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Innovation Convention 2014

10th-11th March 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The 2nd Innovation Convention will take place in Brussels on 10th & 11th March 2014 in SQUARE – Brussels Meeting Centre. The two-day event is organised by the European Commission. The Innovation Convention is an important part of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, a European Union strategy which aims to create an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services that will bring growth and jobs to the economy.

Courtesy of http://ec.europa.eu

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The Convention will provide an opportunity to debate  the development of a research and innovation ecosystem in Europe that can support this objective. It will take place under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, and will feature inspirational speakers from a range of backgrounds.

The first edition of the Convention was described by a leading technology website as a creative collusion of some of the world’s brightest people from across all sectors involved in research, innovation and science”. This second edition will be bigger and better, with over 2,000 participants expected. Free registration for this event will open in December.

For more information, please visit the event website.

Eco-Innovation is one of the 12 assessment criteria that applicant cities are evaluated on when entering the European Green Capital Award competition. The aim of the award is to recognise and reward local efforts to improve the environment, the economy, and the quality of life in urban areas. The City of Copenhagen, winner of the European Green Capital Award 2014, is supporting massive investment in green growth and eco innovation, both directly and indirectly. This will help to boost employment within the green sector and provide opportunities for innovative projects to flourish. The overall investment by the city administration and the many cooperating partners and businesses is expected to amount to up to €3.64 billion between now and 2025, generating new jobs equivalent to 36,000 man years.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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