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International Climate Change Day conference

19 May 2014
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On 15 May 2014, an international conference on EU-Eastern Partnership (EaP) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation in addressing climate change took place at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (NAS). The conference was aimed at evolving collaboration between the EU and EaP member countries in the fields of science and innovative technologies. NAS President Radik Martirosyan, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea and Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Simon Papyan gave speeches.
Martirosyan opened the conference, noting that environmental issues were very high on the agenda of the Armenian Government. He highlighted that, in recent years, Armenian institutions had recorded noticeable progress in climate-related issues, and that unsolved environmental problems always had economic and political consequences.
Ambassador Traian Hristea in his welcome speech highly appreciated the initiative to gather policy makers with scientists. ‘Scientific innovation is very high on the EU agenda; in this context the European Union financed STEE International Cooperation for EaP countries. Eastern Partnership project is dedicated to promoting development of partnership in the field of science between the EU member states and associated countries, as well as Eastern partners, aiming at identification of priorities for action, especially in the societal challenges that are of particular importance for us’ – he said.
Papyan spoke on declarations initiated by the Armenian government since 1993, and how they had been aimed at improving environmental conditions in the country.
Samvel Harutyunyan, Chairman of the Armenian State Committee of Science, gave a presentation on the importance of the collaboration between Armenia and international institutions, foremost, the European Union. Currently, Armenia is involved in over 70 joint projects with EU member states, the USA and others. He expressed hope that this collaboration would continue to evolve and that Armenia would be involved in the new “Horizon 2020” programme.
IncoNet EaP Scientific Coordinator George Bonass added that: ‘The European Commission is developing policy dealing with innovation issues in Eastern Partnership countries. Now, within the framework of this international seminar, we need to make connections between policy makers and the scientific community’.
Over 60 guests from Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Estonia, Portugal, Poland, Japan and other countries took part in the conference. The conference was organised within the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development for EaP member countries. Framework programmes launched by the European Union are the main tool for financing European research projects. These programmes are also devised for non-European countries; therefore Armenia is eligible to participate. Overall, during 2009-2013, 49 projects were approved for the Seventh Framework Programme with a total budget pool of €3,200,200.

International Climate Change Day conference

On 15 May 2014, an international conference on EU-Eastern Partnership (EaP) Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation in addressing climate change took place at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (NAS). The conference was aimed at evolving collaboration between the EU and EaP member countries in the fields of science and innovative technologies. NAS President Radik Martirosyan, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea and Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Simon Papyan gave speeches. Martirosyan opened the conference, noting that environmental issues were very high on the agenda of the Armenian Government. He highlighted that, in recent years, Armenian institutions had recorded noticeable progress in climate-related issues, and that unsolved environmental problems always had economic and political consequences. Ambassador Traian Hristea in his welcome speech highly appreciated the initiative to gather policy makers with scientists. ‘Scientific innovation is very high on the EU agenda; in this context the European Union financed STEE International Cooperation for EaP countries. Eastern Partnership project is dedicated to promoting development of partnership in the field of science between the EU member states and associated countries, as well as Eastern partners, aiming at identification of priorities for action, especially in the societal challenges that are of particular importance for us’ – he said. Papyan spoke on declarations initiated by the Armenian government since 1993, and how they had been aimed at improving environmental conditions in the country. Samvel Harutyunyan, Chairman of the Armenian State Committee of Science, gave a presentation on the importance of the collaboration between Armenia and international institutions, foremost, the European Union. Currently, Armenia is involved in over 70 joint projects with EU member states, the USA and others. He expressed hope that this collaboration would continue to evolve and that Armenia would be involved in the new “Horizon 2020” programme. IncoNet EaP Scientific Coordinator George Bonass added that: ‘The European Commission is developing policy dealing with innovation issues in Eastern Partnership countries. Now, within the framework of this international seminar, we need to make connections between policy makers and the scientific community’. Over 60 guests from Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Estonia, Portugal, Poland, Japan and other countries took part in the conference. The conference was organised within the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development for EaP member countries. Framework programmes launched by the European Union are the main tool for financing European research projects. These programmes are also devised for non-European countries; therefore Armenia is eligible to participate. Overall, during 2009-2013, 49 projects were approved for the Seventh Framework Programme with a total budget pool of €3,200,200.