European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO)

Ein wesentliches Instrument zur Stärkung der internationalen Positionierung der JOANNEUM RESEARCH liegt in der Kooperation mit internationalen Vereinigungen und Trägerorganisationen.

Im Rahmen der europäischen anwendungsorientierten Forschungseinheiten kommt hier der European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) eine besondere Rolle zu. Ziel der EARTO ist es, Forschung und Technologie bekannt zu machen, sich zu vernetzen sowie Technologie und Innovation in Europa zu beschleunigen.

Die JOANNEUM RESEARCH ist seit April 2000 Mitglied der EARTO und hat damit eine breite Kommunikations- und Kooperationsplattform auf europäischer Ebene sowie die Möglichkeit einer Intensivierung der Zusammenarbeit in internationalen, aber auch bilateralen Projekten bzw. Programmen.

EARTO is a non-profit international association established in Brussels, where it maintains a permanent secretariat.

EARTO Vision: a European research and innovation system without borders in which RTOs occupy nodal positions and possess the necessary resources and independence to make a major contribution to a competitive European economy and high quality of life through beneficial cooperation with all stakeholders.

EARTO Mission: to promote and defend the interests of RTOs in Europe by reinforcing their profile and position as a key player in the minds of EU decision-makers and by seeking to ensure that European R&D and innovation programmes are best attuned to their interests; to provide added-value services to EARTO members to help them to improve their operational practices and business performance as well as to provide them with information and advice to help them make the best use of European R&D and innovation programme funding opportunities.

The Association represents the interests of about 350 RTOs from across the European Union and “FP-associated” countries. The members elect an Executive Board to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Association. The Board elects one of its number as President. The President and Board appoint a smaller number of Board members to serve as a Steering Committee.