From solar cars to high-tech archaeology: new publication highlights Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in innovation and research

On the eve of the Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Research and Innovation, the European Commission has released a new brochure highlighting examples of cutting-edge cooperation between the EU and its southern Mediterranean partners.
'Investing in European success: Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Innovation' is a36-page booklet showcasing a selection of success stories from various EU-funded Science and Technology projects across the region.
Examples include:
  • Agora – saving the forests of the Mediterranean, a €900,000 project aiming to improve scientific knowledge and capabilities for the sustainable management of forests in Morocco and Tunisia
  • Banishing the 'black cloud: How rice research could clear Egypt’s skies, a research project to clear Egypt's skies of the black cloud caused by the burning of rice straw
  • 'Sunny Vehicles' – a project paving the way for the production of solar cars in Egypt
  • MAP2ERA – boosting research on Morocco’s medicinal plants
  • MEDISCO – cooling Tunisian wineries and Moroccan dairies, a solar cooling project in which the EU has invested €1.4 million, which has developed and tested a refrigeration system driven by solar energy for the food and agro industry in the region
  • Narnia – uncovering ancient history in the laboratory, a €4.6 million FP7 project supporting high-tech archaeology for a new generation of researchers in the Mediterranean
  • SeaDataNet, now in its second phase of funding from the EU, brings together marine data from 44 institutions in 31 countries, including three satellite data centres
  • SESAME (Synchrotron light for experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), a state of the art accelerator built in Jordan to which the EU has contributed €3.5 million
The brochure was launched on the occasion of the “Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation: An agenda for a renewed partnership” to take place in Barcelona next week, on 2 and 3 April 2012. The conference aims to set out a path for Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation in Research and Innovation, based on closer cooperation on research and innovation policy.
Ahead of the conference, the ENPI Info Centre has prepared a press pack outlining ongoing cooperation in the field between the European Union and its Mediterranean partner countries. The press pack looks at research and innovation as a key axis of cooperation, with particular attention on the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), as well as the opportunities available for Mediterranean partners at a regional, bilateral, and individual research level. (ENPI Info Centre)
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ENPI Info Centre – Press pack: Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on Research and Innovation
 Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation 2012

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