Project funded by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Union



Towards an increased EU-Middle East STI Cooperation.

On June 20th and 21th, MERID organizes in Portorož (Slovenia) a two-day event gathering researchers, experts, National Contact Points (NCPs) , decision makers and other stakeholders from the fields of research and academia in order to discuss the project’s outcomes and recommendations, as well as to exchange experiences and ideas on the future of EU-Middle East cooperation. The NCP Brokerage event will be held on June 20th, while the MERID Final Conference will take place on June 21th.

The NCP Brokerage event has the objective of bringing together EU and Middle-East (Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine) NCPs with the aim of facilitating networking of researchers from both EU and Middle East on H2020 (WP2018-2020) and PRIMA topics of common interest.

In the Final Conference the 13 partner institutions, forming the MERID consortium, from different EU and Middle East countries will present the project’s main achievements and discuss on future prospects together with high-level policy makers and external experts from both regions.

In parallel, on 20-21 June individual coaching sessions will be provided by MERID experts to researchers and experts willing to participate in next calls of the Horizon 2020 Programme and/or PRIMA initiative.

Registration for the conference and coaching is open to everyone till May 16:


Here you can find the agenda and concept note of the event of the event and the coaching session – application form for project idea owners.

You can use your social channels (Twitter and Facebook) to follow the event by using the hashtag #MeridNCPbrokerage.

Driving Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation at EMUNI’s annual conference on Migration, Diaspora and Brain Circulation

Thursday, 12 May 2016, Barcelona, Spain

EMUNI’s 2016 annual conference, together with its General Assembly, and the regional event of project MERID (Horizon2020 project funded by the EU) addressed the role of diaspora in intercultural dialogue, trust-building and development cooperation between the European Union, Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East countries. Interactive discussions and lively debates examined the potential use of Diaspora as bridges for building trust and catalysts for cooperation and partnership in the Euro-Mediterranean region and Middle East. The event also aimed at employing science diplomacy in exploring new avenues of cooperation, particularly with Iran and Iraq.

The event, which was hosted by the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, hosted over 130 high profile participants, including heads of international organizations, rectors and vice-rectors of universities, senior academics and officials as well as policy-makers from 29 countries and international organisations. The keynote opening speech was given by Javier Solana, President of ESADEgeo – Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics.

Three lively panels including 18 high-profile pannelists discussed the constructive use of brain circulation to advance scientific cooperation and unleash the untapped potential of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern scientific communities. By employing science, technology and innovation in addressing the cross-cutting societal challenges of water and renewable energy in the region, the panel organised through the MERID project offered new avenues and identified potential obstacles for EI-Middle East cooperation. Resulting from the fruitful discussions, a set of recommendations of how to surpass the remaining obstacles in cooperation between the European and the Middle Eastern research communities were compiled and presented. Many contributions, inputs, ideas, statements and interventions can be found on MERID’s twitter profile and under the hashtag #braincirculation.