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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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Launching Workshop: a European Roadmap for Climate Services

17 March 2015, Brussels

The event is organised by the DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR RESEARCH & INNOVATION and it is a follow-up of the Workshop "Towards a European market for Climate Services" (Brussels, 18 March 2014), designed to initiate a visionary and forward looking discussion on the development of a European market for climate services. One of its outcomes was the proposal to design a research and innovation Roadmap for climate services to be implemented through Horizon 2020 and beyond.
This workshop is the first public occasion to present the Roadmap to the stakeholders and key players in the field, share views, discuss the challenges and opportunities, and move towards its implementation.

The Roadmap will be published by the end of February 2015. It is not a European Commission document, but it is the result of the work of an ad hoc expert group, established by the European Commission, and relied on the involvement of a larger supporting group – including the EC services, Copernicus and the EIT Climate KIC - and on a focused stakeholders' consultation. The Roadmap is expected to offer a coherent and focused framework for action, able to leverage on existing initiatives at EU and national level, as well as to provide a support framework to local initiatives.

The event is a one-day workshop for about 180 participants, mostly leaders of organisations which either produce or supply climate information and intelligence, or are interested as actual or potential users of climate services. Some of them have been involved in different ways in the development of the Roadmap. The Workshop programme is designed to introduce the Roadmap, share views and experiences on the key issues identified in the document, and initiate a discussion among scientists, policy makers, practitioners, climate services suppliers/purveyors and end-users, with the goal to facilitate a trans disciplinary dialogue, inspire innovative approaches and new forms of collaboration, upon which will ultimately depend the successful implementation of the Roadmap. To this aim, we propose to address the key issues identified in the Roadmap through the contribution of guest speakers who will either present a case study (see 'case study' in the agenda), or their experience and perspective (see 'ambassador' in the agenda), based on direct practice and/or representing a sector/type of organisation/specific challenge.

Venue: Management Centre Europe (MCE), Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050 Brussels

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4th FLAGSHIP Workshop - Economic, Social and Environmental challenges: modelling policies

19 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium

‘Economic, Social and Environmental challenges: modelling policies’: FLAGSHIP partners are in the process of bridging the research results with policy making and are looking for experts’ views and contributions. The on-going work and the questions that emerged will be presented during this one-day workshop to be held at the EU Representation of Lower-Saxony, Rue Montoyer 61, in Brussels, Belgium.

The workshop will take place back to back with DESIRE workshop and EMInInn final conference respectively on the 17th and the 18th of March. 


The workshop will include the following three sessions:
i. FLAGSHIP scenarios and storylines
ii. From exploratory results for a BAU scenario to policy proposals to FLAGSHIP scenarios
iii. FLAGSHIP transforming research results into policies 

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10th International Conference “Economic Integrations, Competition and Cooperation"

22-24 April 2015, Rijeka/Opatija, Croatia

The focus of the Conference is on the scientific and practical challenges of the accession to the EU and its enlargement, especially those related to the future accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Western Balkan countries. 


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Shale gas in a low-carbon Europe: the role of research

23 February 2015, Brussels

The objective of the conference is to facilitate an exchange of views among the different stakeholders on the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of shale gas exploration and exploitation, and how research and innovation can provide the input for a science-based policy in this field.

Online registration form.  We kindly ask you to register by 16 February 2015 at the latest.

The official working language of the event will be English.


Final programme:

09:00 - 09:30 Opening session: setting the scene

  • Welcome and Introduction by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission 
  • Keynote Speech - Dr Michael Knotek, Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

09:30 - 11:30 Session 1: Research and innovation to address the shale gas challenge 

  • The EERA Joint Research Programme: assessing resource potential, opportunities and risks of shale gas exploitation - Dr René Peters, Coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Shale Gas
  • The Department of Energy Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources R&D Programme - Dr Ray Boswell, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S.
  • Assessment of deep subsurface hydro-mechanical processes for reducing the environmental footprint of shale gas development - Dr Chris McDermott, University of Edinburgh
  • A holistic approach to assess the environmental impact of shale gas in Europe - Dr Alberto Striolo, University College London
  • Questions and Answers

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Session 2: Science-based policy development for shale gas exploitation

  • The European Science & Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction - Nicholas Banfield, Acting Director Strategy, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Science-based policy for shale gas exploitation in Canada - Dr John Cherry, Director, University Consortium on Ground Water Research at the University of Guelph, Canada
  • Shale gas and responsible innovation - Dr Marloes Dignum, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Questions and Answers

12:30 - 13:30 Closing session: shale gas in a low-carbon Europe - the role of research

  • Moderated forum discussion (speakers and audience)

  • Summary and closing remarks - András Siegler, Director Energy Research, DG RTD, European Commission

13:30 Buffet Lunch 




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Visit the EU's stand (Number 30) at Ireland's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Dublin

8-10 January 2015, Dublin, Ireland

This year, the EU stand in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 30 in the Industries Hall) has a special focus on Food Research - so drop in and find out more about what the EU is doing in the area of Food Research - we look forward to meeting you!

Every day there will be interactive areas where you can: • Test your knowledge about food and exercise by taking part in the 'Food4Me Quiz'. You will be surprised at what you learn and could even take home a prize! • Learn how packaging protects our food and how we can protect the environment when we dispose of it in the correct way. 

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