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Issue 1/2013


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

Welcome to the first newsletter edition on FinCEAL, an initiative of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The purpose of this project is to increase support for the Finnish research community and to enhance their participation in bi-regional EU-Africa and EU-LAC policy dialogues on Science, Technology and Innovation. FinCEAL also aims at enhancing the cooperation between researchers and the private sector in Finland as well as with their counterparts in Europe, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. UniPID (Finnish University Partnership for International Development) is implementing the project until the end of 2014.
FinCEAL Kickoff Event
Read more about the launch event and download the summaries of the regional workshops.

FinCEAL Travel Grants

We are happy to announce that the FinCEAL travel grants are now OPEN! The main purpose of these grants is to facilitate the participation of Finland-based researchers in meetings and workshops that contribute to FinCEAL’s objectives of enhancing involvement in bi-regional science, technology and innovation cooperation and policy dialogue between Europe and Africa/LAC within the project thematic areas:
• Africa: Food Security, Health, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Information Society;
• LAC: Bioeconomy, Health, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Renewable Energy and ICT for Societal Challenges.
More information on the Call and Application process can be found here.

Finnish Researchers’ InfoBank

The FinCEAL InfoBank will be launched in September! The InfoBank is an interdisciplinary database of research projects carried out by the Finnish research community on/in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

This new platform has been created as a mandate from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The purpose of the InfoBank is to:
•Facilitate knowledge exchange, communication and cooperation between researchers focusing on these regions in Finland  
•Enhance transparency 
•Act as a distribution channel for disseminating information on relevant funding calls
•Act as a contact point for the Ministries and Finnish missions abroad seeking for Finnish research expertise 
More information on the InfoBank will be posted soon on the UniPID website and the FinCEAL LinkedIn group.

Questionnaire on the current state of Finnish research cooperation with Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean

If you are a researcher working with one or both of these regions, please take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire. Your answer contributes to the baseline statistics of the project and the development of the project activities. Thank you for your cooperation!

Upcoming activities

Save the date: Workshop and networking event for researchers working with renewable energy, climate change and biodiversity on December 10th, 2013. Researchers focusing on Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean all welcome! More information on the workshop coming soon. 


Join the FinCEAL LinkedIn group! 

Get involved, discuss and receive up-to-date information on FinCEAL activities, events and open funding calls. Join our FinCEAL group on Linkedin.

For more FinCEAL information, please contact the FinCEAL Project Coordinators:

Eva Kagiri
Project Coordinator FinCEAL Africa
UniPID - University of Jyväskylä
Tel: +358 40 805 4232

Kajsa Ekroos
Project Coordinator FinCEAL
Latin America and the Caribbean

UniPID - University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 44 552 3568

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