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Kick-Off Workshop of Europe-Japan multilateral projects under the EIG CONCERT-Japan

28 February 2017

After the launch of the 3rd Joint Call of the European Interest Group CONCERT-Japan ((Connecting and Coordinating European Research and Technology Development with Japan), a Kick-Off workshop took place last Thursday February, 16th in The Hague (Netherlands). This was the opportunity for the coordinators of the selected projects to introduce their research program.

The five institutions providing funding for these projects were present at this occasion:

  • The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)
  • The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • The Science and Technology Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)

The main objective of the EIG CONCERT-Japan is to enhance the international cooperation between the European countries and Japan in the fields of scientific and technological research and innovation. Therefore, each project involves the cooperation of at least one partner from Japan and two partners from two different European countries participating to the call.

Presentation of the Kick-Off Meeting in The Hague, February, 16th, 2017

The 5 following projects were selected for funding after submitting a proposal to the Joint Call “Food crops and Biomass Production technologies” launched in 2016:

IRUEC: Towards a multi-approach study focused on Improving Resource Use Efficiency in Cereals under Climate Change (Spain, Japan, France, Germany) ;

ICPS: Improving Crop yield by enhanced Plant performance under Stress conditions (Spain, Japan, France, Germany);

POISE: Phytopathogens: a good opportunity to improve crop yields and quality under changing environmental conditions (Pain, Japan, Germany, Czech Republic);

COSMIC: Comparative potato and cassava OMICS for sustainable crop production (Spain, Japan, Germany);

INNISOY: Innovation Network to Improve Soybean Production under the Global Change (Germany, Japan, France, Turkey).

This Kick-Off Workshop gave the opportunity to scientific coordinators to gather their research teams in order to prepare the upcoming implementation of their projects. The participation of a special guest, Pr. Fumihiko Sato from the University of Kyoto, was the chance for all the scientific teams to benefit from his precious and useful advice.

At the same time, the members of EIG CONCERT-Japan and JEUPISTE (Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology) discussed in order to perpetuate and expand the activity of the EIG CONCERT-Japan on the one hand; and to define the terms of the upcoming call for proposals to be launched in 2017 on the other hand.

Group picture with the participants to the Kick-Off Meeting

For more information on the EIG CONCERT-Japan framework: http://concert-japan.eu/