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Special Event: Opportunities and challenges – ERA-Nets as drivers of international cooperation

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Hotel Böglerhof
Breakout / Working Group
in englischer Sprache

As of FP6 dozens of ERA-Nets started to shape the European Research Area. Just a few of them tackled international RTD cooperation with non-EU countries (e.g. with China, India or the Western Balkan Countries). Midterm of FP7 seems an appropriate time to reflect the progress made, problems faced and ways to improve the international dimension of the ERA-Net instrument. The following issues will be addressed:

-Could the anticipated value added in terms of enhanced RTD cooperation, procedural knowledge gain and policy-making be realised?
-How can sustainability of international ERA-Nets be secured?
-Are ERA-Nets within the trajectory of joint programming or complementary tools?
-Will RTD policy turn back to unilateral and bilateral at the expense of multilateral schemes?

Strategic Research Manager, ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna Introduction
Advisor on Research Affairs, Directorate for European and International Relations and Cooperation, French Ministry of National Education, Paris (tbc)
Deputy Head, Unit D.3 - Specific International Cooperation Activities, Directorate-General for Research, European Commission, Brussels (tbc)
Assistant Minister for International Cooperation, Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development, Belgrade
Executive Director, International Bureau, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Bonn
Policy Officer, Unit D.3 - Specific international cooperation activities, Directorate-General for Research, European Commission, Brussels Comment
Ehemals stellvertretende Sektionsleiterin sowie Leiterin, Abteilung II.6 - Internationale Forschungskooperationen, Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Wien Chair
Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna Chair
Advisor, Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Vienna Coordination

Dr. Klaus SCHUCH

Strategic Research Manager, ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna

 Studied Geography and Economic Sciences; History and Social Sciences at the University of Vienna
1992-1994 Research Assistant, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Vienna University of Business Administration and Economics
1992-1995 Lecturer, Vienna University of Business Administration and Economics and Johannes Kepler University in Linz
1994-1996 Head, branch office Sofia, OSI - Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria
1996-2001 Head, unit for Third Country Co-operation, BIT - Bureau for International Research and Technology Co-operation in Vienna/Austria (INCO-NCP)
1997 Lecturer, master class "Central and Eastern Europe", Vienna University of Business and Economics
  Topic: Transformation of the Economic Geography and Regional Development in the CEECs
1998 Lecturer, Regional Competitiveness, Vienna University of Business and Economics
1999 Consultant, PHARE-Project "Polish Participation in EU-RTD Programmes", Poland
since 2001 Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), Vienna (Managing Director from 2002-2012)
since 2006 Lecturer, "Design, Evaluation and Monitoring", University of Vienna
since 2006 Lecturer, postgraduate SOQUA course for vocational education in social scientific research
2012 Member of the International STI Cooperation Expert Group of DG Research and Innovation

Ph.D. Philippe FROISSARD

Deputy Head, Unit D.3 - Specific International Cooperation Activities, Directorate-General for Research, European Commission, Brussels

  Worked on nuclear fusion research and particularly on radio frequency heating first at the JET Joint Undertaking in Oxfordshire and then at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique in Cadarache
since 2000 Directorate-General for Research, European Commission
since 2000 Several positions in the Human Potential and International Cooperation Programmes, European Commission
 Currently: Deputy Head, Specific International Cooperation Activities, Unit D.3, European Commission

Dr. Jörn SONNENBURG

Executive Director, International Bureau, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Bonn

1988-1991 Doctoral Studies of Theoretical Physics, University of Rostock and the Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1991 PhD in Theoretical Physics (Dr. rer. nat.) and postdoctoral work, Research Centre Juelich, Institute of Solid State Physics
1991-1997 Senior Scientific Officer, Project Management Agency for Health Research, German Federal Ministry of Research and Technology
1997-2008 Head of Division "Cooperation with the countries of Europe and CIS", International Bureau, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
since 2008 Head of Division "Cooperation with the countries of Europe, CIS, Africa and Middle East", International Bureau, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
since 2002 Executive Director, International Bureau, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Mag. Peter Bernhard MAYR

Policy Officer, Unit D.3 - Specific international cooperation activities, Directorate-General for Research, European Commission, Brussels

1999-2003 Specialisation in the field of European and International higher education, Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research (ÖAD) and the Austrian Research Association (ÖFG)
2004-2008 Coordination, EU project "The South-East European ERA-NET", fourteen European ministries and three RTD funding institutions as project partners, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) as coordinating institution, Vienna
2007 Consultant, The World Bank
since 2008 Policy officer (SNE) in the field of International Cooperation, DG Research, European Commission

Dr. Anneliese STOKLASKA

Ehemals stellvertretende Sektionsleiterin sowie Leiterin, Abteilung II.6 - Internationale Forschungskooperationen, Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Wien

1971-1991 Administrative Assistant, Vienna University of Technology
1984 Ph.D. Degree, Medieval History, University of Vienna
1991 Department for International Research Co-operation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
1994-2011 Head, Department for International Research Co-operation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
2009-2011 Deputy Director General, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research

Mag. MA Barbara WEITGRUBER

Director General, Scientific Research and International Relations, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Vienna

 Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations. Weitgruber holds a Master degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, a Certificate in Mass Media and a Translator´s Diploma in English from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois in Chicago where she started her professional career as a Fulbright Scholarship Holder and Teaching Assistant. She is - among others - member of the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government, the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, the European "Research Policy Group" and chair of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria.

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