On Wednesday, May 31, at the Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino, was held the second "Conference at noon", which is part of a cycle of four events promoted in 2017 by the collaboration between the Autonomous Province of Trento and CLENAD Italia, the Italian section of the organization of the Seconded National Experts (SNE) to the European Institutions and other bodies of the European Union.

The presentation of Annamaria Zonno, National Expert seconded to the European Commission, DG RTD, Unit B5, focused on the subject "H2020 - Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation: Twinning and COST". "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" is the component of the Horizon2020 programme that aims to spread excellence and widen participation in the field of research and innovation. Its objective is to strengthen the scientific and networking skills of institutions located in "widening" countries, namely in Member States and Associated Countries that have weaker performances than the European average in this sector (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fær Øer Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine).

"Twinning", which falls under "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation", has the overall goal of strengthening a specific research area identified by a university or by a research organization located in a "widening" country through its collaboration with at least two leading international institutions located in other Member States. This action, which has a total budget of 20 million euros, supports various activities such as short-term staff exchanges, expert visits and short-term training, workshops and participation in conferences. Projects of up to one million euro and up to three years may be submitted to the call, which closes on 15 November 2017. More information can be found at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/widespread-05-2017.html.

The programme "COST", European Cooperation in Science and Technology, is the oldest and widest European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in the fields of science and technology. It is currently funded by participating States (50%) and Horizon2020 (50%) and is managed by the COST Association. One of the main features of the programme, which involves 36 Countries, consists in being open to all scientific and technological fields and to all types of researchers operating in the private sector, universities or research centers. The programme is implemented through actions that aim to strengthen the networking skills of participants, at least 5 partners from 5 different Countries, by supporting the following activities: workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions and dissemination activities. Actions receive an annual support of € 130,000 and have a duration of four years. There are several ways to participate: besides being able to present a new proposal at any time of the year, which will be evaluated either in spring or in autumn, it is possible to join existing actions or become experts. More information is available at the following link: http://www.cost.eu/participate/open_call.

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