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FCT hosted a meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue Research, Innovation and Higher Education

The first face-to-face meeting of the Group of Senior Officials (GSO) of the 5+5 Dialogue Research, Innovation and Higher Education, under the presidency of Portugal and vice-presidency of Mauritania, took place in Lisbon, at the Science and Technology Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT) headquarters, on 25 and 26 May 2023.

This meeting made a very positive contribution to the implementation of the set of seven actions of the 2023-2024 work plan, as attested by the delegates of the member countries - Algeria, France, Libya, Italy, Mauritania, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia and Spain. The commitments were made by all countries, in an environment of close cooperation and collaboration, and future meetings, workshops and seminars were planned, with the aim of creating networks between research, innovation and higher education institutions and all the actors in the respective national systems. The meeting also counted with the active participation of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, in the political support to this Dialogue and implementation of the actions. During Portugal's presidency, which will last until the fall of 2024, the GSO has already met virtually on 26 and 27January,and informally on 28 April, with the aim of making progress on the implementation of the Nouakhott Declaration, issued by the 5th Ministerial Conference in October 2022 in Mauritania.

Source: https://www.fct.pt/en/fct-acolheu-reuniao-do-dialogo-55-investigacao-ino...

Plumtri: Your Comprehensive Resource for Research & Innovation in the Mediterranean

The Plumtri platform, administered by the Malta Council for Science and Technology, is a valuable tool for Research & Innovation stakeholders across the Mediterranean region.

Designed as a one-stop-shop, Plumtri keeps users updated on the latest developments in R&I, offering a range of features and functions that facilitate networking, provide access to resources, and showcase funding opportunities. Let's explore the key features, benefits, and functions of the Plumtri portal.

  1. Stay Updated with News, Events, and Job Opportunities: Plumtri acts as a centralized hub for the latest news, events, and job opportunities in the field of Research & Innovation. Users can easily access and browse through a comprehensive collection of information, ensuring they stay informed about the most recent advancements and trends.
  2. Resource Repository: The platform's resources section serves as a repository, consolidating valuable information on funding programs, R&I policies, strategies, and other relevant reference material. Researchers, academia, and industry professionals can conveniently access these resources, streamlining their search for key information and enhancing their decision-making processes.
  3. Funding Calls for Mediterranean Stakeholders: Plumtri actively showcases the latest calls for funding that are specifically open to stakeholders residing in academia, research institutes, and private industry across the Mediterranean region. By providing this valuable information, the platform empowers individuals and organizations to explore funding opportunities and take their research and innovation projects to the next level.
  4. Networking Features: Plumtri recognizes the importance of networking for research professionals. The platform offers three distinct networking features to cater to the requirements of its registered users:
    • Tailor-Made Profiles: The registration feature automatically generates personalized profiles for researchers, highlighting their research interests and expertise. This feature allows users to browse through the profiles of other registrants, fostering connections and initiating bilateral discussions with like-minded individuals.
    • Partner Search Facility: Users can upload partner search requests for specific initiatives, such as funding calls for projects. This feature enables users to find potential collaborators, form partnerships, and maximize the impact of their research endeavors.
    • Matchmaking Tool: Plumtri's matchmaking tool enables users to register their interest in participating in specific events, pitch sessions, or calls for funding. By connecting users who share similar interests and activities, this feature facilitates direct communication and collaboration between individuals and organizations.
  5.  Benefits of Registration: While the news, events, and opportunities pages are accessible to all visitors, registered Plumtri members unlock additional benefits. By becoming a member, users gain access to the partner search facility, the resources section, and the matchmaking tool. Individuals and organizations alike are welcome to register and take advantage of these exclusive features, enhancing their networking capabilities and expanding their R&I opportunities.

Conclusion: Plumtri is a comprehensive platform that connects Research & Innovation stakeholders throughout the Mediterranean region. With its user-friendly interface, the portal offers the latest news, events, and job opportunities while acting as a central repository for essential resources. By providing networking features and showcasing funding opportunities, Plumtri empowers researchers, academia, and industry professionals to collaborate, stay informed, and make significant contributions to the vibrant R&I landscape in the Mediterranean.

Visit the Plumtri platform at www.plumtri.org and experience the benefits of this dynamic community today.

On 11th October 2022, the competent Ministers of Algeria, France, Morocco, Libya, Spain, Libya, Malta and Portugal and the observer delegates from the Arab Maghreb Union - AMU, European Commission and Union for the Mediterranean - UfM officially signed the Nouakchott Ministerial Declaration of the 5+5 Dialogue on Research, Innovation and Higher Education. The event laid the end of the Mauritanian Presidency of the Western Mediterranean Forum (5+5 Dialogue) and marked the turnover of the Presidency to Portugal for the next two years 2022-2024.

