The final SEnECA Conference will take place Brussels, Belgium, in November 2019. This conference will target the identified stakeholders as well as the European public. It will discuss SEnECA’s recommendations (D1.3 and D2.3), present the final long-term Central Asia Communication Strategy (D3.3) and disseminate SEnECA’s results as widely as possible.
The consortium members will meet with the members of the Advisory Board members for the second SEnECA Conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in January 2019. Based on the final Stakeholder Analysis (D3.2) and a presentation of the mapping results of Central Asian Studies in the EU and European Studies in Central Asia (D1.1) will be discussed with all consortium partners and the members of the network. The conference will partially be open to the wider public.
During the first SEnECA Conference, the members of the consortium and the Advisory Board will meet in Riga, Latvia. Based on a first draft of the Stakeholder Analysis (D3.2) and a first draft of the mapping of Central Asian Studies in the EU and European Studies in Central Asia (D1.1), all consortium partners will discuss the conceptual and analytical toolkit and ways to promote networking with policy-makers and stakeholders for further network and policy analysis. External speakers will be invited to the conference, and it will partially will be open to the interested public.
Read the report on the conference here.
As part of Work Package 3 “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication”, the SEnECA Website (D3.4) will be established in English as well as in Russian. It will inform the wider public about the project, its aims and objectives, and about the projects consortium. Furthermore it will present all relevant news on the project’s activities and will publish the public deliverables.
A long-term Central Asia Communication Strategy (D3.3) for the future promotion of the region and its role for Europe beyond the project lifetime will be developed towards the end of the project. This strategy aims to provide recommendations to a wide range of stakeholders (EU policy-makers, media, education, etc.) for the promotion of Central Asia and its relations with Europe towards the wider public. It will be based on the Stakeholder Analysis earlier conducted as part of Work Package 3 “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication”.
Developing the SEnECA Policy Roadmap for future priorities for EU policy-making towards Central Asia requires a thorough three-phase approach: Mapping (phase 1), Analysis (phase 2) and Recommendation (phase 3). For each phase, SEnECA will publish a series of Policy Papers/Briefs that will clearly outline the relevance of the region for specific policy fields of the EU and the interconnectedness of both regions, as well as the Central Asian countries’ interests in cooperating with Europe.
As part of the third phase, SEnECA will publish three policy briefs (D2.3), which give recommendations for the future priorities for EU policy-making concerning Central Asia in the area of politics, economics and culture.
As part of Work Package 3 “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication” the public SEnECA Exhibition on Central Asia in Brussels will be organised. The exhibition will display contemporary photos of modern-day Central Asia with information notes on the context and linked to the implementation of EU projects in the Central Asian countries where relevant.
In preparation of the exhibition a photo contest on Central Asia will be organised. The best pictures which depict ordinary life in Central Asia or the relations of Central Asia and Europe, will be picked and displayed at the exhibition.
The exhibition will raise awareness for the importance of Central Asia for Europe and will be an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from politics, media, business, culture and arts, involved in EU-CA relations.
The two background papers (D1.2) on the current state of affairs on Central Asian Studies in Europe and European Studies in Central Asia will be complied as part of Work Package 1 “New forms and priorities for scientific cooperation”. The papers will also take into consideration the mediating factors such as the political situation, differing degrees of internationalisation in research and higher education systems, lack of resources and capacities to conduct international research projects and disseminate their findings.
As part of Work Package 3 “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication” an in-depth analysis on stakeholders to identify the relevant actors, promoters and multipliers of Central Asia in Europe will be completed. A broad range of stakeholders from including politics, civil society, media, business, education, local and regional authorities and academia, with relevant links to Central Asia, will be trageted.
The Stakeholder Analysis (D3.2), will serve as a basis for the long-term Central Asia Communication Strategy (D3.3) and the SEnECA Stakeholder Network.
In order to establish the SEnECA Research Network and to facilitate and enable efficient research cooperation and fruitful debates, SEnECA will design the SEnECA Research Database (D1.1).
As part of Work Package 1 “New forms an priorities for scientifc cooperation”, the SEnECA consortium will identify researchers working partially or full-time on Central Asia in Europe and on European integration in Central Asia. In line with the GDPR, the contact details, research focus and further data on the relevant researchers in Central Asia and in the EU will be collected. The data sets will be uploaded to the SEnECA Research Database, where a search engine will make the data publicly available.
As part of the second phase, SEnECA will publish three policy papers (D2.2), which will analyse the political and security relations, the economic and trade relations, and the cultural and other relations of Central Asia and the EU.
As part of the first phase, SEnECA will publish nine policy papers (D2.1), which map the current political and security relations, economic and trade relations and cultural and other relations of Central Asia with the EU, the rest of Asia and other world powers:
Policy Paper No. 1: Political and security relations – Mapping EU-Central Asia relations
Policy Paper No. 2: Political and security relations – Mapping Central Asia’s relations with other Asian states
Policy Paper No. 3: Political and security relations – Mapping strategies of Russia, USA and China towards Central Asia
Policy Paper No. 4: Economic relations and trade – Mapping EU-Central Asia relations
Policy Paper No. 5: Economic relations and trade – Mapping Central Asia’s relations with other Asian states
Policy Paper No. 6: Economic relations and trade – Mapping strategies of Russia, USA and China towards Central Asia
Policy Paper No. 7: Cultural and other relations – Mapping EU-Central Asia relations
Policy Paper No. 8: Cultural and other relation – Mapping Central Asia’s relations with other Asian states
Policy Paper No. 9: Cultural and other relations – Mapping strategies of Russia, USA and China towards Central Asia
The SEnECA Advisory Board provides guidance for different stakeholders on how to enhance the network’s impact. The Advisory Board supports SEnECA by:
Learn more about the Advisory Board and get to know its members here.
A Risk Assessment Plan settled by the Project Management Office will provide information on potential risks and the plans to mitigate them. The deliverable (D4.2) will be an integral part during the project life cycle, as it will be set up to control potential risks at an early stage and to account for special conditions within the network. It will be updated annually to ensure actual risk assessment during the course of the project.
At the beginning of the project, this deliverable (D4.1) will provide the guidelines and templates for project partners as well as mechanisms for quality assurance and monitoring. The Project Quality Assessment Plan will define the methodologies and processes for the monitoring and continuous self-evaluation in detail. Apart from achieving defined quantitative indicators for measuring the project’s impact, the assessment will also include qualitative impact benchmarks for ownership, relevance, visibility and quality. It will guarantee the high quality of the output of the project.
To maximise exchange among the SEnECA Research Network and its outreach to the SEnECA Stakeholder Network, the consortium will engage in the SEnECA Academic Policy Advice Training. It will strengthen research capacities by fostering exchange between European and Central Asian researchers which will improve the quality of research in Central Asia and enrich the academic debate in Europe. A special focus is put on networks for junior scientists.
SEnECA aims to provide recommendations to improve research on Central Asia and define new research priorities in the SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation.
As deliverable of Work Package 1 “New forms and priorities for scientific cooperation” and based on the analysis of Central Asian Studies in Europe and European Studies in Central Asia, SEnECA will develop, test and recommend future research priorities and new forms of research cooperation in the SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation (D1.3) to improve collaboration between both regions and strengthen research capacities. The SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation will be developed following SEnECA’s inclusive approach to demand-driven policy advice, which continuously involves policy-makers’ and stakeholders’ feedback in the process of developing recommendations.
SEnECA aims to develop future priorities and means to implement these for the EU’s policy towards the region in the SEnECA Policy Roadmap. Developing the SEnECA Policy Roadmap for future priorities for EU policy-making towards Central Asia requires a thorough three-phase approach: mapping (phase 1), analysis (phase 2) and recommendation of future priorities (phase 3) regarding EU-Central Asia relations. These three steps will manifest in a series of Policy Papers (D2.1 and D2.2) and Policy Briefs (D2.3). The Policy Brief Series will entails three briefs giving recommendations for future priorities as part of the SEnECA Policy Roadmap on (a) political and security relations, (b) economic relations and trade and (c) cultural and other relations.
The SEnECA Communication Plan for Dissemination and Awareness-raising (D3.1) will promote the importance of Central Asia to Europe among scholars, policy-makers, stakeholders in education, media, civil society and the EU public sphere notably through the SEnECA Exhibition. As Deliverable of Work Package 3 “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication”, it will be set up in the beginning of the project and will outline the activities to be undertaken and the means to ensure that the project’s activites are widely disseminated and communicated within the consortium, to the interested stakeholders and to the general public. By implementing the SEnECA Communication Plan, the project will target multipliers in education, media and politics who can function as levers for highlighting Central Asia’s relevance in the national and European arenas.
Click here to see the SEnECA Communication Plan.