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S&T Cooperation Agreement signed
In December 1997,  the United States and the European Union signed a historic cooperation agreement that had been months if not years in the making. Entitled "AGREEMENT for Scientific and Technological Cooperation Between the European Community and the Government of the United States of America", it heralds a new period of collaboration between businesses and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic in areas such as the environment, biomedicine and health, agriculture, information and communications technologies, transportation, biotechnology, and science & technology policy, by no means an exhaustive listing (Enquire for full list).   A real diplomatic breakthrough, the Agreement has now has been approved by the legislatures of both parties.

The Agreement should facilitate participation by US groups in EU networks proposing Fourth (soon to expire) and Fifth (scheduled for 1999 and subs) Programme projects and by EU groups in selected US Agencies' calls for proposals. See under "Complementarity" at NRC Conference hereunder (Enquire for assistance in matching and partner search). 

Two very successful Conferences have already been held under the Agreement, one hosted in June '98 by NAS, and the other, in June '99 in Stuttgart, hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute. Both were widely attended by representatives of the US Government (ex: USDC, NSF, NIH, NIST, USDA, EPA, DOT, DOE) and the EU (ex: DG's 6, 12, 17, UKRO, NEST, Max Planck), as well as by an impressive group of scientists and other experts.

The HECKSCHER PROFESSIONAL GROUP (HPG) has long collaborated with B.I.T. ("Bureau of International Research and Technology Cooperation"), the official "contact point" for the European Commission in Austria, responsible for coordinating proposals under the "5th Framework Programme". This 4-year megaproject covers a wide range of topics for "Research and Technological Development." Though the Agreement and the Programme are independent of each other, they will likely interact, with benefits flowing to scientists and researchers on both sides.

The areas of science and technology where HPG is most likely to be involved are the Environment (including climate research), Biomedicine and Health, Sustainable Chemistry and Agriculture, Fisheries, and Information and Communication (incl. Linguistics). Other authorized areas include Engineering, Telematics, Materials Sciences, Marine Sciences, Social Sciences, Transportation, and Energy (non-nuclear). Related legal areas to be studied are Intellectual Property rights, Health and Safety regulations, and Security constraints.

B.I.T. has requested HPG to identify US and Canadian scholars and researchers who specialize in one or more of these disciplines, so they may participate with European colleagues in the government funded review of literature and the expression of opinions relating to leading edge topics. As calls for proposals under the Agreement unfold, HPG would like to assist B.I.T. select among scientists those whom they would associate.

Should the above interest you, you are invited to submit your detailed curriculum vitae (with list of writing contributions) and an indication of your preferred research areas. At this formative stage, your early submittal will help focus the areas B.I.T. will select for joint US-EU collaboration.

  For other details, see EU-US S&T Conference.



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