With this first bi-regional dialogue platform, PACE-Net Plus intends to support the recognition of the fundamental importance of ST&I in the sustainable development of Pacific Island Countries and in the policy dialogue between the EU and Pacific Region.
PACE-Net Plus is the second project funded by the European Commission to further bi-regional ST&I cooperation between the Pacific Region and the European Union.
Many societies around the world face challenges in the areas of health and wellbeing, food-security, terrestrial and marine resource management, and the impact of climate change. In the Pacific region, some of these challenges are compounded by geographic and socio-economic issues unique to the region. Scientific research, technological development, and innovative approaches all play important roles in assisting Pacific Island nations to address these challenges.
The opportunities for European and Pacific researchers to collaborate are many and diverse. EU policy and scientific strategies aim to reinforce these collaboration opportunities, notably through Horizon 2020, the European Union’s framework programme dedicated to research and innovation. This year, PACE-Net Plus organised several think-tanks, which sought to update and identify research priorities, innovation areas, and to develop preliminary ideas for joint initiatives and activities for EU-Pacific ST&I cooperation in the fields identified in Horizon 2020.
Strengthening bi-regional dialogue in ST&I, a core component of PACE-Net Plus, is a key step towards achieving increased EU-Pacific collaboration to address the societal challenges. The gaps in this dialogue and the absence of an ST&I structural framework at regional and often national levels in the Pacific region are both limiting factors. To address the lack of a structured forum for bi-regional ST&I policy dialogue, PACE-Net Plus plans three bi-regional platforms to increase recognition of the fundamental importance of ST&I in the sustainable development of Pacific Island Countries and in the dialogue between the EU and Pacific Region. The first will be held in December 2014 and will discuss policy recommendations from the six Think Tanks.
The Pacific Europe Network for Science Technology and Innovation will bring leading researchers, policy makers and innovators together to:
The contents and the audience of the platform will contribute to developing a concept for implementing a long-term bi-regional dialogue strategy between the regions of Europe and the Pacific. This platform leads the work to be endorsed at future platforms in Brussels (Belgium) in mid 2015 and in Suva (Fiji) in mid 2016 — focussed on the pathways to innovation.
Sheikh Izzal Azid|
Faculty of Science and Technology and Environment
The University of the South Pacific
Phone: +679 32 32859
Mobile: +679 92 11622
Prof. Jean-François Marini|
PACE-Net Plus coordinator
IRD, 101 Promenade Roger Laroque
BP A5 – 98848 Noumea (New Caledonia)
Phone: +687 26 07 47
|Summary outcomes||705.54 KB|
|RUN & PACE-Net Plus MoU media release||162.16 KB|
|Participant profiles||640.1 KB|
|Think Tank on NCDs||1.41 MB|
|Think Tank on Infectious Diseases in the Pacific||1.88 MB|
|Think Tank on Exploring the convergence of science and traditional knowledge in aqua- and agriculture for sustainable, healthy l||1.1 MB|
|Think Tank on Coastal ecosystem disturbances, fish and shellfish poisoning and their socio-economic implications||1.33 MB|
|Think Tank on Enhancing community resilience: managing environment, water and wastes under a changing climate||1.32 MB|
|Innovation and innovation policies in developing countries and the Pacific||215.43 KB|