Horizon 2020 has made approximately €80bn available in funds for collaborative research projects by researchers in Europe and other countries, including Bangladesh.
Speaker of the Bangladeshi Parliament, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury; the minister for science and technology, architect Yeafesh Osman; ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Bangladesh, Pierre Mayaudon; and president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Nihad Kabir, were present at a seminar event held on 18 July.
Chaudhury said that there is ample opportunity for collaboration between Bangladeshi researchers and their EU counterparts on issues such as food security, the blue economy and ICT.
She added: “Blue economy would mean the promotion of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and employment opportunities in Bangladesh’s maritime activities in short-, medium- and long-term time frames.”
The seminar event, EU Horizon 2020: Opportunities for Bangladesh, brought participants from business, academia, research institutes, think tanks and the government to discuss the key issues on Horizon 2020, its rules of participation and partnership.
Moreover, it discussed the funding body’s research and innovation (R&I) opportunities in order to address global societal challenges such as agriculture, food, health, aquaculture, water, climate change and energy.
Osman said: “A partnership with European firms can benefit Bangladesh to improve understanding on the economics of climate change and pool resources in a structured manner to develop tools and methods for gauging impacts.”