Advancing R&I ecosystems in the Western Balkans with regard to their ERA integration

The future and the challenges in enhancing R&I ecosystems in the Western Balkans for their integration to the European Research Area will be discussed in a dedicated event taking place on 4 September, during ESOF2020. NI4OS-Europe, key building block of the European Open Science Cloud, will be presented to provide input regarding the developments taking place at national and regional level as a crucial step towards the materialization of EOSC. The event is organized by the European Commission DG Research and Innovation – through its International Service Facility scheme supporting the Western Balkans Steering Platform on Research and Innovation.

This interactive roundtable intends to support the EU Western Balkans Strategy, and especially the Action Plan in Support of the transformation of the Western Balkans under supporting socioeconomic development. Themes for the debate will range from regional cooperation and mobility of researchers in view of integration into a true European Research Area as recently mentioned by new President-elect of European Commission, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen. Further key discussion points will include the increasing and attracting of human resources and capacity building in the R&I system, as well as inclusion of Open Science in WB policies and of Centres of Excellence, flagship initiatives (like SEEIIST) and research infrastructures into strategies. Finally, the round table will allow for discussions on the most effective way to use the widening approach in the upcoming Framework Programme and instruments such as S3 strategies, and also in their initial actions to improve infrastructure and R&I capacity.

The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.