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BiodivERsA and Belmont Forum 2017-2018 Joint Call for Research Proposals on: “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”

Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 international call for research proposals on “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”. The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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SC5 2017 Information Day - Calls 2018

The Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" - 2018 calls - will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels in the European Commission's Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170.

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Estonian Presidency conference - Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use

As part of the Presidency of the Estonian Republic of the Council of the European Union, a flagship conference “Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use” will be organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and the University of Tallinn. The conference will be held in Tallinn from 24 to 26 October 2017.

Nature-based solutions (NBS) offer ways of tackling societal challenges such as climate change, water security, food security, human health, and others though sustainable management and use of nature. For example, greening roofs or walls of buildings in urban areas can keep temperatures cooler during hot seasons, capture storm water, reduce air pollution, and increase human well-being while enhancing biodiversity.

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The Public Consultation on PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) is now open!

You are invited to contribute to the PRIMA Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) that focuses on 8 major themes:

  • Smart and sustainable farming
  • Water-saving solutions
  • Nutrition/Mediterranean diet
  • Food and Water chain efficiency
  • Reduction of impact of pest and pathogens in farming
  • Innovative business models in agri-food industry
  • Land and water sustainability in arid and semi-arid watersheds
  • Policies and governance of water management systems

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19 October

Legumes see new life in flowerpots

Photo of a researcher in actionEach year in Europe, the food industry discards millions of tonnes of vegetable residue and legumes. In Italy, scientists are using these leftovers to make bioplastics, an innovative and ecological material.

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23 October 2017, Room Continental C RONALD REAGAN CONFERENCE CENTRE WASHINGTON DC USA - EuroGEOSS launch event at GEO-XIV Plenary

23-24 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium - European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future

23 October 2017, Room Continental C RONALD REAGAN CONFERENCE CENTRE WASHINGTON DC USA - EuroGEOSS launch event at GEO-XIV Plenary

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