15.10.2012 - 17.10.2012 | Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Advanced training for Central Asian NCPs

The National Contact Point of the Kyrgyz Republic held an Advanced Training to ennhance the capabilities of FP7 Contact Points in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in the conference room of the National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic on 15-17 October 2012, within the frame of the project "International S&T Cooperation Network with the countries of Central Asia and South Caucasus" (IncoNet CA/SC).
The emphasis was given to the advanced training of the FP7 CPs, who had received a first training within the IncoNet EECA project, as well as to an introductory training for new FP7 Contact Points that will be nominated within the next years. Moreover, this training did not only focus on FP7 issues but also on NCP office operational and strategic issues as well as on HORIZON 2020. Additionally, continuous support and networking of the partners in the region is foreseen for optimum information dissemination.

The seminar was opened by Bakyt Torobaev, Vice-Speaker of Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic; Gulmira Kudaiberdieva, Executive Secretary of the Commission for Education, Science and Culture at the Administration of President of the Kyrgyz Republic and Chantal Hebberecht, EU Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.

The training was conducted by Mr. Olaf Ripken - EU Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bonn), and Mr. Firat Gedikli - The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)(Ankara). 35 participants represented FP7 Contact Points from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and included additional representatives of scientific institutions and universities from different regions of Kyrgyzstan.

NCPs from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan shared their experience of participating in the FP7 process and about activities in their countries. Additionally, research institutions shared their experience in participating FP7 calls: these presentations were followed by animated discussions. Particularly the presentation of Professor Almaz Aldashev, Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine KR, was met with high interest from the auditorium and followed with questions on participation in FP7 calls.

The workshop was widely covered by local media, and the trainers were interviewed by two main TV stations of the country.

At the end of the workshop, certifications were awarded to all participants and the workshop organizers were thanked by participants for a well organized event, a thoughtfully arranged programme and interesting presentations.

Source: Kyrgyz Republic FP7 NCP