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    Title  Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2018 (WIRE)

    4-6 July 2018, Innsbruck, Austria

    The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) conferences are among the main European policy fora for innovation and regional development. The 9th edition will take place on 4-6 July 2018 in Innsbruck, Austria and will look into three smart choices for regional ecosystems of innovation: Science & Research, Entrepreneurship and Connectivity. It will showcase concrete examples of well-functioning R&I ecosystem and will inspire new practices to stimulate it. WIRE is financed under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation part of Horizon 2020-work programme and brings together regional, national and European innovation experts and stakeholders, including public organisations, policymakers, research communities and enterprises.

    Title  EuroScience Open Forum

    9-14 July 2018, Toulouse, France

    ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public.

    Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4 000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science.

    More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers. The 8th edition of ESOF will take place in Toulouse, France, from 9 till 14 July 2018.

    • Taking part in ESOF is a unique opportunity to:
    • Further knowledge on the challenges and breakthroughs in research, innovation and their relation to society;
    • Create links, exchange and debate with leaders of the scientific community worldwide in an interdisciplinary context;
    • Communicate the latest news on scientific research and innovation to an international audience;
    • Develop a network in view of building a research career.

    Title  HBP School - The Brain Simulation Platform of the Human Brain Project

    17-21 September 2018, Palermo, Italy

    This school will introduce participants to the Brain Simulation Platform (BSP) of the Human Brain Project (HBP), with the main aim to train users on how to exploit the possibilities offered by the platform to implement cellular level computational models, to use high performance analytics and computing platform systems to configure and run a simulation, and to visualise/analyse the results.

    Both short lectures and longer afternoon activities will be delivered at a basic and intermediate level. Through tutorials and hands-on activities, attendees will learn how to interact with the BSP to carry out their own research, to set up and manage a data-driven collaborative project, or to use the BSP to interact with the HBP Neuroinformatics Platform.

    Participants will be encouraged to introduce new ideas and suggest ways to use their original experimental data/techniques to implement/use the multiscale neural model they would like to investigate.

    Title  Ensuring Excellent Research by Investing in Researchers' Talents, Skills & Career Development

    2 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    INFO-DAY - Implementing the Human Resources Strategy to comply with art. 32 of the H2020 multi-beneficiary grant agreement-

    The event addresses universities, research institutions and research funders investing in researchers’ talents, skills and career development. It also addresses beneficiaries and potential applicants of H2020 contracts/projects who have to comply with article 32 stipulating the need to take measures to implement the European Charter and Code (C & C) for the benefit of all researchers and their institution.

    It also brings forward issues related to skills and talent management in an Open Science environment closely linked to the European Framework for Research Careers. Seven invited high-level speakers from different European research or funding institutions will evidence benefits and impact, showcase improved training opportunities, career development and talents and skills management in their respective institutions.

    Title  STEMM Equality Congress

    11-12 October 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The STEMM Equality Congress 2018 will offer delegates an opportunity to hear from and interact with thought leaders in equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, policy and practice in STEMM worldwide.

    Building on some of the key themes and issues presented during the 2017 congress, 2018 will focus on inter-sectionality, sharing success stories from around the world, practical measures that are working for other organisations, local challenges that organisations are facing, the tools they are using to address these challenges and how these tools can be applied in other countries and regions.

    In 2018 special attention will be given to presentations from emerging countries and the latest themes. Attended by over 350 leading researchers, policy makers, equality staff, the private sector, academic staff, government representatives and NGOs from across the globe, the 2018 congress offers a perfect opportunity to network, learn and collaborate to achieve greater equality, diversity and inclusion in STEMM.

    Title  ICPerMed Conference 2018 'Personalised Medicine in Action'

    20-21 November 2018, Berlin, Germany

    The first ICPerMed Conference 'Personalised Medicine in Action' will take place on 20-21 November 2018 at the dbb forum in Berlin, Germany.

    The main focus of this conference is to present best practice examples of successful implementation of personalised medicine approaches. This is complemented by high-level keynote talks addressing different aspects of personalised medicine.

    The conference will start in the morning of November 20 at 9:00 AM and will finish on November 21 at 2:00 PM.

Past events

    Title  UKRO Conference 2018

    21-22 June 2018, Southampton, United Kingdom

    Each year the UK Research Office organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers.

    The 2018 edition will take place from Thursday 21 until Friday 22 June at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton, UK. The UKRO Conference 2018 will include a number of expert speakers, predominantly from the European Commission and its Executive Agencies in Brussels, but also from the UK Research Councils.

    EU funding practitioners and evaluators will also help to inform and stimulate discussions with the participants. Registration is now open!

    Book your place before 20 April 2018 for the early bird rate.

    18 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    The European Commission is organising an Info day on the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation calls in Horizon 2020 on 18 June 2018 at the Madou Tower, Brussels. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

    Venue: Madou Tower, Auditorium, Brussels

    Related documentation

    Title  The „recipe” of innovative ecosystems

    6 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    The aim of the event is to share experiences of V4 countries with assessing the successful “recipe” for creating innovative local ecosystems, in particular the role of knowledge transfer, skills development of SMEs and students, services delivered to innovative SMEs and what answers policies can be given to such challenges.

    The Visegrad Four (V4) conference „The „recipe” of innovative ecosystems” is organized jointly in Brussels on 6 June 2018 by the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation (CZELO), the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, the Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development (SLORD) and the Polish Science Contact Agency (PolSCA).

    29 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    How can nature-based solutions in cities and in the peri-urban areas improve recreation and wellbeing of citizens, whilst enhancing the quality of the 18% of Natura 2000 areas which are located in urban areas? The seminar, taking place on 29 May in the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), aims to look into innovative solutions which help implementing the Nature Directives. It will address pressing urban and regional challenges like flood protection, wellbeing and health, and the protection of our natural capital for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. At the same time, the European Commission (EC) aims to gather information on the regions' research and innovation needs and obstacles which may be hindering them from investing in nature-based solutions.

    The seminar is part of the events within the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) that is a concept jointly developed by the CoR and EC. In 2018, the KEP will address the themes of Innovating cities with nature & nature-based solutions and cultural heritage.

    Venue: European Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 52


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    Title  Science Café with Michal Hejcman

    23 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    Science Café with Michal Hejcman is an unconventional open discussion with theme "When botany and chemistry meet archaeology?".

    Prof. Michal Hejcman is a recognized interdisciplinary scientist and works in the fields of environmental chemistry, agronomy and botany. His research is focused on patterns of human subsistence across time and space. He conducts investigations of deserted human settlements and has participated in various archaeological excavations from Israel to Iceland.

    Prof. Hejcman leads the research group Human Adaptability Studies at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

    Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

    Title  SC1 Consortium Building Workshop

    18 May 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    The Lithuanian Liaison Office (LINO) together with the Czech Liaison Office (CZELO) are pleased to invite you to the SC1 Consortium Building Workshop around selected topics of the upcoming 2019 calls of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 (SC1- Health, demographic change and wellbeing), which will take place on 18 May 2018 in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania (Rue Belliard 41 - 43).

    The objective of this hands-on event is to prepare ground for consortia building: to give opportunity to discuss concrete cooperation possibilities, to exchange the expertise and learn from each other.

    Title  26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition -EUBCE 2018

    14-18 May 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

    As one of the world’s leading R&D conference combined with an international exhibition, the EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass. 

    Be part of the 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition and present your results to specialists and decision makers operating at the top end of the biomass and bioenergy sector.

    Submit your abstract by 6th November 2017.

    Title  Designing FP9 – a closer look on the impact of European cancer research

    24 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    Annual Event by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers: Cancer is a much feared disease. What is state of the art in cancer research – and how should European research collaborations be designed if we want to make further progress in this field?

    Successful collaborative partnerships in cancer research do already exist and could serve as a model for future developments. What actions do we have to take at a European level? Are there risks we do have to avoid?

    The event will also provide an outlook on the next EU framework programme: What needs to be done in order to maximize the impact of cancer research? Could it be worth a “mission”?

    What in general would be success factors for future missions? By providing latest research examples and insights from science and policy, the Helmholtz Association wants to foster the discussion on a topic that is of concern to so many citizens.

    Title  Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge

    28 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    The Brussels-based European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM), sixth annual Presidency conference, which will take place under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union March 28th 2018, entitled 'Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge'.

    This will take place in the Belgian capital, at the prestigious Bibliothèque Solvay, close to the Brussels seat of the European Parliament.

    As was the case last year, the conference will be highly interactive with roundtable sessions and several Q and A opportunities to enhance involvement from the floor. The mix of its members provides extensive scientific, clinical, caring and training expertise in personalised medicine and diagnostics, across patient groups, academia, health professionals and industry.

    Relevant departments of the Commission have observer status, as does the EMA. This conference, albeit under the Big Data umbrella, will also have a focus on disease areas and see the following sessions among others:

    • Broad picture of profiling/genomics/personalised healthcare
    • More data to treat more diseases
    • Commissioners' discussions
    • Haematology/Oncology
    • How can the region and national level integrate this

    Title  Science Café with František Štěpánek

    15 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    Science Café with František Štěpánek is an unconventional open discussion with theme "Future of microscopic robots".

