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BILAT 2.0 Kickoff in Washington, DC

bridges vol. 36, December 2012 / Noteworthy Information

Bilat USA 2.0 BILAT 2.0, the successor project of BILAT USA (see also the 2009 bridges article BILAT-USA and LINK2US: a New Approach to Transatlantic EU-US S&T Cooperation by Sabine Herlitschka), had its kick-off meeting in Washington, DC, November 7-8, 2012, with all project partners and some representatives from the EU-Delegation to the United States attending. The consortium came together to present the global concept and to gain a common understanding of the project.

BILAT 2.0 aims to continue what the BILAT-USA project had begun some three years ago in October 2009: to further enhance and support cooperation between the European Union and the USA in research and innovation. By means of different analytical studies, reports, and workshops with feedback from researchers and innovation actors, the project will support the science, technology, and innovation (STI) dialogue and develop recommendations to major political bodies regarding the policy dialogue.

The BILAT 2.0 project consortium consists of 13 partners, with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) coordinating the project. Partners are:

  • DLR – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany)
  • FFG – Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (Austria)
  • inno TSD (France)
  • Biocat (Spain)
  • AKA – Suomen Akatemia (Finland)
  • Intrasoft International (Luxembourg)
  • RCN – Norges Forskningsråd (Research Council Norway)
  • IPPT-PAN – Instytut Podstawowych Problemów Techniki Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
  • Tubitak – Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu (Turkey)
  • Diplomacy Matters (USA)
  • FIU – Florida International University (USA)
  • NCURA – National Council of University Research Administrators (USA)
  • CTR – The Johns Hopkins University (USA)

For further information on BILAT 2.0, please visit: http://www.euussciencetechnology.eu/home/bilatusa_20.html or contact the project coordinators at the International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Project Management Agency, c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR), Olaf Heilmayer at olaf.heilmayer[at]dlr.de and Vera Kammann at vera.kammann[at]dlr.de.