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Commission proposes first research partnership in the Mediterranean to increase food and water sustainability

The Commission has agreed on a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, PRIMA, which is set to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production. The partnership is expected to boost local business and investment opportunities, thereby address unemployment and migration issues in the region. The proposal will now be passed to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU for political discussion and legislative approval.

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UN Habitat III Conference

The networking session "EU Open to the World: Cities as actors of open innovation" takes place on Tuesday 18 October 2016 in the context of the UN Habitat III Conference.

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White House Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting

At the Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting which took place in Washington DC on 28 September 2016, Deputy Director General Ruxandra Draghi-Akli announced an EU investment of over 40 million Euro in research and research infrastructures to help us understand the Arctic, the changes it is undergoing and how this impacts on the rest of the planet. The four major projects to be funded will start before the end of this year. Through them, the EU will give a major boost to the creation of an international, integrated Arctic Observation system.

The projects have attracted international partners well beyond the EU including from the USA, Canada, South Korea, China and Russia, and will put the EU in a leading position in Arctic Observation.

The 22 countries attending the Arctic Ministerial, together with the EU, signed a Joint Statement agreeing to work together to enhance and deepen scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic, specifically in the following areas:

  • Identifying Arctic science challenges and their regional and global implications
  • Strengthening and integrating Arctic observations and data sharing
  • Applying expanded scientific understanding of the Arctic to build regional resilience and shape global responses
  • Empowering Citizens through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, leveraging Arctic science
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Commission to invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation in 2017

The new H2020 Work Programme for SC5 is now available and a budget of almost €400 million out of the total of €8.5 billion is dedicated to research and innovation in Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials sectors for 2017.

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A fresh splash for Aquaculture

EU funded project IDREEM improves environmental and economic efficiency in EU aquaculture by facilitating a circular economy of reduced environmental impact and increased productivity.

Shortlist of the BiodivERsA 2015-2016 COFUND call: 26 pan-European projects recommended for funding (€33m)

The BiodivERsA network, supported by the European Commission, launched a call last year for research into how we can build more sustainable ecosystems (i.e. forests and bog-lands), as well as the delivery of ecosystem services (i.e SMEs focussed on the sustainability of our ecosystems). The 26 projects shortlisted and recommended for funding have been announced, with a focus on two themes:

  • Theme #1: Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services
  • Theme #2: Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land-, river- and sea-scapes (habitat connectivity, green and blue infrastructures, and naturing cities) to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services

The projects selected for funding will be announced by October 2016.

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20 January

Polar research warms up

Photo from the locationIn northern Sweden, some 150km inside the Arctic Circle where winter temperatures can fall to -45c, it's thaw season. Futuris went to meet a group of biologists studying the basic mechanisms used by plants to survive in this challenging ecosystem.And the variety of colours of their flowers is one of those survival mechanisms as pollinating insects are attracted by their colours.

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