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EU-Russia Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee met via video conference.                     
8 June 2020
The meeting, co-chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, R&I Director for International Cooperation, and Mikhail Romanovsky, Director of the State Scientific and Technological Policy Department of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, highlighted the good level of cooperation between the EU and Russia in research and innovation, and focused on reviewing the implementation of flagship initiatives and joint priority projects, in particular in the fields of research infrastructure, health and civil aeronautics.
The participants were addressed by R&I DG Jean-Eric Paquet, Natalya Bocharova, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation. DG Paquet stressed that, with a view to such truly global challenges as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, rarely has there been a moment in our lives in which our societies expect so much from science. He noted how important it was for science to inform the policy responses to global challenges and for science to be open and international.
The participants also discussed other areas of common interest, including COVID-19. They agreed to jointly develop an operational orientation document outlining possible cooperation priorities and instruments that could facilitate cooperation under the future Horizon Europe and the Russian State Programme ‘Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation’.

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EU-Russia Cooperation: Researchers Mobility and Training Seminar, 04 June 2020
The 'EU-Russia Cooperation in Researchers’ Mobility and Training' digital seminar was jointly organised by the Russian Federation's Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the European Commission.
The purpose of this digital seminar was to present EU and Russian funding opportunities for EU-Russia researcher mobility and training. The forum discussed their impact via testimonials by Russian and EU scientists. Special attention was given to the open Horizon 2020 call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.
The audience consisted mainly of representatives of Russian and European universities and research organisations, young doctoral students, postdocs, and other categories of research staff. The overall number of on-line participants was more than 300 people from Europe, Russia and all over the world.
All presentations are available  At the website of the Russian MSCA NCP (HSE of  Economy):

Link to the live streaming:



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The CREMLINplus Kick-off  meeting
The CREMLINplus (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures – plus) is a project within the EU Framework programme “Horizon 2020” (Grant 871072, website:
This project is a continuation of CREMLIN project (duration 2015-2018, 
The coordinator of both projects is DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron).
The main goal of the CREMLINplus project is fostering European-Russian scientific and technical collaboration in the field of research infrastructures. Advancing specific infrastructure projects in close European-Russian collaboration, exploring access mechanisms to Russian research infrastructures for international utilisation as well as knowledge exchange are at the core of CREMLINplus.
The CREMLINplus kick-off meeting was conducted on the 19-20 February 2020 at DESY in Hamburg.        All 35 CREMLINplus project partners were represented at the kick-off workshop. The workshop was attended by almost 100 European and Russian participants from Russia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. 

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IDENTIFYING THE CHALLENGES IN MANAGING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES IN                                          RUSSIA AND APPROPRIATE  TRAINING PROGRAMMES                                                                
 (A SURVEY, CREMLINplus project, WP9)
This survey is conducted within the CREMLINplus project (Grant 871072) of the EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.
The main respondents to the survey are the managers and operators of the 11 priority Russian research infrastructures mentioned in the list, recommended by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (LIST-11) and the 5 Russian megascience projects.
The CREMLINplus project will use the survey results to fulfill the following tasks of the project:
- identification of managerial challenges facing the Russian research infrastructures (RU RIs);
- launch of a specific “CREMLIN plus Fellowship Programme”, aimed at supporting the participation of managers 
  and operators of the RU RIs in thematic and horizontal courses, summer schools and workshops dedicated to 
  improving their skills and ways of managing RU RIs in different thematic areas;
- organisation and delivery of staff/knowledge exchanges between EU and RU RIs;
- launch of the pilot mentoring/coaching Programme for leaders of RU RIs.
   The Survey is available (in Russian) via a link: 
    The Survey is available (in English) via a  link:
Successful Research Infrastructures are built and run with managers not only skilled in general leadership but also with knowledge and experience of the unique setting of a research infrastructure. This meeting will bring together the RI community to share examples and successful outcomes of training programmes specific to RI leaders, and to define the future training landscape in RI management. There will also be an interactive workshop and a dedicated RI management training session.
Date: November 20th-21st, 2019
Venue: Le Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles - Belgique
Preliminary agenda:
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Travel and accommodation costs for participants from non-RItrain beneficiaries will be reimbursed. 


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