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Navis people at SEA-EU-NET Stakeholders Conference

Participants of the Conference (Prof. Gabriella Povero is the leftmost of the seating row; and Dr. Ta Hai Tung is just behind her)

On November 15-16, 2011, Prof. Gabriella Povero and Dr. Ta Hai Tung attended the 4th SEA-EU-NET Stakeholders Conference entitled: ASEAN-EU YEAR OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION 2012 (Research & Innovation Potentials for closer ASEAN-EU Cooperation), in Melia hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam. This event is organized by the SEA-EU-NET project, which was launched in 2008 and set to run until December 2012. The project has 22 partner organizations across Europe and Southeast Asia. Already, SEA-EU-NET has made inroads into delivering a closer Europe-Southeast Asia partnership, especially in framework of the European Commission's Seventh Framework programme (FP7), the EC’s €53 billion programme for funding research.

The Conference was highlighted by the official launch of the ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012, an initiative to foster bi-regional STI cooperation comprehensively. In the Conference, policy makers, experts and researchers from both ASEAN and EU regions shared knowledge, view point, research projects results, etc. that facilitate closer cooperation between SEA and EU in science and technology. Especially, there were three thematic sessions focused on: EU Ecological Footprint in SEA; Green/Sustainable cities; and Water management/Water security.

It should be stressed that Navis people has coordinated two projects, namely JEAGAL and SEAGAL, among 150 joint ASEAN/EU projects so far. Moreover, Growing Navis, another EU FP7 funded project, has been approved and the project kick-off meeting is scheduled in Turin, Italy, in March 2012. Growing Navis, which could be consider as the next step of SEAGAL, has partners from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Spain, France, Germany and Italy  and aims to develop Navis Centre in all of its activities.

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