17.03.2015 - 19.03.2015 | Paris, France

Researchers from Central Asia present Health and Climate Change Ressearch at ASEAN-EU STI Days 2015

The ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days 2015 took place in Paris, France from 17-19 March under the overarching theme 'Excellent science in ASEAN'. The 2nd edition of this forum-like event attracted nearly 300 stakeholders engaged in international science cooperation, scientific research or innovation. The Central Asian countries were in the focus of two well visited side-events on Health and Climate Change issues.

The IncoNet CA project, which supports the advancement of the policy dialogue between the EU and the countries in Central Asia, used this opportunity  to inform EU researchers about the research landscapes in Central Asian countries. One of the project's activities is to enable Cenral Asian stakeholders to take part in selected major brokerage events in Europe focuding on the 3 societal challenges Health, Climate Change and Energy, which were identified to be of paramount interest for both regions. 

5 Central Asian stakeholders were supported to participate in the workshop 'Health Research from an International Perspective: Scientific Landscapes of Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Central Asian (CA) Countries' and 4 Central Asian stakeholders took part in 'Climate Change and Water Management from an International Perspective: Scientific Landscape of Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Central Asian (CA) Countries' with the help of IncoNet CA. The ASEAN-EU STI Days were selected as they were expected to attract a large number of European stakeholders looking for international cooperation in Horizon 2020. Feedback from the participants on the matchmaking quality of the event was highly appreciative.

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Health Research

The side-event was focusing on non-infectious lung diseases and infectious diseases in the Central Asian countries. Smoking and related lung infections seem to be one of the main causes of death with some of the worst statistics worldwide. It was highlighted by several speakers that this hot-topic might be handled  more successfully via regional cooperation.

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High-level speakers from all 5 Central Asian countries addressed by the Inconet CA project took part in this event: Almaz Aldashev from the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Khuseyn Egamnazarov from the Avicenna Tajik State Medical University, Garahanjar Narlyyev from the Scientific Consultancy Centre 'Altyn Umyt' in Turkmenistan, Shukhrat Yusupov from the Samarkand State Medical Institute in Uzbekistan, and Yeraliyeva Lyazzat from Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University.

All presentations will be uploaded to the related STI Days website, where you will find more photos and details about the speakers.

Climate Change and Water Management

The side-event was focusing on potential impacts of climate change on water management,  and the sustainable use of water resources in the Central Asian countries. Drought, floods, and the melting of glaciers seem to be some of the major results of climate change. The transport of oil and gas in the Caspian causes significant environmental problems. It was highlighted by several speakers that these issues might be tackled more successfully via a joint international approach.

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The Central Asia region was represented by four excellent researchers: Rysbek Satylkanov from the Tien-Shan High Mountain Research Center under the Institute of Water Problems and Hydro Power, Kyrgyzstan, Inom Normatov from Tajik National University, Zainalobudin Kobuliev from Institute of water problems, hydropower and ecology, Academy of sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Zafar Gafurov from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI – Central Asia office), Uzbekistan.

All presentations will be uploaded to the related STI Days website, where you will find more photos and details about the speakers.

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Please visit the website of IncoNet EaP to learn more about the participants from the Eastern Partnership region.

Source and further information: RCISD