EU-Central Asia relations: WiseEuropa takes part in the H2020’s SEnECA project

Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations – SEnECA project has just started officially. WiseEuropa is one of the project partners.

The main objectives of SEnECA are to strengthen and energize EU-Central Asia relations. The goal includes establishment of a sustainable, transdisciplinary SEnECA Research Network and the SEnECA Stakeholder Network to link European and Central Asian researchers, policy makers and stakeholders in order to improve research cooperation to develop a common SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation and EU’s Central Asia policy.

The relations to Central Asia are an important element of the changing transatlantic and geopolitical setting the EU is currently facing. They are influenced by the role the rest of Asia and other world powers play in the region, which the EU has to take into consideration while focusing on its comparative advantages.

The SEnECA Communication Plan for dissemination and awareness-raising will promote the importance of Central Asia to Europe among scholars, policy-makers, stakeholders in education, media, civil society and the EU public sphere notably through the SEnECA Exhibition. SEnECA will thus ultimately strengthen capacities in research and policy advice through the SEnECA Academic Policy Advice Training.

Within two years, twelve consortium members – think tanks, universities and NGOs from Europe and Central Asia will build on their Trans-European and Central Asian network with research institutions in 41 European, Central Asian and other Asian countries. SEnECA will maps existing networks of researchers of Central Asian Studies in Europe and European Studies in Central Asia as well as key actors in education and media active in EU-Central Asia relations to analyse research cooperation, policies and communication on Central Asia. SEnECA Research Database will provide the basis for recommending priorities and new forms of scientific cooperation.

The project is founded under Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme. The coordinators of the SEnECA consortium are University of Duisburg-Essen, and Institut für Europäische Politik, Germany.

More information: http://www.seneca-eu.net/

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