The Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net Plus) project is a 3-year programme to encourage bioregional dialogue between European and Pacific researchers.
The project, which started in September 2013, brings together policy makers, funding agencies, and representatives from research, innovation and development institutions from the Pacific and Europe to produce policy briefs in three key thematic areas of high priority to both:
- Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research
- Climate action, resource use and efficiency, and raw materials.
The idea of innovation as an essential means to tackle global challenges and respond to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy is also a key focus for the project.
There are 16 partners, 6 from Europe and 10 from the South Pacific. As the New Zealand partner and key contact, Landcare Research’s role is to disseminate information about the programme to New Zealand researchers, policymakers and funding agencies, and to facilitate networking opportunities between New Zealand, South Pacific and European researchers.