Opportunities for doing Health research in Third Countries


Access4EU info-session

9th OF JUNE 2011, BRUSSELS
CROWNE PLAZA EUROPEA HOTELS, RUE DE LA LOI - 107 - WETSTRAAT


Access4EU Health info session

On 9 June 2011 two info-sessions took place in Brussels, both with the aim to promote the opportunities for European researchers of doing Health research in Third Countries.

The first info-session was part of the official programme of the FP7 Health Infoday organised by the European Commission. During the parallel session on international cooperation (14.00-15.30h) chaired by Mr Indridi Benediktsson (European Commission, DG RTD, Directorate Health Horizontal Aspects and Coordination), representatives of 8 Third Countries presented the research and innovation programmes in their respective countries. The Countries represented were: Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, South Africa and the United States of America. With 3-minute flash presentations, each speaker highlighted the opportunities for European researchers under these programmes. Close to 100 people from all over the world participated at this 'teaser' session, which also served to promote the evening session where ample time was reserved for networking.
Left: Participants during the parallel session on International Cooperation.
Right: Participants of the Health Infoday at the Access4EU information booth.

Outside the conference hall (Room Jenkins), the participants of the Health Infoday were welcomed by an Access4EU-booth with brochures and other promotional materials of all the Access4EU projects.

The second info-session was organised in cooperation with eight Access4EU projects at Crowne Plaza Europa Hotels. In total, over 90 people participated at this Access4EU dissemination and networking event.

From 17.00h onwards, participants already had the opportunity to meet the country representatives at dedicated 'country tables' and discuss the possibilities for cooperation. At 18.00h, a series of eight 10-minute presentations was initiated. After a quick welcome by Mr Ben Kubbinga (Agency for the Promotion of European Research), Mr Philippe Froissard (European Commission, DG RTD, International Cooperation Projects) explained the rationale behind the Access4EU initiative. Subsequently, the following speakers presented the research opportunities in their respective countries: Mr Gerd Ruecker for Australia, Ms Sharon Irwin for Canada, Mr R.P. Singh for India, Ms Karla Falloon for New Zealand, Ms Natalia Mielech for Russia, Ms Sinead Quigley for South Korea, Mr Iqbal Parker for South Africa and Mr David Bruce Conn for the USA.

After the presentations a networking cocktail was organised where participants had the opportunity to discuss in more detail how they can set up collaborations with Third Country research programmes. Participants came from all over the world and though most participants indicated that they were generally interested in the opportunities outside Europe, many had a preference for the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Russia, South Africa and the USA.

Left: Audience of the Access4EU event a Crowne Plaza Europa Hotel.
Right: Participants at the networking cocktail.


Speakers at the Access4EU event at Crowne Plaza: Mr Philippe Froissard (European Commission), Mr Gerd Ruecker for Australia, Ms Sharon Irwin for Canada, Mr R.P. Singh for India, Ms Karla Falloon for New Zealand, Ms Natalia Mielech for Russia, Ms Sinead Quigley for South Korea, Mr Iqbal Parker for South Africa, Mr David Bruce Conn for the USA and Mr Ben Kubbinga (APRE).

Agenda, list of participants and presentations

The original agenda can be downloaded here.

The list of participants is available here.

The presentations can be downloaded from the table below:

CountrySpeakerPresentations
All countriesAll speakers- Full teaser presentation
Series of 3 minute presentations held during parallel session on international cooperation during Health Infoday), including introduction to Access4EU initiative
- Full evening presentation
Evening session at Crowne Plaza Europa Hotels combined. Series of 10 minute presentations.
AustraliaGerd Ruecker- Full presentation Australia
CanadaSharon Irwin- Full presentation Canada
IndiaR.P. Singh- Full presentation India
New ZealandKarla Falloon- Full presentation New Zealand
RussiaNatalia Mielech- Full presentation Russia
South KoreaSinead Quigley- Full presentation South Korea
South AfricaIqbal Parker- Full presentation South Africa
United States of AmericaDavid Bruce Conn- Full presentation USA

Organisers: 7 'Access4EU' projects that focus on Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the USA.

Contact:Ben Kubbinga
(APRE, ACCESS2CANADA)
Caterina Buonocore
(APRE, Health NCP)