The General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, is organising a Conference for the Euro-Mediterranean PRIMA Initiative, on Monday, 25 September 2017, at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vas. Constantinou Avenue, L. Zervas Amphitheatre).
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will be the keynote speaker of the Conference which will be opened by Costas Fotakis, Deputy Minister for Education, Research & Religious Affairs, and responsible for Research & Innovation.
The main objective of the PRIMA, ten-year initiative (2018 – 2028), is to develop much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems and to devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth.
Τhe key priorities of the initiative are water scarcity, food security, the importance of the Mediterranean diet and its relation to health.
The PRIMA initiative will be implemented through a specific ten-year Programme (2018-2028), adopted in July 2017 following a decision by the European Parliament and the Council, in accordance with article 185 of the EU Treaty (TFEU). Τhe total funds that will be allocated to the programme is expected to reach 440 million euros, of which 220 million euros will come from Horizon 2020 the EU Framework Programme for R & Ι and the remaining from the national funds of the 19 countries participating in PRIMA.
Greece will contribute 10 million euros for the ten year period (2018-2028).
The programme is intended for higher education institutions, research centers, private and public sector companies, regardless of their size, as well as other entities with activities relevant to the PRIMA priorities, and will involve, primarily, international cooperation projects.
In this context, we invite all stakeholders to participate to the Conference devoted to the dissemination of information on the PRIMA initiative in general, the roadmap for implementation and to the first calls expected in February 2018.
The Conference is open to all stakeholders from Greece and abroad and the registration form in English is available here. The Conference will be broadcast live on http://media.ekt.gr/live with the support of the National Documentation Centre.