Central & Eastern European R&I Cooperation Day

FP9, the successor of Horizon 2020, will presumably not only include a budgetary increase for Widening Participation & Spreading Excellence, but the importance of cooperation with institutions from Central- and Eastern European countries (CEE) in all other ‘regular’ FP9-projects will also increase. On the 14th of June 2018, the EU Office of the Research Department therefore organises an Information Day about research cooperation with countries from that part of Europe. Magda De Carli of DG RTD from the European Commission will for instance join us to tell you everything about the Horizon 2020/Widening Participation & Spreading Excellence work programme. Furthermore, the Horizon 2020/COST Action plan for Widening will be explained and the possibilities to cooperate with institutions from CEE-countries with funding of FWO discussed. In the afternoon, Ghent University researchers will share their personal experiences in working with colleagues and institutions from the CEE-region.


14 June 2018
’t Pand, Vergaderzaal August Vermeylen
Onderbergen 1, B-9000 Gent

Welcome cofeefrom 8h30
09h00 - 09h15Welcome
→ by Rik Van de Walle, rector
09h15 - 10h00The H2020/COST action plan to contribute to widening pan-European participation

→  by Bart Veys, Policy Officer at the COST Association

10h00 - 10h45R&I cooperation opportunities in Horizon 2020 under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation work programme

→  by Adeline Kroll, European Commission/DG RTD/Unit B5/Spreading of excellence and widening participation

Coffee break
11h15 - 11h45

 Case study ‘the first ERA chair project in Belgium: Resized’

 → by Prof. Marc Frère, project coordinator, University of Mons, via video conferencing

11h45 - 12h30FWO funding for R&I cooperation with Central & Eastern European countries

→ by Isabelle Verbaeys, Head International Affairs at FWO

Networking lunchmeet our EU Office and FWO teams to learn about the support we provide
13h15 – 13h45Case study ‘ESPRiT’: Ghent University as partner in this H2020/WideSpread/Twinning project

→ Prof. Lutgart Braeckman, GE

13h45 – 14h15About his role as Ghent University ambassador for the Western Balkans & collaboration in H2020/RIA projects with Central & Eastern European Countries
→ Prof. Andreja Rajkovic, FBW
14h15 – 15h00 Exchange of thoughts on cooperation with Central & Eastern European institutions
→ moderated by Dirk De Craemer, Head Research Co-ordination Office


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For additional questions or remarks, please contact

Mr. Tim Draijer

Trainee European R&I Policy

Ghent University, Research Department – EU Office

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

T +3292643068, M +32478923943