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2019 EU-Korea Research & Innovation Day (Oct 29)

- R&I Information and Networking Opportunities to Facilitate Korean Researchers’ Participation in EU Projects

The MSIT and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) announced that they jointly hosted 2019 EU-Korea Research & Innovation Day (R&I Day) with the European Commission and the EU delegation to ROK on October 30 (Wed) at Millennium Hilton Seoul.

The R&I Day, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, is an annual event held to introduce EU R&D programmes and research funding opportunities, while expanding Korea-EU research cooperation opportunities by supporting consultation with European NCPs** in each field.

* Horizon2020: EU Research and Innovation programme (2014 to 2020 (7 years)) / (funding: EUR 78.6 billion)

** National Contact Points: independent organizations based in each country and field whose duties include providing researchers of EU countries and associated states with information about EU research programmes and encouraging their participation.

This year’s event has chosen eight fields* as focus areas, with environment & climate added to the list from the last year, and will provide information about science and technology cooperation programmes with EU and EU members, along with opportunities for networking and consultation.

* Environment & Climate, ICT, nanotechnology, Health & Bio, Energy, Transport, Researchers’ Exchange, EUREKA/EUROSTAR2

In the morning session, EU’s R&I programme, Horizon 2020, and its follow-up programme, Horizon Europe will be presented, and industry-centred R&D support programme, EUREKA/EUROSTAR2, will be introduced.

- The morning session will provide information about the Korean government’s support for Korean researchers participating in European programmes and guidelines for finding and applying for Horizon 2020 calls, along with ways to find European partners.

- Booklets on Horizon 2020 and EU researchers’ exchange programmes and on Europe’s STI will be distributed as well.

In the afternoon session, European NCPs in each field will provide Korean researchers with up-to-date research trends and information about Horizon 2020 application and consortium formation. Korean researchers who had participated in EU programmes will share their experience as well.

- Q&A and Consultation room will provide opportunities for 1:1 consultation with Korean agencies for research support or an EU country.

In addition, promotion booth of EU embassies will be set up in the lobby to promote their countries’ information and programmes about S&T cooperation and provide consultation to Korean researchers.

Vice Minister Miock Mun said, “The event provides an opportunity to access overall information about EU and European research programmes, network with European researchers and receive practical and concrete help for creating a consortium. I expect it to generate cooperation opportunities for Korean and European researchers.”

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