Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Infoweek including high-level policy events

Infoday, brokerage, dissemination with a focus on digitisation and a bioeconomy policy event - all in one week!
From 14/11/2017 to 17/11/2017
REA and European Commission DG RTD and AGRI

The Research Executive Agency (REA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission are co-organising an Info Week on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2  (SC2) ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’.

The usual SC2 Info Day on the new SC2 Work Programme for 2018-2020 and a related brokerage day will be complemented by two high level dissemination and policy events and a bioeconomy village highlighting SC2 projects and initiatives.

The event will take place in Brussels on 14-17 November 2017 and will be organised as follows:

H2020 SC2 Info day – 14 November

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for proposals under the H2020 SC2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’. The Work Programme for 2018-2020 and the new funding opportunities under SC2 2018 calls for proposals will be presented in the morning, whereas in-depth info sessions on various calls under the Work Programme will be held in the afternoon.

H2020 SC2 Brokerage event – 15 November

Following the Info Day, a corresponding brokerage event will be organised by the EU-funded BioHorizon project. The purpose of the event is to support potential applicants in  finding potential partners for future applications under the upcoming SC2 calls for proposals.

H2020 Bioeconomy day – 16 November

The Commission will present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel will present and discuss its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for bioeconomy development. These discussions will reflect both on the experiences gained over the past four years with Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and on the possible need for new actions.

H2020 Digitisation day – 17 November

The Digitisation day aims at gathering representatives of the farming and agri-food sectors, digital technology providers, as well as scientists and national and regional policy makers to discuss and exchange views on different EU policy initiatives on digitisation of farming and food sectors and of research and innovation activities contributing to these areas.

H2020 Blue Growth

During the Blue Growth Parallel Session discussions will revolve around the wide coverage of Blue Growth's cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary approach to marine, maritime and aquatic research and innovation and its relevance to EU policies and to the blue economy. This session will feature examples of impactful EU projects and their uptake by different stakeholders including policy makers, as well as synergies with other major programmes and initiatives that contribute to the blue economy in Europe and beyond.

Bio-National Contact Points will be invited to meet ahead of the InfoWeek on 13 November 2017.

Compulsory registration for these events will open in September. More detailed information on the programme of each day will be made available at a later stage. Links to all events will be provided on this page as soon as they become available.