The aim of the working group was the analysis of approaches of EU member states and associated countries to cooperation with third countries in research, development and innovation. Moreover, good practice examples and lessons learnt in the area of international research cooperation were collected and national internationalisation strategies and initiatives were discussed. Furthermore, the working group contributed intensively in the discussion regarding the development of a strategic European framework for international science and technology cooperation.
The International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) participated on behalf of and in close cooperation with the BMBF in the work of the working group and chaired its meetings. Representatives of the 27 EU member states and the countries associated to the EU-Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development were invited to participate in the work of the working group.
The first report “Policy Approaches towards S&T Cooperation with Third Countries” was already published in December 2007. With the adoption of the conclusions and the recommendations of the report by CREST the first phase of the working group was completed successfully; at the same time the mandate of the working group was prolonged by another year.
In April 2009, several reports of the second phase of the working group were published:
These reports can be consulted at the internet pages of the International Bureau of the BMBF http://www.internationales-buero.de/en/2964.php.
The results of the work of the working group were presented to CREST on 3 April 2009.
CREST suggested to the “Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation” (SFIC) which was newly established by the Council conclusions of 2 December 2008
International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Project
Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)
53227 Bonn, Germany
Dr. Jörn Sonnenburg (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marion Steinberger (E-Mail: email@example.com)
Source: International Bureau of the BMBF