European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers’ Night

The European Researchers’ Night, project funded by the European Commission, is a Europe-wide public event to enhance researchers’ public recognition and to stimulate interest in research careers, especially amongst young people.

As 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, applicants are encouraged to include activities related to cultural heritage.

Call open up to 14 February 2018!

More information.

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A potential opportunity has presented itself to apply for a Grant under the Horizon 2020, EASME and Erasmus+ for a Strategic Partnership in the field of education and training, aiming to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.

Our project should be based on the innovative concept of Three pillars Blended Learning, which combines three educational components, namely:

  1. Face-to-face education
  2. Learning-by-doing
  3. Distance/Online learning

For further information and requirements, please contact us.

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Discours d’introduction par Denis Salord au BRUZZ Nouvelle-Calédonie

Discours d’introduction par Denis Salord au BRUZZ Nouvelle-Calédonie

Discours d’introduction par Denis Salord, Chef d’unité, Relations avec les PTOM, DG DEVCO à l’occasion du BRUZZ sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie, le 6 novembre 2017.

C’est avec grand plaisir que la Commission s’associe à ce nouvel événement “OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ” aujourd’hui consacré à la Nouvelle Calédonie.

La présence aujourd’hui de Monsieur Philippe Germain, Président du gouvernement de la Nouvelle Calédonie et Vice-Président du Comité exécutif de l’OCTA est la pleine illustration de la densité des relations établies entre l’UE et le Territoire de la Nouvelle Calédonie, relation à hauteur des objectifs que l’UE et les 25 pays et territoires d’outre-mer qui lui sont associés se sont fixés dans le cadre de leur association profondément renouvelée par la décision du 25 novembre 2013, il y a tout juste quatre ans.

Vos déplacements réguliers à Bruxelles, Monsieur le Président, chaque année, à l’occasion de vos rendez-vous d’automne à Paris dans le cadre du Comité des signataires de l’accord de Nouméa, témoignent de la dynamique forte qu’imprime la Nouvelle Calédonie à cette relation.

Parmi les tout premiers signataires, des nouveaux programmes territoriaux 11e FED, la Nouvelle Calédonie se veut aussi un acteur prépondérant de la coopération régionale et assure avec détermination son rôle d’ordonnateur régional pour le 11e FED dans la région Pacifique.

Par votre participation à l’événement de ce jour, vous confirmez l’adhésion forte de la Nouvelle Calédonie à l’axe central du nouveau cadre d’association mis en place en 2013 qui place au cœur de la relation UE-PTOM le renforcement de la compétitivité et du développement économique durable de ces territoires.

L’innovation est un levier central pour assurer une croissance économique durable dans les PTOM et l’amélioration de leur compétitivité. Elle est au cœur de la stratégie adoptée par le gouvernement de la Nouvelle Calédonie pour les années à venir. Elle est le vecteur de l’accompagnement apporté par l’UE notamment dans le cadre de son programme “Emploi et insertion professionnelle en titre du 11e FED pour un montant de près de 30 millions d’euros. Elle est à la base du choix fait de développer dans les PTOM le programme Stratégies territoriales pour l’innovation (STI) doté de 5 millions d’euros sous 10e FED, plus connu sous le nom de programme “OCTA Innovation” et couvrant tous les PTOM. Il incarne l’importance de l’innovation dans le contexte de l’association PTOM-UE.

L’objectif global de ce programme est d’améliorer le développement durable des PTOM en proposant des solutions novatrices de diversification économique et en améliorant la compétitivité régionale et mondiale des PTOM. Le projet fournit des capacités techniques et des services axés sur la demande aux gouvernements des PTOM dans l’élaboration de leurs stratégies territoriales pour l’innovation. Neuf projets de stratégies territoriales pour l’innovation ont ainsi été lancés dans le même nombre de PTOM.

Monsieur le Président, je suis sûr que vous nous en direz davantage sur le programme lui-même et plus particulièrement sur votre vision et sur les orientations stratégiques mises en place par le gouvernement de la Nouvelle Calédonie.

En vous remerciant de votre attention.

