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1. FinCEAL Plus Policy Report LAC Published!
2. Blog Post from FC+ LAC Bioeconomy Event in Argentina

3. Report on FC+ LAC Dialogue Session at CILAC 2018
4. The Future of FinCEAL
5. News from FinCEAL Plus Grantees
6. Other Funding Opportunities and Call for Papers
7. Events Relevant to the FC+ Themes and Regions
8. Publications and Consultations


Issue 10/2018


Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa, Asia and the LAC region


1. FinCEAL+ Reports on Finnish STI collaboration Latin America and the Caribbean
FinCEAL Plus coordinators have conducted analytic studies of the policy landscape, and status of Finnish STI collaboration with the three regions. A draft of the long report on Latin America and the Caribbean is now available on the FinCEAL Plus website! Also check out the previously published policy briefs here.

2. FinCEAL+ LAC event "Bioeconomy and development: Opportunities through Nordic-Southern Cone countries cooperation" seminar held in Buenos Aires in October
What happens when Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Argentine, Brazilian, Uruguyan and Chilean experts sit down to discuss about bioeconomy? Read more about the seminar on our website!

3. FinCEAL+ LAC dialogue session on cooperation between researchers and local actors at CILAC 2018 in Panama City
FinCEAL+ LAC joined forces with experts from Aalto LAB Mexico/Aalto University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies/University of Helsinki, Perpendicular (Guatemala) and Design Your Action (Mexico) in a dialogue session at Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC 2018), organized by UNESCO. The panel  focused on the importance of promoting cooperation between academia and local actors in the implementation of projects that help urban and rural communities to solve some of their most urgent problems. Read more!

4. FinCEAL Future?
The FinCEAL+ team is anticipating the continuation funding decision by the Ministry of Education and Culture in early December. More information will be published in the last newsletter of the year! 

The last FinCEAL Plus Newsletter of the year will be published in late December.

5. News from FinCEAL Plus Grantees

FinCEAL Plus Africa and Asia Travel Grantee Dr. Pèter Poczai from the Finnish National Museum of History (University of Helsinki) attended the 15th Solanaceae Conference, 30 September - 4 October 2018 in Chiang Mai,Thailand 

The 15th Solanaceae Conference was organized in Chiang Mai to discuss the new dynamics and challenges in solanaceae breeding and genomics. The conference offered great opportunities for networking and to exchange ideas with top scientists and professionals from industry and the research community. The conference aimed to explore the major advances in proteogenomics and the breeding of solanaceae crops. Read the full grantee story here

*Photo Credit: Dr. Péter Poczai

6. Other Funding Opportunities and Calls for Papers

All regions

H2020 Future and emerging technologies FET Open Calls

FET Open supports early stage science and technology research exploring new foundations for radically new future technologies by challenging current paradigms and venturing into unknown areas. A bottom-up selection process widely open to any research idea builds up a diverse portfolio of new research directions. Early detection of promising new areas, developments and trends, along with attracting new and high-potential research and innovation players, are key factors. More information


IST-Africa 2019 Call for Papers. Deadline: 15 December, 2018
IST-Africa is a strategic collaboration between IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Innovation, Science and Technology adoption, policy and research in 18 African Countries. IST is supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and co-funded under Horizon 2020. More information


EU-India launches a Joint CALL on Research and Innovation to develop Next Generation Influenza Vaccine
The European Union (EU) and India announced that they will engage together on research and innovation to develop a Next Generation Influenza Vaccine to protect citizens worldwide. 
More information
DBT Call notice

7. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions


Early December Events ( Registration Ongoing) 
  • SLUSH 2018, 4-5 December, Helsinki, Finland 
    Slush is a World Leading Start Up Event that brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki where founders and tech talent meet with top-tier international investors, executives, and media. In 2017, over 2,600 startups, 1,600 investors, and 600 journalists from over 130 countries gathered at Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere. More information
  • EC ICT 2018 Networking and Face2Face Brokerage Event, 4-6 December, Vienna, Austria
    The European Commission has organized a networking event for the specialists in the field of ICT. The networking sessions will be open to all interested participants, while the Face2Face brokerage event will consist of prearranged one-on-one meetings. More information and registration details
  • The 1st PRE-LEAP-RE Strategic Workshop, 6-7 December, Brussels, Belgium
    The event targets our stakeholders with the aim of encouraging them to express their commitment to long-term collaboration and effective innovation in the field of renewable energy. For details on registration and live stream provision, visit the event website  
DESIGNING FUTURE ENERGY POLICIES: Social sciences and humanities to accelerate the energy transition, 22 January 2019, Brussels, Belgium
This conference will underline how crucial social data is to accelerating the decarbonisation of our economy and making a real dent in climate change. It will also present concrete recommendations on how to advance and better design future European energy policies in the context of the upcoming research and innovation framework; Horizon Europe. More information and registration details here

My Genome: Our Future, "Integrating genomics into personalised healthcare: a science-for-policy perspective", 12-13 February 2019, Brussels, Belgium
This high level conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the potential of genomics in the prevention, diagnostics, and therapy for cancer and the new opportunities it may bring for citizens and patients in the EU. Additionally, The discussions will highlight challenges to the implementation and uptake of genomics-based screening and diagnosis in health systems and map the appropriate actions. More information

H2020 EU New developments in Industrial Biocatalysis demonstration workshop, 14 February 2019, Frankfurt, Germany
The aim of the workshop is to explore the state of the art in industrial biocatalysis through the new technologies developed in the EU Horizon 2020 projects ROBOX and CARBAZYMES. More information

FSDR International Development Days, "Repositioning Global Development: changing actors, geographies and ontologies" 27 February- 3 March 2019, Helsinki, Finland
The conference aims to discuss alternative development strategies and the role of emerging actors in development across multiple scales. Contributions from various disciplines, including human geography, environmental politics, development studies, sociology and institutional economics are called upon to explore relevant themes and questions identified. Find out more about the conference here

The 172nd European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar, 28-29 May 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Agricultural policy for the environment or environmental policy for agriculture? Find out at the 172nd European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar. The seminar theme encompasses the policy and research implications of heightened environmental and climate ambitions. Call for papers, registration and more information here.