    Prof. František Štěpánek is a recognized scientist in the field of chemical engineering. His research is focused on microscopic chemical robots that mimic single-cell organisms. One of the main drivers for the development of chemical robots is the area of oncology, and especially controlled and targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics to tumours, along with the related diagnostics and control.

    Currently Prof. František Štěpánek leads the Chemical Robotics Laboratory at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague. In 2008, Prof. Štěpánek became the first ERC grantee in the Czech Republic.

    Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

    Title  COST Connect - Quantum: Where will the next jump go?

    8 March 2018, Warsaw, Poland

    “Quantum: Where will the next jump go?” will be an open space for participants to discuss the importance of quantum technology and research.

    With increasing global interest in exploiting quantum technologies, the COST Connect event will provide networking opportunities that link active researchers with representatives from the Quantum sector and EU stakeholders.

    The COST Connect Event “Quantum: Where will the next jump go?" will be a highly interactive event that will bring together stakeholders working within the Quantum Science field. The event will provide best support to priorities identified by the different participants and will help to: 

    - Support the cooperation of COST Actions' stakeholders working in the area of Quantum Science and Technology. 

    - Fight against dispersion of resources and fragmentation of research activities 

    - Promote synergies with activities funded through other EU programmes 

    - Promote joint activities including propositions for H2020 (flagships) open calls 

    - Promote networking for relevant partnerships 

    - Improve the involvement of young researchers, female researchers and scientists working in countries which are currently underrepresented in the topic.

    The event is by invitation. Further information about this COST Connect event can be requested via from Ralph Stübner, Fatima Bouchama, Lucia Forzi, COST Science Officers, and Elke Dall, COST Policy

    Title  Message from Alliance4Life

    30 January 2018, Brussels, Belgium

    We are pleased to invite you to the kick-off meeting of the strategic project of ten leading life science institutions from nine EU-13 countries.

    The main objective of the event is to present Alliance4Life, a bottom-up initiative aimed at closing the divide in European health research and innovation. Alliance4Life intends to become a role model for institutions in less performing regions and to serve as a hub of excellence through close collaboration with renowned European networks established in high performing countries.

    The initiative is supported by the Coordination Action „Alliance for Life Sciences: Closing Research and Innovation Divide in the EU“ under H2020 and coordinated by Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC).

    Title  Science Café with Thomas Jung

    6 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    Science Café with Thomas Jung is an unconventional open discussion with theme "Phytophthora species – threats for our nature".

    Thomas Jung is one of the most renowned Phytophthora experts in the world. Phytophthora is a genus of plant-damaging Oomycetes (water molds), whose member species are capable of causing enormous economic losses on crops worldwide, as well as environmental damage in natural ecosystems.

    Thomas Jung produced the first evidences of Phytophthora pathogens being involved in widespread forest declines in Europe and coordinated the largest forest disease survey in European history.

    His current institution is the Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, where he runs the Phytophthora Research Centre.

    Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible.

    Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

    Title  5th HBP School - Future Medicine: Brain Disease Neuroscience

    27 November - 3 December 2017, Obergurgl, Austria

    The availability of clinical, genomic, proteomic and neuroimaging data sets combined with recent advances in ICT, data mining and computational modelling makes it possible to uncover unique biological signatures of disease from multi-level descriptions of the brain.

    Medicine of the future will capitalise on these biological signatures of diseases for faster diagnosis, more accurate prognosis and leverage the discovery of mechanistic pathways for new types of drugs, novel treatments and ultimately personalised medicine.

    The programme of the 5th HBP School combines lectures and practical sessions. In small groups, students will be working on a week-long project.

    Throughout the school, participants are encouraged to introduce new ideas and suggest original experimental techniques.

    Speakers will be available throughout the week to go into details of concepts, provide deeper insights, answer questions or help with specific group requests. Application for this school is open to the whole student community and early post-docs.

    Up to 40 applicants will be selected based on an academic decision by the Scientific Committee. Participants are required to submit an abstract on their current research with their application. Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged.

    Title  1+1=3 - How agroforestry boosts revenues and resilience of Europe's farmers

    29 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    Attend this meeting at the European Parliament, hosted by Paul Brannen MEP, to hear and discuss how agroforestry and European research are boosting the revenues and resilience of Europe’s farmers. The meeting starts with presentations on the results of the AGFORWARD research project including the launch of the AGFORWARD folder of innovation and best practice leaflets. A panel will then discuss how we can mainstream agroforestry in Europe. The panel includes: Clara Aguilera Garcia MEP (Vice Chair, Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament), Olivier De Schutter (Co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems), Valentin Opfermann (Policy Advisor on Agricultural and Environmental Research and Environmental Issues at COPA-COGECA), Mauro Poinelli (Head of Unit Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, DG AGRI, European Commission), and Patrick Worms (Senior Science Policy Adviser at the World Agroforestry Centre). There will be a time for questions and the meeting will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity for networking.

    Title  Unlocking the EU Research and Innovation Potential through Excellence in Cooperation

    28 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    To mark the launch of their activities in the R&I sector, the Lithuanian RDI Liaison Office (LINO) and the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (UTTLOB) are organising a conference on Widening Member States and Associated Countries' potential in Research and Innovation.

    Through the particular examples of Ukraine and Lithuania, R&I experts and officials will discuss the challenges and needs of R&I projects in this geographical area, and exchange best practices to fully unlock the R&I potential of these countries.

    During the conference, the speakers will address the following questions:

    - What are the political, economic and R&I landscapes in Ukraine and Lithuania?

    - How can cross-border cooperation can pave the way for excellence?

    - What is the future of R&I in the European Research Area?

    Title  Women In Science - How To Increase Women´s Participation In Science?

    21 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    The main aim of the event is to discuss women´s participation in science and research and main challenges facing female scientists.

    The conference will bring together scientists, policy makers and experts to discuss conditions for women in science and the key factors behind the low representation of women in leading positions and within some scientific domains and fields of study.

    The conference will consist of two parts. Despite the fact that women represent half of the population, their representation in science, research and innovation lag behind. Nevertheless, a number of international organizations and European institutions have paid attention to gender equality in science, empowerment of female scientists and better use of their educational and intellectual potential.

    Thanks to these efforts and visibility of the topic, gender equality has become a theme of political and expert discussion. Yet at the same time, neither of these efforts has ensured equal representation of women in leading positions and within some scientific domains and fields of study.

    Title  COFFERS meets FairTax: Joint Perspectives on Fair and Sustainable Taxation

    21 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    Open research seminar "COFFERS meets FairTax: Joint Perspectives on Fair and Sustainable Taxation" is organized by the FairTax and COFFERS, the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation and the Representation of the South Moravian Region to the EU.

    The European Union confronts increasing and persistent inequalities in income, wealth and opportunity and between generations, gender and regions. One common underlying factor is deficiencies in fiscal systems.

    Horizon 2020 project FairTax tries to find answers how fair and sustainable taxation and social policy reforms can increase the economic stability of EU Member States. Horizon 2020 project COFFERS identifies deficiencies and opportunities for upgrading in tax law, tax policy development, tax administration and enforcement.

    Registration is free and compulsory.

    Title  Evidence for Society. Transforming the future of European people through research

    8 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    In this Conference evidence of the social impact achieved by EU funded projects will be presented by different agents including scientists, policy makers representing different levels of policy implementation – regional, national and European- as well as end-users who have benefited from the social impact of EU research.

    The FP7 IMPACT-EV project is addressed to Mapping and evaluating impact of research in Europe. This project has analyzed the impact of EU FPs’ funded research projects identifying the scientific impact but particularly focusing on the political and social impacts of these research projects.

    Title  Evidence for Society. Transforming the future of European people through research

    8 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    In this Conference evidence of the social impact achieved by EU funded projects will be presented by different agents including scientists, policy makers representing different levels of policy implementation – regional, national and European- as well as end-users who have benefited from the social impact of EU research.

    The FP7 IMPACT-EV project is addressed to mapping and evaluating impact of research in Europe. This project has analyzed the impact of EU FPs’ funded research projects identifying the scientific impact but particularly focusing on the political and social impacts of these research projects.

    Title  Annual Event on Public-Public Partnerships

    7-8 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    The annual Joint Programming event on 7 and 8 November 2017 in Brussels, organised by ERA-LEARN and the European Commission (DG RTD) will focus on the future of P2Ps under the motto "Co-designing Public-Public Partnerships for the next Framework Programme" to emphasise the collaborative approach in involving stakeholders for the future design.

    Day one will build on the outcomes of the H2020 interim evaluation (Lamy group, Commission Communication, Art.185 evaluations) and the responses of Member States, European Parliament and stakeholders. It will allow participants to contribute to the current political discussion. This will inform them for the interactive session dealing with a number of horizontal issues on which they will have the opportunity to provide input and give feedback.

    Day two will focus on ERA-LEARN activities, starting with a plenary session that presents results of the pilot activities on impacts at project level. The parallel sessions will address the support that ERA-LEARN is planning to provide from 2018 on for P2Ps.