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Our Ocean EU ACP

Our Ocean EU ACP

Our Ocean‘ Conference of the European Union and the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific states reaffirmed the support to the implementation of SDG 14 and have stressed the commitment to an ambitious, long-term vision of protection, valorisation, and sustainable use of our oceans, as well as to sustainable blue growth. access, use, and management of vital marine resources, Confirmed needs and commitment to strengthen ocean governance worldwide, reduce pressure on the oceans, improve ocean research and data; and to reinforce actions for sustainable inclusive growth of the blue economy for the benefit of all. Read  & read more

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Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017

Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017

The European Commission is organising a second European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017, to build on the success that you helped us create last year, stating :

  • Every single person is talented. Some talents may be obvious, some still hidden.
  • Vocational education and training is a smart choice, is fun, and leads to excellence in education, high-quality jobs and increased employability.
  • There are great vocational training opportunities that successfully prepare you for interesting and challenging careers, as well as active engagement in society.
  • Vocational education and training is a desirable option for people of all ages, and prepares people for jobs the world over.
  • Quality training develops the creative and innovative potential of learners.
  • Upskilling and reskilling throughout life is key to improved job opportunities and better integration in society.
  • Lifelong learning enhances social inclusion, diversity, and active citizenship.
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Reconstruction of EU Overseas Countries and Territories hit by hurricane

Reconstruction of EU Overseas Countries and Territories hit by hurricane

This letter from the European Parliament (EP) is requesting the European Commission (EC) to treat both Sint Maarten and Saint Martin equally with regards to the EU funding they can access for the reconstruction of the entire island. The French side due to its status as a European OR has access to many EU funding sources such as the solidarity fund and the newly adopted natural disaster fund that offer financial assistance for reconstruction after natural disasters. Last Wednesday during a debate at the EP many Dutch and French MEPs reiterated the need for the equal treatment of both sides of the island. The message being that we are all EU citizens and should therefore in times of dire need be treated equally and not abandoned by the EU. The Commissioner present promised after the debate to do all within his power to help. Although this will be a long process, it is a battle worth fighting, not only for Sint Maarten, but for islands, such as, Anguilla, St. Barths, Saba, Statia, BVI and TCI that have the same status as we do on the Dutch side. We have all been hit by hurricane Irma and need to do all within our power to acquire external assistance in order to rebuild our countries in a more sustainable manner to the paradises they have always been.

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By Carol Voges

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New Skills Agenda for Europe

New Skills Agenda for Europe

The new Skills Agenda for Europe launches a number of actions to ensure that the right training, the right skills and the right support is available to people in the European Union. It will aim at making better use of the skills that are available; equip people with the new skills that are needed – to help them find quality jobs and improve their life chances. The Commission invites Members States, social partners, the industry and other stakeholders to work together to:

  • improve the quality and relevance of skills formation
  • make skills more visible and comparable
  • improve skills intelligence and information for better career choices

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European Union and OCTs

European Union and OCTs

Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit at the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development in charge of Overseas Countries and Territories opened the BRUZZ dedicated to Turks and Caicos Islands last Thursday 13th of July.

Mr. Salord particularly highlighted the importance of the regional dimension, and as such of the cooperation among OCTs and among OCTs and their neighbouring countries.

Please find below Mr. Salord’s introductory speech at the OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands:

Your Excellency honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to address you today in Brussels for this OCTA Innovation Brussels BRUZZ event focusing on Turks and Caicos.

We are particularly honoured to have with us today Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of Turks and Caicos, Minister for Trade and Investment of the TCI and chairman of the Overseas Countries and territories Association (OCTA).

As you know, the Association between the 25 OCTs and the EU is of strategic importance for the EU. The European Commission places a particular importance in the work of the OCT Association (OCTA) and is committed to continue working very closely with OCTA to reinforce the partnership between the EU and the OCTs. In this context, as the head of unit responsible for the relations with OCTs in the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), I am particularly pleased with the ongoing collaboration between the European Commission and the chairmanship of OCTA held by honourable Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.

The Overseas Association Decision of 2013 which governs the OCT-EU relations, reflects a paradigm shift, from a focus on poverty reduction to a reciprocal relation focused on cooperation on mutual interests, and places special emphasis on priorities which are relevant for the OCTs, such as the enhancement of their competitiveness, the strengthening of their resilience, reduction of their vulnerability, and promotion of the cooperation between OCTs and their regional, European and international partners.

