FinCEAL+ Policy Reports on Finnish STI Collaboration with Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean

In 2018, the FinCEAL Plus coordinators carried out 3 independent studies of the STI collaboration landscape, focusing on the policy ecosystem in which Finland collaborates with Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia region on STI. The outcomes of these studies as well as the experiences and lessons learned during 6 years of the FinCEAL project are collated into three comprehensive region-specific policy reports. These reports synthesize findings and conclusions derived from extensive empirical enquiry carried out within the Finnish STI community.

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Cooperation on bioeconomy discussed among Nordic and Southern Cone experts in a FinCEAL+ seminar held in Argentina

UniPID/FinCEAL+ LAC co-organized a Nordic-Southern Cone seminar on bioeconomy in mid-October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two-day event was a collaboration between FinCEAL+, the Interdisciplinary Center for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation (CIECTI, Argentina), Lund University (Sweden), Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), supported by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and the Ministry of Agroindustry of Argentina. The event was divided into six plenary sessions in which prominent bioeconomy experts from Finland, Argentina, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile discussed about a variety of topics related to bioeconomy and development.

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UniPID/FinCEAL+ panel at CILAC 2018 on cooperation between academia and local actors in projects promoting sustainable cities and communities

UniPID/FinCEAL+ LAC joined forces with experts from Aalto LAB Mexico/Aalto University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies/University of Helsinki, Perpendicular (Guatemala) and Design Your Action (Mexico) in a dialogue session at Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean (CILAC 2018), organized by UNESCO. The panel discussion focused on the importance of promoting cooperation between academia and local actors in the implementation of projects that help urban and rural communities to solve some of their most urgent problems, either within the community itself, or by forming strategic alliances with other actors.

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FinCEAL Plus Policy Briefs: Perspectives on Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Collaboration with Africa, LAC and Southeast Asia

Perspectives on Finnish Bi-Regional Research and STI Collaboration FinCEAL ,an initiative of the UniPID network, commenced operation in 2013 with the following two main objectives: 1) Build Finnish cooperation with Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean; and 2) Enhance Finnish involvement in the science, technology and innovation policy dialogues with the regions and Europe.

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UniPID and FinCEAL Research and Innovation Cooperation with Africa, Asia and LAC regions –

UniPID and FinCEAL Plus organized the “Research and Innovation Cooperation with Africa, Asia and LAC regions – Future Prospects for Science and Policy” –seminar in Think Corner, Helsinki on 11th of October. More than 80 participants joined the event on-site and another 80 through the live Internet streams. The event provided a platform for discussing the outlook and driving factors on for the current and future cooperation with the target regions.

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FinCEAL Plus Asia is preparing for the Singapore-Finland Research Seminar on Metabolic Diseases – “How to Win the War on Diabetes?” in Singapore, on 28 November 2018

UniPID - Finnish University Partnership for International Development / FinCEAL Plus and the Embassy of Finland in Singapore are organizing a high-level research seminar focusing on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation (STI) in personalized health and metabolic diseases, in Singapore, 28 November 2018 on the occasion of the visit of Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, to Singapore. The seminar is supported by Team Finland, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Education and Culture, Embassy of Finland in Singapore as well as other relevant entities from Singapore and Finland.

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The FinCEAL Initiative External Assessment Comprehensive Report

The Finnish University Partnership for International Development - UniPID and the University of Jyväskylä ordered a comprehensive assessment of the FinCEAL Initiative with the following two main goals: 1. To evaluate the achievements of the FinCEAL Initiative against its goals and objects; and 2. Assess FinCEAL's contribution to enhancing research and innovation cooperation with the target regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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ASEAN-Finland Research Seminar Webcasting,            25 September 2018 at 9:00 AM [UTC+3]

UniPID - Finnish University Partnership for International Development / FinCEAL Plus, University of Helsinki and the Embassies of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Royal Thai Embassy in Finland and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Finland are organizing a high-level ASEAN-Finland Research seminar focused on Science, Technology and Innovation, and research cooperation between Finland and ASEAN countries at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture of Finland. The seminar will be live-streamed to the Internet.

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FinCEAL+ Final Seminar: Research and Innovation Cooperation with Africa, Asia and LAC - Future Prospects for Science and Policy, 11 October 2018

The FinCEAL Initiative1, funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, started in 2013 as a means to support internationalization of Finnish research and innovation. The focus has especially been on building cooperation with Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean regions, and enhancing Finnish involvement in the Science, Technology and Innovation policy dialogues that occur with the regions at the European level. To address these aims, the initiative has implemented various activities, such as: issuing small-scale grants for building partnerships in the regions, building networks and disseminating information through events and communication efforts as well as engaging in the actual policy processes.

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FinCEAL+ Final Seminar: Research and Innovation Cooperation with Africa, Asia and LAC  - Future Prospects for Science and Policy, 11 October, 2018

The FinCEAL Initiative, funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, started in 2013 as a means to support internationalization of Finnish research and innovation. The focus has especially been on building cooperation with Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, and enhancing Finnish involvement in the Science, Technology and Innovation policy dialogues that occur with the regions at the European level. To address these aims, the initiative has implemented various activities, such as: issuing small-scale grants for building partnerships in the regions, building networks and disseminating information through events and communication efforts as well as engaging in the actual policy processes. In the past five years, the EU bi-regional policy dialogues, the national policies and funding landscape have undergone substantial changes, impacting the Finnish research community. FinCEAL has also gained unique insight on the terrain in which Finnish higher education institutions and research centers operate when engaging with their counterparts in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Present knowledge shows the current cooperation priorities and policies regarding each of the focus regions and sub-regions differ substantially, and present unique challenges and opportunities for future engagement.

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