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Circular Economy in Visegrad Group (V4) Countries - current state and challenges

1 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

A circular economy is an industrial system that replaces the ‘end-of-life’ concept with restoration, shifts towards the use of renewable energy, eliminates the use of toxic chemicals, which impair reuse, and aims for the elimination of waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems, and, within this, business models.

The elements of circular economy include: - waste management, - a strict differentiation between consumable and durable components of a product, replacement the concept of a consumer with that of a user, - energy efficiency.

A circular economy requires improvements in material selection and product design (circular design), innovative business models, increase in general awareness and creation the skill base. A transition towards circular economy will therefore generate new jobs, increase productivity and will boost R&I activities.

The latter may be treated as a circular economy enablers. The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials.

For all V4 countries implementation of a circular economy is a chance for a faster economic growth respecting sustainability principle and taking into account social needs. The aim of the event is to share experience of V4 countries in implementation of circular economy, presentation of the best practices in this field including social innovation and discussion of main challenges.

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5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will focus on science & skills for renewables integration

2 June 2017, Leuven, Belgium

From 31 May to 2 June 2017, KU Leuven (Belgium) hosts the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE) on the SET-Plan Core Priority “N°1 in Renewable Energy”.

The event intends to stimulate discussion among university leaders on the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes.

The conference will also offer specific opportunities for “clustering” knowledge, in which research and education leaders from different disciplines will present their views on the specific priorities of the SET-Plan.

The event is the fifth of the series of six events aiming to mobilise Europe’s university community in the field of energy. It carries forward the activities outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” published in December 2016.

Through the event, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions for new paradigms in energy higher education and research in the specific field of renewables integration.

EUA and the UNI-SET consortium have launched a Call for Contributions welcoming proposals for parallel sessions in form of good practices and initiatives (download the Call for Contributions on the event`s website).

The ECE themes are based on the priorities of the SET-Plan

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5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will focus on science & skills for renewables integration

2 June 2017, Leuven, Belgium

From 31 May to 2 June 2017, KU Leuven (Belgium) hosts the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE) on the SET-Plan Core Priority “N°1 in Renewable Energy”. The event intends to stimulate discussion among university leaders on the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes.

The conference will also offer specific opportunities for “clustering” knowledge, in which research and education leaders from different disciplines will present their views on the specific priorities of the SET-Plan.

The event is the fifth of the series of six events aiming to mobilise Europe’s university community in the field of energy. It carries forward the activities outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” published in December 2016.

Through the event, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions for new paradigms in energy higher education and research in the specific field of renewables integration. EUA and the UNI-SET consortium have launched a Call for Contributions welcoming proposals for parallel sessions in form of good practices and initiatives (download the Call for Contributions on the event`s website).

The ECE themes are based on the priorities of the SET-Plan. For any enquiries please contact uni-set@eua.be

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GLOBAL VALUE virtual launch

12-14 June 2017, Vienna, Austria

GLOBAL VALUE is launching a toolkit based on three years of research on corporate impact measurement & management between 12-14 June 2017. Join the virtual launch and participate in exciting live sessions, keynotes, webcasts and group chats.

Find out what the Sustainable Development Goals are and how they are relevant to your organization.

Explore tools and guidance on how to measure your sustainability impacts and manage for global value.

Get to know the GLOBAL VALUE toolkit with plenty of resources to get you started. T

he event is free of charge and open to all stakeholders.

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MARITIME CUISINE MEETS SUSTAINABLE TOURISM. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

11 May 2017, BOULOGNE SUR MER, France

The Mobilisation and Mutual Learning workshop « Maritime Cuisine Meets Sustainable Tourism » is organised in the framework of the MARINA project funded by Horizon 2020 programme and hosted by Nausicaa - Centre National de la Mer in France. I

t will bring together European and national representatives from tourism and seafood industry, researchers, policy makers, civil society and citizens.

They will share knowledge and expectations, define a common vision and propose a roadmap of recommendations based on Responsible Research and Innovation dimensions in response to triggering questions:

  • How can sustainable seafood production and consumption contribute to competitive and sustainable coastal and maritime tourism in Europe?
  • How can coastal and maritime tourism drive sustainable seafood production and consumption?
  • What types of Responsible Research and Innovation actions should be put in place to achieve this?

 

The workshop results will be freely accessible on the MARINA Knowledge Sharing Platform (www.marinaproject.eu ) and taken forward to shape the further work of the project and to inform future policy and 
research.

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European Geosciences Union

23-28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences.

The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

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Nanomaterials: Industrial Workshop on Safe-By-Design

24-25 April 2017, Bilbao, Spain

Introduction of the Safe-By Design concept and tools developed for nanomaterials that are available for industry to use.

The event is aimed at industrial companies who can benefit from the use of Safe-By-Design in their nanomaterial production and use.

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Opportunities for a Knowledge and Innovation Community in Urban Mobility

29 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium

It is our pleasure to invite you to the conference 'Opportunities for a Knowledge and Innovation Community in Urban Mobility', organised by the European Commission that will take place in les Ateliers des Tanneurs (60A rue des Tanneurs), Brussels, Belgium on 29 March 2017.

The European Commission recognises the essential role of entrepreneurship, skills training, business development, and demonstration actions to advance innovation in the field of urban mobility, and bring together representatives from businesses, research centres and universities to enable world-class education, innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in Europe.

At this event you will have a unique opportunity to build networks with other key players in the field and hear about plans for a potential EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in Urban Mobility in Europe, which is planned to be published by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) in early 2018.

Around 150 representatives from all sectors and across the EU are expected to come to this event for a chance to learn more about the prospect of collaborating for innovative urban mobility as part a potential KIC application.

This event is a great opportunity to share and to develop plans how to participate in and shape Europe's urban mobility future! Come along and be ready for the planned call for the KIC in Urban Mobility in 2018! As space is limited, we encourage you to register at the earliest opportunity!

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