The EU and Singapore have a history of cooperation in research and innovation especially in the field of information and communication technologies. The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visited Singapore earlier this month.
The Commission want to strengthen EU-Singapore cooperation in research areas where Singapore is leader, in particular in the biomedical sciences, physical sciences & engineering, and ICT. They hope that increasing cooperation with international partners in areas of common interest will enable global research challenges to be tackled more effectively. A good working relationship between ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the EU is important.
The ‘EU -ASEAN Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012’ is a year long campaign to deepen science and technology collaboration between Europe and Southeast Asia. The year will increase awareness of the importance of bi-regional collaboration within the broader research community, as well as opening up new opportunities for researchers to link up and work together. Activities will take place in ASEAN and the EU to promote co-operation across all fields of science and technology, including the organisation of a “Partnership Symposium” on EU-ASEAN Research and Innovation Cooperation during the EuroScience Open Forum in July 2012 in Dublin (ESOF 2012).
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