The Nouakchott Declaration is now available in the webstile, published in its English, French and Arabic version.

The new Work Plan under Annex I of the Nouakchott Ministerial Declaration set the new priorities and main objectives of the regional Western Mediterranean cooperation in the field of Networking, Research and Innovation and Higher Education. Every action and main mission and activities are now available on the website.  

As stated in the Declaration Portugal will host the next Ministerial Conference in 2024. During these next two years of Presidency, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania will act as co-president of the Forum.

Italy will continue to host the 5+5 Dialogue Secretariat in Trieste (Italy) at the premises of the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS and will be in charge of coordinating the activities and the communication among the delegates and the observers.

Some pictures and a complete video of the fifth Ministerial Conference are available on the 5+5 Dialogue website in the Events Gallery section.

The V Ministerial Conference of the 5 + 5 Dialogue on Research, Innovation and Higher Education was held on October 11, 2022 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, under the Presidency of Mauritania and the co-presidency of Italy with the participation of the competent Ministers of Algeria, France, Morocco, Libya, Spain, Libya, Malta and Portugal and observer delegates from Arab Maghreb Union - AMU, European Commission and Union for the Mediterranean - UfM.

The 5+5 Dialogue is a multilateral Forum established in Rome in 1990 to strengthen cooperation between the countries of the area in sectors of common interest, such as science, technology, innovation and higher education. Since 2017, The National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS hosts the Secretariat of the Forum at its headquarters in Trieste and is delegated by the Italian Minister of University and Research - MUR to represent Italy in the activities of the "Group of Senior Officials" (GSO).

On the opening session of the conference, the Mauritanian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Mohamed El Amine Ould Abi Ould Cheikh El Hadrami, underlines how Mauritania, during the two-year presidency and for the years to come, is counting on the 5+5 Dialogue to strengthen cooperation in the fields of research, innovation and higher education in order to promote responsible and sustainable economic growth.

At the end of the morning, the Ministers of Education, University and Research signed the Nouakchott Declaration for Research, Innovation and Higher Education. The signing of the document concludes the Mauritanian presidency passing the turnover for the next two years 2022-2024 Presidency to Portugal.

Furthermore, the Ministers committed themselves to the signature of the work plan for the two-year period 2022 - 2024 in order to strengthen cooperation and conducive synergies in scientific research, innovation and higher education and to promote social cohesion, youth employment and sustainable development in the western Mediterranean region.

The approved work plan reaffirms Italy's commitment to promoting and strengthening skills in the blue economy sectors through the initiative "Blue Skills to feed jobs in the Euro - Mediterranean Region" coordinated by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS in collaboration with international and institutional partners.

To review the video and photos from the fifth Ministerial Conference you can visit this website.

The first Ministerial Conference on Research and Innovation of the Union for the Mediterranean was held on the 27th of July. Research and Innovation Ministers from the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) met for the first time to discuss ways to promote scientific cooperation on climate change, renewable energy and health. 

The Research and Innovation Ministerial declaration seeks to exploit the potential of research and innovation, to increase the resilience of the Euro-Mediterranean region against environmental, food security and socio economic challenges, as well as to promote science diplomacy. 

In the framework of UfM current promotion of projects the BlueSkills Initiative can be identified as one of them. The BlueSkills project promotes opportunities for “Blue” marine and maritime careers by developing skills, exchanging knowledge and valorising research for a more sustainable Mediterranean Sea. By supporting the Euro-Mediterranean communities of the Blue Economy stakeholders through higher education, research and innovation, the project enhances the shared knowledge of the Mediterranean Region.

Codeway - Cooperation Development Expo, the first trade fair dedicated to international cooperation, will take place in Rome from 18th to 20th May.

The event is conceived as a gathering opportunity between public actors, NGOs and companies in order to promote opportunities and solutions for tackling crucial new challenges that are essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

The National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics in collaboration with the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, the Provincia Autonoma di Trento under the Nicosia Initiative will contribute on the 20th of May, in a session dedicated to the cooperation between Italy and Libya on the following topic: “The Nicosia Initiative as an instrument of cooperation between local administration within the Rebuild Project: the Italian model of local administrations to link the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and the Municipalities in Libya.”

You can find more information in the programme on the official website of the Codeway Expo at this link: https://www.codewayexpo.com/programma-2022/


The Pilot Action - Fishery within the framework of the Rebuild Project is now launching a Call for Local Experts aiming at making available a comprehensive traceability system for the supply chain in the fishery sector in order to ease the commercialization of fish at local and international markets.