In this context, innovation is a central lever to ensure sustainable economic growth in OCTs and the enhancement of their competitiveness. Innovation is at the heart of the EU action in the area of sustainable growth and competitiveness and is seen as a top priority by the EU institutions and the Member States.

In OCTs, the Territorial Strategies for Innovation (TSI) programme also known as “OCTA Innovation” programme is the thematic programme funded by the 10th European Development Fund and covering all OCTs. It embodies the prominence of innovation in the context of the OCT-EU Association.

The overall objective of TSI is to enhance the sustainable development of OCTs through innovative solutions for economic diversification and to improve the regional and global competitiveness of the OCTs. The project provides technical capacity and demand-driven services to the OCT governments in developing their Territorial Strategies for Innovation. To date 9 territorial Strategies for Innovation projects have been initiated in the same number of OCTs.

Today’s OCTA Innovation event is dedicated to the Turks and Caicos. The 11th European Development Fund territorial programme for TCI was signed by Commissioner Mimica and Honourable Premier Cartwright-Robinson at the beginning of 2017 during the 15th OCT-EU Forum alongside four other EDF-OCT territorial programming documents. The programme, amounting for a total of EUR 14.6 million, is focusing on primary and secondary education providing support to TCI ambitious education sector policy. Madame Premier will probably tell us more about this programme.

I am also sure that TCI will be able to share its experience in the area of innovation having focused its 10th EDF multi-annual programme on improving the enabling environment for private sector development as part of the EU general support to the development policy of the OCT.

I look forward to our discussions today, and to strengthening our association going forward. I am sure they will contribute to making our partnership even more effective.


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Learning from EC ACP programmes on Science, Research and Innovation

Learning from EC ACP programmes on Science, Research and Innovation

OCTA Innovation was delighted that the Robert Burmanjer Head of Unit in the Knowledge, Performance and Results Task Force of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation & Development attended the 2IC. He shared invaluable knowledge of the EC’s research and innovation policies and programmes in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations who are members of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement (2000-2020).

Mr Burmanjer emphasised that Research and Innovation are recognised by the European Union in meeting the challenge of nearly all of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, as they lay the foundations for new approaches, solutions and technologies to identify, clarify and tackle local and global problems.

The proposed European Consensus on Development blueprint for aligning the European Union’s development policy with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) reflects this importance.

Article 86 states that: “the EU and its MS will continue investing in research and development in and for developing countries, including enhancing national innovation systems; to strengthen measurable impacts on progress towards the SDGs through responsible research and innovation approach including education for science.”

Mr Burmanjer described some of the main programmes financed by the European Development Fund over the last 10 years to support Research, Science, Technology and Innovation in ACP countries. They include a project to enhance capacity building in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, demonstrating the added value of a mutually reinforcing capacity building and network development. Under this programme, trainees from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands also received training at Papua New Guinea’s National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). A Material Transfer Agreement, ensured that this transfer of knowledge continues in the long-term.

The ‘Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean’ (INVOCAB) programme is building and strengthening educational science capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), specifically Science Education, as an enabler for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development of Caribbean countries. It is improving teaching quality in science subjects at both primary and secondary levels, and stimulating interest and performance of students in selected science subjects.

We very appreciate chance of learning of and working with Mr. Robert Burmanjer, EC DEVCO Head of unit so versatile in different aspects of innovation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. You may watch video .

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2IC – The importance of knowledge sharing

2IC – The importance of knowledge sharing

OCTA Innovation is pleased to announce the participation of Robert Burmanjer at its International Conference in the Azores, 11-12th April. Mr Burmanjer is Head of the Knowledge Management Unit in the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. He will address the importance of knowledge sharing for developing economies.

The European Commission’s proposed European Consensus stresses that the EU and its Member States should continue investing in research and development. The European consensus is a policy document that seeks to align the European Union’s development policy with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Article 86 notably states: “… the EU and its MS will continue investing in research and development in and for developing countries, including enhancing national innovation systems; to strengthen measurable impacts on progress towards the SDGs through a responsible research and innovation approach including education for science”.



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