    Please block the date, a detailed conference programme and registration will be available in September.

    Title  European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future

    23-24 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    From 23 to 24 October 2017, the European University Association (EUA) in collaboration with InnoEnergy, organise the 6th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE).

    The event “European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future” will take place at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The event will be the sixth “Energy Clustering Event" and targets European policymakers, stakeholders and university leaders, providing a platform for dialogue on the current and future role of universities at the interface of Europe’s energy research and higher education policies.

    So far, 500 participants joined the events and discussions of the UNI-SET project and more than 200 European universities from 30 countries provided information in the European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research and Education.

    The conference will include the presentation of a forthcoming report entitled “Identifying New Paradigms in Energy Education and Research: An Action Agenda for Europe’s Universities”. The report will provide recommendations for universities, companies and policymakers for the design of energy education and research activities with the aim to address the skills gap between higher education provision and needs of the business sector for the energy transition.

    The conference will highlight the contribution and mobilisation of universities towards the goals of the Energy Union and the SET-Plan and discuss how the momentum could be enhanced in the following years, following the publication of the 2016 Roadmap for European Universities in Energy.

    It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan and debate how the future European Framework Programme (FP9) can support the linkage of research, innovation and education objectives in the field of energy. For any enquiries please contact

    Title  Science Café with Cyril Höschl

    24 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    Science Café with Cyril Höschl is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of neurosciences.

    Our guest is director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Klecany, Czech Republic, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and former president of the European Psychiatric Association and the Federation of European Academies of Medicine.

    Professor Höschl is one of the founders of the psychoneuroendocrinology. His scientific work is focused on biological psychiatry, clinical psychopharmacology, psychoneuroendocrinology and human ethology.

    Professor Höschl lectures psychiatry at the Third Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University. He is an honorary member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

    Title  Italy celebrates 20 years of scientific excellence through membership of the Institut Laue-Langevin

    5 October 2017, Trieste, Italy

    2017 is a milestone year for Italy at the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), marking the 20th anniversary of its Scientific Membership.

    Together with the Italian Society for Neutron Spectroscopy (SISN), the ILL will hold a special session on October 5, at the SISSA Miramare Campus in Trieste. [The celebration is run as a satellite event of the FisMat conference, running from October 1st to October 6th.]

    Chaired by Corrado SPINELLA (Head of 'Physical Sciences and technologies of matter' department at the CNR) the conference will provide the audience with 7 presentations from both Italian users and Grenoble-based researchers.

    Pr Mark Johnson (ILL Associate Director and Head of the ILL Science Division) will also give a plenary lecture in honour of the great minds that contributed to such a striking success, highlighting the many scientific outcomes the 20-year partnership has nurtured. Cocktail and social diner will follow for all registered participants.

    Title  2nd International Conference on Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    2-4 October 2017, Barcelona, Spain

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2017 is an open platform to explore and gain the knowledge in the field of Pharma and Chemistry.

    This conference brings together professors, researchers, scientists, students in all the areas of medical sciences, Pharmaceutical, Life sciences, Medical associations and societies, enables an international forum to explore the approved research.

    Conference Series LLC is delight to invite you all to attend and register for the “2nd International Conference on Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2017)” scheduled for October 02-04th, 2017 at Barcelona, Spain.

    Market Growth of Pharmaceutical Research in the last and upcoming ten years Pharmaceuticals are one of the world's most profitable industries. During the last 30 years, the industry has spent billions of dollars on research and reaped billions in return. In 2008 alone, the pharmaceutical industry sold $773 billion in products worldwide-a number that has consistently grown for the past 8 years and is projected to increase again by 2.5 to 3.5 percent in 2017, according to the drug market research firm IMS Health

    Title  2nd HBP Young Researchers Event: Integrating neuroscience data into models and simulations

    12-13 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

    The 2nd Young Researchers Event (YRE) 2017 is hosted by the Human Brain Project (HBP) and organised by young researchers within the HBP. It will take place in Geneva on 12-13 September and is immediately followed by the in-depth CodeJam on 13-15 September.

    This year’s theme is integrating neuroscience data into models and simulations. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the Information & Communication Technology Infrastructure offered and developed by the HBP, and how to use it for their own research.

    They will further get the chance to meet other researchers with similar interests, work in small groups and get support on their projects from the HBP Platform experts. The event is targeted towards young researchers (Master and PhD students as well as early postdocs) both from within and outside the HBP and will answer the following questions:

    • I have obtained experimental data and want to include it in a simulation or compare simulated results using one of the HBP Platforms. Which one do I use? How can I use it?
    • I have already started working with the HBP Platforms, but do not know how to continue. What are the next steps? •
    • I have not worked with the HBP Platforms yet, but wish to learn more about them. What can I do? How can I get started?

    These questions will be addressed in various break-out sessions guided by HBP Platform experts.

    Project submission deadline: 18 July 2017

    Regsitration deadline: 16 August 2017

    Title  6th World Congress on Pharmacology

    7-9 August 2017, Paris, France

    Pharmacology 2017 focuses on the importance to understand drugs and how they can affect human physiology. It is with better understanding of Pharmacology one can know the right dosage and dosage forms of drugs.

    More research in pharmacology deals with identifying and responding to drug interactions and its side effects along with its mechanism of action, its therapeutic index and thereby treat accordingly. More intensive study with the interaction between drug and its therapeutic effect helps to identify the properties of ideal drugs.

    Title  1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - Intellectual property rights, translation and exploitation of research

    17-19 July 2017, Leimen, Germany

    This “hackathon” style workshop completes and complements the online course on Intellectual Property Rights, Translation and Exploitation of Research.

    Students will work in small groups around joint applied research ideas in Neuroscience that the students will offer and conceive by themselves.

    The participants will study how to advance their ideas from the lab to market, understand the needs, the target population, patentability options and how to build a business model. Finally they will present their ideas to industry and academy experts.

    The workshop is a hands on unique experience of diving into the entrepreneurial world, learning how to advance the science into the next step.

    Title  1st HBP Curriculum workshop series New horizons in clinical neuroscience: Brain medicine for non-specialists

    5-7 July 2017, Innsbruck, Austria

    The aim of this interactive workshop is to deepen and complete the online course on brain medicine for non-specialists with the most recent advances in research of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

    Lectures and tutorials by international experts will report the state of the art of research and treatment of brain diseases. Representatives of the Allen Institute for Brain Science (AI, USA) and the Human Brain Project (HBP, Europe) will present novel avenues for exploiting large biological datasets for future classification of brain diseases, which may lead to new strategies for developing therapeutics.

    Title  COST Connect: Water for Food and Agriculture in the Mediterranean Area

    28 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    Water for food and agriculture is an important topic on the agenda. COST supports more than 20 Actions in this area and European stakeholders intensively discuss the issue with a strong focus on the Mediterranean area.

    COST aims to provide networking opportunities to structure this important field, to link the active researchers with policy stakeholders and thus connect the dots in the European Research Area.

    The event aims to increase awareness on the different relevant funding opportunities in the field and how to access them. Participants will decide on the issues to discuss, such as emerging S&T topics in the field, identifying potential future research cooperation.

    Title  1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - ICT for non-specialists

    21-23 June 2017, Paris, France

    Working on the frontiers between neuroscience and ICT, or medicine and ICT requires basic knowledge in the field of computer science.

    This workshop complements the online course ICT for non-specialists and provides practical insights into ICT research for young investigators interested in the subject without an ICT background, who require some basics for their research.

    Lectures and seminars will be accompanied by practical work and open discussion rounds. Experts in various areas of ICT will be available on site.

    Title  ENERGY in HORIZON 2020: remaining opportunities for 2017 and introduction to the 2018-2020 WP

    22 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    In the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (EUSEW17), C-Energy 2020, the network of the Horizon 2020 Energy NCPs, invites you to the half-day workshop “ENERGY in HORIZON 2020: remaining opportunities for 2017 and introduction to the 2018-2020 Work Programme".

    The event is organised in collaboration with: - the NCP_WIDE.NET network, the network of the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, - the Enterprise Europe Network and - ERRIN, the European Regions Research & Innovation Network Participants will also be able to PRESENT THEIR PROJECT PROPOSALS or COOPERATION OFFERS.

    Title  4th HBP School - Future Computing: Brain Science and Artificial Intelligence

    12-18 June 2017, Obergurgl, Austria

    The 4th HBP School offers a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of software, hardware, simulation, databasing, robotics, machine learning and theory relevant to the HBP research programme.

    Lectures, hands-on tutorials and practical exercises on software tools and neuromorphic hardware systems provide a high level view of the project, computing and ethical aspects of artificial neural systems.

    The school offers ample opportunities for scientific exchange between students and faculty during dedicated discussion sessions, tutorials and various social events. Application for this school is open to the whole student community and early post-docs.

    Up to 40 applicants will be selected based on an academic decision by the Scientific Director. Participants are required to submit an abstract on their current research with their application. Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged.

    Application deadline: 22 March 2017

    There is no registration fee.

    Accommodation will be provided.

    Seven travel grants will be available upon request (European students only).

    Title  1st ECSEL JU Symposium

    13-14 June 2017, Portomaso, St. Julian's, Malta

    A wide range of European and global stakeholders in the Electronics Components and Systems field, including Industry, Research and Financial Communities, European, National and Regional decision-makers and international partners will get together in Malta on 13/14 June 2017 in the background of our annual event.

    This event aims to provide an unique opportunity and space for the ECSEL funded projects to present their progress and results to date, to disseminate the scientific and technological achievements, and to cast light on their contributions to the programme.

    The event will run over two days:
    Day 1 focuses on ECSEL JU projects’ results and achievements in key areas (e.g. Smart Health, Production, and Mobility and Semiconductor technology for IOT), while Day 2 is dedicated to a more strategic exchange featuring high-profile key note speeches and panel discussions.

    This event is organised under the auspices of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. High-level representatives from Malta have already accepted our invitation to elaborate on the role of Malta and its perspectives in the ECS sector.

    Title  5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will focus on science & skills for renewables integration

    2 June 2017, Leuven, Belgium

    From 31 May to 2 June 2017, KU Leuven (Belgium) hosts the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE) on the SET-Plan Core Priority “N°1 in Renewable Energy”. The event intends to stimulate discussion among university leaders on the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes.

    The conference will also offer specific opportunities for “clustering” knowledge, in which research and education leaders from different disciplines will present their views on the specific priorities of the SET-Plan.

    The event is the fifth of the series of six events aiming to mobilise Europe’s university community in the field of energy. It carries forward the activities outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” published in December 2016.

    Through the event, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions for new paradigms in energy higher education and research in the specific field of renewables integration. EUA and the UNI-SET consortium have launched a Call for Contributions welcoming proposals for parallel sessions in form of good practices and initiatives (download the Call for Contributions on the event`s website).

    The ECE themes are based on the priorities of the SET-Plan. For any enquiries please contact

    Title  'CERCA Conference 2017: Fostering excellence in research for the benefit of society'

    31 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    CERCA CONFERENCE 2017 aims to give an insight into the successful achievements of Catalan research centers and to promote an open dialogue on the challenges that innovation policies face in the near future at EU level.

    The Minister for Business and Knowledge of the Catalan Government, Jordi Baiget, and the representative to the EU, Amadeu Altafaj, will be in charge of the welcome panel, together with the Director of CERCA, Lluis Rovira.

    The keynote speech will be given by the Director of Directorate B “Open Innovation and Open Science” of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Jean-David Malo.

    Other relevant speakers include Jana Kolar, CEO of CERIC-ERIC and governing board member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Theo Papazoglou, Head of the Support to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).

    The event is organized by CERCA Institute, an entity that gathers 41 top performing research centers in all scientific disciplines.

    Title  Regional Workshop on "How to best attract talented researchers"

    25 April 2017, Ohrid, Macedonia

    The purpose of this regional workshop is to fully inform ‘newcomers’ (research performing institutions and research funders) on the principles of Charter and Code and their implementation in the research institution via the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).

    The workshop addresses HR Directors and HR Managers in Research performing and Research funding institutions from FYRO Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.

    It also addresses high-level representatives of universities, research centres as well as beneficiaries and potential applicants of H2020 contracts/projects who need to comply with article 32 stipulating the (best effort) obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C & C) for the benefit of all researchers and their institution.

    Title  Health Leaders Research Congress

    24-25 April 2017, Berlin, Germany

    HLRC 2018 offers delegates the opportunity to hear from and interact with thought leaders and practitioners in health research, policy and practice, who are all working to address global health challenges.

    Attended by leading academic staff, healthcare industry, researchers, policy makers, funding agency leaders, NGOs, the private sector, health providers and practitioners, and government representatives, the congress offers a perfect opportunity to network, partner, learn and collaborate to drive collaboration in bench to bedside research.

    HLRC offers the best case studies, most important policy developments and an opportunity to network with other delegates who are aiming to build global partnerships in health research, or implement the latest research results with their patients or hospitals.

    Only the most dynamic and relevant keynotes, speakers and case studies are selected to be part of the two-day agenda. The programme is filled with thought-provoking addresses, high-level panel discussions and in-depth case studies, along with informative posters and exhibitions.

    All proceedings, presentations and posters from the congress are published online and are completely open access.

    Title  EqUIP Showcasing Event: Research with Impact

    24 April 2017, Brussels, Belgium

    This showcasing event will bring together high level policy and research stakeholders to discuss the potential impact of collaboration between Europe and India in the Social Sciences and Humanities for research and policy innovation to address global societal challenges.

    The EU-India Platform for Social Science and Humanities (EqUIP – funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 613236) brings together 16 social science and humanities funding and support organisations in Europe and India in order to develop a stronger strategic partnership for multi-lateral research collaboration.

    The platform has developed a Europe-India strategic research agenda around societal challenges of common European and Indian concern developed through a series of events exploring broad themes around:

    • Inequalities, growth and place/space
    • Digital archives and databases as a source of mutual knowledge
    • Sustainable prosperity, well-being and innovation
    • Social transformations, cultural expressions, cross-cultural connections and dialogue - Power structures, conflict resolution and social justice.

    Title  World congress on cancer

    27-29 March 2017, London, United Kingdom

    The Organising Committee of the World Congress on Cancer invites you to participate in the World Congress on Cancer will takes place on March 27-29, 2017 in London, UK and the theme of the conference is “Aspiration, inspiration and imagination – Cancer research, Treatment and Care”.

    Title  1st HBP Student Conference

    8-10 February 2017, Vienna, Austria

    In the context of the 1st HBP Student Conference - Transdisciplinary Research Linking Neuroscience, Brain Medicine and Computer Science, young researchers from the fields of neuroscience, brain medicine and computer science receive the possibility to exchange ideas and perspectives and discuss various aspects of their particular fields of expertise relevant to the Human Brain Project.

    The conference offers a variety of discussion sessions, lectures and social events. Through working across boundaries and linking the various fields, it serves as a platform for both intra- and interdisciplinary exchange and is a great opportunity for extensive scientific discussions among peers and faculty, and also a fertile soil for new, innovative ideas.

    Title  European Guide and recommendations for the combined funding of large scale RDI initiatives

    14 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium

    Large-Scale Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Initiatives also known as LSIs are increasingly playing a vital role across Europe for the development and commercialisation of new novel products and services.

    The EU-GREAT! project is exploring the best practices and barriers faced by stakeholders of LSIs in combining funds from different public and private sources.

    This Workshop aims at disseminating the main lessons learnt during the project implementation as well as key recommendations for improving the administrative and policy frameworks of public-private funding instruments to ease the combination of funding and stimulate investments.

    Title  3rd HBP School - Future Neuroscience - The Multiscale Brain: From Genes to Behaviour

    28 November - 4 December 2016, Obergurgl, Austria

    The 3rd HBP School is jointly organised by the Human Brain Project (HBP) and the Allen Institute for Brain Science (AI) and offers a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of neuroscience relevant to the HBP research programme.

    Understanding the brain requires an integrated understanding of different scales of organisation spanning genes, channels, cells, microcircuits, brain regions and their roles in behaviour from perception to action in different states including wakefulness and sleep.

    This course will take the student through the latest data, models and techniques for investigating the different levels of the brain and through the process of putting the pieces together to derive new insights and theories.

    Workshops each day will guide the student with hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art tools and techniques for neuroinformatics, analysis, modelling and simulation.

    The school offers ample opportunities for scientific discussions between students and faculty during dedicated discussion sessions, tutorials and social events.

    The application deadline is 7 September 2016.

    Participation in the 3rd HBP School 2016 is open to advanced master students, postgraduate students and young researchers from within HBP as well as to the external commmunity. Up to 40 participants will be selected from a competitive application process based on pre-defined criteria. Abstracts for presenting the applicants' own work are particularly welcome. Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged.

    There is no registration fee.

    Title  Factories of the Future – Making Innovation Happen

    1 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium

    Since its launch in 2010, the EU's Factories of the Future partnership has been responsible for the launch of 248 pre-competitive projects which are transforming manufacturing.

    The event is focused on the successful industrial exploitation of results from these projects. This event will include ‘Pitch’ sessions which will focus on providing short and to-the-point presentations (‘pitches’) about innovative manufacturing technologies and approaches by projects.

    Factories of the Future - Making Innovation Happen is also an excellent opportunity for interested organisations to connect with some of Europe’s leading industrial companies and research organisations.

    Title  Science Café with Mary O'Connell

    22 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium

    Science Café with Mary O'Connell is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of the Human Immunity and Science Mobility.

    Our guest is renowned molecular biologist who studies nucleic acid modification in connection with diseases of the immune system. She has previously worked at the Medical Research Council (UK). Currently she holds the position of ERA Chair at the Central European Institute of Technology Masaryk University (CEITEC MU).

    Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about her work.

    Title  Animal Task Force Seminar : Animal production, the Key in a European sustainable circular Bioeconomy

    16 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium

    With an increasing global population and consequently, food demand, the livestock sector is a key actor to address the challenge of global food and nutrition security.

