Workshop: Furthering international research cooperation in a fragmented world – 24 May 2023, Brussels and Online
The importance of international cooperation in research is evident from the metric that one quarter of scientific publications have international co-authorship, according to UNESCO. International collaboration and mobility have long been seen as key for successful research by offering opportunities for expanded approaches and diverse views, although working as a team while coming from different backgrounds, both cultural and educational, might pose certain particular challenges. Furthermore, the scale required for some scientific projects can surpass what is normally available to individual countries, making international cooperation a necessity to the advancement of knowledge in some fields.
Policy can be an important determinant of the opportunities for cooperation, both directly as research policy but also indirectly from decisions in other areas, which might for example hinder researcher mobility. Most recently, geopolitical factors have also re-asserted themselves as a major constraint. However, policy can also be a strong driver in fomenting collaboration across borders, as illustrated by the European Union’s Horizon programme, or different cooperation agreements between Japan and the EU.
This joint event organised by STOA and the Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum) will look at international research cooperation through two prisms: a first session will discuss how policy can help promote research cooperation and what choices may be available in a fragmented world; while a second will explore best practices for successful international research cooperation, through concrete examples of actual practitioners from different areas of research.
15:00 – 15:20 Introductory remarks
- Christian EHLER, MEP and STOA Chair
- Hiroshi KOMIYAMA, Chairman, Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum)
15:20 – 16:10 Panel 1: International research cooperation – the policy dimension
16:15 – 17:30 Panel 2: Practical examples of international research collaboration – key best practices
17:30 – 18:00 Closing remarks
- Takuya YAMAZAKI, Director-General, JETRO Brussels
- Kanji FUJIKI, Executive Director, Science and Technology in Society forum (STS forum)
- Marc ANGEL, MEP and European Parliament Vice-President responsible for STOA
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