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Coronavirus Global R&I Collaboration Portal

Empowering R&I collaboration to respond to the socio-economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic

Online seminar

14 October 2021

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Video recording of the online event held on 14 Oct 2021

International collaboration in health, socio-economic disciplines, humanities and the arts, has historically resulted in major breakthroughs that could not have been achieved without research partnerships. Today, global science is at a critical juncture.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has mobilised science communities across Europe and beyond and sparked a great deal of data exchange and collaboration. Worldwide, researchers, scientists and experts from all fields of knowledge are working together to confront the coronavirus outbreak.  

But the pandemic is more than a health crisis. It is shaking up societies and economies at the core. With this in mind, the EC is hosting a virtual seminar on 14 October 2021. This event will help strengthen global collaboration in research and innovation and tackle the socio-economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It is not possible to find solutions to the coronavirus pandemic by working only within one project or one country or even one continent. Participants, including R&I projects, organizations and individual researchers, engaged in COVID-19 related research, will therefore be invited to network and engage in a discussion around collaboration channels as well as barriers to collaboration .  

They will also learn about the Coronavirus Global R&I Collaboration Portal and how it supports collaboration to address the socio-economic aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Speakers will share valuable insights on the EU’s R&I response to the Coronavirus pandemic, calls and funded projects along with available tools and new initiatives. 

Join us! Network within a like-minded global R&I community and find out how you can strengthen your capacity for research and innovation.  



13:30 - 13:35 

Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, EC, DG R&I 

Presentation of the Global Approach to Research and Innovation (R&I)

13:35 - 13:45

Maria Cristina Russo, Director Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I, EC, DG R&I 

EU’s R&I response to the Coronavirus pandemic


Irene Norstedt, Director People, EC, DG R&I

Presentation of the Coronavirus Global R&I Collaboration Portal


Heba Gaber, Science Counsellor Egypt, EC, DG R&I  

Coronavirus Global R&I Collaboration: Importance of Synergies and Barriers to Collaboration (Plenary Panel)


Moderator (Chris Burns, Journalist & multilingual moderator)  

  • Prof. David Levine, academic coordinator of the EUI COVID data portal, European University Institute (EUI) 

  • Steven J. Hoffman. Chair of the Funders' Forum for Social Sciences Research on Infectious Diseases. A working group created by the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R)
  • Tania Friederichs, Minister Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to India  

  • Gabi Lombardo, European alliance for social sciences and humanities 

  • Tamara Giles-Vernick, Sonar-Global: Mobilizing Social Sciences against infectious threats


15:05 - 15:15

Thematic networking (parallel) sessions

15:15 – 15:45 

EU funded relevant Projects will be presented (10 min) in the following three parallel thematic sessions, followed by open moderated discussion and networking.  

  • Session 1 - Social sciences and Economics  


    Analyzing the impact of COVID-19 governmental response on vulnerable groups  

    Session Chair: Ms. Diotima Bertel 

  • Session 2 – Life sciences 


    Pan-European Response to the ImpactS of COVID-19 and future Pandemics and Epidemics

    Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Paolo Stefano Giudici 

  • Session 3 – Culture and arts 


    Measuring the impact of DIgital CulturE 

    Session Chair: Dr. Maria Tartari 


15:45 -15:50

Nienke Buisman, Head of Unit International Cooperation – Asia, Africa and the Middle East, EC, DG R&I  

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