WBC-INCO.NET project: Barriers in research cooperation of WBC countries – mobility aspects. Jadranka Švarc Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb EURAXESS – Istraživači u pokretu Prezentacija hrvatske mreže mobilnosti istraživača 29 June, 2009, Zagreb. General information.
Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Zagreb
EURAXESS – Istraživači u pokretuPrezentacija hrvatske mreže mobilnosti istraživača
29 June, 2009, Zagreb
WBC-INCO. Net project – Co-ordination of research policies with the WBC to enhancetheirintegrationinto ERA (http://www.wbc-inco.net/object/news/54063.html)
- launched in February 2008 – FP7 - Capacities (4 years)
Consortiumof 26 partners: WBC+ Austria (coordinator), Germany, TheNetherlands, Turkey, Greece, Slovenia, Bulgaria, BelgiumandItaly
WP 3.3. Analysis of barriers to cooperation – “side effect” analysis–mobilityaspects
Task lead: InstituteofSocialSciencesIvo Pilar, Zagreb
Overall aim: to identify barriers which inhibit researchers from the Western Balkan countries and Turkey (WBC&T) from international R&D cooperation and to provide an analytical background for policy measures
This is the first study focused on identification of the factors which hamper the cooperation of WBC&T in the:
/1/ EU Framework Programmes (FPs);
(up to now: only bilateral cooperation and mobility were analysed );
/3/ differenceinperceptionofbarrieresbetween WBC&T and MS
web-based questionnaire (809 responses: 10.49% response rate)
WBC&T and MS were equally represented:
46.8% WBC&T and 53.2 % MS
Respondents by gender
Respondents by reserarch area
Respondents by type of institution
The dominant type of cooperation in both groups of countries are EU FP projects, 64% of all projects within WBC&T, and 76% of all projects within MS (71% of total projects).
27% bilateral with MS
Inter-regional cooperation is more intensive than intra-regional cooperation
The most intensive inter-regional bilateral cooperation between WBC&T and MS is with Slovenia followed by Austria, France and Italy (other countries are selected sporadically
The most intensive intra-regional bilateral cooperation among WBC&T is with Croatia, Serbia and Turkey
Measured as a composite index:
No positive answers to any of the 7 components
14% of respondents from MS and 31% from WBC&T have not participated in the international collaborative research projects in the last 10 years
The intensity of project cooperation of WBC&T is much smaller than MSespeciallyin FP
…is measured by the visits to foreign countries or staying abroad for research conferences, fellowships, and visiting professors’ positions
SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS HAVE NOT BEEN ABROAD IN THE LAST TEN YEARS!!!
… is measured by the longest stay/visit of respondents in selected countries.
Researchersregardlessthe country oforigingravitatetowards the three “old” and scientifically leading European countries
No. of selections
809 respondents : problems related to mobility have been noticed 189 times (possibility: one respondent – severaltimes)
A. Croatia is a regional leader in R&D cooperation and mobility
B. Croatia has a relatively privileged position for R&D mobility and cooperation(competition by other countries!)
2. The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes has a deceive role but the assistance of all the stakeholders are necessary from different ministries (efficient system of regulations and legal aspects), over universities and research organisations to accommodation agencies.
Mobility is the essence of research development, EU integration and recognition of Croatia on the international scientific maps!