10.11.2016 - 11.11.2016 | Yerevan. Armenia

Horizon 2020 Association Conference and Training Seminar in Yerevan

The IncoNet EaP project organised a Horizon 2020 Association Conference and Training Seminar devoted to Armenia's association to Horizon 2020, the EU's current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The events were held in Yerevan on 10-11 November 2016. The main objective was to present the additional opportunities arising from Armenia's association to Horizon 2020 to the Armenian authorities, policy makers and STI stakeholders. About 140 participants attended the events.
The Agreement on association of Armenia to European Union’s Framework Programme on Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020 was signed in Brussels on 19 May 2016, by the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Levon Mkrtchyan and EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Mr. Carlos Moedas and being enforced starting 12 November 2016 after ratification by the Armenian Parliament.

Horizon 2020 Association Events in Armenia | © Shahane Hovhannisyan Horizon 2020 Association Events in Armenia | © Shahane Hovhannisyan


The Association Conference was organised on 10 November 2016 with the main objective to present to the Armenian authorities, policy makers and STI stakeholders the additional opportunities arising from association of Armenia to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

It was attended by around 140 participants, including EU Delegation to Armenia, Ministries, policy makers, Horizon 2020 National Contact Points and information multipliers from various scientific and research institutes and universities, as well as representatives of SMEs, NGOs and other concerned organisations as well as IncoNet EaP partners from Greece, Poland, Georgia, Estonia and Moldova.

The welcome speeches were delivered by H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni Świtalski, European Union Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia, Dr. George Bonas, Scientific Coordinator of IncoNet EaP, the Vice-President of NAS RA, Academician Yuri Shoukourian, by the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Science of the Republic of Armenia Prof. Vardan Sahakyan.

'Armenian people are very talented. Armenia is a real reservoir of talent, of imagination, of creativity, so it is European Union role to foster that. And, Armenia has lot of innovation, particularly in its young people and we need to trust them', said the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski in his welcome speech addressed to H2020 Association Conference participants.

Horizon 2020 Association Events in Armenia | © Shahane Hovhannisyan Horizon 2020 Association Events in Armenia | © Shahane Hovhannisyan


The conference agenda included presentations on the general scope of H2020 and new opportunities for the EU associated countries, Measures to Support Innovation and Research-Industry Cooperation. It also provided for activities of IncoNet EaP and the EaP+ projects, Widening participation instruments, new tools and opportunities for SMEs under H2020 and beyond.

An open discussion took place at the end of the event dedicated to tackling possible problems and challenges in strengthening the representation to H2020 Programme Committees and the NCPs system, as well as how to benefit from Widening participation instruments and schemes for Innovation in SMEs.

The final speech with conclusions and recommendations was made by Mr. George Bonas, Scientific Coordinator of IncoNet EaP project, who pointed out that association to H2020 is a big success for Armenia but at the same time a long and difficult process which needs urgent actions necessary to maximize the advantage; such as identification of Steering Committee members, strengthening of the NCP system by establishment of mentoring schemes for NCPs, participation in COST actions, benefiting from Widening participation instruments, implementation of internal reforms (e.g. Policy Mix Peer Review) with the aim to remove internal barriers in the system and improve the structure to better meet industrial and social needs.

On 11 November 2016, Horizon 2020 Training Seminar was held at the premises of NAS RA. The main objective of the training seminar was to train the Armenian research community, SMEs and other interested stakeholders on how to write a successful proposal and come up with the best participation in H2020.

The event was attended by more than 120 participants representing research institutes, universities, SMEs and industries, agencies and associations, NGOs and international organisations and other interested stakeholders.

The welcome speeches were delivered by Mr. Tigran Arzumanyan, H2020 NCP Coordinator, Mr. Ludovic Ciechanowski, International Cooperation Officer, EU Delegation to Armenia and Dr. George Bonas, Scientific Coordinator of IncoNet EaP project.

The agenda of the training covered the presentation on the H2020 National NCP structure in Armenia, identification of appropriate calls, the way from project idea to proposal and legal & financial issues. As an instrument of Widening the participation in H2020 COST actions were also involved in the agenda.

The training Seminar was very productive and ended up with individual consultations for the potential participants to H2020. The events were widely broadcasted by many major TV, radio and Web media agencies of the country.

Author & contact

Tigran Arzumanyan
Head of International S&T Programs Department
National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
24, Marshal Baghramian Ave.,
0019 Yerevan, ARMENIA
Tel/fax: +37410525432
E-mail: tarznip@sci.am

 
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