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The road ahead for digital social innovation

26 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

How can the European Union can support the growing field of digital social innovation (DSI), which offers huge potential to harness collaborative and open technologies to tackle some of Europe's biggest challenges?

This is the question at the heart of this high-level workshop. Organise by the Horizon 2020-funded DSI4EU project, this workshop will bring together senior officials from EU institutions, foundations, think tanks, civil society and DSI practitioners.

It will showcase the potential of DSI in priority areas for the European Commission, discuss and refine ideas for future policy agendas, explore how we can bring the “digital” into social innovation and use DSI to help shape more responsible technology, and provide ample opportunity for networking.

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Städte als Keimzellen der Energiewende in Europa gefördert in Horizon 2020

22 May 2019, Berlin, Germany

Cities are the foundation of the energy transition. The European energy and climate goals can only be achieved through the engagement of cities. The Framework Programme Horizon 2020 for Research and Innovation promotes new solutions for implementing the energy transition.

The German National Contact Point (NCP) for Energy organizes a panel discussion which focuses on “Cities as foundation of the energy transition” at “Berliner Energietage 2019”, one of the most influential energy events in Germany.

Representatives from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and DG ENER discuss the chances and advantages of a participation in the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 with experienced project partners from cities and communities.

The panel discussion gives room for the audience to access detailed information, to ask questions and receive customised advice. Afterwards experts offer personal consultations.

The panel discussion will be held in German.

Registration is required. 

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European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) 2019

28-31 May 2019, Lisbon, Portugal

Come to the only conference in Europe that brings together academia, government, business and community in a cooperative approach to improve learning and knowledge exchange in order to deliver optimal solutions.

Interaction and collaboration with the disaster risk reduction (DRR) community is a critical element in improving climate change adaptation (CCA), as the communities share similar goals and activities. Bringing the two groups together is particularly important in relation to the goals and targets of the three major international agreements: Paris, Sendai Framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals.

ECCA 2019 will offer an inspiring opening plenary and a business plenary to address major challenges together with top speakers from the sector and your own choice of eight parallel sessions to delve into more specific issues.

Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) Lisbon will host the conference indoors. After three productive days of sessions at ECCA 2019, we invite our delegates to enjoy the last day of the conference (31st May 2019) with an excursion, where you can find out more about climate change action while enjoying the sights of Lisbon and its neighboring municipalities.

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Collaboration for the impactful Earth system science - European research infrastructures

4 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Welcome to Learn and Discuss.

It's an interactive event combining talks, panel discussions, and science market format – all discussing the European Environmental Research Infrastructures and the results of their joint collaboration

  • The societal impact of European Environmental Research Infrastructures
  • The key role of European Environmental Research Infrastructures in the global Earth observations
  • The strategy of the Environmental RIs for the future
  • The added value in collaboration, sharing expertise and resources across the Earth system disciplines 

This event is organized by the ENVRIplus, an H2020 project supporting the collaboration among the environmental and Earth system research infrastructures

A more detailed agenda, information on the venue, registration and other practical details will be available soon on our website


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Inspired by Nature: Combining Natural and Engineered Systems in Water Management

9 April 2019, Berlin, Germany

The Horizon 2020 project AquaNES will present their innovations in cooperation with BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues, the leading platform for exchange on water-related issues, based in Berlin.

During the conference each of the 13 AquaNES projects will be presented in various ways: there will be lectures, interactive workshops with the participants of the conference and a huge gallery-tour.

Furthermore we are proud to have Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator and Director of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO WWAP) as our keynote speaker. Corinne Trommsdorff of the IWA will give an inspirational lecture on the Water-Wise Cities Initiative.

Please klick here to see our preliminary program.
To get an impression of BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues, please click here.
The conference will be free of charge.

Participants must register here.

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Towards a circular agro-food industry

4 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

New opportunities for the uptake of circular business models in the agro-food industry are emerging across the world to address climate challenges and contribute to the revitalisation of rural areas.

The BIOrescue project is one of them: through a circular biorefinery concept, the project is transforming waste from the agro-food industry into new bio-based products for agricultural uses.

On behalf of the BIOrescue consortium, Greenovate! Europe is pleased to invite you to the final project conference “Towards a circular agro-food industry”, that will be held on 4 April 2019, in Brussels (Thon EU, rue de la Loi 75).

The event will discuss the upcoming and desired evolutions of the European policy framework towards the development of a circular bioeconomy in the agro-food industry.

This will be the chance for policy-makers, industry and trade association representatives, civil society groups and all interested stakeholders to discover and debate existing opportunities to foster the adoption of circular business models in the European agro-food sector.

Join our event to share your views and explore the circular business practices that will shape the agro-food industry of tomorrow! 

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EU Research and Innovation for Cities of the Future

21 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Registration for the EU Research and Innovation for Cities of the Future event, jointly organized by the URBAN Intergroup of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation is now open.

This joint event will show how EU funded Research and Innovation actions are driving Sustainable Urban Development to address major urban challenges.

The event aims to:

  • Inform Members of the European Parliament, City Leaders, policy makers, academia, private sector, industry and innovation firms on the substantial evidence knowledge base from EU funded Research and Innovation projects /initiatives /actions
  • Discuss EU R&I emerging findings, challenges and opportunities building on the main highlights of the draft High-Level Expert Group report on “Innovating Cities
  • Support knowledge transfer towards sustainable urban transition, tapping on the existing EU funding instruments.

Secure your spot at the event that brings together European Parliament (MEPs), city leaders and policy-makers, innovation providers, representatives of cities networks, pioneers from technology and economics, European Institutions senior representatives and UN agencies.

The event is structured around 3 sessions, including inspirational talks, panel discussions and representative case studies from Horizon 2020 ongoing demonstration projects.

The event will be at the European Parliament (Room ASP 3E2) on Thursday 21 March (14:30-17:30)

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Supporting effective ocean governance. The role of Responsible R&I and Ocean Literacy

18-20 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

#OceanDialogues2019 is a joint event between the H2020 research projects MARINA and ResponSEAble - in cooperation with the European Parliament – SEARICA intergroup & IOC-UNESCO - on the role of *Ocean Literacy* and *Responsible Research and Innovation* in supporting effective Ocean Governance.

The aim of the 2019 Ocean Dialogues is to identify solutions for the development of a sound ocean knowledge system that can support effective ocean governance, by addressing challenges such as engagement, co-creation and shared responsibility.

It will provide inputs to the Preparatory process of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The outcome of the Ocean Dialogues 2019 will be a manifesto which will be presented and discussed at a dedicated policy workshop organised at the European Parliament. 

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