16.05.2016 - 17.05.2016 | Warsaw, Poland

Policy Stakeholders Conference on ‘EU-Central Asia STI Cooperation in addressing Health’

This Policy Stakeholders Conference (PSC) organised by the IncoNet CA project addressed 'Health' as one of the societal challenges that are of mutual importance to Europe and Central Asia. Earlier PSCs had tackled 'Climate Change' and 'Energy' issues. The aim of the latest conference was to take stock and showcase best practices regarding EU-CA scientific cooperation, discuss concrete innovation cooperation projects, and promote international collaboration, networking, matchmaking. The event also provided an opportunity to present projects from the region as well as best practice examples.
Partcipants at the EU-Central Asia Policy Stakeholders Conference on Health in Warsaw | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK Partcipants at the EU-Central Asia Policy Stakeholders Conference on Health in Warsaw | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK

The IncoNet Central Asian Countries Policy Stakeholders Conference ‘EU – Central Asia STI cooperation in addressing Health Research & Innovation’ that took place in Warsaw, Poland on 16-17 May, 2016, was 3rd of this kind of events organised by the IncoNet CA project and the 5th in a series of similar successful forums for policy dialogue between stakeholders organised in the framework of the predecessor S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries (IncoNet EECA ) project.

The previous two PSCs within the frame of the IncoNet CA project were organised in Astana, Kazakhstan, on the 30th September to the 1st October 2015 focusing on Energy and in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 23-24 September 2014 focusing on Climate Change.

The conference provided ample opportunity for an in-depth exchange of views on regional and international STI policies, research programmes and projects addressing Health – primarily health research and innovation – among high-level policymakers, international donors, and representatives of the research communities in the EU MS/AC and the CA countries, as well as other key stakeholders active in the region.

V. Akhmetov on 'Healthcare Policy in Kazakhstan' | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK V. Akhmetov: 'Healthcare Policy in Kazakhstan ' | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK M. Hofmarcher-Holzhacker on the BRIDGE project | © Robert Graff M. Hofmarcher-Holzhacker: the 'BRIDGE' project | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK

 The main goals of the conference, among others, were to:

  • identify regional, international initiatives, common objectives, programmes, shape future cooperative initiatives on Health Research and Innovation between EU and the CA countries;
  • present good practice examples in order to create new synergies in the area of Research and Innovation in Health under the European Union’s current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 'Horizon 2020' and beyond;
  • formulate recommendations on the enhancement of the EU-CA STI cooperation in addressing health issues which could be integrated in the current and forthcoming agendas and funding instruments by the relevant STI actors involved in cooperation;
  • strengthen STI cooperation and innovation as a common interest for EU and CA both as strategic and operative levels.

Impression from the EU-Central Asia PSC on Health | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK Impression from the EU-Central Asia PSC on Health | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK

The conference gathered 62 policy makers and representatives of the academic and scientific communities. They represented 52 organisations from 14 European and Central Asian countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Poland, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. A number of international organisations, as well as a representative from the European Commission attended the event. Participants represented also public policy coordination bodies in the field of research, innovation, health and international STI cooperation both at national and EU level, major international projects and programs in the health sector as well as some organisations coming from the civil society, the research community and the business sector. More than one third of the participants were women.

The event was jointly organised by the Centre for Regional and International STI Studies and Support (CeRISS/Greece) and the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT PAN/Poland).


On 16-17 May 2016, the IncoNet CA project (in which the DLR Project Management Agency is a project partner) organised a Policy Stakeholders’ Conference in Warsaw. In their function as editors of the project's website, DLR agreed to upload the presentations held during this event on this website for download in pdf format subject to the express consent of the speakers concerned. DLR, as the uploading entity, has not monitored the contents of these presentations in any way. In case of incorrect contents, copyright infringements or other violations of the law, please contact Dr Hendrik Meurs, DLR Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, hendrik.meurs@dlr.de. Any offending material will be removed immediately.

Photo gallery

Impression from the EU-Central Asia PSC on Health | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK 'World Café Conversation' at the PSC | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK
In-depth exchange and networking at the PSC | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK Lively discussions at the PSC | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK
Shoira Saidkaromova: Session I Panel 1 Wrap-up| © Robert Graff, PAN KPK IncoNet CA organised the EU-Central Asia PSC | © Robert Graff, PAN KPK


Mr Ádám Dávid
International Expert
Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, RCISD
Huvösvölgyi út 54. V./1
H-1021 Budapest | Hungary
E-mail: adam.david@rcisd.eu 

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