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Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2015 (WIRE 2015)

Location Riga, Latvia
Date 04 - 05 June 2015
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COST Association President, Dr Rodríguez-Peña, participated in the 05 June parallel session entitled “The impact of Spreading excellence and widening participation at regional level”. Her presentation focused on the COST Excellence and Inclusiveness policy contributing to spreading Excellence and Widening Participation in Horizon 2020.

The COST Excellence and Inclusiveness policy is tailored to bring out excellence in science Europe-wide by creating cooperation opportunities for researchers, engineers and scholars from COST Member Countries. Through bottom-up, open and excellence-driven COST Actions and activities, the policy encourages excellent researchers from less research-intensive countries, as well as form underrepresented gender and early career status, to set up, lead or join COST Actions. It has been designed to counterbalance research communities’ unequal access to knowledge infrastructures, funding and resources while nurturing talent and creativity.

WIRE 2015 focused on regional aspects relevant to the estimation of the impact of EU 2020 Strategy implementation and on the revision of the research and innovation policy priorities in the post-crisis period till 2020. It provided stronger links between EU 2020 Strategy implementation, Horizon 2020 and Cohesion Policy, which is particularly important for the effective planning of human resources, building of critical mass and for ensuring effective planning of national and foreign financial resources in Widening countries.

The overall objectives of the Conference were to promote research and innovation investments in European regions and Member States, to discuss the new policy instruments for the programming period 2014-2020, and to highlight the potential of innovation and knowledge, to narrow the innovation split among European regions and to optimize Smart Specialization Strategies.

The main WIRE 2015 conclusions are available here