The ESTIME project (Evaluation of Scientific and Technological capabilities in Mediterranean countries) aims at the description of the scientific and technological capabilities in 8 research partner countries of the Mediterranean (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestinian Territories). The project is aimed at contributing to closer links between the European research space and the Mediterranean research space by providing precise indications on research, technological development, and innovation in the Mediterranean countries, supported by empirical investigations and a thorough revision of sources of information.
The project draws a synthetic vision on science, technology and innovation in these countries by proposing: 1) A statistical overview based on bibliometric analysis of the scientific production (publications in all fields of science on a ten years period); 2) A description of the research institutions, higher education institutions and science and technology policies; 3) An analysis of the dynamics of research activities in a choice of disciplines, based on interviews with laboratory and research personnel previously identified by the bibliometric analysis; 4) An analysis of the uses of science and scientific results (relations of research centres with enterprises, development of innovation projects, activities of R&D in enterprises, NGOs activities that work with public sector researchers); 5) A panorama of enterprises’ motives and of intermediate organisations that promote technological development and innovation (including re-using “innovation surveys”); 6) An analysis of the social sciences. They needed a specific treatment because of methodological problems. World bibliographic databases cover poorly the production in these countries, specifically the non-occidental social sciences. We needed to find in each site a strategy that permits to seize the production in these disciplines. It was completed by interviews with researchers in 3 or 4 disciplines (two common disciplines to every country: Sociology/Anthropology and Law).
This final report examines the objectives of the project and some of the main results (all countries and teams). It also shows the composition of the working teams and the main deliverable results, including reports and meetings. Details about how these activities have been implemented are contained in the three periodical activities reports. The final report shows the effort committed by the consortium in reaching its objectives and its outcomes. Finally, the main recommendations and priorities for the future are presented.