Multiple courses from the University of Wagenigen University, November and March 2019, Netherlands
Wagenigen is organizing multiple courses on Governance & food safety in international food chains, Responsible aquaculture development and Market access for food and nutrition security For more information click on the provided links.

The 10th International Renewable Energy Congress - IREC 2019, 26-28 March, Sousse, Tunisia
IREC provides a forum for researchers, academicians, scientists and industrial professionals around the world on recent developments in the fields of renewable energy. The congress consists of keynotes, oral sessions and poster presentations. IREC publishes the best presented papers in partner journals. More information

15th World Conference on Transport Research, 26-31 May 2019, Mumbai, India
For the last 40 years, WCTR has been organised every three years by the WCTR Society. The conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners, managers, and policymakers from all parts of the world, to share cutting-edge research and advanced state-of-practice. The conference also includes special sessions, technical tours, an exhibition and social events. Visit the event website for more information, proposal deadlines and registration details.

APESS 2019 - 12th Asia-Pacific-Euro Summer School on Smart Structures Technology, 15 July - 3 August, Rome, Italy
APESS 2019 is an intensive three-week programme of coursework, lectures, laboratory exercises, technical visit to L’Aquila. During APESS 2019 students will attend lectures given by world-leading experts in Civil Engineering, Structural Dynamics and Control, Smart Structures Technology and Structural Health Monitoring. The Summer School and the related workshop ANCRiSST 2019 are dissemination activities for the EU project DESDEMONA. More information


IUFRO World Congress 2019, 29 September - 5 October, Paraná, Brazil 

For the first time ever, Latin America, will host the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) World Congress. The Congress will be organized and coordinated by the Brazilian Forest Service (SFB) and EMBRAPA. Approximately 3000 participants are expected to converge in Paraná to discuss Forest research. For details on registration and calls for papers, see the event website.

8. Publications and consultation  

Oslo Manual 2018: Guidelines for Collecting, Reporting and Using Data on Innovation, 4th Edition, Now Available
The Oslo Manual is an essential worldwide tool for statisticians and policy makers concerned with innovation. It includes definitions of basic concepts, data collection guidelines, and classifications for compiling innovation statistics. The 2018 edition contains improved guidance reflecting evolving user interests and accumulated practical experience. Read the manual here

Database for Operations Research for Development
The aim of the Developing Countries On-Line Resources page is to offer the Operations Research worker all publicly-available materials on the topic of Operations Research for Development. It also aims to provide a venue for people who are working in the area to share their completed or in-process work, learn from others, and stimulate comments and discussions on the work. More information

World Development Report 2019: The changing Nature of Work
The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Read the full report here


Planning and prospects for renewable power: WEST AFRICA
Low-cost renewable energy, especially from solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, has become an increasingly important part of West Africa’s electricity supply. This report outlines three broad scenarios for the growth of renewables in the region’s power systems, particularly in relation to key national and regional targets. Report available here in English and French

Youth Employment and the Private Sector in Africa: Institute of Development Studies
In this IDS Bulletin, a group of young African Scholars explore the scope of research and policy challenges in three specific areas: agribusiness and youth employment; skills gaps and youth employability; and youth employment in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Read the bulletin here 


OECD Development Centre's Latin American Economic Outlook 2018: Rethinking Institutions for Development
The publication focuses on how institutions can underpin the foundations of a long period of sustained and inclusive growth and increased well-being. The report begins with an overview of the main macroeconomic challenges, analysing the complex macroeconomic context in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, and exploring policy options to boost potential growth, with a particular focus on trade. It then analyses the link between low trust and society’s disconnection and dissatisfaction  with institutions and a number of long-standing, structural features of the region as well as more recent, contextual dynamics that are shaping LAC’s economy, society and politics. Available in English and Spanish here

OECD - Latin America and the Caribbean Newsletter now available in English and Spanish
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EU-LAC Foundation's recent publications:

Strengthening EU-LAC Cooperation: Sharing Experiences for Present and Future Developments
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Case studies on Circular economy models and integration of Sustainable Development Goals in business strategies in the EU and LAC
The EU-LAC Foundation presents this series of case studies of companies and institutions interested in making visible their best practices on the integration of concepts of Circular Economy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the business strategies in the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Read more


New cooperation arrangement signed between the European Commission and the Japan Science and Technology Agency to strengthen researchers cooperation
Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, together with Mr Michinari Hamaguchi, President of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), signed a cooperation arrangement promoting researchers' cooperation between Japan and the European Union (EU). Read the full report here

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Eva Kagiri
FinCEAL+ Africa
UniPID - University of Jyväskylä
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Jarkko Mutanen
FinCEAL+ Asia
UniPID - University of Eastern Finland
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Kajsa Ekroos
FinCEAL+ Latin America and the Caribbean
UniPID - University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 50 448 6185

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