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On the 15th and 16th of October 2015 the sixth edition of the EU-India STI cooperation days was held Rome, Italy. This edition was focused on clean water for health, in order to maximise future scientific and business collaboration in this field.

Find the full programme of the event here and all the presenations of the successful two-days event below:

Opening Session

The opening session of the event provided an opportunity to learn about the latest policy developments in EU-India research and innovation cooperation from European Union and Indian government officials and global leaders. The session featured speeches on the Indo-European Partnership on R&I (Florent Bernards, European Commission; Purnima Rupal, CSIR) and global challenges related to water (Xavier Leflaive, OECD). The coordinators of INNO INDIGO and INDIGO Policy Projects also introduced the achievements of the projects to date.

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Introduction to EU-India cooperation support initiatives:

The session introduced services available to researchers and SMEs to develop their partnerships.

Open Space Session

Open Space is a highly participatory process which has been successfully employed in thousands of situations around the world for the past three decades to talk about (and work on) issues of real concern for the participants. The session aimed to discuss on enhancing EU-India cooperation and based on the interest of audience, self organising groups were formed to discuss: need based development, water creation, peoples partnerships, technology transfer vs. frugal innovation, from urban to rural - monitoring water distribution, Solar power and water, consumers awareness, water priority issues in India, water and energy, opening bilateral programmes, and taking science from the lab into the field.

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Young Scientist Competition 2015

The finals of the annual young scientist competition were held in the EU-India STI Cooperation Days. Sreemoyee Ghosh Ray emerged the winner of the competition after being voted by the conference's audience, bagging a fully paid trip to a conference of her choice in Europe. Find the winning video and learn more about the competition here.


Showcasing Indo-European Cooperation in water research

The projects funded under the INNO INDIGO Partnersip programme call on "Clean water and health" introduced their goals and expected outputs:

While these projects gave a great picture of the current Indo-European cooperation in water research, also results and impacts of the past multilateral Indo-European projects were presented and discussed. To flesh the implementation experiences and impacts from projects' perspective, four projects were invited to present lessons learned:

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Networking cafe

Participants of networking cafe had the opportunity to meet other conference participants in pre-arranged bilateral meetings to discuss your own project, programme or initiative and reinforce the relationship with actual or potential Indian or European interlocutors.


The session provided a stage for discussion with experts on joining forces on the Ganges Rejuvenation Plan and the Water JPI and its cooperation outside Europe. Also activities the WssTP outside Europe were presented.

Masterclass on Business Development

The session targeted scientists and entrepreneurs who want to bring ideas to the market. The session introduced the basic elements of business development like the business model canvas and the creation of a business plan, and discussed open innovation eco-systems.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration.

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