    Animal productions can contribute efficiently to the Bioeconomy for a sustainable food-chain, providing multiple benefits. Still, the sector is strongly questioned for its environmental impacts, inefficient use of resources, animal health and welfare and supposedly human health issues linked to the consumption of animal product.

    Since January 2016 and at ATF-EAAP Special session, on Aug. 29th, 2016, in Belfast, the Animal Task Force has engaged a dialogue between research, farmers, industry, decision makers and European stakeholders.

    The aim is to provide input for public policies on the role of livestock in realising a Sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe, and to share on avenues for improvement and research needs. Policy-makers, sector representatives, politicians, NGOs, researchers and industry experts are invited to join the discussion.

    Title  Climate service concepts from research to piloting and proof-of-concept with global scope

    7 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium

    Climate services have the potential to become the intelligence behind the transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon society. The added value of climate services relies on matching the demand for services and the competences in the field.

    A European research and innovation roadmap for climate service offers a framework for discussion to the relevant actors and stakeholders. Roadmap paves the way to shared solutions and facilitates the development of a market for climate services that provides benefits to society.

    The event will present the policy view on the subject as well as stakeholders´ views, including the discussion of the challenge for Latin America and Caribe. The other speakers include representatives of RTD institutions based in France, Germany, UK and the Czech Republic.

    Title  Science Café with Jiří Grygar

    7 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium

    Science Café with Jiří Grygar is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of the Wide open windows of the Universe ("Okna vesmíru dokořán") with one of the Czech most eminent specialists and science popularizer.

    Jiří Grygar is a Czech astrophysicist, significant popularizer of science and UNESCO Kalinga Prize laureate. The scientific work of Jiří Grygar is focused on meteors, comets, eclipsing variable stars, novae, chemically peculiar stars, and cosmic rays.

    Jiří Grygar holds scientific position at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Department of Astroparticle Physics.

    Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible.

    Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

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    Title  Final conference of the IMPRESA project: the impact of research on EU agriculture

    4 November 2016, Rome, Italy

    Registrations remain open for the Final Conference of the IMPRESA project on 4th November 2016 at the FAO headquarters in Rome.

    The event is of particular interest to academics, institutional representatives and decision-makers in the field of agricultural research and innovation, agricultural economics and related areas.

    The conference will provide an overview of the central insights emerging from the project and an opportunity to discuss the policy and research implications. It will feature presentations, an international panel of discussants, a poster exhibition and IMPRESA film screening to explain the findings from three years of investigation of research impact.

    The main themes of the conference highlight data and trends in EU agricultural science, six international case studies on diverse impact pathways of science-based innovation, and key findings from quantitative impact analysis.

    Title  Annual Congress on Rare Diseases Orphan Drugs

    26-27 October 2016, Chicago, Illinois

    Rare Disease is a branch of medicine which is an important public health issue and challenge for the medical community. They are called “Health Orphan”. The term “Orphan Drug” refers to a drug or biologics such as vaccine or blood product that treats a rare disease or conditions.

    Rare Diseases-2016 will be the best platform for all the specialists and super specialists, renowned Scientists, research scholars, students who are working in this field across the globe under a single roof to exchange their knowledge related to Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs.

    This international event is an effort to find an alternative for invasive imaging technique against diseases like rare infectious diseases, rare cancer, Morgellons, Renal cell carcinoma, malignant glioma, Multiple myeloma, Hepatocellular carcinoma etc.

    “Annual Congress on Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs” is going to be held on 26-27 Oct, 2016 at Chicago, Illinois, USA. The organizing committee is gearing up for an exciting and informative conference program including plenary lectures, symposia, workshops on a variety of topics, poster presentations and various programs for participants from all over the world.

    We look forward to having you be part of the event!

    Title  6th EASN International Conference on Innovation in European Aeronautics Research

    18-21 October 2016, Porto, Portugal

    The Conference is addressed to the entire Aeronautics community, including Industrial and Research Organisations, SMEs and Academia.

    It is intended to cover all topics in Aeronautics and Air Transport, including: Flight Physics, Aerostructures, Propulsion, Flight Mechanics, Integrated Design & Validation, Air Traffic Management, Airports, Human Factors, Innovative Concepts and Scenarios, Aircraft Avionics, Systems & Equipment.

    Researchers with a keen interest in those fields will have an excellent opportunity for discussing, networking and creating synergies for future collaborations. The EASN events provide an opportunity for researchers to present their point of view, regarding specific research fields in Aeronautics and Air Transport, to a relative pan-European audience.

    The structure of the 2016 Conference will emphasise into the enhancement of synergies between researchers through interactive sessions, therefore the Conference is designed to engage participants to be a part of a discussion rather than passive listeners.

    Title  SelSus - Smart Factory

    6 October 2016, Budapest, Hungary

    In our workshop we present you best-practice applications of Smart Factory technologies. With focus on reduction of production cost, we are going to cover the entire life-cycle of manufacturing equipment and production lines:

    • Ramp-up phase: I-Ramp³

    • Production phase: SelSus

    • Reuse phase: ReBorn

    Title  Materials Science Engineering (MSE 2016)

    27-29 September 2016, Darmstadt, Germany

    The biennial international congress "Materials Science Engineering (MSE 2016)” will take place in Darmstadt, Germany from September 27th - 29th, 2016.

    We invite prospective authors to submit abstracts for lectures or posters relating to the congress topics: The Topics are structured into 62 symposia that are subject to a comprehensive Call for Abstracts - an excellent opportunity to report on your latest results.

    Especially young scientists are welcome to actively contribute to the congress by submitting an abstract or poster. Students and young scientists will benefit from specific promotion programs.

    For 2016 the MSE elect the U.S. as highlighted guest country for the MSE 2016 Congress. We are very happy to welcome the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) as official co-sponsor of the MSE 2016.

    Title  Applied RDI – making innovation happen!

    26-27 September 2016, Seville, Spain

    The seminar focuses on two central themes of applied RDI: student engagement in project activities and market-based applied RDI.

    The first day presents the different aspects of student engagement in research, including innovative solutions, such as crowdsourcing. Participants will be provided with real-life examples from different European countries on ongoing activities done by and involving students.

    The second day focuses on market-based research and cooperation, e.g. on knowledge transfer between higher education and SMEs, innovation vouchers and on development of professional/industrial PhDs. We welcome you to join us in beautiful Seville to network, get inspired and to get more information on the topics.

    20 September 2016, Participants will follow the event via web streaming

    The info day addressed potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’.

    Presentations covered:

    • The work programme topics that will open for submission in 2016, in particular the novelties and changes in the updated work programme
    • The submission and evaluation process
    • Best practice from successful applicants

    Please follow the recording from the info day:

    If you participated in the live web stream, please fill in the survey and help us improve future info days:


    For further information and presentations for the info day, please visit the event page:


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    Title  6th International Conference on Genomics & Pharmacogenomics

    12-14 September 2016, Berlin, Germany

    Genomics-2016 welcomes members around the world focused on learning about Genomics & Pharmacogenomics and its advances; this is your best opportunity to reach the largest assemblage of participants from the Genomics and its allied areas.

    Conduct presentations, distribute information, meet with current and potential scientists, make a splash with new drug developments, and receive name recognition at this 3-day event.

    World-renowned speakers, the most recent techniques, developments, and the newest updates in Genomics & Pharmacogenomics are hallmarks of this conference.

    Title  4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S)

    29 August - 1 September 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.

    Title  SIS2016: First Conference on Social Impact of Science

    25-29 July 2016, Barcelona, Spain

    The 1st Conference on Social Impact of Science (SIS2016) will provide a framework where research groups from diverse contexts and domains will be able to discuss these existing good practices, as well as the processes for further improvement and innovation.

    Furthermore, SIS2016 will generate new bonds between the different actors involved in this initiative including researchers, scientific agencies, science stakeholders and civil society

    Analysing, communicating and improving social impact is one of the most pressing demands to all scientific fields.

    Most research groups are willing to assume this task, which is still very difficult due to the lack of indicators, repositories and experiences. Nevertheless, there are some scientific domains where significant steps have been already taken.

    There are also some countries where universities and science agencies are very advanced in the construction of these indicators.

    Title  ERA-Can+ Information Session in Stockholm

    17 June 2016, Stockholm

    ERA-Can+ promotes cooperation between the European Research Area and Canada in science, technology and innovation (STI) with a broad range of activities and on several levels: policy dialogue, programme cooperation and researcher mobility.

    With their information sessions in Europe and Canada, ERA-Can+ partners are helping Canadian researchers access potential sources of European funding and vice versa.

    The Centre for Social Innovation together with the trade commissioners at the Embassies of Canada in Sweden and Vinnova invite you to an ERA-Can+ Information Session in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Title  Science Café with Kateřina Falk

    15 June 2016, Brussels

    Science Café with Kateřina Falk is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of Experimental Physics and Women in Science with one of the Czech most eminent specialists.

