Networking visits for African NCPs
To achieve its objective, CAAST-Net conducts a series of activities to improve the quality and quantity of coordinated practical support to African participation in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) projects. Activities are implemented by CAAST-Net partners in coordination with existing infrastructures, which also aim at raising African participation in FP7 to create synergies wherever possible, and particularly with existing National Contact Point (NCP) support networks with which there is commonality of purpose.
With this in mind, CAAST-Net is implementing three networking visits for African National Contact Points (NCP) to Turkey, Sweden and Germany over the course of 2012.
The objective of these visits is to further bi-regional cooperation by:
The first of the three visits took place in Ankara, Turkey from 26 to 27 June 2012. This event focused on networking activities for African NCPs and provided information on Turkey's NCP system. In addition, opportunities to share knowledge and meet with coordinators of international EU-projects at both a Turkish university and research institute were set up. The travel and accommodation costs of the African NCPs were covered by CAAST-Net.
The NCP visit to Sweden, hosted by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA), will take place from 17 to 19 October 2012. The NCP visit to Germany will be held from the 19 to 21 November 2012 and it will be hosted by the International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Project Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR).
NCP visit to Turkey For further information, please contact Dr Güliz Sütçü from TÜBİTAK at G
- Informing African NCPs on opportunities for international research cooperation within the FP7 and the Horizon 2020 framework, which comes into effect in 2014, as well as introducing African NCPs to EC development cooperation services and instruments that assist in matching NCPs skills with needs;
- Facilitating networking opportunities among African and European NCPs;
- Providing a platform for African and European NCPs to share their knowledge and experiences;
- Providing additional exposure on relevant cooperation instruments;
- Informing African NCPs on how European NCPs organise activities at national level.
NCP visit to Sweden For further information, please contact Mr Christian Hansen from VINNOVA at
NCP visit to Germany For further information, please contact Dr Birgit Ditgens from DLR at