16.09.2014 - 17.09.2014 | Voronezh

Information Day and Training Session 'Russia-Eu Scientific and Educational Cooperation: tate-of-the-Art and Challenges of Russian Participation in European Programmes'

On 16–17 September 2014 the Voronezh State University organised and carried out an information day and training session in the frame of the BILAT-RUS Advanced project. The overall objective of the event was to disseminate information about EU-Russia cooperation opportunities in science, technology and innovation, escpecially with regards to the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 'Horizon 2020'.
The  event aimed to reinforce promoting and supporting cooperation opportunities; to facilitate integration of Russian and the EU science communities; and provide a forum for the exchange of views on the ways of development tools for support of EU-Russia S&T cooperation and strengthening STI links between Russia and the EU.

The information day and training session were integrated into the qualification courses for Russian researchers and administrative staff under the programme 'International Scientific and Educational Projects. Management of Education Quality', which had a format of a 5-day-long session. The participants of the courses will continue their training till the end of the week. The courses were completed with award of state-recognised certificates of Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

There were 100 participants. Geographically they are delegates of the universities from the following cities: Voronezh, Belgorod, Moscow (Central Federal District), Arkhangelsk (North-West Federal District), Penza (Volga Federal District), Nizhnevartovsk (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District), Tyumen, Yekaterinburg (Ural Federal District).

All levels of a university administrative structure were involved into the event. Among participants there were vice-rectors, heads of international relations units, vice-deans, heads of departments and leaders of research teams as well as young scientists, teachers, and post-graduate students. The delegates represented different types of HEIs starting from the federal universities to private institutions and from classical state HEIs to sectoral ones such as agrarian, engineering, technical and others.

Prof. Dmitry Yendovitsky, Rector of Voronezh State University, welcomed the participants.

The information session started with presentations of the newest large programmes in education and research:

  • Mr. Nicola Scaramuzzo, Acting Head of Operations section, Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, gave a full overview of Erasmus Plus programme, whereas
  • Mrs. Maria Putseleva, Policy Officer, Science & Technology, Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, presented Horizon 2020, and
  • Dr. Anna Pikalova, Director, Centre for International Projects, National Research University Higher School of Economics emphasized researches’ mobility under Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions of Horizon 2020 in her presentation.
  • Dr. Gregor Berghorn, Director, Moscow Branch Office of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) presented 'Opportunities of bilateral Russia – Germany cooperation provided by German foundations'.

In the framework of discussion ‘Tools for support of EU-Russia S&T cooperation’ there were presented:

  • BILAT-RUS Advanced project by Dr. Anna Pikalova and
  • ERA-NET calls for proposals by Dr. Irina Sharova, Deputy Head of Biotechnology, Agricultural and Food National Contact Point of Russia, A.N.Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences.

The presentations were followed by questions of the participants.
Apart from BILAT-RUS Advanced project partners Dr. Anna Muravieva, Deputy Director National office Erasmus+ in Russia and Dr. Iulia Iatsko, SC2 and LEIT Biotechnology NCP, Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology of Moldova Academy of Sciences (Moldova), took part in the discussion.

The second day (September, 17) of the information day&training session was fully devoted to practical issues of Horizon 2020.

  • Mrs. Susanne Jakobs-Bohack (ZENIT) talked about helpful instruments of planning a Horizon 2020 projects and presented the online submission system – the Participant Portal;
  • Ms Eva Fadil (inno TSD) presented EU project proposal set up – partner search and proposal drafting;
  • Ms Katarina Rohsmann (FFG) made presentations of Horizon 2020 legal and financial issues;
  • Dr. Alla Akulshina (VSU) covered aspects of project lifecycle, budgeting and specific features of project implementation in HEIs;
  • Mrs. Elena Pilieva (VSU) presented rules and examples of description of workpackages and distribution of responsibilites within a project; and highlighted main criteria and principles of project evaluation; as well reporting under FP projects;
  • Mrs. Anna Nedzelskaia (VSU) told the participants how to deal with the workprogramme, build a consortium and present your research team.

The participants were very active and asked great number of questions mainly concerning conditions of funding of Russian research teams under Horizon 2020 projects.

Links & Downloads

Presentations, a brief review of the information day&training session both in English and Russian accompanied with photo album are available at the website of Regional Information Centre for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with the EU, Voronezh State University.

The event was widely covered in mass media. Coverage of the event was given by the following resources: