KEP thematic seminar – nature-based solutions for key urban challenges
29 May 2018, European Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 52
How can nature-based solutions in cities and in the peri-urban areas improve recreation and wellbeing of citizens, whilst enhancing the quality of the 18% of Natura 2000 areas which are located in urban areas? The seminar, taking place on 29 May in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), aims to look into innovative solutions which help implementing the Nature Directives. It will address pressing urban and regional challenges like flood protection, wellbeing and health, and the protection of our natural capital for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. At the same time, the European Commission (EC) aims to gather information on the regions' research and innovation needs and obstacles which may be hindering them from investing in nature-based solutions.
The seminar is part of the events within the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) that is a concept jointly developed by the CoR and EC. In 2018, the KEP will address the themes of Innovating cities with nature & nature-based solutions and cultural heritage.
E2Tech4Cities Brokerage and Pithing Event 2018
7 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium
E²Tech4Cities 2018 – Energy & Efficiency Technologies for Cities – is back with a 4th editon of its highly visible brokerage event organized by Enterprise Europe Brussels.
Also this year, the B2B event will be hosted by hub.brussels (former impulse.brussels) at the occasion of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 #EUSEW2018 and the Brussels Exporters day
UKRO Conference 2018
21-22 June 2018, Southampton, United Kingdom
Each year the UK Research Office organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers.
The 2018 edition will take place from Thursday 21 until Friday 22 June at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton, UK. The UKRO Conference 2018 will include a number of expert speakers, predominantly from the European Commission and its Executive Agencies in Brussels, but also from the UK Research Councils.
EU funding practitioners and evaluators will also help to inform and stimulate discussions with the participants. Registration is now open!
Book your place before 20 April 2018 for the early bird rate.
STEMM Equality Congress
11-12 October 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The STEMM Equality Congress 2018 will offer delegates an opportunity to hear from and interact with thought leaders in equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, policy and practice in STEMM worldwide.
Building on some of the key themes and issues presented during the 2017 congress, 2018 will focus on inter-sectionality, sharing success stories from around the world, practical measures that are working for other organisations, local challenges that organisations are facing, the tools they are using to address these challenges and how these tools can be applied in other countries and regions.
In 2018 special attention will be given to presentations from emerging countries and the latest themes. Attended by over 350 leading researchers, policy makers, equality staff, the private sector, academic staff, government representatives and NGOs from across the globe, the 2018 congress offers a perfect opportunity to network, learn and collaborate to achieve greater equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM.
Events earlier this year
Science Café with Michal Hejcman
23 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium
Science Café with Michal Hejcman is an unconventional open discussion with theme "When botany and chemistry meet archaeology?".
Prof. Michal Hejcman is a recognized interdisciplinary scientist and works in the fields of environmental chemistry, agronomy and botany. His research is focused on patterns of human subsistence across time and space. He conducts investigations of deserted human settlements and has participated in various archaeological excavations from Israel to Iceland.
Prof. Hejcman leads the research group Human Adaptability Studies at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.
Climate-intelligent city (eco)design: the benefits of urban climate services
22 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium
Due to the high concentration of people, infrastructure and economic activity, cities are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as heat waves and flash floods.
In addition, dense concentrations of impervious artificial surfaces, such as buildings, roads, and pavements – typical of urban areas – tend to amplify climate extremes, and hence costs.
Given this vulnerability, it is clear that cities are in need of tailor-made urban climate information that accounts for their particular physical and socio-economic characteristics so as to assist decision-making at local government level.
Cities have a unique opportunity to use advanced climate services to become greener, safer and to enhance the quality of life of their inhabitants. This two-hour event, organised within the framework of the H2020 project Climate-Fit, will showcase how three urban sectors – urban planning, active mobility and emergency management – benefit from tailored urban climate services and facilitate the (eco)design of intelligent cities.
Speakers include urban climate information providers and users (city planners) as well as EU and national decision-makers. Cities, regions, businesses and EU officials are invited to discuss and challenge the market potential of urban climate services while learning about their benefits.
The event is free of charge. Lunch will be served before the event from 12:00. Register using the registration form available on the event website and discover the opportunities climate services present for your city!
26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition -EUBCE 2018
14-18 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark
As one of the world’s leading R&D conference combined with an international exhibition, the EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass.
Be part of the 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition and present your results to specialists and decision makers operating at the top end of the biomass and bioenergy sector.
Submit your abstract by 6th November 2017.
Run4Life@IFAT / The Virtuous Circle of Nutrient Recovery
17 May 2018, Munich, Germany
The Run4Life H2020 project will be present at the upcoming IFAT trade fair in Munich on May 17th! Domestic wastewater is an important carrier of resources, especially water and nutrients.
The Run4Life project demonstrates an alternative strategy for improving nutrient recovery. At 4 sites in Europe, for the first time nutrients will be recovered from domestic waste streams of several 100 dwellings.
The involvement of end users and other stakeholders is a fundamental part in achieving institutional, legal and social acceptance.
A Stakeholder Engagement Event is being organised, in cooperation with the European Sustainable Phosphorous Platform, solution providers, EU projects on resource recovery, and other stakeholders.