Plan of activities in 2011-12 Supporting development of the European strategy for international STI cooperation Implementation and consolidation of ongoing and planned activities (China, India, the United States, horizontal activities) Analysis and monitoring Information sharing, communication and representation Working methods and structures SFIC Plenary The SFIC Plenary is the main decision-making body of the Forum Chair Ms Riitta Mustonen/ Finland SFIC Task Force The Task Force is SFIC's main advisory, assisting, discussing and proposing body. Its role is to assist the SFIC Plenary and thus the Chair, and not to duplicate the work done by the Plenary Chair Ms Ana Neves/ Portugal Ad-hoc working groups Ad-hoc working groups might be created following a proposal by the Task Force and with the subsequent approval by the SFIC plenary
Dr. Riitta Mustonen Academy of Finland, Vice President (Research) Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation, Chair 24.01.12
Globalization creates opportunities for increasing scientific excellence 24.01.12
The Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC) 24.01.12
European Research Area Research Infrastructures Knowledge Transfer Human resources and Mobility Joint programming International Cooperation
Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC) The Strategic Forum for International Scientific and Technological Cooperation (SFIC) is a partnership platform in the field of S&T cooperation with the aim to facilitate the further development, implementation and monitoring of the international dimension of European Research Area (ERA) by sharing of information and consultation between the partners. The basis of this cooperation is the identification of common priorities which could lead to coordinated or joint initiatives and the coordination of activities and positions vis-à-vis third countries and within international fora.
Oher Countries SFIC MEMBERS SFIC OBSERVERS SFIC is a strategic and advisory body in MS/EU international STI cooperation. SFIC activities are implemented on a voluntary basis following the principle of variable geometry SFIC takes an active role in the realization of ERA and its international dimension, especially by building up synergies with the existing and future EU-level funding instruments. The added value of SFIC is created by optimizing the use of national, European and global resources and avoiding duplication of activities.
The United States and SFIC 24.01.12 The USA is by far the most important partner for European researchers outside the European Research Area (ERA) and vice versa. Cooperation of the EU and Member States with US partners can build on strong existing links, rich experience and well-established relations. SFIC is formulating a joint European roadmap towards a coherent and lively cooperation between the United States and Europe. The aim of the SFIC activities is to create opportunities for thematic and mobility cooperation between the United States and Europe
More information 24.01.12 WWW-site of the Council of Europe http://www.consilium.europa.eu/policies/era/sfic.aspx?lang=en To contact the SFIC Secretariat, please send an e-mail to [email_address]
Success in international cooperation is based on cooperation among the best of the best. 24.01.12
FiDiPro Finland Distinguished Professor Programme Funding programme for top researchers in science and technology Led and financed by the Academy of Finland & Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) 87 FiDiPro Professors and Fellows have been funded (November 2011) 24.01.12
Funding for long-term cooperation linking FiDiPro researchers and Finnish research groups and companies.
Funding is awarded to research projects for a fixed term with a funding period of 2 to 5 years.
Funding may cover expenses such as:
salary and travel of the visiting top researcher
costs of a possible research team to be set up
expenses of accompanying family members
FiDiPro researchers may bring along a key member or key members of their own research team, whose expenses may also be partially covered.
” Finland has an extremely high scientific level, high innovation potential, and reliable, hard-working, and pleasant people. Professor Willem M. de Vos Wageningen University Netherlands Academy Professor 2011-2015 University of Helsinki FiDiPro - Finland Distinguished Professor Programme NWO/Spinoza Prize 2008
” The achievements in mobile communications are direct results of the great synergy between Finnish industry and academia. Professor Behnaam Aazhang Rice University Houston, Texas FiDiPro - Finland Distinguished Professor Programme
More information 24.01.12 Finland Distinguished Professor Programme http://www.fidipro.fi/ Academy of Finland http://www.aka.fi Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation http://www.tekes.fi