of the themes to be covered. The workshop also presented other calls that are open in the overall European Union and South Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation. The workshop served as an ideal opportunity for South African organisations interested to cooperate with European organisations under H2020 to learn more about the administrative requirements and the procedure to be followed when submitting proposals. Details were also presented about the various advisory and support services, availed by the ESASTAP 2020 platform, to support South African-European cooperation under Horizon 2020.
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.