Norway will be responsible for heading the organisation’s political efforts and network activities for a one-year term. The Research Council’s International Director, Kristin Danielsen, will be the linchpin of the effort with support from a dedicated secretariat at the Research Council of Norway and Eureka’s international secretariat located in Brussels.
Kristin Danielsen (Photo: Therese Farstad)
“EUREKA will be launching Eurostars 2, the organisation’s link to the EU’s new framework programme for research, during Norway’s term of chairmanship. This gives us a unique opportunity to participate in high-level political discussions concerning European research policy,” Ms Danielsen states.
The Norwegian chairmanship kicks off at a large opening conference in Trondheim at the end of August 2013. Three major meetings will also be held during the term – in Oslo, Bergen and Brussels.
The final conference will take place in Bergen in June 2014 with minister-level participation. In Norway, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has the overall political responsibility for EUREKA participation.
- EUREKA is a European network for innovation designed to strengthen European competitiveness through market-oriented research and development projects.
- The organisation was established in 1985 and has 41 members at present. All EUREKA projects must include partners from at least two member countries.
- Projects involve cooperation between companies and research institutions, with companies responsible for project management.
- EUREKA is a supplement to the large-scale EU-based research programmes and is much more market oriented.
- In collaboration with the EU Commission, EUREKA runs the R&D programme Eurostars, an initiative directed towards R&D-performing SME’s.
- EUREKA’s total annual budget is close to EUR 500 million.
- Norwegian authorities allocate EUR 5 million annually to collaboration with EUREKA.