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RI-LINKS2UA Info Days on Energy/EURATOM in Ukraine

The project successfully organised the first of a longer series of thematic Info Days in Kharkiv, Kyiv and Lviv


  • Posted on: Jun 6, 2016
  • Ukraine

Contact: Marina Gorokhovatska, mgor@nas.gov.ua

Tags: Capacity building, Horizon 2020, Innovation, Policy support, Tools

An integral part of the RI-LINKS2UA action plan is a series of thematic info days aiming to inform Ukrainian stakeholders in the field of R&I about funding and collaboration possibilities provided on the EU level.

In May 2016. the first of such info days were organised in the Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv, Kyiv and Lviv. From May 17-20, the "Info Day on the EURATOM Research and Training Programme", which is not only complementary to Horizon 2020, but also close to its energy priorities and which intends to reinforce outcomes of all three main pillars, was organised back-to-back with the EU-Ukrainian Coordination Meeting on EURATOM. More than 150 participants from both the academic and the research-related enterprise sector were present at the three-day long event - a fact, which demonstrates the high interest from the Ukrainian side towards EU funding programmes and opportunities for Ukrainian – EU cooperation. 

Over the course of the three days, several EC experts as well as RI-LINKS2UA project team members visited research facilities working on atomic energy and nuclear research in Kharkiv, Kyiv and Lviv. From the side of RI-LINKS2UA, the project and its main activities and goals were presented. From the side of the EC, Ms Helena Zatlkajova (DG Energy and EURATOM), Mr Alejandro Zurita (DG RTD), Mr Mykola Dziubynski (DG RI) and Mr Andrea Bucalossi (JRC) presented the general objectives of the EURATOM programme, its main sections, details and priorities of open calls.

Interestingly enough, although Ukraine was not a full participant of the EURATOM programme, in the frame of FP7 nine projects with participation by Ukrainian stakeholders have been executed, which proves the high interest and expertise available in the country.

The other info day on "Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies in Horizon 2020" was held only a few days later on May 25 in Kyiv (back-to-back event with the international conference on “Composite Materials: producing, exploiting and resource”). An overview on the 2016-2017 calls has been presented by Dr. Achilleas Stalios, Programme Officer in the Unit for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies and responsible for the EU – EaP countries scientific collaboration within DG RTD. Polish experts from related NCPs and the Technology Partners Foundaton informed participants with concrete examples about national measures for supporting research on nanotechnologies and advanced materials in Poland. From an Ukrainian perspective, representatives of the Ukrainian Technology Platform on Advanced Materials gave insights into the existing links between research institutes, SMEs and industrial partners in Ukraine in the field of prospective materials. 


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