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The international dimension of the European Research Area


2010 Euro-Africa Cooperation forum on ICT Research, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Link found between golden ratio and atomic symmetry
Date: 2010-01-20

Researchers in Germany and the UK have discovered symmetry hidden in solid state matter at very small scales. The findings, published in the journal Science, indicate that symmetry involves the golden ratio famous from art and architecture... Read more

New genetic markers discovered for diabetes traits
Date: 2010-01-18

The work of an international team of scientists has helped unravel the biological blueprint of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Funded in part by the EU, the two major parallel studies were conducted by researchers representing more than 100 institutes... Read more

Scientists discover T. rex ancestor
Date: 2010-01-18

Researchers from Germany and the UK have rediscovered a fossil skull in the collections of the Natural History Museum in London, thus unlocking the mystery behind the evolutionary history of the dinosaurs belonging to the Tyrannosauridae family... Read more

Virtual liver set to improve surgery outcomes
Date: 2010-01-12

European researchers have developed a virtual liver that promises to improve the prospects of recovery for patients with diseases such as liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver... Read more

New EU technology for better products and safer work environments
Date: 2010-01-11

EU-funded researchers at the University of Leicester in the UK are exploring alternatives to the use of harmful toxic acids inherent in many manufacturing processes... Read more

Traditional foods can sustain European cultures
Date: 2010-01-11

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) recently published a report on traditional foods in Europe, along with a series of recipe cards. The work is part of the EU-funded EUROFIR ('European food information resource network') project,... Read more

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Following on from the Commission Communication on this topic, Text (PDF) (COM(2001) 346) - 25.06.01, several initiatives had been undertaken to take account of, benefit from and exploit the international dimension of the European Research Area and its openness to the world.

Developments in this field include in particular:

  • In the Sixth Framework Programme , the unrestricted opening up of the "thematic" part to all third countries, with possible access to the relevant funding in some cases, the introduction of a double fellowship scheme for researchers coming from third countries to the EU and for EU researchers going to third countries, and the redefinition of EU research activities in the field of nuclear fusion on the basis of full EU participation in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project;
  • The creation of an electronic information system on entry and residence requirements for researchers from third countries going to Member States;
  • In addition to the integrated action concerning co-operation with Russia, undertaken in the framework of the INTAS association and the international ISTC23 initiative, the development of concerted and coordinated approaches between the Community and the Member States in the EU's scientific and technological dialogue with the major regional groupings of third countries: Mediterranean countries, Latin American countries and ASEAN countries;
  • Closer ties between the EU and the ACP countries in the field of research, with an ACP-EU Forum on research into sustainable development held in Cape Town in July 2002.

The Commission's communication "Towards a European Research Area" (PDF) also touched other areas for improvement and cooperation:

Last updated on: 2010-01-20