Within the framework of the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) and the EU Gender Champion Initiative, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, organized a workshop today entitled “Women Empowerment through and for Science”. The event brought together scientists, policy makers, academics, innovators, diplomats, women organizations and gender experts.
“We have a long standing cooperation with Egypt in research, higher education and innovation through our programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus plus. This year also marks 11 years since the EU-Egypt science and technology agreement came into force,” said Ivan Surkoš, Ambassador of the EU to Egypt. “Women scientists, academics and researchers have had invaluable contribution to our cooperation with Egypt. We have the pleasure today to acknowledge those remarkable women who coordinated EU funded projects and acted as national contact points for EU programmes, contributing to pushing forward our bilateral cooperation and to the sustainable development of their societies,” he added.
Under Horizon 2020, Egypt is currently a partner in 40 projects with an overall budget exceeding EUR 140 million. The projects cover collaborative research in various areas inducing food security, environment and inclusive, innovative and reflective societies, space and research infrastructure. Additionally, more than 166 Egyptian researchers have benefited from training and fellowship opportunities in Europe under the programme so far.