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BIO CIRCLE: a new global network of BIO-NCPs

The BIO CIRCLE project brings together research communities from all over the world, with the aim to stimulate international cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme in the theme “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology”, also referred to as the “BIO”-theme.

To this end, the network of Third Country BIO-National Contact Points (NCPs) will be further extended and reinforced, building on the previous activities of Food-N-Co and other supporting actions under FP6. BIO CIRCLE started on the 1st of October 2008 and will last two years. In total, 18 Third Country and 6 European BIO-NCPs are working together. The main activities include: • Strengthening capacity of Third Country BIO-NCPs to assist their researchers • Promoting partnerships between European and Third Country researchers (Partner search and 2 Brokerage Events) • Helping researchers outside Europe to participate in FP7 (Researcher trainings and Catalogue of research organisations) In addition, the BIO CIRCLE project will collect topics of mutual interest for Third Countries and the EU. For this, each partner country will organise a national Round Table, whenever possible in cooperation with relevant FP7 INCONET and BILAT projects. The topics will be presented to the European Commission in the second year of the project.

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia