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Developing partnerships with scientists in Belarus

To contribute towards closer and mutually beneficial collaboration between the EU and the Eastern European partner countries, the project NIS-NEST has organised an info-day and a workshop on February 28-29th, 2008 in Minsk.

After the four info-days and workshops held in Moldova, Russia and Ukraine in 2007 and 2008, the project NIS-NEST has organised an info-day and a workshop on February 28-29th, 2008 in Minsk. These two events were organised both by BELISA (Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Science and Technology Information Support), partner of NIS-NEST and Belarus NCPs, with the support from the State Committee for Science and Technology of Belarus. On February 28th, 2008, the info-day brought together over 125 participants or so. The objective was to present: * FP7 and opportunities for participation of Eastern European countries (Mr Michele Genovese, representative from Directorate D – INCO, DG Research); * ICT thematic priority (by Mr Klaus Pendl, representative from the INCO Unit, DG INFSO). Presentations on “FP7 rules of participation“, “How to join FP7“, “Useful tips to prepare a successful proposal“ and testimonies of Belarus scientists involved in FP6 projects have completed the programme. On February 29th, 2008, thirty-two scientists have participated in the six-hours workshop held at BSU (Belarus State University) on “Preparing and managing a successful FP7 proposal step by step“. Each participant laid out a computer connected to Internet for practical works, especially on “How to find information“. Detailed agenda and presentations are available on the NIS-NEST website. Are you looking for partners in Eastern European Countries? More than 360 profiles of researchers are now available on-line in the NIS-NEST database. Following the info-day and workshop, up to 37 researchers from Belarus are registered in this database as potential participants to FP7 projects. The NIS-NEST database contains also profiles of researchers and research groups/organisations from Moldova (58), Russia (210) and Ukraine (42).