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The Year Ahead 2015

2014 saw the launch of the first work programmes under Horizon 2020, which is now among the world’s largest funding instruments for collaborative research and innovation. Major events on global collaboration included the 4th Africa-EU Summit which took place in Brussels on 2-4 April. May saw the election of a new European Parliament which will have responsibility for major legislation affecting collaborative research and innovation, such as the Data Protection Regulation and the Transatlantic Trade and Innovation Partnership. 

Looking ahead to 2015, the coming months present significant opportunities to build on the progress made in 2014. In March 2015, ISC will convene the conference “EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration” (ES:GC2) which will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The event will build on the successful ES:GC2 conference, held on 4-8 March 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels, inaugurated by the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. The conference was an associated event of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The ES:GC2 2015 conference will be one of many conferences to take place in 2015 which offer the chance to advance global collaboration, particularly in the context of new calls under Horizon 2020 and related funding instruments. 

Major milestones for the year ahead are outlined below. 

Events such as these will present significant opportunities to advance scientific research and collaboration and inform science policy at a global level.

All those interested in discussing how best to harness opportunities for collaboration are invited to contact ISC by emailing Declan.Kirrane[at] or by calling +32 3 8888109.