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21 November 2017

The launch of the 3rd edition of SOFT Innovation Prize under Euratom Work Programme 2018

Building on the success of SOFT Innovation Prize in 2014 and 2016, the European Commission launches today the third edition of the SOFT Innovation Prize under Euratom Work Programme 2018. Prize contest is open to the world and invites international fusion researchers from all ITER partner countries and any third country, which has a bilateral fusion cooperation with Euratom. It sets no specific category, but is rather interested in any physics or technology innovation related to fusion with a potential for further exploitation.

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10 November 2017

10th Strategic Energy Technology Plan Conference

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan that aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. To celebrate this occasion a conference will be organised between 29 November and 1 December 2017 in Bratislava under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The event, which will be opened by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, will review the progress achieved over the past decade in the transition to a low carbon, innovative energy future and the SET-Plan's key role as the technology pillar of EU's energy research and innovation policy.

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24 October 2017

The European University Association’s energy platform calls for universities to enhance their contribution to the energy transition

The final UNI-SET conference “European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future” that took place in Brussels explored how universities can strengthen their contribution towards a zero-carbon Europe. During two days the universities, policy makers, industry and other stakeholders have been discussing the role of higher education in the energy transition and fight against climate change.

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11 October 2017

Euratom fission info day

Thematic Euratom fission info day will take place on 9 November 2017 in Brussels (DG RTD building, Rue du Champ de Mars 21, rooms SDR1 & SDR2). This meeting will present the fission part of the Euratom Work Programme 2018 (Call for proposals NFRP 2018), planned to be adopted by the Commission on 27 October 2017, as well as horizontal issues related to the implementation of the programme.

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25 September 2017

Mission Innovation at DEMEX: Strategic dialogue with the private sector on Clean-Energy Innovation

11-14 September, Mexico City

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A. Stubelius and D. Pamlin at Mission Innovation

The EU, together with other members of Mission Innovation, engaged in a strategic dialogue on effective public-private cooperation on clean-energy innovation at DEMEX, Dialogues for the Future of Energy 2017, held on 11-14 September in Mexico City. The event was co-organised with the World Economic Forum.

Mission Innovation is acting as a catalyst for private-sector engagement, speeding up the exchange of knowledge and best practices and bringing results closer to the market.

"The forum stressed that private sector investment remains critically important to commercialise sufficiently advanced ideas and solutions", said the EC representative in Mexico, Gerd Schönwälder. "But that private-sector engagement may also take other forms. Philanthropic organisations, for example, may want to help build coalitions, track progress and impact, or disseminate results".

The momentum built at this meeting and the resulting collaboration with the private sector will be further strengthened at the European Union's Clean-Energy Industrial Competitiveness Forum in February and the third ministerial meeting of Mission Innovation next May in Malmö.

DEMEX also hosted the international experts’ workshop on the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge with the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) in partnership with Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

The results of this workshop will be published in a report that includes the scientists’ insights for dramatically accelerating innovation in clean energy materials. It will be posted on the Mission Innovation website and distributed to the 23 Mission Innovation members and research institutions worldwide by end of 2017.

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