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Stronger Cooperation of the Academies of Sciences of the Visegrad Group

Publish date: 2014-12-02

Every year the representatives of Academies of Sciences of the Visegrad group discuss major chances and challenges of the central European region in the area of science. The last conference that took place in Prague was mainly focused on the regional aspects of Horizon 2020 programme.

Tags: cooperation , Visegrad group , science , horizon 2020

This year’s meeting that was held in Prague on 13-14 October was hosted by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The scope of the conference covered issues associated with possible prospects for the cooperatively acting Academies of the Visegrad Group (V4). Moreover, the strategies of promoting and representing central European ideas and interests abroad were discussed. For instance, the Polish Academy of Sciences possesses its own workers responsible for the contact with western European cities, which positively influences the proper flow of information between the regions.

One of the major issues brought up by the participants was Horizon 2020 programme and its regional aspects. Horizon 2020 is a huge European Union research and innovation project that provides substantial funding (nearly €80 billion in years 2014 – 2020) for most valuable initiatives. The major aims are to increase economic growth and create more workplaces associated with the development of innovative branches of European economy.

During the meeting in Prague, newly elected authorities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) were introduced. The new President of MTA László Lovász depicted major points of his programme, including creation of the new research center of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences aimed to trigger stronger cooperation of classical studies’ disciplines. He also stated that MTA’s Momentum program for excellence will be continued and mentioned about next edition of the World Science Forum that will be organized in 2015 in Budapest.

In the jointly written letter, the members of Academies of Sciences of V4 expressed concerns about the budget of the Slovakian Academy of Sciences that is planned to be reduced by 18%.

The tradition of meeting of the Academies of Sciences of V4 began in 1999. The representatives of four countries belonging to V4, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, initiated this informal forum in order to talk over the ongoing challenges and potential chances in the scientific sector and share opinions about the integration process of V4 countries with the whole European Union. The first meeting of the Academies of V4 was organized by the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava in 2000 and covered such topics as the role of science in the integration of V4 members, common interests in the scientific area and the coordination of the Central-European scientific diplomacy.

The whole V4 initiative is a result of the strong will of the central European countries to act together in various areas and to strengthen the cooperation of the region.

Sources:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

http://v4.avcr.eu/

http://www.visegradgroup.eu/

http://mta.hu/news_and_views/science-academies-of-v4-countries-strengthen-cooperation-135249/

Maciej Smolarz

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