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On 22 October, the “Frontiers in Chemistry” (ArmChemFront2018) international conference was launched in Armenia. With the support of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, Groningen University in partnership with Yerevan State University, organised this large-scale scientific conference on a variety of topics in the field of chemistry, selecting world-renowned speakers, including 2 Nobel Prize winners and EU’s “Horizon2020” participants. During the 5-day conference, speakers shared news on recent scientific developments. More than hundred scientists from all over the world took part in the conference.

ARS_9617The main goal of the symposium was to provide Armenian scientists, especially the younger generation, with an opportunity to learn about best practice, using innovative and quality techniques. The core message of the conference was to reenergise chemical research in Armenia, tailored to the specific requirements and conditions of Armenia and in line with global scientific achievements. At the end of the conference, “The Best Talent” scholarship award took place. An international panel of scientists selected the brightest Armenian talent. The latter got an opportunity to do a 3-month internship at one of the top chemistry research groups in the world.

ARS_9639The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, welcomed the participants of the conference: “We have a big delegation encompassing more than 20 countries. For the EU, this is an occasion to launch our campaign –#LearningIsCool. We know Armenians have a high IQ, this is a nation of talented people. However, high IQ is only 50-60 percent of the recipe for success. What you need is good education. Education is important for Armenia as a driver of change. We, the EU, are ready to assist our Armenian partners. International links are also key – this is why this conference is so important. Armenia is an associate member of “Horizon2020” – a great platform for supporting innovation and research in Europe and our partner countries. We are looking forward to successful applications and good projects from Armenia”.

ARS_9653Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia noted that chemistry was important for Armenia: “Our country was a centre of chemical industry for many years with many specialisations. As a result of the collapse of economic relations after independence, the chemistry sector in Armenia suffered greatly. We need to give it a new impetus. The Armenian Government has ambitious plans for education and science sector. In recent months we have tried to develop different projects, and in some places we have already started to implement them. Holding such important conferences, especially in the chemistry sphere, is vitally important for Armenia. It is impossible to develop any sphere, especially the chemistry sphere, without international cooperation and without taking into account the international achievements and experience of contemporary science”.

On 19 March the last information session on the new call for proposals for “Vocational education and training – business partnerships on work-based learning and apprenticeships” announced by the European Union Delegation to Armenia in Gyumri. The aim of the session was to support potential applicants and to familiarise them with the topic and application procedures.
The call is inviting the submission of proposals on VET-business partnerships to develop work-based learning and thus promote work-based learning in all its forms, apprenticeships in particular. The EU’s global objective is to stimulate sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development through an improved transition from training to employment. The details of the call can be found here. Concept notes must be submitted online through Prospect before the deadline of 17 April 2018 at 17:00 (Brussels time).

ARS_3669_The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, participated in the information session and encouraged broad participation: ‘In the past, the European Union has financed multi-million project to support the development of vocational education and training (VET) facilities in Armenia. However, when we analysed the results of our efforts we realised that very few people who graduated found a job in the profession towards which they had studied; many even sought and found work abroad. Today I was told that this is a problem that Gyumri also shares. Therefore, our new VET project is tailored more tightly to the Armenian context and geared more clearly towards matching education and labour needs. We want to help Armenia to develop a good model for tuning supply with demand’.

On 7 July, the first solar-powered bus stops were tested in Yerevan on Moskovyan Street and Baghramyan Avenue as part of EU Energy Days 2017. The European Union Delegation to Armenia has initiated the installation of solar panels at two bus stops to promote the use of renewable energy, allowing people to charge their digital phones and other gadgets with free solar energy. Each solar-powered bus stop can charge up to 24 phones daily.
During EU Energy Days 2017 a series of events took place from 3-7 July 2017 in Yerevan and the marzes to highlight energy reforms supported by the EU as well as showcase developments and perspectives for fostering renewable, alternative and sustainable energy practices in Armenia.

ARS_4842The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, attended the event and tested the bus stop: ‘The EU is promoting cheaper, cleaner energy for Armenians and is helping to develop more energy independence. Today we have gathered at this ‘Europe Bus stop’, where we are promoting solar energy for ordinary Armenians. Solar panels are installed on the roof and people can charge phones or whatever else they are carrying which needs electricity. The solar panels will stay here for hopefully one year; later we plan to pass these panels on to institutions like schools. Why are we promoting solar energy? The answer is evident, we barely have to answer it. Armenia is full of sun, it has some of the sunniest days in the world – solar energy should be a natural choice for the country. We have some projects in the Armenian marzes and want to promote different sources of renewable, alternative and sustainable energy. I am optimistic that Armenians will follow us and will embrace these new technologies’.

ARS_4909The European Union has extended long-term assistance to increasing Armenia’s energy efficiency locally, regionally and nationally. Armenia joined the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) agreement in March 2016. This has allowed Armenia to access grant funds of €20 million targeted at municipal energy efficiency and environmental projects. The EU-funded ‘Caucasus Transmission Network’ project will facilitate cross-border energy exchange between Armenia and Georgia through a HVDC/back-to-back station. The project will diversify the energy supply in Armenia and integrate it on the regional level. The ‘Access to Renewable and Efficient Energy’ project in the municipalities of Vayk and Spitak aims to save 15-30% of energy used in 45 residential and 2 public buildings. The project will reduce CO2 emissions, increase awareness and knowledge of tenants on the importance of energy efficiency, and increase the capacity of Spitak and Vayk municipalities to implement sustainable energy projects.