Within the framework of the 8th Eastern Partnership Informal Ministerial Dialogue on research, science, and innovation launched in Yerevan, European Union (EU) Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, accompanied by the RA Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan, visited Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies, where he had a meeting with the Armenian young scientists. The EU Commissioner presented shortly the EU Horizon 2020 program, to which Armenia joined recently. Speaking about the objectives and priorities of the Program, C. Moedas mentioned, that science and innovation should be open and available for everyone. Hence, the goal of the Horizon 2010 program is to bring together the best scientific minds and innovative ideas of the European area. The Commissioner expressed hope that the young Armenian scientists can contribute to making Europe more open. Moedas added that Horizon 2020 is a good opportunity for Armenia’s individual scientists and scientific organizations to be included in the European university and scientific network.
Young scientists addressed questions to the EU Commisioner, which mainly referred to the procedures of the Horizon 2020 program, selection criteria for applications, objectives and outputs.
Minister Levon Mkrtchyan thanked the EU Commissioner and noted that the meeting with young scientists was organized on Carlos Modes’s initiative.The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation also paid visits to the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran), and the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies.