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10 years ERA-NET Bioenergy - Research results and future strategies

11 November 2014, Hanover, Germany

RESEARCH FOR THE AGRI-FORESTRY SECTOR, BIO-BASED INDUSTRIES, ENERGY CONSUMERS AND FOR SOCIETY - This conference brings together selected key members of the agri-forestry sector to showcase the results of innovative projects in the fields of sustainable forest management, optimised use of lignocellulosic resources, biogas production and energy crops.

We will also take a policy view of the sector and discuss strategic direction, suitability and use of Era-Nets for the agri-forestry sector. The event takes place in the frame of the International trade fair for innovative energy supply Energy Decentral (www.energy-decentral.com). Participants thus have the chance to enlarge their networks and pick up innovative solutions for an independent, decentralised energy supply. 

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2015 calls Information Day for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

17 November 2014, Brussels

This Infoday is for anyone who wants to carry out a European project related to the Societal Challenge 5 and would like to know more about the objectives of Work Programme 2015 and application procedures.

The purpose of the Information Day is to present the calls under Work Programme 2015 to the potential applicants as well as to provide guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals. Six brokerage sessions planned in the afternoon will be an opportunity for participants to network with other potential applicants.

The Infoday will take place in the Albert Borschette Conference Centre, rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels.

Languages The event will take place in English. No interpretation is foreseen.

Travel and Accommodation Please note that while attendance is free of charge, you will have to cover your your travel and accommodation expenses and will need to make your own arrangements. We recommend to book your hotel early.

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Save the Planet - Waste Management, Recycling, Environment

11-13 March 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

Keeping pace with the market trends and demand ‘Save the Planet’ encourages the waste and recycling technology transfer to South-East Europe. It will provide participants with a quick market entry and opportunity to meet face-to-face state and municipal representatives e.g. government officials, mayors, ecologists; branch associations; investors and entrepreneurs; executives from the sectors: waste management, recycling, ecology and related industry branches.

Scope: waste collection, transportation, waste treatment, landfill management and operations, waste-to-energy and recycling, services.

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1st International Symposium on Sustainable Aviation (ISSA-I)

31 May - 3 June 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

The aviation industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It can be viewed as making a positive contribution to sustainability. ISSA, international, multi-disciplinary symposium, aims to address current issues in the field of aviation such as improving aircraft fuel efficiency, fostering use of biofuels, minimising environmental impact, mitigating GHG emissions and reducing of engine and airframe noise.

The Symposium welcomes a large number of topics such as: Sustainable aviation and aerospace vehicle Sustainable aircraft, helicopters, missiles, launchers and satellites design, technological change, innovation, research and development Mathematical modeling, numerical/experimental methods, optimization Green aircraft Green airlines Green airports Green engine Green aerospace vehicle Renewable energy sources; alternative/green aviation fuels Energy recovery systems, alternative/renewable/clean energy technologies Life cycle design and life cycle assessment; cost efficiency; waste / recycling Environmental Modelling & Software Environmental impacts and measurement techniques: emissions/noise/radiation, global warming/climate change Mathematical modeling, numerical/experimental methods, optimization Air conditioning and refrigeration applications of aircrafts Energy, exergy, performance analysis, flight mechanics and computational fluid dynamics Energy Exergy Performance analysis Flight mechanics Computational fluid dynamics Propulsion technologies for aerospace vehicles Combustion instabilities, innovative combustion technologies Mathematical modeling, numerical/experimental methods, optimization Avionics and auto control Avionics Auto control Aerospace vehicle materials, measurement techniques and sensors Design, management, planning, development Aerospace vehicle strategic planning, governmental legislation, policy-making Aviation management, fleet planning/scheduling; air traffic management; future air transport Airport design, management, planning, development Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; airworthiness, reliability/safety.

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Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE)

17-19 June 2015, Nottingham, UK

Nottingham Trent University is pleased to be hosting the first international conference to examine Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) in the context of sustainability. This ground-breaking event will include keynote presentations, discussion, debate and workshops, an exhibition and gallery of artefacts, and a gala dinner.

The conference will review current research on how and why increased product lifetimes have become an important element in resource efficiency, waste reduction and low carbon strategies for sustainability. Academic researchers, industry representatives and policy stakeholders will share knowledge and experience on the influence that product longevity has on environmental, economic and social sustainability.

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Brokerage Event Energy Environment

9 October 2014, Lille, France

A brokerage event on Energy and Environment is organised by J’innove network, the Regional council of the Nord-Pas de Calais with the support of Entreprise Europe Network and the Tandem Interreg project France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen.

The aim of this event is to connect the research and innovation stakeholders willing to participate at the Energy and Environment challenges of Horizon 2020 framework program. The participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss about their project ideas. This event will allow you to make new contacts and find partners! The brokerage event is also an opportunity to meet European projects experts (research centres, funding opportunities and support for the project) during B2B meetings or in stands. The aim of bilateral meetings (B2B) is to give space to the participants for a discussion about opportunities for collaboration in the field of energy and environment.

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ICEPR 2014 - 4th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation

11-13 August 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

ICEPR is a series of international conferences which are held yearly. These conferences focus on all aspects of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology.The aim of ICEPR'14 is to bring together the Canadian and international community working in the field of environmental sciences, engineering, and technology, and to foster an environment conducive to present advances in this field.

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CAPS2014

1-2 July 2014, Brussels

CAPS2014 is a two-day international event, organised under the aegis of the European Commission. On July 1, the CAPS2014 OFF part of the event, held at The Egg, will offer a dynamic schedule of talks, unconferences, workshops, hands-on sessions and networking moments. On July 2, the CAPS2014 Conference part, held at the European Commission, will provide participants with an overview of current projects and initiatives, and with detailed information of the upcoming CAPS Call under Horizon 2020.

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Euroscience Open Forum - ESOF 2014

21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen

ESOF2014 offers a platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges.

The 2014 meeting is entitled “Science Building Bridges”. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of science in the public and to strengthen the effective “bridges” between science and society.

The scientific programme, covering 8 themes, consists of keynote lectures, seminars, workshops and engaging formats for debating the latest research.

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EUSEW 2014 EDE: Pilot Scheme 1 (PS-1)

23 June 2014, Tervuren (near Brussels) Belgium

The EUSEW 2014 Energy Day Event on Pilot Scheme 1 (PS-1) - achieving and sustaining city society well-being and quality of life with smart cities. How to integrate the bubbles together? - shall explore the complexities of interdisciplinary integration.

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Mobilising Europe's Universities for Smart Specialisation

20 June 2014, Brussels

The European Commission and the European University Association is convening a high level conference on the role of universities in smart specialisation in Brussels. The agenda includes four cases studies of university-regional partnerships in the development of Smart Specialisation Strategies, as well as presentations on EU support by the Director Generals for Regional Policy, Research and Education

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Summer School on Catalysis of Biomass

8-11 June 2014, Líblice (Czech Republic)

The summer school is organized in the frame of the European project CAScade deoxygenation process using tailored nanoCATalysts for the production of BiofuELs from lignocellullosic biomass.

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International conference MELPRO - membrane and electromembrane processes

18-21 May 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

The main topics are membrane and electromembrane processes and also the integrated membrane processes. The programme includes Student’s Competition and Student’s Award, Exhibition of Industrial and Innovative Companies, and an excursion to the industrial partner.

The conference is held by Czech membrane Platform together with the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Among other partners are the European Membrane Society, European Membrane House and EU-Russia Year of Science 2014. This conference takes place between 18th-21st May 2014 in Prague. End of February is the deadline for sending abstracts and for registering at a reduced price. CZEMP and EMS members have register fee discount.

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European Maritime Day - DG RTD session

19-20 May 2014, Bremen, Germany

Join us at the European Maritime Day on 19-20th May in Bremen!

This year’s European Maritime Day will focus on “Innovation driving Blue Growth” and on this occasion the EU Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation is organising a thematic session on 20 May in Bremen, Germany, titled “Ocean technologies: an investment for sustainability”.

The session will be a discussion forum on possible ways to enhance European marine and maritime leadership through innovation and research.

It will present concrete examples that can contribute to unlock the innovation potential of seas and oceans in a sustainable way. The event will also be the place to identify innovation challenges and to demonstrate the ocean technologies' innovation and growth potential for multiple "Blue Growth" sectors and their benefit for society.

Several stakeholders' workshops featuring European research projects will also take place. Check them out

Several EU projects such as ECO2, MICROB3, BONUS or Sea For Society will take part in the exhibition while Commissioner Damanaki will present the awards to the winner of each of the 14 countries participating in the MARLISCO 's project video competition.

You will find the programme and all relevant information on the website.

Don't forget to register: https://emd2014.sharpdev.be/default.aspx

Since 2008, the European Maritime Day is celebrated across Europe on 20 May to raise awareness on the maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs.

It is the European flagship event on the Integrated Maritime Policy with participation of high-level speakers from all over Europe.

We look forward to celebrating European Maritime Day 2014 with you in Bremen!

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Adaptation Futures 2014 - Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

12-16 May 2014, Fortaleza, Brazil

The Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2014 (Adaptation Futures 2014) will be the link between the research community and the users of climate change adaptation information at regional and global scale.

The conference will focus on climate impacts and adaptation options. It will bring together scientists and decision makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share research approaches, methods and results. It will explore the way forward in a world where impacts are increasingly observable and adaptation actions are increasingly required.

The conference will be held at the facilities of the new Centro de Eventos do Ceará, in the City of Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil.

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Renaturing Cities: Addressing Environmental Challenges and the Effects of the Economic Crisis through Nature-Based Solutions

13-14 May 2014, Brussels

The European Commission (Directorate for Climate Action and Resource Efficiency) is organising this two-day conference under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The aim of the Conference is to highlight innovative tools, strategies and best practices in the field of Nature Based Solutions that European cities are adopting in order to combine tradition and modernity while addressing environmental challenges and the impacts of the economic crisis.

Mr Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for "Climate Action and Resource Efficiency" will open the event. Mr Christos Vasilakos, Secretary General for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic Republic will also give an opening address.

High level representatives from Academia, Urban Planning Authorities, Private Sector and International Organizations will provide keynote speeches and join the debate in a multi-stakeholder environment.

Members of the European Parliament and representatives from DG Environment, DG Regional Policy, DG Climate Action, Joint Research Centre will moderate/chair the conference sessions.

Venue: Auditorium, Madou Building, Place Madou, 1, 1210 - Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode (Brussels)
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Climate change adaptation & mitigation: key messages from IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and implications for policy and decision making

6 May 2014, Brussels

The European Commission (Directorate-General for Research & Innovation) is organising this half day event (14:00 - 17:00) which brings together policy makers, key stakeholders from the private sector, civil society representatives, scientists, advisors and high level representatives from the IPCC in order to present the key findings of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5) on climate change adaptation and mitigation, discuss their implications for policy making and for economic and societal sectors, while identifying challenges and opportunities for the future.

The Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, will open the event. High level representatives from the IPCC will provide key note speeches and present the key messages from the AR5 WG II* and WG III** Reports. The opening session will be followed by a Panel discussion. The Panel will include the Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard, the Director-General of the Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), Mr Claus Sørensen, representatives of the business sector and experts from international organisations.

Venue: Charlemagne Building, 170 rue de la Loi, B-1040 Brussels
(Registration starting at 13:00)

For more information please contact RTD-IPCC-AR5-WG-II-AND-III-OUTREACH-EVENT.
 
*IPCC Working Group II Report (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), approved at the 38th Session of the IPCC, in Yokohama, Japan, on 25-29 March 2014.

** IPCC Working Group III Report (Mitigation of Climate Change), approved at the 39th Session of the IPCC in Berlin, Germany, on 7-11 April 2014.

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First conference The Ocean of Tomorrow projects: what results so far?

26 March 2014, Brussels

On 26th March 2014, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation is organising the conference The Ocean of Tomorrow projects: what results so far?

This first conference will present early results of four ambitious and multi-disciplinary projects with a focus on understanding, mitigating and adapting to changes in the marine environment. Two projects dealing with the sustainable exploitation of marine biodiversity will also be showcased.

The event will include a panel discussion with high-level experts to take stock and to put forward their views concerning how marine and maritime research could be developed under Horizon 2020.

Check-out the draft programme.

You must register to participate! Registration will open soon, check regularly our dedicated webpage.

Due to the size of the meeting room, registrations will be accepted on a «first come-first served» basis.

For further information, please contact: RTD-CALL-OCEAN@ec.europa.eu

Take a dive into the The Ocean of Tomorrow projects here !

More information on the programme and registration soon

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Horizon 2020 national launch events and thematic events

1 January - 17 March 2014, Various locations in Europe

UPDATED: Bulgarian and Croatian web sites added (10/2/2014)

This is a handy, one-page overview of all the national launch events and thematic events related to Horizon 2020. The "summary of events" page linked to below will be updated as more information becomes available.

The table includes past events as well as those that have not yet taken place.

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SMART CITIES

5-7 March 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

The first South-East European Smart Cities event will focus exclusively on Intelligent Energy, Intelligent Mobility & Transport, Intelligent Emergencies Management and ICT, Intelligent Waste Management. Smart Cities Exhibition and Conference are the logical successor of Smart Buildings Expo 2013. The event will be held in parallel to the 10th Forum and Exhibition on Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and Waste Management & Recycling.

 

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Save the Planet - SEE Conference and Exhibition on Waste Management, Recycling, Environment

5-7 March 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

Save the Planet Exhibition and Conference encourages the technology transfer to the South-East European market, which is in major need of advanced equipment in the waste management, recycling and environment sectors. It will provide participants with a quick market entry opportunity – they will meet face-to-face new partners and customers searching for innovative products & services needed to achieve their waste minimization and recycling goals.

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10th Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Forum and Exhibition for South-East Europe

5-7 March 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

The EE & RE Forum and Exhibition corresponds to the world trends and presents latest energy efficient solutions, systems for energy storage, technologies for the production of bio-, hydro, solar, geothermal and wind energy, energy from waste and electric vehicle innovation. The event will bring together for the 10th year in a row all relevant players from the Region: from the energy sector, grid operators and utilities, building industry, finance and state administration.

 

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Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

13-17 February 2014, Chicago

The AAAS annual meeting is among the world's largest and most prestigious general scientific event, gathering thousands of international scientists, policy makers and science journalists. The programme typically includes keynote speeches, scientific symposia, an exhibition, and press briefings on recent scientific discoveries.

This year's event focuses on "Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation", and the European Commission is organising a number of scientific symposia each highlighting different aspects of impact of EU-funded research and innovation.

The Commission's Deputy Director-General for Research & Innovation, Rudolf Strohmeier, will hold a press briefing on 'Destination Europe: research funding opportunities across the Atlantic', and will participate in three scientific symposia. The Commission will also have a booth at the exhibition where conference participants can find out about career and funding opportunities in the EU.

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Water Innovation in Action - €50 million to support innovative solutions in water-related challenges

24 January 2014, Brussels

The European Commission has approved funding for 11 new projects aiming at promoting innovative solutions for water-related challenges. The projects, which involve the collaboration of 179 partners from research organisations and private companies (more than 70 partners are SMEs), will lead to the effective implementation of European directives and policies while creating market opportunities for European industry and SMEs. Furthermore, they will contribute to the aims of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water.

The €50 million funds are included in the 2013 Environment call of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and will involve partners from 19 European countries.

These 11 innovative demonstration projects will be presented during a one-day event which will take place on the 24th January 2014 at the CHARLEMAGNE building in Brussels. The event will also be an occasion to discuss the key challenges of the water-related initiatives at the European and International level  and explore the possibilities offered by the leverage of different funding instruments (Horizon 2020, structural funds, etc.).

For further information, please contact RTD-ENV-WATER-INNO@ec.europa.eu

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Infoday on ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon 2020

16 January 2014, Brussels

The infoday will include a general introduction on Public-Public Partnerships under Horizon 2020 and provide you with detailed information on the features of the ERA-NET Cofund actions including the provisions from the model grant agreement, the relevant calls in 2014 and 2015 and information on proposal submission, evaluation, grant preparation and reporting.

 

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COBALT - Industry’s and Society’s needs for the sustainable use of raw materials in Europe: Exploring solutions for future action

28-29 November 2013, Brussels

This event is the opening conference of the FP7 project COBALT that is funded by the European Commission and runs from 2013 to 2015. The conference will bring together the EU and national representatives from industry, civil society, public authorities, research and geological surveys to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths related to sustainable raw materials supply and use in Europe. More specifically, it will look at potential solutions along the value chain from extraction to consumption and recycling at end of product life, and will also identify how industry, and in particular the manufacturing sector, can be best supported to meet the challenge of changing global material demands in ways which also deliver on social and environmental needs in relation to raw material use.

Conference admission is free of charge. For registration to the conference, please fill in and submit the online form until 15 November 2013.

 

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From Research to Action: “Resource Efficient Innovation for SMEs” - EU research community insights for a greener economy

28 November 2013, Brussels

On 28th November 2013, DG Research and Innovation will gather research organisations and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participating in EU-funded projects under the Environment Programme to discuss the role of SMEs and resource efficiency in the context of green economy.

Resource efficiency is a priority for Europe. The Europe 2020 strategy highlights the role of Research and Innovation (R&I) in enabling the transition towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Building on the experience acquired during the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) this event aims at consolidating the perspective of participants on resource efficiency, SMEs and green markets. In addition, the outcome of the event is expected to complement the results of the on-going public consultation on a Green Action Plan for SMEs.
The event is taking place in MADOU Auditorium, Place Madou 1, 1210 Brussels (Metro station “Madou”).

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High-level conference "A Joint European and African Research & Innovation Agenda on Waste Management – Economic Opportunities on Turning Waste into a Resource"

25 November 2013, Brussels

On 25th November EC DG Research and Innovation will welcome in Brussels to a high level conference stakeholders from the policy, business and research community from 30 different countries – of which 16 coming from Africa –  to discuss “Economic Opportunities on Turning Waste into a Resource”.

The conference  wants to stimulate networking, sharing of knowledge and best-practice experiences to successfully address the common challenges of waste management and recovery of raw materials and define a joint agenda.

Waste management and recovery of raw materials are more and more of a top priority for decision makers from all continents. This is particularly true for Africa, where urgent and eco-innovative solutions are needed to cope with the waste generated by a population which is expected to double by 2050. At the same time, African countries can also showcase some success stories providing very useful insights to effectively tackle the waste issue but within and outside the continent. Once these success stories from Africa are combined with the best practice examples from Europe, a new win-win landscape for both sides is created.

The conference will end with a final declaration highlighting the opportunity for Africa-EU cooperation on a common innovation agenda on waste management and recovery of raw materials.

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Going Green - CARE INNOVATION 2014

17-20 November 2013, Vienna, Austria

The International CARE Electronics Office is pleased to announce the Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2014 conference and exhibition on Electronics and the Environment. It will take place in Schoenbrunn Palace Conference Centre Vienna (Austria), which is situated in the Apothecaries’ Wing of the famous building. This Symposium is the only platform for presenting the up-to-date progress on sustainable development and the development of eco-efficient electr(on)ic & automotive products. This year’s program will feature the latest in environmental design, clean manufacturing, resource efficiency, climate change, new eco-efficient technologies, collection, reverse logistics, refurbishment, carbon trading, re-use, recycling and policy making from leading experts in industry, academia, consulting, recyclers and public area around the globe. Leading companies and institutions in green electr(on)ics will present their innovative products, processes and services at the exhibition. All companies in the electr(on)ics, automotive, solar and PV, chemical and recycling industry, power suppliers, electricity generators and distributors, contract manufacturers, material and component suppliers, service and logistic companies, collective systems, academia, consulting and public authorities (local, regional, international) are invited to attend and contribute.

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International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Eco-Innovations

18-19 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland

The conference will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives interested in advancing research on corporate sustainability and eco-innovation. It should provide a forum for business and academics to grapple with some of the most pressing problems facing businesses all over the world, and the new horizons coming from business to fill a wide range of expectations concerning sustainable development and eco-innovation.

 

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InfoDay on 2014 Calls - HORIZON 2020, SC5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials

12 November 2013, Brussels

The European Commission (Research & Innovation DG - Directorate Environment) is organising an InfoDay on 12 November on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5: Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. 

The event aims to highlight the novelties of the 2014-2015 Work Programme and will provide guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals.

This InfoDay covers only 2014 topics. A seperate InfoDay for 2015 topics will be organised at a later stage.

Please note that the registration is closed. You can watch this event online

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International Conference on Regional Climate - CORDEX 2013

4-7 November 2013, Brussels

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the European Commission (EC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are proud to hold this international conference on regional climate science

HIGH LEVEL SESSION AND STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE

The first day of the meeting will feature two important pre-conference events:

A High-Level Session with the participation of the European Commissioners for Research & Innovation Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard together with Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC where the key findings from the IPCC Working Group I Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis will be presented by Thomas Stocker and Qin Dahe, Co-Chairs of IPCC Working Group I.

This will be followed by a Stakeholder Dialogue where high level panellists will discuss how science-based regional climate information can best serve the needs of regional decision-makers. This will be featured by two keynote presentations conveyed by:

- Chris Field, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II
- Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the WMO

REGIONAL CLIMATE CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The second segment of the conference over the following three days is organised around daily themes. Each day will consist of plenary presentations followed by parallel and poster sessions. The poster sessions will have their own dedicated time for viewing thus avoiding overlap with plenary and parallel sessions.

Daily Themes

- Evaluation of CORDEX Regional Downscaling Present Climate and Future Change
- Methodologies for Regional Downscaling
- Applications of Regional Climate Information

Please see the detailed program

Venue: Charlemagne Building - Rue de la Loi 170 - B-1000 Brussels
Descriptions on how to get there can be found here.
Registration deadline: 20 October 2013 

 

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ZeroWIN - dissemination of project results

4-6 November 2013, Budapest

During the Green Electronics workshop on Resource Efficiency in the Electric and Electronics Industry participants will learn about the approach of the FP7 ZeroWIN project and its achieved results over the past 4 years, and have the opportunity to influence the ZeroWIN policy recommendations to the European Commission. Keynote speakers will discuss the challenge facing industry to eliminate waste and become resource efficient.

This workshop is for Industry representatives (small or large) and policymakers with an interest in resource efficiency, reducing waste, CO2 emissions and water use, in particular those working in the following sectors: construction, electronics, automotive or photovoltaic.

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Science for the Environment 2013

3-4 October 2013, Aarhus, Denmark

The conference's purpose is to provide input to the European Commission on the future research needs in Horizon 2020. We are calling for abstracts within the three major themes:

  • Climate action: mitigation and adaptation
  • Resource efficiency: natural resources, ecosystems, raw materials
  • Green economy: eco-innovation

Why should you attend?

  • To show how your field of research can support solutions of the grand challenges facing society
  • To help shape the future European Research Agenda in Horizon 2020
  • To meet potential partners for future Horizon 2020 calls 

The Conference is being organised by Aarhus University together with the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER).

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NanoFATE project Open Day - Nano ecotoxicology and safety assessment

25 September 2013, Wallingford, UK

NanoFATE Coordinator Claus SVENDSEN (NERC-CEH, UK) invites you to attend our Open Day (preceded by a 2-day OPEN PhD WORKSHOP - ask us about it!) On Wednesday 25 September in Wallingford (near Oxford, UK), Jason UNRINE (U. Kentucky) gives a US perspective on nano ecotoxicology. NanoFATE's own S. LOFTS & K. van GESTEL (CEH, VUA) deliver latest results on engineered nanoparticle bio-availability. Peter DOBSON (UOxf) tells of the future of nanoparticles. A. JOHNSON & R. WILLIAMS (CEH) show how NanoFATE aids integrated risk management. Please register or inquire via nanofate@ceh.ac.uk

 

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Environment and Health – Bridging South, North, East and West

19-23 August 2013, Basel, Switzerland

The ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology), ISES (International Society of Exposure Science), and the ISIAQ (International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate) invite you to the 2013 conference in Basel, hosted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH).

The conference aims at presenting recent scientific achievements in the field of exposure science and environmental health from all relevant disciplines and covering a broad range of topics.

It is the place where scientists from all continents will meet. This is the first-ever joint conference of three leading scientific societies dedicated to improving public health.

Key Topics

The conference will feature – among other issues – the following key topics:

    Assessing exposure to indoor and ambient air pollution, noise, chemicals, toxic waste and electromagnetic fields and evaluating long term health impact
  • Methodological challenges for global environmental epidemiology
  • Environmental risks in the context of rapid urbanization in resource-poor settings
  • Environmental susceptibility and resilience due to genes, co-morbidities, and socio-cultural and socio-economic factors
  • Life course environmental epidemiology
  • Linking science and policy through impact assessment
  • Indoor and outdoor environmental interventions to improve health
  • Water, sanitation and health linkages
  • Linkages between agriculture, environment and diseases of poverty
    Effect of climate change and climate variability on environment and health
  • Health impacts of natural resources development and management (e.g. extractive industry, water-resource developments)

 

 

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Dublin's Festival of Curiosity

25-28 July 2013, Dublin

Dublin’s annual festival of science & culture with FREE events for families to take place from 25 – 28 July 2013. 2012 saw a unique year long celebration of science in Dublin as over 600, 000 people took part in Dublin City of Science 2012 celebrations. Although that year may be over a brand new Festival has evolved from the energy and excitement it generated.

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin’s annual Festival of Science and Culture, will take place for the very first time this year from 25-28 July. The Festival will provide new opportunities for adults, families and children to come together and experience a hands on adventure in science, play and curious technology. The Festival will transform Dublin’s City Centre into a fun filled curiosity hub for four days in July, with free day-time events for families & children, accompanied by an evening programme of interactive science debates, discussions and shows that will intrigue and challenge the most curious of minds.

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International Workshop on Organic Matter Spectroscopy 2013 (WOMS 2013)

16-19 July 2013, La Garde, France

WOMS 2013 invites new contributions about the characterization of DOM in marine and inland waters using spectroscopic techniques, particularly fluorescence spectroscopy, coupled with advanced signal and image processing tools, among which improved data analysis, detection, clustering, separation, reconstruction, tracking and real-time monitoring.

The purpose of WOMS 2013 is to present new and effective approaches in the area of fluorescence spectroscopy for the analysis of environmental data. It is also to be a meeting place for both the signal processing community and the environmental organic matter community in order to strengthen their dialogue and interaction towards a mutual scientific topic.

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Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing

26-29 June 2013, Lisbon

The International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing aims at providing a major international forum for academics, researchers and industrial partners, from different backgrounds like engineering, architecture, design and economics, to exchange ideas in the field of sustainable intelligent manufacturing and related topics, to foster networking and collaboration among participants advancing knowledge and identifying major trends in the field.

Model cities are moving forward towards novel ecosystems, combining environmental, social and economic issues in more inclusive and integrated frameworks.

Sustainable intelligent manufacturing is regarded as a manufacturing paradigm for the 21st century, towards the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies.

New business opportunities are emerging as sustainability has become a key concern for government policies, businesses and general public.

 

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You’re all invited to the Green Week!

4-7 June 2013, Brussels

The 2013 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 4 to 7 June at The Egg Conference Centre in Brussels. This year's theme is Air quality and it will showcase relevant examples of FP7 projects.

Come and discover DG Research & Innovation’s contribution.

On 6 June, the three conference sessions organised by DG Research & Innovation will focus on:

You can attend the sessions free of charge after registration here: https://greenweek2013.sharpdev.be/default.aspx  

Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practices. Join us to learn more about the main environmental concerns in Europe, where most of our Member States have difficulties to meet the air quality limits established by current European legislation.

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21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

3-7 June 2013, Copenhagen

For over 30 years now, the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E) has combined a very renowned international Scientific Conference with an Industry Exhibition. The EU BC&E is held at different venues throughout Europe and ranks on top of the world's leading events in the Biomass sector.

This EU BC&E is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy, EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association, and other organisations. The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre JRC.

Targets and content of the EU BC&E

The Conference will discuss major issues for the biomass markets, in technical and business areas, from resource assessment to market and policy developments, drawing on leading experiences from all over Europe and worldwide. The event aims to encourage an international exchange of experience on policy, research and development, manufacturing and installation, and to be a showcase for the latest technologies. The conference is expanding its coverage on the growing issue of bioeconomy, a sector that has strong links to bioenergy where Denmark became a leading country.

Questions regarding the conference? Contact Maddalena Grassi: biomass.conference@etaflorence.it

Questions regarding the call for abstracts? Contact Maureen Yap: maureen.yap@etaflorence.it

For exhibition inquiries, contact Benjamin Pantani: biomass.exhibition@etaflorence.it

For press / media inquiries, contact Chiara Benetti: pressoffice@etaflorence.it For further information www.conference-biomass.com

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Third EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials

29-30 May 2013, Brussels

"Towards New Models in Efficient Management of Critical Materials"

Under the auspices of the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the Third EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials will be organised in Brussels, Belgium on 29 and 30 May 2013. This year, the conference will focus on the development and implementation of new models in efficient management of critical materials.

During the first day, policy makers and executives of related industries from various world regions will present different strategies to manage critical materials in a more resource efficient way.

The targeted audience comprises officials, as well as scientists, industry, academia, research centres, analysts, economists and representatives of the civil society.

The second day will be devoted to a technical workshop to advance the trilateral cooperation. Workshop participants will be invited by the workshop organisers. The latter includes a discussion on how to involve joint cooperation in science and technology and thus accelerate the needed innovation in the field.

Additional information will become available in the upcoming weeks on this website.

For further inquiries, please contact RTD-Trilateral-Conference-2013@ec.europa.eu

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Workshop - Exploitation and Commercialisation of Research Results of Multinational Consortia

29 April 2013, Brussels

The "Environmental Technologies" Unit in DG Research and Innovation is organising a one day workshop to be held in Brussels on the 29th of April 2013 on issues regarding the commercialisation of products or project results developed by multi-national consortia with the participation of SMEs from different countries.

A more insight view on these issues is of particular importance for consortia running projects within the 7th Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (FP7). In many cases, in fact, the projects have as a result products/processes to which different partners with different efforts contributed. When the projects end, then some problems can arise regarding IPR and commercialization of their product/services.

The aim of the Workshop is therefore to inform coordinators of FP7 projects on the possibilities for their products/processes of achieving the market, looking at IPR, standards and, more in general, to the exploitation of innovative solutions. Please refer to the agenda for more details.

To attend the meeting please follow the indications for registering, considering that due to capacity of the meeting room a maximum of two participants per project are allowed. 

In order to register for the workshop, please fill-in the table with the details of the participants (information required by our security services in order to grant the participants with the access to our premises) and send it back to our functional mailbox: RTD-ENV-WORKSHOP-EXPLOITATION@ec.europa.eu  

Deadline for registrations: 15/04/2013
Meeting venue:
European Commission
Building VM2 2/2
Rue Van Maerlant 2
1040 Brussels

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InfoDay on FP7 Environment Research in the specific field of water innovation demonstration projects

15 January 2013, Brussels

The European Commission (Research & Innovation DG - Directorate Environment) is organising an InfoDay on FP7 Environment Research in the specific field of "water innovation demonstration projects" on 15 January 2013 in Brussels. The event will focus on the Call FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO of the 2013 Work Programme. It aims to provide guidance on the preparation of proposals, to update proposers on recent progress by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water and to allow for brokerage amongst the participants.

Registration for this event is now closed;  the maximum registration capacity has been reached after only one month of running the registration facility.

People who have not been able to register may wish to follow this event remotely in real time from 9:00 am on 15 January through webstreaming. Instructions for the connection will be made available on this web site on 15/01/2013 before 9:00 am.

In addition, people who could not register and would be interested in submitting a three-slide presentation on their organisation and/or proposal idea may submit it before 10 January by email to RTD-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO@ec.europa.eu. Authors are invited to follow the structure given in the supporting documents on CIRCABC (see below). During the event, participants will be informed about the possibility to access these additional presentations through the event’s CIRCABC till closure of the Call.

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Denkmal

22-24 November 2012, Leipzig, Germany

With its combination of trade fair, specialist programme , practical demonstrations, award ceremonies and special presentations, Denkmal has developed an extensive service for exhibitors and visitors that enables the communication of knowledge, the exchange of experience and specialist discussions.

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FLOODrisk 2012

20-22 November 2012, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The 2nd European Conference on FLOODrisk Management will explore research advances in flood risk analysis and innovations in flood risk management practice. The conference will consider all aspects of flood risk and will cover the causes of floods, their impacts on people, property and the environment, and portfolios of risk management measures.

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Argomarine : Final Event

21-22 November 2012, Isle of Elba, Italy

The ARGOMARINE project has developed  and tested an integrated system for monitoring the marine traffic and pollution events due to carriers/commercial ships as well as recreational boats through environmental-sensitive sea areas.

 

At this final event the ARGOMARINE researchers will present  the new developed strategies and technologies to ensure safety of navigation in the Mediterranean basin.

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International Conference on "Integrated Approaches for Volcanic Risk Management"

11-12 September 2012, Hohenheim University Stuttgart, Germany

Following the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction recommendations and starting from shared existing knowledge and practices, this conference aims at presenting innovative tools and integrated cost effective methodologies to mitigate risks from various hazards on active volcanoes (prevention, crisis management and recovering).
The focus is more particularly put on integrating tools. This concerns interdisciplinary integration between different domains (e.g. inputs of social approaches in risk mapping methodologies) but also integration between the three different phases of risk management (e.g. Information System designed to be used both for risk mapping and crisis management).

This conference serves as final workshop of the FP7 MIAVITA project.  

End of registration / deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 July 2012

 

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East-Meets-West on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Congress and Exhibition

1-4 September 2012, Nicosia

The Congress is organised by the European Office of Cyprus and will explore new tools to bring researchers and enterprises together from all over the world. The Congress will serve as a highlight global event for harnessing the potential of entrepreneurship to transfer innovation ideas into products and services.
The main objective of the conference is to promote cross-national collaboration between East and West as a tool to overcome national limitations on knowledge, financial resources, technology, and services.

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Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

26-30 August 2012, Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Environmental Health across Land, Air and Sea is the theme, and it will be woven throughout the scientific presentations. The goals of the conference are to:

  • showcase ongoing interdisciplinary and international research in environmental epidemiology
  • emphasize emerging global environmental health issues
  • refine and develop new strategies to improve health impacts due to contamination of land, air and sea
  • exchange novel scientific findings and methodological approaches, including a focus on characterising the “exposome” (the combined exposures that a person receives in their lifetime) and how it relates to disease
  • highlight successful environmental interventions, including how communication with the public has helped to achieve desired health outcomes
  • provide a sustainable conferencing experience by incorporating new procedures and technologies
  • facilitate international collaboration in environmental and epidemiological research and training.

More information and practical guidance can be found on the Conference Website.

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Protection and Restoration of the Environment XI

3-6 July 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece

"Protection and Restoration of the Environment" is a well-known series of international conferences, which started in 1992, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since then they have been organized jointly by one American and one Greek University every two years.

In 2012, which marks the twentieth anniversary of the Conference series it will take place in Thessaloniki again.

The conference includes “Young Scientist Awards”, for outstanding submissions by young researchers.

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Industrial Technologies 2012

19-21 June 2012, Aarhus, Denmark

Industrial Technologies 2012 will offer integrated coverage of nanoscience and nanotechnology, materials, and new production processes (NMP).

The conference will highlight the knowledge of intensive products and processes driving European growth to 2020, identifying solutions to improve the framework conditions for innovation in Europe.

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EUROTOX 2012

17-20 June 2012, Stockholm, Sweden

The 2012 Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology will be take place in Stockholm from 17 to 20 June 2012. The scientific programme will be designed with input from toxicologists of all parts of Europe and in line with the cutting edge of toxicology and safety science. There will be poster sessions and a continuing education programme. The meeting will offer plenty of opportunities for discussions and interactions between the participants and to celebrate 50 years of toxicology organisations in Europe.

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InfoDay on FP7 Environment Research

11 June 2012, Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels

The European Commission (Research & Innovation DG - Directorate Environment) is organising an InfoDay on FP7 Environment Research on 11 June. The event aims to highlight the novelties of the 2013 Work Programme due to be published in July. It will provide guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals.

Please note that the registration is closed!

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Infoday on "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013"

6 June 2012, Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels

Save the date: The Infoday on "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" cross-thematic call will take place on 6 June in Brussels.
The Infoday is for everyone interested in the research opportunities offered by "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2013" cross-thematic call. That means researchers and research institutions, universities, industry, small and medium size enterprises, civil society organisations and National Contact Points.
The event is organised "back-to-back" with the Theme 6 "Environment (including climate change)" Infoday (11 June) to facilitate the participation of all interested parties. For more information have a look at the "Save the Date" invitation.
Registration will be possible soon through the dedicated Infoday website.

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8th edition of AR&PA

24-27 May 2012, Valladolid, Spain

AR&PA 2012, from 24th to 27th May. With the support of UNESCO and in close liaison with the European Commission, AR&PA is the major Cultural Heritage event.

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Research and Innovation at the Green Week 2012

24 May 2012, Brussels, Charlemagne Building, Salon Rouge

At the eve of the Rio+20 Conference, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation is taking stock on the EU efforts on a sustainable use of water and organises the side session: Water resources for sustainable development - an overview of the international dimension of EU research results from Johannesburg to Rio+20.

Over the past ten years, EU research has enabled considerable advances in the water sector in terms of technology development, impact assessments and its governance. The knowledge created so far is an important basis for the future sustainable development agenda. As the Rio+20 conference approaches, this session will present the main outcomes of water-related research funded by EU programmes, highlighting the role of international collaboration and innovative partnerships. The event will offer an opportunity to discuss achievements to date and remaining gaps in water research in the future sustainability agenda.

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Take off for PEGASOS - Launch event of the Airborne campaign (Zeppelin)

4 May 2012, Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei, Friedrichshafen, Germany

In May 2012, the Zeppelin New Technology (NT) will embark on a series of campaigns which will be carried out through 2012/2013. The campaigns are part of the pan-European “PEGASOS” project funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) in which 26 partners from 15 European nations are investigating the relationship between atmospheric chemistry and climate change. The Zeppelin will fly over Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and France) during three scheduled experimental flights.

The EU’s PEGASOS project (Pan-European-Gas-AeroSOl-Climate Interaction Study) is a large scale project funded by the European Commission under the auspices of the Seventh Framework Programme. The purpose of the project is to investigate key atmospheric processes and to provide the scientific basis for the design of EU-wide climate protection measures as well as improve the quality of air in Europe.

The research will also be available for global climate policy, since most of the project partners are also involved in the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference

22-27 April 2012, Montreal, Canada

International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the Polar Regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues.

From Knowledge to Action will bring together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples.

The European Commission will participate with a stand and inform about its related projects.

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Teaming up for Renewable Heating and Cooling

26-27 April 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark

The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-Platform) is teaming up with Euroheat & Power to organize its 2012 Conference on Renewable Heating and Cooling.The Conference is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of its financial support to the activities of the RHC-Platform. The event will gather experts from all over Europe to explore the possibilities for smart cities to make use of renewable energy and district heating and cooling, to provide comfort to their citizens and foster the local economy.

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3rd Marine Board Forum

18 April 2012, Brussels, Belgium

The 3rd Marine Board Forum is designed to examine emerging or future “Blue Technologies”. In this case, blue technologies are those technologies which will either be used in, or drawn from, the seas and oceans and which should have the potential to make a transformational or step-changing contribution either to marine science itself or to society.

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Restauro XIX Edition

28-31 March 2012, Ferrara, Italy

The XIX edition of theSalone is to take place at the Ferrara Fairon March 28 to 31, 2012, and is scheduled to host over 250 exhibitors (material and technology producers, museum equipment manufacturers, service providers and software designers, restoration centres, bank foundations, universities and public bodies). The seminar and conference programme is particularly comprehensive, as it will focus on very current issues by means of a new communication language, one that can foster a dialogue about the most relevant topics having to do with the preservation of our art heritage, which also happens to be the main focus of the whole event.

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Planet Under Pressure

25-29 March 2012, London, UK

Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.

The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference.

A lunch-time side session on "Horizon2020", the EU's future instrument for research and innovation support, will take place on 27 March.

Please consult the Conference Website for more information on the programme and registration.

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6th World Water Forum

12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France

Every three years since 1997, the World Water Forum mobilises creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favour of water. It gathers all stakeholders around today’s local, regional and global issues that cannot be undertaken without all stakeholders into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach.

The goal of the 6th World Water Forum is to tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unsolved. Everywhere on the planet, for all and everyone, the Right to Water (recognised by 189 states at the UN one year ago) must be guaranteed and implemented.

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Human Biomonitoring Week

28 November - 2 December 2011, Brussels, Belgium

The EU-funded twin projects COPHES/DEMOCOPHES organise a Human Biomonitoring week in order to discuss and present some of their joint work. On Wednesday, 30 November, a first open workshop will focus on Human Biomonitoring experiences in Europe, highlighting the policy implications. A press conference will be held from 11.00 to 12.30. On 1 and 2 December, two further open workshops are held on Bisphenol-A and indoor/outdoor air quality. Please consult the projects' website for more information and registration.

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COP 17 Side Event of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

2 December 2011, COP17, Durban, CCR Expo Convention Center - Room Umfolozi

The objective of the Event is to inform the Parties to the UNFCCC as well as the other interested entities and civil society on the advances of the GEO initiatives aimed at better understanding the global carbon cycle in the climate and at supporting countries in monitoring their forest resources andimplementing national MRV systems for REDD+.
The Group on Earth Observations is a voluntary partnership of governments and international
organizations that is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems
(GEOSS). It provides a framework within which these partners can coordinate their Earth observation strategies and investments, share their data, and develop new projects. In this way, GEO aims to ensure that decision makers have full access to the cross-cutting data and information that they need for addressing critical global issues.

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COP-17 Side Event Africa-EU scientific & technological cooperation in the field of climate change

28 November 2011, Durban

This side event at this year's Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will showcase examples of successful EU-Africa scientific cooperation in the field of climate change. Held at the EU Pavilion, it will focus on best practices, challenges and opportunities for development of capacities for climate change research in Africa. For more information, please consult the flyer.

EU-funded research projects contribute to the side event and other presentations held at the EU Pavilion, such as:

Mon 28/11 16.00-17.00hrs: "The HEALTHY FUTURES project: Understanding Climate change impacts on Health and adaptive capacity in Africa". Main speaker: Prof. David Taylor, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Tue 29/11, 14.00-15.00hrs: "AfriCAN Climate - The Web Platform for Uptake of Climate Related Research Results of African Relevance". Main speaker: Dr. Martha Bissmann from WIP Renewable Energies

Fri 02/12, 15.00-16.00hrs: Preliminary results of "CLICO - Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security". Main speaker: Dr. Christiane Gerstetter from the Ecologic Institute

Wed 07/12 15.00-16.00hrs: "The CLIMB project: Climate induced changes on the hydrology of Mediterranean basins: Reducing uncertainty and quantifying risk through an integrated monitoring and modelling system". Main speaker: Dr. Chairat Benabdallah, Centre de Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux

Thu 08/12 15.00-16.00hrs: "Africa-EU scientific and technological cooperation in the field of climate change: best practices, challenges and opportunities". Main speaker Luca Perez, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation

 

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Conservation and management of forests for sustainable development - Registration now open!

23-24 November 2011, Leuven, Belgium

In the International Year of Forests, the key objective of this science to policy conference is to identify how science can contribute to improved ecosystem services of forests for the benefit of the people. Through its programme and final memorandum, the conference aims to contribute to the on-going European policy processes, in particular the review of the EU Forestry Strategy, the Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information of the EU, and the EU FLEGT and REDD facilities.
Keynote speakers include representatives of the EU-funded forestry research projects FunDivEUROPE and MOTIVE.

Registration is open as of 15 July on a "first come, first served" basis.
Deadline for poster abstract submission: 15 September

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International Scientific Conference on Electromagnetic Fields and Health

16-17 November 2011, Brussels, Belgium

This scientific conference is organised under the auspices of the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. Many Europeans are worried about the potential health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF), as was revealed by a 2010 Eurobarometer. The objective of the conference is to identify the main sources of uncertainty in EMF & Health research, to identify the areas of scientific consensus on the potential health effects of electromagnetic fields, to define the key remaining knowledge gaps and to develop proposals on a strategy to address them.

 

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Workshop for Journalists on PEGASOS Airship Campaign

17 November 2011, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Prior to the Zeppelin Campaign of the EU-funded research project PEGASOS, a workshop for journalists is held at ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 17 November 2011.

The project:
In spring 2012, scientists of the EU-funded PEGASOS project will embark on a Europe-wide
research mission with a Zeppelin NT airship. The aim is to explore relationships between atmospheric chemistry and climate change. In 2012, measurement flights will take the research team to the Netherlands and then on to Italy. In 2013, the north-bound flight leads from Friedrichshafen, Germany, to Finland.

The workshop:
The scientists are currently carrying out a trial campaign to test different cabin layouts and measuring instruments for different experiments on the ground and in the air. During the workshop, journalists will have the opportunity to speak to the researchers about the campaign and the measuring techniques, and to see the equipment and how it is installed in the Zeppelin.


For further information and registration, please contact Dr. Barbara Schunk or Ms Annette
Stettien
.

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2011 Consultative Meeting - European Professionals for Health and the Environment

7-9 November 2011, Potsdam, Germany

This high level "consultative" conference will bring together scientists and policymakers in the field of environment and health. Participants will be informed of the latest scientific findings and discuss strategies for an integrated science-based environmental policy in the Europe.

 

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CLAMER Conference - Living with a Warming Ocean

14-15 September 2011, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels

The one-day conference will present key findings of the FP7 CLAMER project. Leading experts on climate change science (including a representative of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) will give presentations in the morning of 15 September, while three parallel discussion groups (on European marine policies; on science and public awareness; and on research agenda for the future) will be held in the afternoon.

The findings include:

  • results of the pan-European public poll, conducted to investigate public views and understanding about climate change and the marine environment;
  • main messages from a state-of-the-art overview of results and scientific outputs of marine climate change research in Europe.


The conference will be anticipated on the evening of 14 September with the premiere of the CLAMER documentary "Living with a warming ocean", filmed in seven European countries and focusing on the attitudes towards science communication regarding climate change and its impacts on marine waters.

Participation is free of charge, but registration for the pre-event and/or the conference and discussion groups is required.

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FP7 Information Days for the Public Private Partnerships on 'Energy-efficient Buildings, Factories of the Future and Green Cars'

11-12 July 2011, Brussels, Charlemagne building

In order to support the preparation of proposals, the Directorates General for Research & Innovation, Information Society and Media, Energy, and for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission are holding Joint Information Days on Research PPPs on 11+12 July 2011 in the Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, in Brussels.

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InfoDay on FP7 Environment Research

17 June 2011, Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels

The European Commission (Research & Innovation DG - Directorate Environment) is organising an InfoDay on FP7 Environment Research. The event aims to highlight the novelties of the 2012 Work Programme due to be published in July. It will provide guidance on proposal preparation and submission.

Sorry! Registration is no longer possible as the conference is fully booked.

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Infoday on 'The Ocean of Tomorrow 2012' coordinated topics

16 June 2011, Charlemagne Conference Centre, Brussels

The Infoday on "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2012" coordinated topics will take place on 16 June in Brussels. The Information Day is for everyone interested in the research opportunities offered by "The Ocean of Tomorrow 2012" coordinated topics. That means researchers and research institutions, universities, industry, small and medium size enterprises, civil society organisations and National Contact Points. The event is organised "back-to-back" with the Theme 6 "Environment (including climate change)" Infoday (17th June) to facilitate the participation of all interested parties. For more information have a look at the "save the date" invitation. Registration is possible through the dedicated Infoday website.

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Conference on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding

10 June 2011, Brussels

The conference is aimed at anyone interested in the development of the next Strategic Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union. Stakeholders from research institutions, industry, universities, non-governmental organisations, scientists and politicians are especially invited to take part in making EU funding more attractive and easier to access for participants.

The conference will feature high-level speakers from the European Commission, science organisations, universities, entrepreneurs and governments from across Europe and beyond.

Sorry! Registration is no longer possible as the conference is fully booked.

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Green Week "Resource Efficiency"

24-27 May 2011, Brussels

The 11th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 24 to 27 May 2011. This year's theme is "Resource Efficiency - Using less, living better". The Research & Innovation DG will be present with sessions and a stand to showcase how research and innovation help tackle the challenge of resource depletion and scarcity.

