- Research and innovation (R&I) are key priorities for the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), contributing to enhance regional cooperation and dialogue in order to promote human development, regional stability and integration in the Mediterranean.
- The 25th meeting of the UfM Regional Platform on Research and Innovation took place online to further discuss the region’s future priorities for research and innovation in times of COVID-19
8 June 2020, Barcelona. The 25th meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean Regional Platform on Research and Innovation took place to discuss the region’s future priorities for research and innovation, in particular the needs in a post-pandemic world and a new updated research agenda.
Among others, the meeting set the stage for the creation of an Experts’ Technical Working Group to examine and make proposals for implementation of regional strategic priorities. Additionally, updated guidelines on the functioning of the Platform were adopted. The discussion was informed by a preliminary questionnaire, which aimed to identify national needs for regional cooperation based on thematic priorities and holistic actions.
The virtual meeting was co-chaired by the European Commission, represented by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation (DG-RTD), and Jordan, represented by Arafah Dia-Eddin of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, with the participation of the UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel.
This virtual meeting follows an e-brainstorming session held by the UfM Regional Platform on Research and Innovation on 6 April, which sought to strengthen regional cooperation in face of the COVID-19 crisis.
Advancing regional cooperation on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean: The 24th meeting of the EU-Med Group of Senior Officials https://ufmsecretariat.org/advancing-regional-cooperation-research-24th-meeting/