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Science diplomacy – research across borders

Collaborative research is strengthening ties between the EU and its neighbouring countries. Image credit: MODIS
Collaborative research is strengthening ties between the EU and its neighbouring countries. Image credit: MODIS

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, welcomed Ukraine as a full member of Horizon 2020 last month.

Climate change, war, water security, energy – these are issues that cross borders and span continents. That’s why science diplomacy is bringing together researchers to help solve problems that politics frequently struggles to address.

During April, we delve into some of the cross-border research projects that are uniting scientists and helping to bridge divides between countries.

We also find out how science diplomacy can help create the conditions for sustainable development to the east and south of the EU, and we follow Commissioner Moedas as he travels to Amman in Jordan to foster research cooperation between the EU and the Middle East.