The PACE-Net Plus project

The research and innovation landscape of the Pacific is extremely diverse, ranging from Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) with little or no ST&I capacity, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) with strong capacities, to New Zealand and Australia, which have numerous networks of research and innovation institutions.

The European Union (EU), which maintains a long standing relationship with the Pacific, aims for enhancing its profile and reinforcing cooperation in ST&I with the region, in the perspective of the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme, and promote the development of mutually beneficial partnerships.

Considering the results of past and ongoing initiatives supporting the EU-Pacific ST&I cooperation, PACE-Net Plus will:

  • Support the EU-Pacific policy dialogue in ST&I, including dialogue on innovation issues.
  • Reinforce the EU-Pacific ST&I cooperation, focusing on 3 major societal challenges:
    1. Health, demographic change and well-being;
    2. Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy; and
    3. Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
  • Encourage the coordination between the EU and Member States ST&I programmes and policies targeting the Pacific by promoting the implementation of joint actions.
  • Enhance the cooperation on innovation issues, by helping in bridging the gap between public and private sectors. The project will promote the idea of innovation as an essential mean for tackling global challenges and will respond to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and its Innovation Union Flagship initiative.
  • Strengthen the Pacific-EU research cooperation partnerships, through the promotion of EC’s, Member States’ and Associated Countries’ programmes, especially Horizon 2020, among the Pacific research community, as well as the Pacific opportunities for European researchers.

Project news

23 Dec 2016
The opportunities for European and Pacific researchers to collaborate are many and diverse. The European Union (EU) policies and scientific strategies aim at reinforcing... read article
22 Nov 2016
The Pacific region can serve as an exemplar of how science diplomacy could work, according to Professor Jean-François Marini, coordinator of the EU-funded PACE-Net Plus... read article
29 Aug 2016
This document addresses regional leadership (including parliaments, communities, elders and CROP agencies) to develop a regional vision for ST&I in the Pacific to enable... read article
12 Jul 2016
Within the context of small fragile economies, vast oceans and extreme vulnerability, the Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net Plus) bi-... read article
30 Jun 2016
Within the context of small fragile economies, vast oceans and extreme vulnerability, the Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net Plus) bi-... read article
31 Mar 2016
With this bi-regional dialogue platform, PACE-Net Plus will present a strategy to support the official recognition of the fundamental importance of STI in the sustainable... read article
10 Nov 2015
Most countries, regardless of their level of income, now see research and innovation as key to fostering sustainable economic growth and furthering their development. This is... read article
10 Nov 2015
The Pacific Regional Seminar or Innovation was developed as a part of the “Territorial Strategies for Innovation” (TSI) project, which enhances sustainable development... read article
24 Aug 2015
The PACE-Net Plus consortium is pleased to publish the outcomes of its seed-funding scheme, which closed for applications on the 15th of April 2015.
7 Jul 2015
A visit to the European Parliament concluded the bi-regional dialogue platform organised by PACE-Net Plus, held on 23-24 June 2015 in the heart of the European quarter of... read article
13 Apr 2015
With the aim to promote the implementation of joint activities, support innovation, and strengthen Pacific-EU research cooperation and partnerships, PACE-Net Plus is offering... read article
18 Feb 2015
USP and the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific launched a series of initiatives to create awareness on their partnership and its benefits to the Pacific region.
4 Feb 2015
PACE-Net Plus and the GOPS will jointly organize, in association with PACE-SD, a scientific workshop on: “Strengthening the Observation systems of Climate change and its... read article
22 Dec 2014
The Pacific region represents an area of strategic importance for European Union and is of critical importance for global sustainability.
19 Dec 2014
“The Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-NET Plus1) held its first bi-regional policy dialogue platform in Auckland (NZ), on the 10th and 11th... read article
10 Dec 2014
The Regional Universities Network (RUN) today signed an MOU with the Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net plus) in Auckland, New Zealand,... read article
21 Nov 2014
In the Pacific, epidemics and food poisoning caused by fish consumption are widespread and can lead to severe illness and death. Their effects jeopardise food security and... read article
31 Oct 2014
The PACE-Net Plus Conference took place in Bremen from 9th–11th September 2014. Selected participants from Europe and the Pacific identified priority areas for future joint... read article
30 Sep 2014
Tackling non-communicable diseases or lifestyle options for improved nutrition and well-being; exploring the convergence of science and traditional knowledge in aqua and... read article
8 Sep 2014
A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed in Apia, Samoa for the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Pacific Islands Universities... read article
6 Sep 2014
With the PACE-Net Plus project ( the European Union (EU), which maintains a long standing relationship with the Pacific, aims to reinforce ST&I... read article
26 Aug 2014
Michele Di Maio
Le programme « Pace-net plus » vise à renforcer la coopération entre l’Europe et le Pacifique, notamment en matière d’innovation. Et promet d’aider la Nouvelle-Calédonie à... read article
19 Jun 2014
group photo
Organised by Landcare Research New Zealand, this PACE-Net Plus networking and information event brought together research managers and researchers from New Zealand research... read article
8 May 2014
In June, Landcare Research, the New Zealand partner in PACE-Net Plus, is holding a networking and information event for research managers and researchers from New Zealand... read article
21 Feb 2014
After the success of its first InfoDay in Sydney in December 2013, PACE-NET Plus has organised a second InfoDay on Horizon 2020 – the new framework programme of the European... read article
8 Nov 2013
PACE-Net Plus consortium
PACE-Net Plus is a three-year project, funded by the European Commission that will strengthen bioregional cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI) between the... read article
31 Jul 2013
PACE-Net logo
The successful PACE-Net conference in Suva marked the end of a wonderful human and scientific adventure that started in 2010.
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