The project “SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations” seeks to improve research cooperation and to strengthen capacities in research and policy advice in the EU and Central Asia, having recognised the importance of Central Asia for Europe.
An international consortium with twelve partner organisation form the EU and all five Central Asian countries, led by Prof Dr Michael Kaeding, professor for European politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), and Dr Katrin Böttger, Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) will map and analyse the relations between the two regions in order to make recommendations to stakeholders on future research cooperation, policies and communication.
The project is funded with around 1.5 million Euros under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for a period of two years.
The main objectives of SEnECA are to strengthen and energize relations between the European Union and Central Asia by establishing a sustainable, transdisciplinary SEnECA Research Network and the SEnECA Stakeholder Network in order to
- link European to Central Asian researchers, policy-makers and stakeholders
- improve both the research cooperation to develop a common SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation and the EU’s Central Asia policy by setting up the SEnECA Policy Roadmap
- promote the importance of Central Asia for Europe through the SEnECA Communication Plan for dissemination and awareness-raising among scholars, policy-makers, stakeholders in education, media, civil society and the EU public
- strengthen capacities in research and policy advice through the SEnECA Academic Policy Advice Training
The project follows a three-step approach: Map, Analyse, Recommend.
During the project period, researchers and relevant stakeholders from Central Asia and Europe will have various possibilites to meet offline and online:
- Three public conferences: Riga in April 2018, Almaty in January 2019 and Brussels in November 2019
- Public exhibition on Central Asia: Brussels in the spring of 2019
- Regular skype conferences and discussions via the project intranet, social media and the Research Network portal
These opportunities aim to include stakeholders and interested citizens into the project and to bring Europe and Central Asia closer together.