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5th AEBIOM European Bioenergy Conference 2014

12-14 May 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The AEBIOM European Bioenergy Conference organized by the European Biomass Association is the fifth edition of the growing series. The annual conference has grown ever since its first edition in 2010 and has quickly become Europe´s major occasion for discussion and networking amongst important industry leaders and policy makers. Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in Europe and we expect around 300 industry representatives to be present at this event which is one of the leading bioenergy conferences in Europe. The 5th edition will be co-organized with the European Pellet Council (EPC), the Industrial European Pellet Suppliers (EIPS) and the International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC).

 

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European Biogas Association Conference

30 September - 2 October 2014, Alkmaar region, The Netherlands

The biannual European Biogas Conference covers a broad range of topics related to biogas, from production to utilisation, with plenty of room for networking between representatives from research, industry and production. There will be an exhibition and a poster session.

Topics include European policy issues, biomethane, digestate use, sustainability of biogas and bioeconomy. With this event we strive to unite biogas experience and share latest information on policies, industry developments, innovation and legislation.

 

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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 !

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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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2nd Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics

11-13 December 2013, Braunschweig (Germany)

The 2nd Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics will connect bioinformatics to microbial ecology in order to enhance the capacity to tackle the most burning questions in soil ecology.
The conference will focus on the following topics: “What can we learn about the diversity, dynamics, vulnerability and ecological contributions of soil microbial communities and how can we utilize the new sequencing technologies in applied environmental sciences? Which novel possibilities do we have to understand the complex network within microbial communities, and interactions among its members and with the abiotic and biotic environments?”
The Symposium will be flanked by a Workshop on Bioinformatic Tools in which developers demonstrate and share applications for analyzing nucleic acid information from soils.

 

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2nd GRF One Health Summit

17-20 November 2013, Davos, Switzerland

Following a very successful launch of the first GRF One Health Summit in February 2012, GRF Davos is pleased to announce the 2nd GRF One Health Summit 2013 which will take place from 17 - 20 November 2013 at the Davos Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland.

The 2nd GRF One Health Summit will further explore, advance and agree on the need for a global integrative risk management approach for One Health. Furthermore, the conference will identify ways to achieve added value by multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder cooperation and promote enhanced public-private partnership models for risk-based financing tools.

The findings of the conference shall be used to make recommendations on policy and organisational changes and stimulate a more efficient collaboration between stakeholders. Registration and Abstract Submission are open now.

Submit your abstract today and present at the 2nd GRF One Health Summit 2013. We encourage you to explore our website and get further information on the One Health concept and the 2nd GRF One Health Summit.

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INDO-MARECLIM Winter School on Climate Change and Variability, Marine Ecosystems and Coastal Zone MA

2-7 November 2013, Kochi, India

INDO-MARECLIM announces a one-week winter school to be held at Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort, Kochi (India) from 2 to 7 November 2013. During the winter school, which is an inter-disciplinary training programme, a select group of instructors from India and Europe will provide lectures and practical training on recent advancements in the global understanding of marine ecosystems, climate change and their socio-economic impacts. Applications welcome from EU and Indian PhD students, post doctoral fellows and scientists in early stages of career development. The maximum number of participants is restricted to 35. Selection would be on the basis of academic skills, qualification in the relevant subjects, statement of interest and letters of support.

 

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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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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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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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Czech contribution to sustainable bioeconomy

31 May 2012, Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, 15 Rue Caroly, 1050 Brussels

In February 2012, the European Commission has adopted a new strategy for sustainable bioeconomy in Europe. The conference will provide a view on this strategy from different actors and introduce the potential of the Czech Republic in the area of sustainable bioeconomy.

Conference is organized under the auspices of the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU and in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic and with the Technology Centre AS CR.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Second International Meeting of ClimSAT : How Can Territories Face Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Global Warming?

8-9 November 2010, Brest, France

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Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

18-29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention of Biological Diversity will be held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010.

COP 10 will include a high-level ministerial segment organised by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high‑level segment will take place from 27 to 29 October 2010.

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Ocean Info Day

9 September 2010, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels

The European Commission is organising an INFODAY on the call for proposals "The ocean of tomorrow 2011": €45 million dedicated to multidisciplinary research projects to promote the development of thriving maritime activities while preserving our seas and oceans.

 

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Seventh European Conference on Ecological Restoration: Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Developing - Establishing Links Across Frontiers

23-27 August 2010, Avignon, France

The 7th conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Europe will be held in Avignon, South-Eastern France in 2010. For scientists and practitioners who work on biodiversity and habitat restoration, this SER International European meeting offers an outstanding opportunity for transboundary contacts and exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices in ecological restoration.

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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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International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity

9-11 June 2010, Montreal, Canada

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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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International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2010

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2nd International Conference of Urban Biodiversity & Design (URBIO2010)

18-22 May 2010, Nagoya, Japan

URBIO is an open worldwide scientific network for education and research with the aim to promote urban biodiversity through a continuing dialogue with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) initiative on “Cities and Biodiversity”. In order to implement the CBD in urban areas, URBIO2010 will be held before the 10th Conference of the Parties to CBD, which will also be held in Nagoya in October 2010.

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14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14)

10-21 May 2010, Nairobi, Kenya

SBSTTA is a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity and is to report regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. Its functions include: providing assessments of the status of biological diversity; assessments of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention; and respond to questions that the COP may put to the body. The fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 13) will take place from 10 to 21 May 2010, at UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.

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5th Global Conference on Oceans, Coast and Islands

3-7 May 2010, Paris, France

The Global Oceans Conferences provide a major opportunity for all sectors of the global oceans community - governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations, industry, and scientific groups - to address the major policy issues affecting the oceans at global, regional, and national levels and to make progress in advancing the global oceans agenda. The three main conference themes are:

  1. ENSURING SURVIVAL: Oceans, Climate and Security - Major Issues in Mitigation, Adaptation, and Financing in the Post-Copenhagen Climate Regime.
  2. PRESERVING LIFE: Marine Biodiversity (2010 global goal), Networks of Marine Protected Areas (2012 global goal), and Celebrating the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, Toward Nagoya 2010 - Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties COP-10.
  3. IMPROVING GOVERNANCE: Achieving Integrated, Ecosystem-Based Ocean and Coastal Management (2010 global goal) at National and Regional Levels and in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction.

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Spanish EPBRS meeting on "Evolution and Biodiversity: The evolutionary basis of biodiversity and its potential for adaptation to global change"

13-15 April 2010, Mallorca, Spain

The next EPBRS meeting will be held in Mallorca and will discuss how science can help policy makers identify priority areas for research on the interplay between evolutionary processes and biodiversity patterns in addition to the effect of anthropogenic pressures upon them.

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15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

13-25 March 2010, Doha, Qatar

15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

 

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