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EU Research & Innovation Days ASEAN 2021
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EU Research & Innovation Days ASEAN 2021

Let’s work together for our planet!
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EU Research & Innovation Days ASEAN 2021 is the annual flagship event of EURAXESS ASEAN and its partners. It is designed as a platform for early-career researchers, innovators, practitioners, and activists from across the ASEAN region to explore opportunities for collaboration and career development with European partners.

The 2021 edition is dedicated to the topic of climate change & science diplomacy. How can people in Europe and in ASEAN work together to tackle climate change? What role does science diplomacy play in bringing about international collaboration? How can you become a science communicator? And which opportunities exist for early-career researchers in ASEAN to join forces with their peers in Europe?

Visit the website by clicking the link above and join the event for a full 6 weeks of practical workshops, hands-on training sessions and expert panel discussions. Engage with global leaders in their field, boost your own research career in our training sessions, expand your professional network, and explore new collaborations.

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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany withdraws its participation as a funder in the field of “Sustainable Food Production” of the 7th Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme, which means that German partners of a project consortium submitting a project proposal for “Sustainable Food Production” would have to bring their own funding.

BMBF remains as a funding partner in the field of “Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation” so that German partners in a JFS project consortium can still request funding for “Climate Change” projects under Call 7. For further information, please check the BMBF National Regulations (link) or contact the National Contact Point (contact details).

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Call for speaker's applications: Meet My Lab x JFS

The call for speaker’s applications is now open: Present your laboratory and find partners in the Meet My Lab x JFS online event - Deadline for application: August 31, 2021 at 23:59 CEST
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Event announcement: Meet My Lab x JFS: “Sustainable Food Production” and “Climate Change: Resilience & Adaptation” (8-9 September, 2021)

Present your laboratory in a live video session and find partners for your international research cooperation at the upcoming virtual event of Meet My Lab x JFS.

The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) in cooperation with EURAXESS ASEAN is looking for researchers from Southeast Asia and Europe that are interested in presenting their laboratory at our Meet My Lab x JFS event.

To support the European-Southeast Asian scientific cooperation, the JFS in cooperation with EURAXESS ASEAN is looking for laboratories across Southeast Asia and Europe.

Who should apply?

  • Are you from a Southeast Asian or European country?
  • Are you working in a laboratory that is perfect for the realization of research projects?
  • Are you looking for partners from Southeast Asia and/or Europe to implement international research cooperation?

If yes, apply now for the Meet My Lab x JFS virtual event and present your laboratory and in this way open possibilities of cooperation to potential partners.

How to apply?

Please fill in the application form and make a brief video about your laboratory to be submitted to: SEA_EU_JFS@servicefacility.eu

Your video should be no longer than 03:00 minutes and should show all significant things that make your laboratory special (e.g. special equipment, facility etc.). You can use your smartphone or any other equipment to make your video.

Deadline for application: August 31, 2021 at 23:59 CEST

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Meet My Lab x JFS, a cooperation between EURAXESS ASEAN and JFS

September 08, 2021 – 09:00am CEST / 15:00pm Singapore time: “Sustainable Food Production”

September 09, 2021 – 09:00am CEST / 15:00pm Singapore time: “Climate Change: Resilience & Adaptation”

Venue: Online

Meet My Lab x JFS will provide information about EURAXESS ASEAN and JFS and its 7th Joint Call for Proposals, which is currently open for submission of research proposals. Selected Southeast Asian and European researchers seeking to extend their international research network will present their laboratory.

All details for your participation will be published on our website and distributed through our social media channels soon.

 

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Launch of the 7th JFS STI Call
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Launch of the 7th STI JFS Call

The 2021 STI Joint Call for Proposals: Sustainable Food Production and Climate Change: Resilience & Adaptation is now open for applications.
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The JFS is happy to announce today's launch of the 7th STI Joint Call for Proposals in the two thematic areas of:

  • SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION and
  • CLIMATE CHANGE : RESILIENCE & ADAPTATION

Which types of projects are funded?

Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Call Project consortia must comprise of at least 3 partners from 3 different countries fulfilling the 2+1 rule: Either 2 partners from 2 different Southeast Asian countries and 1 European partner or 2 partners from 2 different European countries and 1 Southeast Asian partner. At least 1 partner from each region must be eligible for JFS funding. Further, the coordinator must be selected from among the partners eligible for funding. The required third partner can be funded by a funding organization from a country participating in the JFS or bring his own funding. The proposals have to cover the thematic areas of “Sustainable Food Production” or “Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation” to enhance bi-regional cooperation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones. Please read the National Regulations from the funding organization that you are requesting funding from carefully since the National Regulations may include additional requirements, e.g. certain Technology Readiness Levels.