    Kateřina Falk, Ph.D. is a physicist specializing in the x-ray Thomson scattering in laser-shock experiments and the equation of state of warm dense matter (WDM). Kateřina completed her PhD in Atomic & Laser Group at the University of Oxford and worked at the Plasma Physics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Currently she holds a senior scientist position at the ELI Beamlines facility in Prague. Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; the speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about her work.

    Title  Empowering EU-Japan Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation

    9 June 2016, Brussels

    This seminar will address the recent policy developments and programmes to facilitate Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation between Europe and Japan. A report will be presented on joint and Japanese research programmes that could facilitate Europe-Japan cooperation.

    In addition, three key Japanese research funding agencies will present various tools and programmes open to European researchers, companies and organisations. There will also be a presentation on the outcomes of the EU-funded JEUPISTE project. 

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    Title  Security Research & Innovation Event 2016

    1-2 June 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands

    SRIE2016 is the event where industry, governments and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the latest security challenges for Europe.

    The main topics are: terrorism, border management, cybercrime, financial investigation, forensics and space & security.

    Do you want to get access to the latest security innovations and knowledge and meet potential new business partners, key players and decision makers from the European security domain? Join SRIE2016! The SRIE will provide you with access to knowledge, innovations and markets and consists of the following activities:

    • The Security Innovation Room
    • The Security Research Event of the European Commission (DG Home and Migration) consisting of two components: (1) The Security Research Conference (2) The expo of 8 EC-projects
    • Thematic workshops and world cafés
    • Matchmaking opportunities for participants (organised by Enterprise Europe Network).

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    Title  Science: How Close to Open?

    5 April 2016, Amsterdam

    This event will look into the present and future of intellectual property boundaries in chemistry research and will debate questions such as: Which model for peer-review publishing? Who owns research data and how to share it? Which approach is better for creating innovative products and services?

    Together with researchers, publishers, EU and government officials EuCheMS intends to build bridges between all concerned and to provide answers to questions.

    Title  Readie Research Summit: What drives Europe's Digital Economy

    21-22 March 2016, London

    Policy and business leaders are urgently trying to understand how digital technologies are changing Europe’s economy. How can digitalisation be turned into an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs? What cutting-edge research currently exists? And critically, how can researchers, businesses and policy-makers collaborate to set Europe’s Digital Economy on the right course?

    Join us to hear from some of the most influential experts on the subject including Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar and Veniam, Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, Enrico Giovannini, member of the Club of Rome, and Nicklas Lundblad, Head of EMEA Public Policy and Government Relations at Google.

    Title  3rd Euro Bio-inspired Materials

    22-25 February 2016, Potsdam, Germany

    The scope of this conference is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of novel developments and trends in the field of bio-inspired materials research.

    Accordingly, the whole spectrum of biological materials will be covered. Topics will encompass the formation mechanisms as well as the characterization of complex-shaped and hierarchically structured multifunctional materials present in living nature. Based on this, a further key topic will be the consideration of these architectures as archetypes for the generation of novel functional materials with an expanded property spectrum.

    We invite you to submit your contributions with regard to materials synthesis and design inspired by biological principles and structures. The conference will address Bio-inspired materials based on organic and/or inorganic phases including their mechanical, optical, electronic and magnetic properties as well as actuated systems. Further discussions will be dedicated to materials, which display their function in contact with biological systems, e.g. tissues.

    Moreover, theoretical modelling of the formation, structure and properties of biological and bio-inspired materials will play a main role. The program will comprise several invited plenary lectures as well as oral and poster presentations.

    Furthermore, a session related to the priority program 1420 (Biomimetic Materials Research: Functionality by Hierarchical Structuring of Materials) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will be included.

    Title  FCH JU Programme Review Days & Stakeholder Forum

    17-19 November 2015, Brussels

    The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking is organising the fifth edition of its Programme Review Days (PRD) on 17-18 November 2015 at the Charlemagne building in Brussels.

    100 projects' results will be highlighted through a poster exhibition and forty-four oral presentations will take place, covering cross-cutting, energy and transport in research and demonstration activities.

    On 19 November 2015, the FCH JU annual Stakeholder Forum will take place in the Charlemagne as well. This yearly event is the largest gathering of Europe’s fuel cell sector and is an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss and debate the future of the sector.

    The 2015 edition will provide an overview of the major developments in the past year and will seek to outline a vision for the way the sector will unfold in the coming years.

    Title  European Space Launchers

    3-4 November 2015, Paris, France

    On 26 November 1965, the Diamant launcher sent the 39kg Astérix satellite into orbit from its launch base in Hammaguir. To mark this 50th anniversary, the Air and Space Academy is organising a conference on the topic of European space launchers. This event will examine the emerging competition in the USA, Russia, Japan and China, as well as looking at exciting developments in Europe such as the concept of a flexible family of launchers with Ariane 6 and Vega C, the creation of Airbus Safran Launchers as general contractor and the evolving role of Arianespace.

    The conference will call on top-level speakers to provide a clear, comprehensive panorama of current European launcher services. It will be structured around four sessions:

    -The historical background

    -The global environment and the market for launch services

    -Europe's technical and organisational response to competition

    -Future prospects for technical evolution.

    After each session participants will be able to exchange views with speakers. This conference should meet the expectations of all those who consider European independent access to space to be a strategic priority. 

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    Title  Interested in EU funding? Did you know that you have to comply with article 32?

    29 October 2015, Brussels

    Come along to our info-day together with your institution's HR Manager to find out more.

    This event addresses all beneficiaries and potential applicants of H2020 contracts/projects who need to comply with article 32 stipulating the obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter and Code (C & C) for the benefit of all researchers and their institution.

    The purpose of the event is to fully inform ‘newcomers’ (research institutions and funders) on the principles of Charter and Code and their implementation in the research institution via a step-wise procedure called the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). Successful implementation is awarded by the Commission Services and evidences compliance with article 32 of your H2020 grant agreement.

    Please note the new date: 29 October 2015!

    Title  Contribution of the Slovak Republic to the ERA. New Research Infrastructure

    15 October 2015, Brussels

    The main aim of the conference is to introduce new universities science parks and research centers in different scientific areas. The event will provide space and opportunity for establishing further research collaboration.

    Title  Turkish Universities in the European Research Area

    8-9 October 2015, Ankara

    The European Commission and a group of six leading Turkish universities are organising a Conference on the Turkish Universities in the European Research Area in Ankara on 8 October 2015.

    The aim of the Conference is to bring Turkish universities more on the European scientific map by making them familiar with the European Research Area (ERA) priority actions and discussing with them how to comply with these principles which in turn will strengthen the research and innovation capacity at national level and facilitate cooperation with EU research and innovation entities under the Union's research and innovation programme 'Horizon 2020'.

    The second day of the Conference will focus on research and innovation opportunities under the Union's framework programme Horizon 2020. Cooperation on energy is high on the agenda amongst others on Energy, ICT and Health topics.

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    Title  Transition towards Sustainable and Liveable Urban Futures - JPI Urban Europe presents its Agenda

    29-30 September 2015, Brussels

    The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe invites you to the events entitled 'Transition towards Sustainable and Liveable Urban Futures' that mark and celebrate the launching of the initiative's Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

    These events, jointly organised with the European institutions, will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September 2015.

    The JPI Urban Europe has developed a SRIA with the ambition to set a scene for a new urban research and innovation paradigm. It embraces the complexity of urbanisation, bridging the innovation space from strategic research to implementation. At the events, the SRIA will be presented to a wide audience of urban stakeholders in order to raise commitment of the relevant stakeholders in policy, research and innovation communities and to prepare the first steps towards the implementation of the SRIA.

    Registration is no longer possible but you can follow the event at the European Parliament via webstreaming from 14:30 on 29 September.

    Further information

    Title  Sustainable Places 2015

    16-18 September 2015, Savona, Italy

    The 2015 Edition of the Sustainable Places Event builds on two successful editions held in 2013 and 2014 in Nice. This third edition is an original initiative from the RESILIENT and PERFORMER FP7 European project consortium, aiming to generate a successful, sustainable and world-class series of annual conferences.

    SP2015 aims to gather scientists, researchers, and engineers, from research institutes and the industry, around one of the greatest challenges that our societies have ever faced: ensuring long-term environmental sustainability of ever-growing, densifying urban areas, in a resource-constrained world. As usual, the Sustainable Places conference will encourage networking and clustering among the projects funded in the framework of the FP7/H2020 EeB PPP.

    On this occasion, participants will have the opportunity to assess innovative initiatives, access up-to-date information, discuss market trends and envision possible synergies. Key stakeholders from the energy efficiency value chain have already expressed their interest in joining the event. An attendance of around 200 participants, coming from Europe and other regions of the world, is expected. This call for contributions invites interested parties in presenting recent results and innovative work on energy efficiency at building, district, and city levels. Contributions introducing inputs of research & innovation EU-funded projects are strongly encouraged. Four kinds of contributions are expected:

    • Presentations – to be presented during lively and interactive thematic sessions.

    • Papers & Presentations – 8-pages scientific papers to be presented during expert oriented technical sessions.

