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Cancun Event - Aims

The ENSOCIO-LAC project aims at establishing sustainable and integrated research and innovation cooperation between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean in the environmental field, namely in climate change, resource efficiency and raw materials; ENSOCIO-LAC will also help improve dissemination and the exploitation of research results in this area by different user groups. This will be achieved through networking and twinning of existing multilateral and bilateral projects funded by different sources, through the development of efficient interaction schemes between science, industry and users and the joint elaboration of future research priorities and joint activities.

The specific objectives of this workshop are to bring together a mixture of different stakeholders from across different countries and professions with the common goals of:


  • Promoting networking and clustering of projects; supporting uptake of recent and ongoing research; establishing links and consortiums for future collaboration
  • Identifying research gaps and priorities for future programmes, including feeding into the 2nd call of ERANET-LAC (supporting the EU-CELAC JIRI) and the Horizon 2020 programme;
  • Providing guidance on the rules and finance for LAC organisations participation on European Research under Horizon 2020; reviewing alternative funding options for EU-LAC collaboration
  • Supporting and complementing EU-CELAC policy priorities in relation to collaborative research under the SOM Biodiversity working group


Background information on the EU-CELAC JIRI and the SOM Biodiversity Working Group in particular can be found here.

Participation in this event is by invitation only.  Participants will be invited from both EU and LAC countries, representing different recent and ongoing projects, as well as research management and funding agencies, and policy makers.  The programme will comprise a mixture of information and work group discussion sessions with the goal of agreeing clear actions in support of future collaboration on various project clusters and clear recommendations relating to EU-LAC research policy and agenda priorities.

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