PACE-Net+ Platform of Regional and Bi-regional Policy Dialogue was held on the 23rd and 24th of June 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. SPI participated in this event together with more than 60 policy-makers, and scientists of the Pacific (Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polinesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga) and Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Malta, Portugal and United Kingdom) with the purpose to deliver the main outcomes of the project activities (state of the art, thematic think tanks, survey on innovation, selected seed-funding projects) to the European Commission.
This event successfully gathered high-level representatives from Europe and the Pacific region to discuss and agree on an action plan dedicated to implement a sustainable institutionalised High Level Dialogue Platform in ST&I between the two regions and strengthen the EU-Pacific global partnership, to be further intensified according to mutual interest, and optimising the use of all cooperation opportunities. The participants also actively discussed the policy recommendations that have been elaborated in the framework of the project, to contribute to the visibility of research in ST&I for development within the Pacific regional policy instruments.
The PACE-Net Plus - Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (http://pacenet.eu) project, in which SPI is a partner, is funded by the European Commission and aims to further develop bi-regional Science, Technology & Innovation cooperation between the Pacific Region and the EU.
More information: http://pacenet.eu/events/pacenetplus-brussels-2015.