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'Practise & Prepare!' – Carlos Moedas shares advice with Cabo Verdean researchers in new video

01-16-2019 06:06 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Horizon 2020 Open to the World

Commissioner Moedas: 'Never doubt your capabilities as researchers'

Commissioner Moedas: 'Never doubt your capabilities as researchers'

Carlos Moedas’ opening remarks resonated with the participants at a Horizon 2020 training event last November in Praia, Cabo Verde. Present at the event were local researchers and scientists, who are set to shape the future of research cooperation between the EU and Cabo Verde. For example, participant Leila Brito Neves expressed her gratitude about the guidance and encouragement provided at the event and summarised the central takeaways as, ‘preparation and networking.’

Sofia Moreira de Sousa, EU Ambassador to Cabo Verde, emphasised the great potential of enhanced research and innovation cooperation under the European Research and Innovation programme – the biggest of its kind in the world.

The training day was the third in a series of successful EU-Cabo Verdean Horizon 2020 events, the first two of which took place last year. It also supplements EU-Cabo Verdean cooperation across a number of policy areas, such as sustainable fishing and the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs. It is part of a move to foster EU-Cabo Verdean research cooperation and, more generally, EU-African cooperation in science, technology, and innovation.

The world needs, now more than ever, international solutions to global problems such as climate change, food security and poverty reduction. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, used the event as an opportunity to emphasise this point.

Watch the event video here >>

Horizon 2020 Programme – Open to researchers around the world

The Commissioner also emphasised the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme’s principle of openness to worldwide researcher participation and encouraged the Cabo Verdean researchers present to participate in the programme. The training provided researchers with information and tips for preparing successful application proposals for funding under Horizon 2020. Furthermore, researchers were provided with a first look of the EU’s next research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe, which will start in 2021 and offer a multitude of new opportunities for African researchers. Lively and active discussion ensued during ad-hoc Q&A sessions with the Commissioner and Ambassador, as well as during interactive workshops in the afternoon of the training day.

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Horizon 2020: Open to the World

Horizon 2020 is the largest multinational programme dedicated to research and innovation and it is ‘Open to the World.’ This means that researchers, universities, research organisations or companies from across the globe can apply to participate in the activities of the Work Programme carried out mainly through calls for proposals. The Work Programme for 2018-2020 represents a major investment of $46 billion, with more than 600 calls for proposals, including a list of 30 international flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit.

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