This pilot project is the follow-up of PATH-DEV, a project managed in 2017-2019 by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region and five Libyan coastal municipalities (Sirte, Zliten, Benghazi, Tripoli, Tobruk) in the framework of the Nicosia Initiative. The management of the pilot project is led by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, with the technical assistance and cooperation of the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS).

The Pilot Action is looking for a:

  • Local Project Manager
  • Local Expert - Fishery
  • Local Expert - Fishery Certification
  • Local Expert - Fish Processing
  • Local Expert - Fishery Supply Chain
  • Local Expert - Laboratory Analysis
  • Local Expert - Refrigeration

Extended deadline on Friday 20th of May 2022

The Terms of Reference (TORs) and further information are available at this link.

On 24th March, the 11th GSO Meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue for Research, Innovation and Higher education took place online.

The Italian National Institute for Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, representing Italy at the Dialogue 5+5 and hosting the Secretariat of this Forum, supported the organization of the meeting and moderated the discussion, in agreement with the Mauritanian Presidency.

The delegates discussed the work plan attached to the draft declaration in view of the next Ministerial Conference, which will be organized by the Mauritanian Presidency in Nouakchott in May 2022.

This year, the Summer School organized by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS will focus on the Copernicus Marine Services as a supporting tool to foster Sustainable Blue Economy. The future of humanity depends on Ocean’s health and on our ability to monitor it. To make good decisions, the process from data to decision is fundamental, and Copernicus is one of the tools which can be used.

The Summer School will take place in Trieste, on 2-8 July 2022.

Postgraduate students and researchers working in fields related to sustainable blue economy and interested in the use of Copernicus marine data and services. Citizens of the Euro-Mediterranean region and the CEI (Central European Initiative) member states are encouraged to apply.

Please register at the following link: https://bit.ly/3Mg6mHQ

Tuition fees, travel and accommodation costs will be fully covered for the 25 selected participants.

Application deadline: 18 March 2022 at 2 PM (CET)

For more information about the 2022 edition of the Summer School, visit our website: https://blueskills.inogs.it/summerschool/introduction

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) organised a day-long PRIMA Proposal Writing Workshop on the 10th of January 2022 from 9.30am – 5.00pm (CET).

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) is a multilateral programme that strives to bring stakeholders from 19 different Mediterranean countries to work together in addressing common challenges faced in this region through research and innovation (R&I). PRIMA has been awarding projects related to the thematic areas of Water Management, Sustainable Farming Systems, and the Agro-food Value Chain since 2018.

The workshop aimed to build capacity amongst PRIMA stakeholders on how to write successful proposals for R&I funding, as well as provide an avenue for networking, resulting in increased proposal submissions in areas of common interest – aims that align well also with the ambitions of the 5+5 Dialogue Member Countries. It was delivered by the PRIMA Project Officer Mr. Marco Orlando, who gave an in-depth overview of the PRIMA programme, how it operates, and the Calls foreseen for 2022. Furthermore, participants were informed on how to write PRIMA Stage 1 and Stage 2 proposals and on how to find international partners to join or build strong project consortia.

The workshop was held in a hybrid format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation. While only a small group could be allowed to participate in the in-person event to ensure the safety of those who attended, the online registrants counted 395, and hailed from a wide array of countries including Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Mauritania, India, France, Algeria, Portugal, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco and Turkey. The wide geographical coverage of this workshop was facilitated by the esteemed support from the 5+5 Dialogue (Research, Innovation and Higher Education) and PRIMA Secretariat.

In-person attendees were invited to apply the knowledge acquired during the workshop to frame a project idea and pitch their project proposal to their peers. On the other hand, online attendees were invited to network virtually on the Wonder.me platform. The workshop came to an end with a final session that informed the workshop participants about the different PRIMA-related Calls/Schemes that MCST will be participating/launching this year, as well as a brief overview of the National Rules that apply to Malta-based entities.

Another PRIMA event, to be held fully online, is currently being organised by PRIMA on the 18th of January 2022 at 9.30 CET. Interested stakeholders are invited to register their interest to participate in this PRIMA InfoDay session, during which the annual work plan will be extensively discussed. A preliminary version of the annual work plan is currently available on the PRIMA website. More information about the PRIMA InfoDay can be found via the following link: PRIMA MED Infodays (prima-med.org)

Further information: https://www.plumtri.org/Highlights_from_the_PRIMA_Proposal_Writing_Works...