What is the submission deadline?

15 October 2021 12:00 (noon) CEST/ 05:00 pm Bangkok time

What is the scope of the projects?

Funding will typically be provided for the duration of a maximum of three years (36 months). They should start earliest in June 2022.

Within the framework of the Joint Call, funding can in general be applied for:

  • Personnel costs
  • Equipment and consumables (project-related miscellaneous expenses and project-related larger equipment)
  • Mobility costs (exchange research visits between Europe and Southeast Asia. Travel costs, living expenses and visa costs are eligible for funding.
  • Other costs (Costs which cannot be classified under the previous cost items but are required for the project implementation, such as costs related to dissemination, intellectual property, demonstration, market search, management, organisational and subcontracting costs)

Which countries and funding agencies/ministries are participating?

(1= Sustainable Food Production; 2= Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation)

  • Belgium – National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) 1,2
  • Brunei Darussalam – University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD) 2
  • Bulgaria – Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF) 1,2
  • Cambodia – Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MEYS) 1,2
  • Czech Republic – Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) 1,2
  • Germany  Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 1,2
  • Indonesia – Ministry of Research and Technology / National Research & Innovation Agency (RISTEK / BRIN) 1,2
  • Lao PDR  Ministry of Education and Sports, Cabinet of Lao Academy of Science (MOES) 1,2
  • Malaysia – University of Malaya (UM) TBC
  • Malaysia – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 1,2
  • Myanmar – Ministry of Education (MOE) TBC
  • Netherlands – Dutch Research Council (NWO) 1,2
  • Philippines – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) 2
  • Philippines – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Rsearch and Development (PCIEERD) 2
  • Spain – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) 1,2
  • Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 1,2
  • Thailand - National Science and Technology Development Agency/Program Management Unit – Brain Power (NSTDA/PMU-B) 1,2
  • Turkey – Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) 1,2

More information on the call content can be found on this website under "calls": https://www.sea-eu-jfs.eu/call/2021-sti-joint-call-proposals-sustainable-food-production-and-climate-change-resilience-0

The call document can be found under "documents": https://www.sea-eu-jfs.eu/document/7th-sti-jfs-call-text

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EU-ASEAN Webinar Series on GreenTech

EU-ASEAN Dialogue on GreenTech & Innovation Mapping: Green Technologies for Plastic Value Chain Management


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A series of webinars on the topic "Green Technologies for Plastic Value Chain Management" is organised with the support of the Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI), a programme funded by the EU that supports policy dialogues between the two regional entities.

These webinars welcome all interested parties involved in plastic value chain management and green technologies including industry and business representatives, researchers, government agencies, and NGOs.

Two webinars were already organised in February (on "The End-of-Life Approaches") and March (on "The Cradle-to-Cradle Approaches Towards Sustainability") of this year.

The third webinar is just looming and will take place on April 29, 2021, on the topic "The Cradle-to-Cradle Approaches: Biodegradable Polymer Technologies".

EU-ASEAN Webinar Series

GreenTech & Innovation Mapping Dialogue: Green Technologies for Plastic Value Chain Management

Series 3 of 6: "The Cradle-to-Cradle Approaches: Biodegradable Polymer Technologies"

Thursday, 29 April 2021

15:30 - 18:00 GMT+8 (8:30 CET), Online Event

Find more information on the event and the speakers in the link provided here: https://greentechtransfers.eu/

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Call 7: Soon to come!

We are proud to announce that the Southeast Asia Joint Funding Scheme will be prolonged for one more call!
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We are proud to announce that the Southeast Asia Joint Funding Scheme will be prolonged for one more call!

The topics for call 7 have already been selected:

  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Climate Change: Resilience & Adaptation

To apply, we ask for your patience a bit longer: the call will be launched on June 15 and will be open until October 15, 2021.

In the meantime, we invite you to have a look at our partnering tool, where you can look for potential project partners.

More information on call 7 will be made available here soon! Stay tuned.

 

Green Talents Competition
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The Green Talents Competition 2021 is now open

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research awards a prize to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions.
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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is giving once again the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” prize to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions. The award, whose patron is Minister Anja Karliczek, honours 25 young researchers from around the world each year who are engaged in excellent interdisciplinary work on environmental topics.

The winners come from various scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. The call is open to all disciplines and is targeted to students or early-career professionals that are not citizens or residents of Germany.

The Green Talents are selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts and are granted unique access to the country’s leading sustainability researchers and scientists.

