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Fourth MED-SPRING E-Newsletter

Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway


The Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research and Innovation Gateway (MEDSPRING) is a Coordination Action financed by the INCO-Net instrument under the FP7 - Capacities Programme. The aim of the Project is to contribute to the quality of the Euro-Mediterranean research area, with a particular focus on the bi-regional Euro-Mediterranean S&T cooperation, research and innovation, policy dialogue and cooperation monitoring.




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Dear readers, welcome to the fourth issue of the MEDSPRING E-Newsletter, which has the purpose of informing about our activities and involving researchers, stakeholders, policy makers and governmental officers in a renewed strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, with a particular focus on the Euro-Mediterranean Science and Technology Cooperation.


Keep an eye on: building partnerships for H2020!

Our recent activities


MEDSPRING Annual Meeting - From 9th to 11th February took place in Cairo the 1st MEDSPRING Annual Meeting, an excellent occasion to take stock of the project activities and results, planning the coming future and having a constructive exchange with the External Advisory Board. Read more.

Brokerage Event on Research and Innovation - 15 Mediterranean young entrepreneurs and researchers gathered together in Cairo from 12th to 13th February, to present their innovative ideas and find a way to concretize them by attracting financial as well as technical and networking support. Read more.

Multistakeholder Meeting: Societal Challenges to reinforce the frame of the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation on Research and Innovation - The meeting conveyed, last 28th April in Brussels, different stakeholders from EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries to discuss the outcomes of the Euro-Mediterranean Expert Group work, carried out on the major societal challenges in the Mediterranean region. Read more.

Partnership building: find people and organizations for H2020 - MEDSPRING intends to facilitate the process of partnership building in specific call-topics through an ad-hoc on-line brokerage event. Read more.


Our coming activities


Training and Capacity Building on H2020 for Mediterranean NCPs, Research Managers and Researchers - To be held from 11th to 13th June 2014 in Marrakesh, this training will bring NCPs, researchers and administrators together in order to increase awareness of their roles and interdependencies in securing reliable project participation and management. Read more.

Awareness raising campaign on STI Joint Programming Across the MPCs - To be held next 10th June 2014 in Rabat, this event aims at increasing awareness at national level of the on-going efforts and activities to foster Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. Read more.

Joint MPCs - JPIs Inter-institutional meeting - To be held next July 2014 in Bari, this meeting will be mainly focused on building synergies among different actions and find together common prospects for future cooperation in R&I in the Mediterranean. More information soon in the project website!

Second EMEG Meeting on Policy Dialogue - To be held from 22nd to 23rd September in Hammamet, the meeting will focus on the Euro-Mediterranean Policy Dialogue on Research and Innovation, with the aim of identifying ways and means to ensure impact on the water, food and energy. Read more.


Also in the pipeline!

5th INCO Conference - INCONTACT 2020, is organizing the “5th INCO Conference - Addressing Future Challenges”, from 2nd to 4th June 2014 in Athens, Greece. The Conference is organized under the auspices of DG Research of the European Commission and the Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology. Read more.

RInES Conference on European Neighborhood and the Black Sea Region in Thessaloniki, from 29th to 30th May. The overall objective of the RInES Conference is to highlight the important role of the International Cooperation / INCO for the EU by reinforcing the collaboration with the European Neighbourhood / ENP and Black Sea region countries within the framework of the research and innovation, exploiting its potential as an integral part of a comprehensive package of external action. Read more.

Research Meets Diplomacy: Europe as a Global Actor - The European Commision organizes in Brussels next 5th June 2014 the Conference "Research Meets Diplomacy: Europe as a Global Actor", which aims at taking stock of the rich research conducted on the European Union as a global actor under FP7 and at moving the debate into the future. Read more.

WIRE Conference on Rebooting Regional Policy for Innovation and Growth - The "Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2014" (WIRE V) will take place this year in Athens from 12th to 13th June 2014 under the auspices of the Greek EU Presidency. It is organised by the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT) and the European Commission, in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Research & Technology. Read more.

Roundtable on Neighborhood Policy and the Mediterranean Youth - Under the coordination of UNIMED and the French Embassy in Italy (Institut Français Italia), a roundtable on the "Neighbourhood Policy and the Mediterranean Youth. The key role of Training and Mobility" will be organized from 30th September to 1st October 2014 in Rome. Read more.

Four new regional projects labeled by the UfM. Read more.

Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change - A Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change took place in Athens with the aim to discuss the environmental and climate-related challenges facing the region and to define the future strategic directions to reduce pollution and increase resource efficiency. Read more.

Launching of H2020 in the Euro-Med Region. Read more.





Meet our partners! The ANIMA Investment Network 


ANIMA Investment Network is a multi-country cooperation platform for economic development in the Mediterranean. The ANIMA network ( gathers 65 governmental agencies and international business, innovation and financing networks. The objective of ANIMA is to contribute to a better investment and business climate and to the growth of capital flows into the Mediterranean region.

Read more.


Focus on Water


Water is by far seen as the most important but vulnerable resource in the Mediterranean region. The major problems of fresh water resources management in the region arise from the pressure to meet the increasing food and domestic water needs in areas characterized by fast-growing population, water scarcity or limited water availability, exacerbated by extreme climate variability.

Read more.

Water Policy in Algeria, by Dr. Nadjib Drouiche


Talking about Water Policy in Algeria is of high priority. It is increasingly concerned due to climate change, known for its great diversity and its spatial and temporal irregularity.

Due to its geographical location, Algeria has an arid and semi-arid climate which brings with it higher risk of both floods and droughts, and exacerbates the already precarious situation created by chronic water scarcity faced by most of the Arab countries. This situation certainly has a major influence in shaping environmental and sustainability issues in Algeria, with water considered as the single most constraining factor of growth. Water has a vital role in the country’s sustainable development, which can hardly be overstated.

Read more.


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