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Open doors to research at the Permanent Representation

Date: 30 May 2012 - 31 May 2012, Venue: Brussels

The Czech Permanent Representation to the EU hosted two events demonstrating Czech activities in research and development.

Support to research and development activities is not just an empty slogan at the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU. Two recent events show this clearly.

On Wednesday 30 May 2012, the Czech Liaison Office for R&D – CZELO held its anniversary celebration on the premises of the Czech Representation.

Seven was a symbolic number at this event. Not only was it  the seventh anniversary of the founding of CZELO, but also seven major R&D projects supported by the Structural Funds were introduced within seven one-minute presentations: BOICEV, ICT4INNOVATION, SUSEN, CZECHGLOBE, CPS, NTIS – all supported by the OP Research and Development for Innovations, and one project demonstrating synergies between structural funds and FP7 - SYLICA. Wide awareness of CZELO activities and the quality of its work were reflected in the number of participants, which more than 18 times surpassed the magic number 7.

The following day, on Thursday 31 May, the Czech Representation hosted a conference “Czech Contribution to Sustainable Bioeconomy”, again organized by CZELO, this time in collaboration with the Czech Ministry of Agriculture and the Technology Center of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. The conference responded to the new European strategy on bioeconomy, which the European Commission presented in February 2012. The perspectives of bioeconomy in Europe as well as the role of the Czech Republic in its Action Plan were topics for discussion between the representatives of the European Commission and Czech experts.