Deadline to apply for the 2021 awards: 19 May 2021.

For more information please visit www.greentalents.de.

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Cancellation and Replacement of Indonesian Funder

REPLACEMENT OF INDONESIAN FUNDING SUPPORT TO THE MINISTRY OF RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY / THE AGENCY OF NATIONAL RESEARCH & INNOVATION.
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We would like to inform that the Indonesian Ministry of Research & Technology / the Agency of National Research & Innovation takes over the funding support for Call 6 of SEA-EU JFS 2020 from the Managing Agency of Endowment Fund for Education (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan / LPDP), covering the thematic areas of Digital Health (including Infectious Diseases) and Bioeconomy (including Application of ICT-based Technologies).

 

Proponents of Call 6 are suggested to check the revised National Regulation of Indonesia here.

Your understanding is appreciated.

 

The Call Secretariat

Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme

For Research & Innovation

The South-East Asia-Europe JFS 4th Matchmaking event took place on November 23rd 2020, following the Global Bio-Economy Summit. The matchmaking event gave the opportunity to SEA and European researchers to introduce their research project ideas on bio-economy related topics which is at the core of the 2020 Innovation Joint Call for Proposals (6th Call), currently open for submission of research proposals.

The event started with the welcoming speech of Adele Clausen, Service Delivery Manager of  SEA-Europe JFS. She welcomed the participants and introduced the JFS scheme and shared with the audience the selection process of projects. Once an application is received it goes through an eligibility check done by the JFS management team. For applications to be eligible, the consortium must include partners from both regions and from three different countries, which is referred to as the 2+1 rule. Then, as each participating country funds its own researchers (with a few exceptions), the proposals are directed to national contact points which will check whether the proposal is eligible according to national regulations. Subsequently, two rounds of peer-review take place and the final selection is announced. For the 5th and 6th call, the results are expected to be known in May 2021. The deadline for the 5th call is set on the 15th of December, while the deadline for the 6th call is on the 15th of January. For more information on how to apply please click here.

The event is an opportunity for researchers interested in applying to the JFS bio-economy related 6th call to connect with potential partners. Soon our website will host a partnering tool to additionally facilitate the construction of bi-regional consortia. In addition, virtual lab tours will be organized.

 

Mr. Teguh Rahardjo from the Indonesian Science Fund which is hosting the JFS call secretariat, took the floor to highlight that the event was a real chance to find international partners. The internationality of science enables a cross-polination of ideas, necessary for making connections that one might not have seen before. This is why funding schemes like the SEA-Europe JFS are crucial to foster excellent science.  In the SEA-Europe JFS scheme, we consider the bi-regional and multilateral character as primordial.

During the matchmaking event, which gathered around 40 participants, researchers selected from the call for speakers applications took the floor to introduce their research project idea in the intend to find interested partners to bring their research project to the next level. The presentations, while all related to the bio-economy, covered various topics: food, materials, energy production, fisheries etc. The event showcased eight speakers from Indonesia and one speaker from the Philippines. The audience was from both regions as the aim of the event is to find partners which would fulfill the SEA-Europe JFS criteria.

Dr. Michael Francis D. Benjamin, from the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, was the first to present his project idea titled: ‘Development of Integrated Biorefineries using Philippine Agricultural Waste via the P-graph Method: A Step Towards Circular Economy’. His project aims to utilitize the agricultural waste in the Philippines via circular economy techniques. Biomass potential is great in the Philippines (rice, coconut, sugarcane). Yet, there are no real projects in place that make use of this via bio-refineries. Bio-refineries are interesting because they enable to reuse resources in a circular way: Biomass processing plants can produce high-value bio-products such as bio-energy and bio-chemicals. However, there are some risks related to the industry which require a proper framework to be designed to upscale biorefineries while prevent/counter those risks. The project would take on this task using the P-graph method. For this, they are looking for partners that can offer expertise in the areas of bio-refining, process integration, optimization, and circular economy.

The second presentation was given by Prof. Dr. Oslan Jumadi, from the Department of Biology at  Universitas Negeri Makassar in Indonesia. His project also deals with the problem of waste and is titled ‘Integrating insect farming into sustainable food systems to mitigate emission of greenhouses gases from tropical agriculture sector’. His project idea is to look for strategies in managing organic wastes that produce biofertilizers for crops and protein-rich insect biomass for animal feed. Through this project, he hopes to develop a strategy in managing organic wastes and producing biofertilizers for corn crops and protein-rich insect biomass for fish feed to a sustainable food system but also aims to reduce greenhouses gases.