    • Workshops – a 90′ or 180′ session to engage speakers and attendees in productive discussions and to produce specific outcomes.

    • Posters – to be displayed in the exhibition area.

    To submit a contribution, please fill in the application form and send it back to not later than May 30, 2015. Authors will be informed of the decision of the Technical Programme Committee not later than June 30, 2015.

    For more details, please go to: We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! 

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    Title  Info Day, Horizon 2020 - 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing'

    18 September 2015, Brussels, Belgium

    With the principle of better health for all at its core, Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 1 (SC1) related to Health Demographic Change and Wellbeing focuses on personalised health and care with an overall budget of €7.4 billion.


    This Info Day will precede the adoption of the 2016-17 Work Programme for SC1 and will help the participants:

    • find out essential information on how to develop a good project proposal and take them through the application process, step by step
    • find project partners
    • get answers to their questions
    • exchange practices with the ones who have already received funding under SC1 H2020 projects
    • find new business opportunities


     Draft Work Programme 2016-2017 for SC1 is now available.

    Title  5th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 5)

    7-9 September 2015, Basel, Switzerland

    The World Sustainability Forum (WSF) is a platform for researchers to present and engage with research-relevant stakeholders on issues relating to sustainability.

    Title  Publication of ESOF2016 calls for Careers and Science to Business Programmes

    1 June - 31 July 2015, Manchester, UK

    Over the six days of 22-27 July 2016, Manchester will host the Euroscience Open Forum 2016 " Science as Revolution". ESOF is the biggest pan-European science platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges.

    The ESOF2016 calls for Careers and Science to Business are now open. The deadline for session proposals is 31st July 2015 at 23:00 pm CET. 

    Title  Third Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation

    29 June - 3 July 2015, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece

    The 3rd Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation is taking place in Athens, Greece from Monday 29 June until Friday 3 July 2015 at the Campus of the National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos". The Forum will cover a broad range of topics including ICT, Nanotechnology, Energy & Environment, Life Sciences and Accelerator Technologies for Society.

    Under the Auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this poly-thematic conference aims to act as a meeting point for Science, Technology and Innovation attracting scientists of the Greek Diaspora and world class experts who will discuss global scientific developments.

    Title  21st EARMA Annual Conference 2015

    28 June - 1 July 2015, Leiden, The Netherlands

    This year the theme for the conference is Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. This theme reflects the growing need and ambition to reach out and get connected and work together globally. Cooperating not only in the field of scientific research & innovation and higher education but also in the field of research management and administration.

    We are delighted to welcome you to EARMA 2015, which is being hosted by Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands. Leiden has been a leading centre for education and research since 1575 and is celebrating its 440th birthday this year. 

    Early Bird Registration open until 30 April! 

    Title  Priorities for science and innovation policy: opportunities, structures and investment

    30 June 2015, London, UK

    Timed to examine Government's post-election plans for UK science and innovation policy, and informed by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's inquiry on Priorities for science, this seminar will bring together key stakeholders from the academic community and R&D-intensive industries with policymakers.

    Guest of Honour: Dr Jack Metthey, Director, Policy Development and Coordination, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

    Title  European Technical School on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2015

    22-26 June 2015, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

    The European Technical School on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2015 is funded by the European Commission under the H2FC project and coordinated by the University of Ulster. The sessions at the European Technical School on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2015 address the themes of hydrogen safety, storage and fuel cells.

    The programme will include topical lectures, outcomes of H2FC transnational access, e-infrastructure for hydrogen and fuel cell research: hydrogen safety, storage and fuel cells, hands-on training session for use of the Cyber-laboratory and poster presentations on state-of-the-art research. 

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    Title  A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation

    22-23 June 2015, Brussels, Belgium

    In the presence of Commissioner Moedas, this conference will bring together some 500 participants from key research and innovation organisations to discuss EU policies on three interconnected topics: Open Science, the European Research Area and Innovation.

    The conference will cover a broad range of issues including:

    • the results and outcome of the ‘Science 2.0: Science in Transition’ consultation
    • the ERA Roadmap
    • open labour market for researchers
    • building up an innovation ecosystem
    • future markets

    In the runup to the conference there was a survey among stakeholders and experts to assess current innovation policies. The results will be presented and discussed at the Conference, in the session "Towards an ERA of innovation" and they will inform the overall review of the Innovation Union.

    The conference will be web-streamed. The links for the different rooms and days are on the conference web site.


    Title  Opportunities in Science and Innovation Collaboration between Canada and Austria

    9 June 2015, Vienna, Austria

    The Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) as Austrian Partner of the ERA-Can+ project in cooperation with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) will present opportunities for collaboration in Horizon 2020, EUREKA and other European and Canadian programmes. The Guide for Europeans to Canadian Programmes will be presented to the participants. 

    You can register here

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    Title  WIRE 2015 (Week for Innovative Regions in Europe)

    4-5 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

    This 6th edition of the WIRE Conference provides a forum for policy dialogue on Research, Innovation, Regional Strategies and Growth. Held since 2010, it has been established as a debate leading to new proposals for improving the effectiveness of regional, national and European governance, measuring the impact and supporting regional development.

    The Conference focuses this year on:
    - From programme to implementation: the key challenges for regions
    - How to close the innovation divide: the role of regions
    - Overcoming the barriers to innovation and stimulating regional strategies 

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    Title  FORMAT Final Conference: Driving Innovation in Industrial Processes by Technology Forecasting

    14-15 May 2015, Milan, Italy

    Forecasting technological advancements in industrial processes is a key factor for developing innovation projects and an excellent tool supporting decision makers when it comes to investments, directing research visions and carrying out innovation strategies. This is the aim and achievements of the European FORMAT Project: FOrecast and Roadmapping for Manufacturing Technologies.

    Politecnico di Milano invites you to a two-day conference in technology forecasting in the consortium of Whirlpool Europe, Wroclaw University of Technology, PNO Consultants and Innovation Engineering and within the Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) - Marie Curie Actions. Invited speakers from academia and industry in addition to FORMAT consortium researchers, engineers and consultants are going to present talks of technology forecasting. In addition, FORMAT team members will disseminate the latest advancement in the project and practical case-studies for forecasting industrial processes in a multinational company and SMEs.

    The conference coexists with the Expo Milan 2015. Participation is free. Please reserve your seat by registering. 

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    6 May 2015, Committee of the Regions, Brussels

    The workshop aims to encourage active dialogue and exchange of ideas between the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) -H2020 stakeholders and the national/regional authorities that apply for structural funds, and :   


    1) Raise awareness on KETs (advanced materials, nanotechnology, micro- and nano-electronics, industrial biotechnology, photonics, and advanced manufacturing systems) as drivers for industrial competitiveness in regions.   2) Stimulate interaction to enhance synergies, by engaging participants in discussions during the parallel sessions.  3)  Showcase examples of regions that have identified KETs as priorities and promote interregional cooperation.  4) Explore how the new instruments help deal with current problems and limitations;   5) Identify the main barriers for addressing synergies from part of H2020 stakeholders and national and regional authorities.

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    Title  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. 


    Contacts: and

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    Title  The future for Open Access and the move towards Open Data

    26 March 2015, London

    This conference is timed to follow the publication of RCUK's review of the impact of Open Access so far - expected early 2015 - and will focus on key remaining implementation issues as well as looking forward to next steps for policy in light of the UK government's stated aim of adopting an Open Data culture for publicly funded research.

    Delegates will discuss ways universities, academics and publishers can maximise the potential of Open Access and raise awareness of its uses among the public and businesses - and ways forward for sharing best practice across the sector. They will also assess how Open Access has been implemented in practice since the Finch Review.

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    12 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium

    A new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities under Horizon 2020 opened on 10 December 2014 (deadline for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015). It calls for proposals in two topics: SCC-01-2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects and SCC-03-2015: Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions.

    The information day will take place on 12 February 2015 in the morning and will:

    • Inform participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities
    • Provide relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC call.

    Please note that registration is closed as the venue capacity has been reached.

    The agenda of our event is now available in the documents below. Please note that only the participants that have received a confirmation letter will be able to enter the venue.

    Registrations will start at 08:30. In the afternoon after 14:00, a brokerage event will provide a chance for people to discuss, exchange ideas, network and meet potential partners to create new or strengthen existing consortia.

    Title  Bio-based Plastics – How do we Grow the EU Industry?

    1 December 2014, Brussels

    This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles hampering the development of the bio-based plastics sector in the EU. We are especially interested in PLA and PHA as we consider these bio-based plastics as having the highest potential for deployment in the EU. Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of bioplastics is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

    Today, bio-based plastics have an established market, demonstrating rapid growth both in Europe and globally. While Europe is currently the largest producer and user of bio-based plastics, this situation is expected to change in the future with production increasingly being based in countries where feedstocks are cheaper and where production costs are lower. Even with increasing fossil fuel prices expected to make bio-based plastics more competitive compared to fossil-derived plastics, ensuring the cost-competitiveness of EU bio-based plastics production compared to other regions globally is expected to become an increasingly difficult challenge.

