The project consortium consists of 12 partner institutions from Central Asia and Europe. The institutions in Central Asia include the Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan), the Center of Sociological Research “Zerkalo” (Tajikistan), the Kyrgyz National University (Kyrgyzstan), the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan) and the non-profit organization Ynanch-Vepa (Turkmenistan). Partners on the European side are located at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), the Institut für Europäische Politik (Germany), the Centre international de formation européenne (France), the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Belgium), the Royal United Services Institute (United Kingdom), the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (Latvia) and the think tank WiseEuropa (Poland). Prof. Michael Kaeding, Jean Monnet Professor for European Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, are leading the consortium.
During the project period, researchers and relevant stakeholders from Central Asia and Europe will meet seven times in order to work on the SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation, a Policy Roadmap for EU Central Asian relations, a long-term Central Asia communication strategy and other documents. One of the main outputs will be a publicly accessible Research Database that will provide information on scholars working in and on Central Asia. Furthermore, the SEnECA (travelling) exhibition will depict daily life in Central Asia and bring the region closer to European citizens. Moreover, an Academic Policy Advice Training will train the involved scholars to compose policy papers and to involve decision-makers in the research process. The project will end with a public conference in Brussels where the outcomes and recommendations gathered will be presented.