02/06/2012 - 02/07/2012 | Seoul, Korea
Based on the positive experiences of the 2010 Pilot Joint Call on Life-long Health, the aim of the second KORANET Joint Call is to bring together Korean and European researchers to collaborate in a joint project of mutual interest in the thematic field of Green Technologies. the Joint Call is open for proposal submission from 6 February to 6 April 2012. To officially launch the Joint Call, a Partnering Event is organised on 6 and 7 February 2012 in Seoul/Korea.The Partnering Event targeted researchers from universities, research institutions, SMEs or industries from Europe and Korea who are interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners within the field of Green Technologies to participate in the KORANET Joint Call. The main European target countries are those that participate in the KORANET Joint Call: Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Around 30 speakers from Korea and several European countries presented their project ideas to the audience. Overall, more than 80 researchers took part in the event, most of them from Korea.
Objectives of the Partnering Event
• To officially launch the KORANET Joint Call on Green Technologies (proposal submission from 6 February to 6 April 2012)
• To present all information, the requirements and steps to participate in the KORANET Joint Call
• To give researchers from Europe and Korea a chance to present their recent work in the area of Green Technologies to an international audience
• To initiate cooperation in the area of Green Technologies between European and Korean researchers that have already voiced their interest in participating in the KORANET Joint Call and thus to facilitate the set-up of project consortia (through pre-arranged networking sessions).
Why the topic of Green Technologies?
As never before, Europe and Korea focus on developing green technologies to fight against the climate change and to find innovative solutions for the efficient use of global energy resources.
The South Korean government has recently unveiled a green action plan aimed at making Korea one of the top ten green nations by 2020. The action plans for climate change and energy, economic growth and improving quality of life through green measures will receive around two percent of South Koreans annual GDP between now and 2013.
Also in Europe, the Member States are multiplying initiatives to support the development of green technologies both at European and individual country level. The EU will invest billions in green technologies using a series of public private partnerships thus encouraging clean technologies, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
The topic is therefore of vital interest for both, Korea and Europe, as it fosters green growth, including environmental sustainability as well as industrial growth. The broadness of the proposed area and its implications for the climatic challenges of today’s world are expected to encourage an important number of proposals, ensuring optimum synergies and networking options.
- Event report (available after the event)