The third presentation also focused on food and the role that insects could play in food sustainability. Dr. Emil R. Kaburuan is from the Bina Nusantara (BINUS) University in Jakarta, Indonesia. His research idea is titled ‘Developing an Intelligent BSF (Black Soldier Fly) larvae farm to produce high protein source in food sustainability’. Having identified the problem related to poor waste processing, the project aims to create an ecosystem enabling the waste bank to work more efficiently and to end the waste problem in Indonesia.  BSF has been identified as the best solution to handle organic waste and therefore the project will focus on enhancing this method. All activities will be recorded in an app that will enable tracing. The outcome of the project should be to develop an ‘intelligent’ BSF system that will be able to implement and monitor the BSF technique.

 

The next presentation this time did not focus on waste but on the sustainable management of vulnerable fisheries. This project idea was presented by Indah Susilowati from the Diponegoro University in Indonesia.  The project seeks to create a management system for vulnerable fisheries using smart information. In addition to that project, she also presented a second project which would be focused on implementing good governance in coastal communities through gender awareness against corruption. Those two topics would beneficiate from a broad collaboration and international expertise to reach their full potential.

The fifth project is titled ‘Fish Molecular Immunology and The Development of Fish Cell Culture-based Vaccine’ and thus also relates to the problem of sustainable production. Dr. Dewi Syahidah, from the Institute for Marine Research Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension in Indonesia, explained to the audience her project idea. Zoonoses associated with fish can cause serious illness in humans which could be curbed by using a bio-economy approach. Currently, antibiotics are used but they are often the solution that would be to favor prevention before treatment by using vaccination. Her project would put that idea into practice and would benefit from partners with experience in those topics. The collaboration would enable the sharing and transfer of knowledge, the development of human resources, the creation of patents on vaccines for commercial purposes, the publications of co-authored articles etc.

The next project was presented by Dr. Surono from the Indonesian Soil Research Institute

& Innovation Centre for Tropical Sciences. His project idea is titled ‘The bio-economics of dark septate endophytes (DSE) fungi from tropical Indonesia’. The project would investigate the use of Indonesia's tropical DSE fungal resources, to improve soil fertility and health to increase sustainable soil and crop productivity. Dr. Surono clearly specified what he is looking for in potential partners:  “I am looking for Partners who can collaborate in implementing and analyzing the project from the start of the activity to the end, from the laboratory and the field to the end-user with outcomes that can be used by all the stakeholders involved. The types of organizations sought are universities, international and national research institutes, organic farmer organizations, with supporting expertise in metagenomic, metabolomic, environmental impact analysis, socio-economic analysis, participatory-based empowerment, and marketing of technology”.

The project idea that was presented next is titled ‘Sustainability Of The Subak Landscape For Sustainable Agriculture’. Made Ika Prastyadewi the Faculty of Economics and Business of Diponegoro University in Indonesia. She outlined that the aim of the research is to find policy recommendations to preserve the Subak landscape via natural resources management. The project places a specific focus on the preservation of local culture and wisdom that is embedded in the agricultural practices of the area.  The collaboration should eventually lead to a joint-publication. 

The next presentation was given by Dr. I Made Wahyu Wijaya from the University of Mahasaraswati Denpasar in Indonesia. The project is titled: ‘Climate Change Resilience Village Through The Development Of Agro-ecotourism’ and focuses on the Baha village in Bali. Through GIS inventorying of the Baha village, the project aims to collect information on the agricultural features of the village needed to develop an organic-based agricultural application. The ultimate aim of the project is to improve current techniques for more sustainability and develop an eco-tourism area.

Dr. Ir Wahyudi, from the University of Papua, gave the last presentation of the session entitled: ‘Intervention in management and technology of Non-Timber Forest Products commodities based on the local knowledge to establish independence of foods, energy, and income source of local community in Indonesian New Guinea’. This project aims at developing no-timber forest products using the local knowledge to ensure local communities’ independence. Those types of products have the benefit to be produced much more sustainably than other forest products but also could really empower the community. It is possible to create products while managing and maintaining eco-systems. The project would effectively work towards the development of this activity, through standardization and marketing of products.

After all presentations were given, participants were given the opportunity to discuss with each speaker in dedicated break-out rooms. There, participants were able to ask questions and network with the speakers to possibly start cooperation which might lead to a concrete research project in the scope of the new JFS calls.

