Tour of Europe: Estonia 欧洲之旅:爱沙尼亚

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Estonia – place for independent minds 爱沙尼亚-独立精神的热土

Did you know that Skype was programmed in Estonia in 2003? Or that Estonia has used legally binding digital signatures since the year 2000? These facts illustrate the innovative attitude of the small North European country called Estonia perfectly. Estonia has an attractive environment for research, top-level infrastructure, a collaborative research community and excellent research achievements.

Estonian researchers are good partners in international collaboration projects and the number of international co-publications is rising. Research in Estonia is becoming more international as the number of foreign researchers from 2005 to 2014 has increased sevenfold. The impact of papers authored by Estonian researchers is growing rapidly; average citations per paper exceed the Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators (ESI) mean citation rate by 5%.

There are 20 R&D institutions in Estonia, including 6 public universities where most research is performed. The leading scientific institution in Estonia is the University of Tartu.

The ratio of total R&D expenditure to GDP in 2015 was 1.5%, with nearly half of R&D expenditure in 2015 coming from the state budget.

Find out more about the Estonian R&D system and Estonian research and innovation institution in our article in the 1st issue of EURAXESS China Newsletter 2017.

Opportunities for researchers

Interview with Chinese PhD student Shuai Li in Estonia 爱沙尼亚的中国博士留学生访谈

1. How did you hear about Estonia and why did you decide to work in Estonia?

In fact, I knew my PhD supervisor's, Ülo Niinemets, name when I started my masters in China in 2009. At that time I read his papers, which are highly related to my master thesis topic. After I finished my master’s studies, I contacted Ülo to ask if the PhD position is available in his lab, and he replied and accepted my application. Before that I just knew Estonia but didn't know anything about her. The reason why I decided to study here is that Ülo is a famous and top scientist and I believe that I will receive very good training for my PhD study.

2. Name three characteristic things about research work in Estonia or about Estonia in general.

I think the first characteristic about the research work in Estonia is top quality. For example, we have excellent facilities and devices in our lab and very good ideas from supervisor. The second characteristic about the research work in Estonia is very good work environment. You know our University is not big, but very convenient for living and studying. The third characteristic about Estonia is excellent natural environment. Forests cover about 50% of the territory of Estonia. In addition, we also have the sea, bogs, rivers, lakes and of course a lot of wild animals. It is amazing!

3. A message to anyone who is considering research work with Estonian partners or moving to Estonia for work.

What I want to say for those Chinese who want to study or work in Estonia is: Estonia is a small country compared to China, but it has specially charming culture, top quality education, excellent nature and environment, and of course friendly people. It is a good place for study, work and living. I believe that once you are here, you are gonna love it!


Sino-Estonian Bilateral Agreement on ST&I Cooperation中爱双边科研合作协议

The Government of Estonia has signed an agreement with the Government of the People's Republic of China on cultural, educational and scientific cooperation in 1993.


Main Sino-Estionian Initiatives and Programmes 中爱主要科研合作倡议和项目

Currently there are two ongoing projects under Horisont 2020 framework

  • Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience – Maaülikool ja (TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY)
  • Validating C. elegans healthspan model for better understanding factors causing health and disease, to develop evidence based prevention, diagnostic, therapeutic and other strategies. – Tartu Ülikool ja Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning CAAS, NORTHWEST A&F UNIVERSITY, SOIL AND FERTILIZER INSTITUTE, SICHUAN ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (SAAS)


Funding opportunities科研资助

Visit EURAXESS Estonia at http://euraxess.ee

To find more Sino-Estonian research information visit our database at EURAXESS China website. 欲了解更多中爱合作研发的信息,请访问我们的网站 https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/worldwide/china

Opportunities for researchers

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