On Friday 19 October, the SEA-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation held a Dissemination Event at the Mövenpick Hotel in Cebu, the Philippines, highlighting success stories from the project’s first Call, and looking ahead to the results of the second Call, which will be announced in early 2019.
The event was attended by representatives and researchers from numerous Southeast Asian countries who are interested in joining future calls, including from Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. The JFS team were especially pleased to welcome DOST Undersecretary Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara from the Philippines to the event, following the successful 75th Meeting of ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST-75) and the 10th edition of the Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology (IAMMST-9), which were held in the preceding days.
The proceedings were opened by Dr. Konstantinos Glinos from the European Commission. ZSI was represented by Michael Wilkinson, who acts as Communication Specialist to the SEA-EU Joint Funding Scheme. Mr Wilkinson gave a presentation on the ‘success stories’ of the 10 projects funded under the 1st Call. Dr Guevara also gave a keynote address, highlighting the importance of the Joint Funding Scheme for creating projects which will positively impact both European and Southeast Asian countries.
The selection of funded projects for the 2nd Call will be decided at the meetings of the JFS Scientific Council and Programme Steering Committee, which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2019, with the results being published shortly thereafter.
The JFS was also presented in brief at the Workshop on Start-up Innovation, and the ASEAN Young Leaders Forum 2018, which were held on 17 and 18 October at the Shangri-La's Mactan Resort.
For more information on the event, please see the agenda below.