If you were not able to attend the event and would like to access the slides of the various presentations don’t hesitate to contact us:  sea_eu_jfs@servicefacility.eu

 

 

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3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event

The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme hosted the 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event on health-related topics: “Infectious Diseases” (2020 S&T Joint Call) and “Digital Health” (2020 Innovation Joint Call) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
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The 3rd Southeast Asia – Europe JFS Matchmaking Event took place on October 28th 2020, following the World Health Summit. The matchmaking event was held fully virtually and gave the opportunity to eight SEA and European researchers to introduce their research projects on health-related topics which are at the core of the 2020 S&T and Innovation Joint Calls for Proposals, currently open for submission of research proposals.

The event started with the welcoming speech of Adele Clausen, Service Delivery Manager of SEA-Europe JFS. She emphasized the timeliness of the event as international scientific cooperation in health is absolutely necessary to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. The new calls are particularly relevant to the current situation as two topics are focused on health: Infectious Diseases (5th S&T Call) and Digital Health (6th Innovation Call). 

Adele also introduced the JFS scheme and shared with the audience the selection process of projects. Once an application is received it goes through an eligibility check done by the JFS management team. For applications to be eligible, the consortium must include partners from both regions (Europe and Southeast Asia) and from three different participating countries, which is referred to as the 2+1 rule. Then, as each participating country funds its own researchers (with a few exceptions), the proposals are directed to national contact points which will check whether the proposal is eligible according to national regulations. Subsequently, two rounds of peer-review take place and the final selection is announced. For the 5th and 6th Call, the results are expected to be known in May 2021. The deadline for the 5th Call is set on the 15th of December, while the deadline for the 6th call is on the 15th of January. For more information on how to apply please click here.

The event is a first opportunity for researchers interested in applying to the JFS health-related calls to connect with potential partners. Soon our website will host a Partnering Tool to facilitate the construction of bi-regional consortia. In addition, virtual lab tours will be organized.

During the Matchmaking Event, which gathered 66 participants from Europe and Southeast Asia, researchers, selected from the Call for Speakers applications, took the floor to introduce their research project in the intend to find interested partners to bring their research project to the next level. Five presentations focused on Infectious Diseases while three other researchers presented their research ideas on the topic of Digital Health. In many presentations, the COVID-19 pandemic was addressed as either a reason for actions or a subject of study. For example, Rizaldy Taslim Pinzon from Bethesda Hospital / Duta Wacana Christian University School of Medicine (Indonesia), presented a research project on telemedicine for neurological patient. The project has been inspired by the necessity created by the pandemic to avoid for non-COVID-19 related patients to have to travel to the hospital, while at the same time ensuring continuity of treatment and care. Another project, instigated by Heni Mufliah  from the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Islam Bandung (Indonesia), also build up from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on other diseases and health problems: tuberculosis. In this research project, researchers want to curb the decrease in testing of tuberculosis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic by capitalizing on the co-testing potential of the two diseases. The project aims at sharing innovation and resources to develop one-point care of COVID-19 and tuberculosis. Yet another project proposal, presented by Romulo de Castro from the University of San Agustin (Philippines), aims at introducing AI solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic, where data and AI systems could efficiently foster better policy making. Finally, another Indonesian project presented by Nina Dwi Putri from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, addresses the COVID-19 pandemic from an under-researched sample population: pediatric patients. The proposed project aims at identifying the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children.

The other presentations diverged more from the COVID-19 topics and presented new and unique project proposals extremely relevant from the perspective of the JFS scheme. Martin Metzner from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA (Germany), introduced his project idea which links material engineering and infectious diseases. The project is focused on the investigation and further development of antimicrobial coatings to prevent the spread of diseases causing agents like bacteria, fungi and viruses. Another project, introduced by  Roland Gilbert from Remenyi Clinical & Translational Research Institute at the Medical City (Philippines) , focuses on antimicrobial resistance, which has been identified as one of the biggest health threat to humans. In this innovative project, researchers propose to harness the power of phage therapy and 3D bioprinting to counter antimicrobial resistance. Another project idea presented by Ucar Baris from BYS Grup (Turkey), which also relies on cutting edge technology, proposes to develop a robotic-care system to support patients with dementia (RODE). Innovation is also at the core of the project idea presented Lalintip Hocharoen from the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand). The project aims at setting up of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines in animal production capacity in Thailand and South East Asia. After the presentations, participants were given the opportunity to discuss with each speakers in dedicated break-out rooms. There, participants were able to ask questions and network with the speakers to possibly start a cooperation which might lead to a concrete research project in the scope of the new JFS calls.

If you were not able to attend the event and would like to access the slides of the various presentations don’t hesitate to contact us:  sea_eu_jfs@servicefacility.eu