19.04.2016 - 20.04.2016 | Budapest, Hungary

Policy Stakeholders Conference on 'EU-EaP STI cooperation in addressing Health'

The third Policy Stakeholders Conference organised by the IncoNet EaP project took place in Budapest on 19-20 April 2016. The conference addressed 'Health' as a focus area of EU-Eastern Partnership Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation. The main aim of the Policy Stakeholders Conferences was to bring together policy makers, representatives of the research community and the private sector to address specific problems that countries in the region face and that are of mutual interest and benefit.

Welcoming speech of Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Affairs of the Ministry of Human Capacities | © Àdàm Dàvid, RCISD

Welcoming speech of Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate General Research & Innovation | © Àdàm Dàvid, RCISD 


The Conference was organised by the Centre for Regional and International STI Studies and Support (CeRISS), Athens, Greece in cooperation with the Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development (RCISD), Budapest, Hungary.

The Conference provided the opportunity for an in-depth exchange of views among high-level policymakers, representatives of the research communities in the EU/MS AC and the 6 EaP countries, as well as other key stakeholders active in the region on regional and international policies, research programmes and projects addressing Health. The aim of the Conference was to take stock and showcase best practices regarding EU-EaP scientific cooperation, discuss concrete innovation cooperation projects, and promote international collaboration, networking, matchmaking. In addition the Conference provided the opportunity to present a good number of projects from the region as well as best practice examples with the aim to create synergies among stakeholders for future cooperation activities in H2020 and beyond.

The conference gathered 87 policy makers and representatives of the academic and scientific communities. They represented 65 organisations from 14 European and Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine. A number of international organisations (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), Institute Pasteur, Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), Stop TB Partnership, World Health Organization), as well as a representative from the European Commission attended to the event. Participants represented also public policy coordination bodies in the field of research, innovation, health and international STI cooperation at national and EU level, major international projects and programs in the health sector as well as some organisations representing the civil society, the research community and the business. More than one third of the participants were women.

First day of the conference | © Àdàm Dàvid, RCISD

First day  – moderated discussion | © Àdàm Dàvid, RCISD

Second day  – world cafe conversation | © Àdàm Dàvid, RCISD

Group photo | © Àdàm Dàvid, RCISD


The welcome speeches were provided by Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Affairs of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Policy Officer of the European Commission Directorate General Research & Innovation and Managing Director of the Center for Regional and International Studies and the promotion of STI (CeRISS, Greece), the scientific coordinator of the IncoNet EaP project.

On the first day of the conference international organisations presented the current international strategies, initiatives and programmes operating in the EU member states, associated countries and in the Eastern Partnership region. Representatives (Director or Head of Department level) from the sectoral ministries or institutes dealing with health research from all EaP countries gave an overview of state of affairs of national policies on health research and innovation in their countries. The second part of the Conference was devoted to discuss the challenges of innovation activity in the EaP countries and the promising areas of cooperation with the European Union. Several institutions and health related projects presented their initiatives, programmes and good practises on health research and innovation during the conference, such as: BRIDGE Health, EIT Health, ERA-NET NEURON, JPIAMR and MOBI4Health. Second day of the conference the main challenges and tendencies in health related to R&I issues and international fields of potential cooperation were discussed in world cafe method conversations. During the discussions many recommendations were developed for a stronger EU-EaP collaboration in health research and innovation.

The report of the conference will be available by summer 2016 containing the good practice examples, recommendations for a stronger EU-EaP STI cooperation in health research and innovation.

This Policy Stakeholders Conference was the 3rd organised by the IncoNet EaP project. Learn more about the previous Policy Stakeholders Conferences:

EU-Eastern Partnership STI Policy Stakeholders' Conference on Climate Change
Policy Stakeholders Conference 'Energy Research and Innovation in the Eastern Partnership'

Downloads & more details

Final Agenda
List of Participants
Link to further information (incl. photos and presentations)


Ildikó Dorogi
Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, RCISD 
Huvösvölgyi út 54. V./1
H-1021 Budapest | Hungary
E-mail: ildiko.dorogi@rcisd.eu

Learn more about IncoNet EaP's previous EU-Eastern Partnership Policy Stakeholders' Conferences...


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