Browse the Green Week Website for more information on the conference programme and the exhibition.

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Ocean acidification: European contribution and perspectives

13 May 2011, Madou Auditorium, Madou Tower, Place Madou, Brussels

The European Project on Ocean Acidification, EPOCA, is organising an information event for policymakers and the interested public on 13 May. The morning session is dedicated to policymakers and will focus on key results of the project. The afternoon is open to the public and will showcase hands-on experiments, a virtual lab and a screening of the project movie "Tipping point".

Registration for the event is compulsory.

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Innovation Union stand at the European Commission Open Days

7 May 2011, Brussels, Berlaymont

On Saturday 7 May, the Research and Innovation DG will be represented at the Open Days of the European Commission at the Berlaymont building from 10am to 6pm.

This year, the Research and Innovation DG will present and promote the Innovation Union on our common stand with the Information Society DG.

For the occasion, we will offer several activities for visitors of all ages! So come and find us at the centre of the Berlaymont building!

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Sustainable Energy Week

11-15 April 2011, Brussels, Charlemagne building

Growing year on year and now into its fifth edition, the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the reference event for sustainable energy issues in Europe. To date more than 120 events are already planned during the Week in Brussels and some other 270 across Europe. And this number is growing by the day.

EUSEW 2011 is likely to attract more than 20 000 participants from across Europe and beyond. The Week will largely focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in Europe with a significant portion of the programme dedicated to the European energy market and smart electricity grids.

The European Commission will present information on European research in the Charlemagne building.

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3rd Paris Appeal International Congress - Children’s health and the environment

12-13 April 2011, Paris, France

This Congress will bring together several of the best international specialists and will review the latest scientific breakthroughs in the field of Children's health and environment. Not only will the whole set of chemical pollutants involved be tackled, but also sanitary effects of electromagnetic fields. This Congress will focus more specifically on transgenerational risks caused by in utero contamination of the embryo and fetus, which results in the onset of diseases and affections not only in children, but also in adults. Thus, it will deal with factors contributing to current public health scourges that we now need to halt and that may get worse tomorrow, if no laws are enforced to cut back on pollution in our environment.

The Congress is followed by a three-day international academic intensive course on Environmental Medicine at UNESCO.

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Increasing Europe's competitiveness through cultural heritage research

24 March 2011, Brussels, Belgium

The aim of this conference is to discuss the results of the EU-funded project NET-HERITAGE with stakeholders and policymakers. This ERA-NET has laid the foundations to better coordinate national research funding. Programme managers from 14 countries have identified best practice in funding. They have collected ideas on how to foster young talents. For the first time, common research priorities have been identified. In times of scarce funds, information on needs, strengths and priorities within the field of cultural heritage research is valuable for scientists and policymakers. The conference will showcase outstanding research projects and regional case studies which exemplify how the preservation of cultural heritage brings smart growth and enhances sustainable development.

Please consult the conference flyer if you would like to get registered for the conference and/ or its poster session.

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5th GEO European Projects Workshop

8-9 February 2011, London, UK

The next GEO European Projects Workshop (GEPW-5) will take place on 8 and 9 February 2011 at the Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London.  The workshop will address the preparation of the 2012-2015 GEO Workplan, the implementation of the GEOSS Data Sharing Action Plan, and the EUGENE Project on developing the "European Strategy for GEO". If you are interested in attending, please contact Jane Shiel (jane.shiel@ec.europa.eu).

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2nd “Policy meets Research”-Workshop on Sustainable Food Consumption

27-28 January 2011, Vienna, Austria

In a nutshell, the aim of CORPUS is to connect scientific evidence on sustainable production and consumption (SCP) with policy-makers’ needs in the decision-making process on SCP issues. The project is closely affiliated to the ESDN (two ESDN Steering Group countries, Finland and Austria, and RIMAS, that runs the ESDN Office, are part of the project consortium) and exchange with ESDN members is an important element of the project. Through the CORPUS knowledge platform (www.scp-knowledge.eu), policy-makers and researchers can already access the latest scientific evidence on sustainable consumption in the domains of food, mobility, and housing.

The focus of the second workshop is on policy instruments to promote more sustainable food consumption.

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Workshop on Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment

25 January 2011, Brussels, Belgium

The 2nd International Conference on Risk Assessment will be preceded (January 25) by an Introductory Workshop on Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment (IEHIA).

This workshop, organised by INTARESE, HEIMTSA and 2-FUN (three collaborative research projects, funded by the European Commission through FP6), with the support of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission, will showcase and discuss the IEHIA concept, methods, tools and worked examples the projects have been developing. This IEHIA wider framework and methodology is taking the tradition of risk assessment an important step further by considering not simply the risk assessment of environmental pollutants, but the full environmental health impacts of policies that affect health via the environment – whether or not an effect on health is the primary purpose of the policy.

The deadline for registration is December 17th.

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INTARESE / HEIMTSA / 2-FUN Final Annual Meeting and Conference

20-21 January 2011, Brussels, Belgium

The final meeting of the INTARESE, HEIMTSA, 2-FUN projects will take place on 20th and 21st January 2011 at the Bedford Hotel in Brussels. The event will consist of a conference day open to the public, on the 20th of January, highlighting the achievements of the projects in the field of Environment and Health.

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Alexander von Humboldt - International Climate Protection Fellowships: call for applications

15 December 2010, Berlin, Germany

The International Climate Protection Fellowships enable prospective leaders to conduct a research-related project of their own choice during a one-year stay in Germany. The programme is funded under the International Climate Protection Initiative by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The closing date is 15 December.

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'Europe and heritage: a challenge. Towards a European heritage strategy'

9 December 2010, Bruges – Site Oud Sint-Jan, Belgium

In Europe, the preservation and management of our cultural heritage is organised at national or at regional level. In many cases this legislation is inspired by international treaties and recommendations concluded by international organisations such as Unesco and the Council of Europe.  However, both movable and immovable heritage often undergo the indirect influence of various EU legislation concluded by other policy areas. Think of, for example, legislation dealing with environmental issues, labour affairs, energy efficiency or building products.

 

The main challenge is to take the specific interests of cultural heritage into account in this legislation. The conference 'Europe and heritage: a challenge. Towards a European heritage strategy' wants to make European policy makers aware of cultural heritage and the way in which it is very closely related to other policy areas. It wants to encourage all parties involved to cooperate on a European cultural heritage strategy by means of a declaration of intention.

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Positive Visions for Biodiversity - EPBRS Meeting under the Belgian EU Presidency

16-19 November 2010, Brussels, Belgium

In the context of the International Year for Biodiversity and under the Belgian EU presidency, the EPBRS , the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and the Belgian Science Policy Office are initiating a participatory workshop on ‘Positive Visions for Biodiversity’. Scientific research can only provide the information on the impacts and likely effects of our activities in regard to biodiversity, and can help draw the roadmap to a potentially better destination. But society has to choose which road to follow.

For more information on the objectives, methodology as well as scope and players of this participatory meeting please visit the Workshop Website.

In a Europe-wide contest held alongside the workshop, cartoonists are invited to draw their positive visions for biodiversity. The comic strip must feature the idea that people understand and treasure their place in a complex ecosystem, where humans no longer feel separated from their natural surroundings. Visit the Comics Section of the Workshop Website for more information on the contest and rules for participation.

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AR&PA Innovation

11-14 November 2010, Valladolid, Spain

AR&PA Innovation is an initiative in the field of Cultural Heritage organised by the Spanish Castilla & León Regional Authority, in close liaison with the European Commission and Labein-Tecnalia Research Centre. The objective of this initiative is to provide a contact point for researchers and potential end users, such as companies, institutions, public bodies and professionals.
AR&PA, the reference trade fair for the conservation, restoration and management of Cultural Heritage in Europe, has been chosen as the ideal backdrop for these interchanges, and the ideal event to launch the new AR&PA Innovation.

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"Climate controversies - Science & politics"

27-29 October 2010, Brussels (27/28 October) et Paris (29 October)

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EurOCEAN 2010 Conference

12-13 October 2010, Thermae Palace, Ostend, Belgium

The EurOCEAN 2010 Conference will provide a unique forum for the European marine science community to consider, discuss and respond to new policy developments and achievements since the last EurOCEAN conference (2007, Aberdeen), and to highlight new challenges and opportunities for marine research in the next decade. The EurOCEAN 2010 Conference and Ostend Declaration (October 2010) will come at a crucial time for the European marine science community to influence how marine science is supported in Europe in the coming decade. It will provide a timely opportunity to reinforce the importance of marine science in effective maritime policy making and the key role it will play in the path towards economic growth and recovery in Europe.

EurOCEAN 2010 Conference is a Belgian EU Presidency event, organised in close collaboration with the European Commission and the Marine Board-ESF.

For the full programme and registration, please visit the EurOCEAN 2010 Website.

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Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

8-9 October 2010, Berlin, Germany

The 2010 Berlin Conference will be the 10th conference in the series of European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. This year’s conference will adress the “Social dimensions of environmental change and governance”.

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Marine Research Capacity in a global context - Focus: Europe, Russia, Mediterranean and Black Sea

23-24 September 2010, Istanbul, Turkey

The Brokerage event aims at increasing the participation of European and
Russian Scientists in consortia being built with the goal to submit proposals for
the next call for FP7 ENVIRONMENT (including Climate change).

The brokerage event focuses in particular on the following topics:
· Marine Science
· Maritime activities and technologies
· Climate change
· Earth observation systems


The participants will have the opportunity to receive background information
about the upcoming call on Environment, meet potential collaboration partners
on specific issues and learn about relevant Networks and Best practices of EU
funded projects.
For further information and registration please visit the event website.

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Brokerage Event - TECHA 2010 : Innovation at the service of Heritage

20-23 September 2010, Arles, France

The TECHA 2010 Brokerage Event is organised within the frame of the TECHA 2010 International Forum focusing on Built Heritage, Natural Heritage, Culture Dissemination & future perspectives of technologies linked to the cultural Heritage.
Run with the Cultural Industries and Heritage Cluster (France) in partnership with Enterprise Europe Network, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy) and the ENEA, Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (Italy) the TECHA Brokerage Event offers participants a bespoke programme of conferences, round tables and face-to-face
qualified meetings.

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Information Days - FP7 Environment and Eco Innovation Calls 2011

12-13 July 2010, Centre Albert Borschette, Brussels

This one-and-a-half day event will highlight the main features and novelties of the forthcoming calls and provide guidance on proposal preparation and submission.
Starting off on Monday afternoon, the first day will be dedicated entirely to the objectives, instruments and activities of the 2011 Work Programme, including administrative aspects. Tuesday morning will be dedicated to the 2011 Eco Innovation Call. Throughout the day, participants will be given the opportunity to present their concepts and ideas in thematic brokerage sessions. For a detailed overview, please download the Agenda. Registration is compulsory and closes on 7 July.

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Science-Policy Workshop: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation - Reducing Water-related Risks in Europe

6-7 July 2010, Brussels, Belgium

The Environment Directorate of the Commission's Research Directorate-General is organising a series of workshops aiming to gather the critical knowledge mass represented by projects of the Framework Programmes that address climate change understanding, climate change impacts and scenario building.
The workshops are aimed at:

  • Gathering representatives of on-going FP projects, as well as of related EU-funded projects to discuss the state of knowledge, identify research perspectives and needs;
  • Fostering exchanges between the scientific and policy communities, by identifying the best way to communicate policy development from various perspectives (research, climate, regional policy, disaster policy) in order to highlight research needs to the scientific community;
  • Boosting the communication of key scientific findings to policy-makers and stakeholders, highlighting how these could contribute to EU policies and to the 5th IPCC Assessment Report.

This first workshop in the series is dedicated to water-related risks. Jointly organised with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), it builds on the outcomes of the October 2009 workshop “Dialogue Among Scientific Community and Policy Stakeholders on Disaster Risk Reduction” organised by the Commission's Research Directorate-General and UNISDR. Reinforcing the exchanges among the scientific and policy communities in Europe, the event aims in particular at providing practical examples of how research can contribute to guide policy makers in investment decisions towards disaster risk reduction in order to implement the climate change adaptation agenda.
Please note that participation is on invitation only. For more information, please contact Estelle Barrillon, tel: +32-2-2993228, e-mail: estelle.barrillon@ec.europa.eu

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Transport Emissions: The Climate Challenge - Results from QUANTIFY and ATTICA

24 June 2010, Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels

How do transport emissions impact on our climate? The stakeholder meeting "Transport Emissions: the Climate Challenge" will present results of two EU-funded research projects that looked into this question. The Quantify project quantified the impact of transport on the composition of the atmosphere and on climate. As a Specific Support Action to Quantify, Attica produced assessment reports of the impact of different means of transport (aviation, shipping, land transport) on climate and the ozone layer. To attend the event, please register online.

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Urban Environmental Pollution: Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainability and Quality of Life

20-23 June 2010, Boston, USA

UEP 2010 will provide a forum for knowledge exchange and discussion regarding the latest information about  the unique nature of urban environments, assessment of urban environmental pollutants and their effects, and measures that can be taken to overcome obstacles to sustainability, ecological integrity and life quality.

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Web streaming event on "Innovation Union" with Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn

17 June 2010, Online

Europe has experienced its worst economic crisis since the 1930s. The only way to replace the jobs lost and to achieve a prosperous, green and fair economy in the future is to improve Europe's performance in innovation: in other words, develop new products and services that create wealth and improve quality of life. In particular, more innovation is necessary to tackle our century's defining challenges: climate change, energy and food security, health and the fact that the average age of Europe's population is increasing.

This is why Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn wants to listen to your ideas on how we can make Europe into an Innovation Union.

She will be online (pictures and sound) via the European Commission's Webcast Portal at 10:00-11:00 Central European Time on 17 June. To take part in this interactive discussion, just go to the Webcast Portal at the right time.

You can send in your questions to RTD-INNOVATION-UNION@ec.europa.eu, but you can also put them to the Commissioner via the Web Portal during the event. The following languages will be in use: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

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Green Week 2010

1-4 June 2010, Brussels, Belgium

This year, the largest annual conference on European environment policy turns the spotlight on biodiversity. The conference will address the state of biodiversity in Europe and the world, the benefits it brings, present-day pressures it is facing, and possible solutions to the current rates of loss.

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Focus on European research!

6 May 2010, Brussels, Flagey

European research will be in the spotlight on Thursday 6 May at Flagey's Studio 4, as part of the Nobel Laureate week organised for the Free University of Brussels' (ULB's) 175th anniversary (3-7 May).

From 15:30 to 18:00, two audiovisual co-productions will be broadcast: "Tara - Voyage to the heart of the climate machine" and "Welcome to the nanoworld – Nano's around us".

From 18:00 to 20:00, Christian Du Brulle (Le Soir) will moderate a forum for the general public on European research: Objective 2020: 20 Nobel Prize laureates from Europe? The forum will bring together Eric Maskin, Nobel Prize for Economics 2007 and Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist, as well as two grantees from the European Research Council, and international PhD students and young researchers.

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WHO/Europe Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

10-12 March 2010, Parma, Italy

The Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, organized by WHO/Europe and hosted by Italy, is the next milestone in the European environment and health process, now in its twentieth year. Focused on protecting children's health in a changing environment, the Conference will drive Europe's agenda on emerging environmental health challenges for the years to come.

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Gender in EU-funded research: Environment; Food, agriculture and biotechnology

26 February 2010, Brussels

These one-day training sessions are intended for anybody interested in rendering research gender-sensitive: researchers, project managers, National Contact Points, expert evaluators etc. The sessions will provide practical guidance on how the gender dimension can be integrated in research, using clear examples of how gender is relevant to existing FP7 projects.

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Gender in EU-funded research: Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies; Environment

23 February 2010, Eawag, Dübendorf (CH)

These one-day training sessions are intended for anybody interested in rendering research gender-sensitive: researchers, project managers, National Contact Points, expert evaluators etc. The sessions will provide practical guidance on how the gender dimension can be integrated in research, using clear examples of how gender is relevant to existing FP7 projects.

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United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP15

7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark

COP15 is the fifteenth Conference of the Parties under the United Nations’ Climate Change Convention. The conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 7-18 December 2009.

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