EUROPE-RUSSIA: New guide to science collaboration

The first Compendium on Science & Research Cooperation between the European Union and Russia was jointly presented in Moscow last week. The publication presents what it says are "all the most important elements of the vast EU-Russia science landscape in one place".

Presenting the publication, the Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia, Ambassador Marc Franco, said: "Science and research, as well as higher education, are among the most dynamically developing areas of EU-Russia cooperation, covering a wide range of thematic areas and topical questions, where we have seen a remarkable success for many years.

Franco said the compendium was a timely reflection of the EU and Russia's common intellectual heritage, academic traditions and "the complementarities of our scientific systems". He said it made an important practical contribution to the implementation of the Common EU-Russia Space in Research, Education and Culture programme.

The compendium provides an easy-to-use guide through the agreements, programmes and institutions underpinning scientific cooperation with Russia at the level of 27 EU members, as well as with the EU as a whole.

It gives an overview of various forms of support available for European and Russian researchers, and contains information about some select pan-European and international funding organisations.

The publication is targeted at scientists and research organisations in the EU and in Russia seeking opportunities for cooperation, as well as at policy-makers and science managers who require an overview of the respective agreements and programmes.