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    Title  Sharing experience to better implement the HR strategy for researchers - Mutual Learning Seminars

    20 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

    The European Commission is committed to increasing the attractiveness of research careers in Europe and to improving employment and working conditions for researchers. Further work is necessary to implement a sound Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), based upon the uptake of the Charter and Code concept. HR managers from research institutions and funding organisations will come together to share their experiences and best practices when implementing the HRS4R in their institutions for the benefit of the researchers. Participants will also share creative and innovative, and yet feasible, ideas on the key elements needed to improve the current HRS4R implementation procedure.

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    Title  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 ( Participants thus have the chance to enlarge their networks and pick up innovative solutions for an independent, decentralised energy supply. 

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    Title  Destination Europe, your research and innovation opportunities

    17 October 2014, Atlanta, USA

    'Destination Europe' events showcase the vibrant and exciting research and innovation culture in Europe and the opportunities available to researchers, from anywhere in the world, interested in working in Europe. It is a joint initiative of the European Union and its Member States.


    At the Atlanta event you will find:

    Experts from European research organisations, funding agencies and European Commission services who will present programmes, initiatives and excellent institutions

    Researchers who have had the experience of moving to Europe temporarily or permanently and who will share their experience with you

    Information about the practicalities of moving to Europe (scientific visa, mobility centres etc.)

    An exhibition space to provide additional information

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    Title  European Biofuels Technology Platform - 6th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting

    14-15 October 2014, Brussels, Belgium

    The EBTP 6th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting (SMP6) - Biofuels for Low Carbon Transport and Energy Security - will take place at the Diamant Conference Centre, Brussels, on 14-15 October 2014. The meeting will start around midday on the 14th and conclude in the early afternoon on the 15th, with the aim of maximizing opportunities for networking and discussion.

    The SPM6 Speaker Programme can be found on the website. Entrance to SPM6 is free for all European biofuels stakeholders from industry, academia, research organisations, common interest groups or other associations with an interest in biofuels production and use. The conference capacity is limited to 200 participants and attendance is subject to successful registration. You can register via this link:

    Title  Sharing experience to better implement the HR strategy for researchers - Mutual Learning Seminars

    9 October 2014, Brussels, Belgium

    The European Commission is committed to increasing the attractiveness of research careers in Europe and to improving employment and working conditions for researchers. Further work is necessary to implement a sound Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), based upon the uptake of the Charter and Code concept. HR managers from research institutions and funding organisations will come together to share their experiences and best practices when implementing the HRS4R in their institutions for the benefit of the researchers. Participants will also share creative and innovative, and yet feasible, ideas on the key elements needed to improve the current HRS4R implementation procedure.

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    Title  Chemical Building Blocks – building sustainable foundations for biobased chemicals

    1 October 2014, Reims, France

    This workshop aims to identify workable solutions to the major hurdles and concerns hampering the development of the biobased chemicals sector in the EU. We are especially interested in views on 3HPA, succinic acid, PDO, furfural, and isoprene as we consider these chemical building blocks to have the highest potential for deployment in the EU.Input from market, policy and technological experts within the area of chemical building blocks is crucial to allow us to develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry.

    Chemical building blocks provide routes to a wide range of different products and chemicals and, in turn, an astonishing range of different downstream uses. Industrial biotechnology offers the potential for developing biobased chemical building blocks that can have new or improved functionalities compared to those which can be produced from fossil fuels or traditional chemical routes. Despite this potential, significant hurdles to the production of biobased chemical building blocks using IB processes exist in the EU.

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    Title  Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things

    18 September 2014, Split, Croatia

    The Internet of Things (IoT) can be seen as the next evolutionary step in the Internet life-cycle, with already more than 10 billion connected devices in 2013. We are witnessing the emergence of open-source solutions targeting the IoT and cloud integration which can further drive innovation and provision of utility-driven IoT services.

    This workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and standardisation bodies, to showcase their practical work, exchange ideas and experiences, discuss novel solutions and future development. Workshop participants will also find common ground for collaboration in the area of interoperability for the Internet of Things.

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    Title  Use of IB in Biosurfactants

    3 September 2014, Berlin, Germany

    The BIO-TIC project has organised this workshop with the aim to identify technological, non-technological and market hurdles for the uptake of industrial biotechnology in bio-surfactants and develop recommendations and solutions to overcome the identified hurdles. Input from market, policy and technological experts is crucial to help us develop recommendations which best answer the needs of industry and further build on the roadmaps being developed as part of this project.

    Biobased surfactants can be produced either from oils and fats via oleochemical production or from sugars, e.g. molasses by fermentation. Biobased surfactants can be used for a wide range of applications, the largest of which are currently detergents, followed by personal care products and industrial and institutional cleaners. The BIO-TIC project estimates that in 2030 the biobased surfactants market in Europe could have a market value of between 0.8 MEUR and 1.8 BEUR. The market value could be greater than this if the various hurdles to biosurfactants are addressed.

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    Title  7th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring

    8-11 July 2014, Nantes (France)

    EWSHM 2014 (European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring) invites original contributions on all topics related to Structural Health Monitoring, including, but not limited to: Physical monitoring principles in general (visual, mechanical, acoustic, electrical, thermal, etc.) Signal processing (FFT, wavelet, PCA, feature extraction, pattern recognition, etc.) Structural simulation (stress & strain, modal, acoustics, electromagnetics, thermal, neural networks, etc.) Sensors and sensor systems (network, wireless and smart sensors piezoelectric, fibre optic, electromagnetic, MEMS, nano agents, etc.) Principles of SHM-based structural monitoring, design, and maintenance SHM applications (aerospace, marine, railway, automotive, pipelines, civil engineering, power plants, energy generation and distribution, production, etc.)


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    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.

    Title  International Conference on Localization and GNSS

    24-26 June 2014, Helsinki, Finland

    This conference is jointly organized by European, American and Asian professionals. It aims at inspiring the development of new design, implementation, test and evaluation methodologies for wireless positioning platforms. The conference will also have a track dedicated to MULTI-POS Marie Curie ITN.

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    Title  7th Conference of the International Marangoni Association (IMA7)

    23-26 June 2014, Vienna, Austria

    The 7th Conference of the International Marangoni Association (IMA7) brings together scientists and engineers in the field of interfacial fluid dynamics and processes and provides a forum for discussion of current problems and recent advances in the field.

    The 7th Conference of the International Marangoni Association (IMA7) will take place at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria between 23rd and 26th of June, 2014. The topics covered by the conference are: Marangoni effects Interfacial instabilities thermo- and solutocapillary flows boiling and evaporation heat pipes thin films droplet spreading contact-angle and contact-line dynamics binary mixtures and surfactants coating surface waves microfluids liquid bridges applications in materials processing applications in bio-fluid systems.

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    Title  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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    Title  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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    Title  Destination Norway - Opportunities in ERC Research Funding

    18 June 2014, Oslo, Norway

    Organised by the EU Office at the University of Oslo, this half-day seminar is aimed at researchers, research administrators, leaders involved in research strategy and those with an interest in ERC research funding opportunities. The aim is to provide an opportunity for researchers to learn more about ERC funding opportunities, and to meet and discuss directly with the ERC and fellow researchers from across Norway.

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    Title  Seminar on Open Scholarship

    6 June 2014, Brussels

    The League of European Research Universities (LERU) will hold a Seminar on Open Scholarship with the participation of relevant policymakers and other stakeholders.

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    Title  Symposium on Social Media Analytics for Migrant Integration

    4 June 2014, Berlin, Germany

    The Symposium on Social Media Analytics for Migrant Integration organised by the UniteEurope Consortium will focus on the presentation of the UniteEurope Online Monitoring Tools. It’s a great opportunity to share our knowledge, to discuss and explore the tools and to network with policy-makers, NGOs and scientists in the field of migrant integration.

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    Title  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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    Title  ISPE Europe Annual Conference

    28-30 April 2014, Frankfurt, Germany

    The ISPE Europe Annual Conference 2014 - Driving Effectiveness in Pharmaceutical Operations within the New Quality Culture will bring together pharmaceutical, regulatory and technology experts from around the world.

    This two-and-half-day event will consist of an executive forum, keynote sessions and three different tracks to assess how the senior management and operational challenges, quality system effectiveness and regulatory changes can be brought into a new pharmaceutical paradigm to exploit opportunities like Quality-by-Design, continuous manufacturing, science- and risk-based regulations in the daily life.

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    Title  Fujitsu Laboratories Innovation Gathering

    2 April 2014, Helsinki, Finland

    One of the world’s premier research facilities invites academics, government experts, CTOs and anyone involved in shaping the future of IT and business to an unprecedented opportunity to gain an insight into its R&D activities, look at the latest technologies and discuss how they can be applied to the business environment and to benefit society as a whole. The focus will be on the digitalisation of business and a vision of our digital future, with the key technical themes centring on - Big Data – emphasising data analytics and Linked Data; - The Digital Society – indicating how IT developments can enhance quality of life, security, and how we live.

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    Title  Research and innovation in the UK - funding, commercialisation and infrastructure

    27 March 2014, London

    This annual seminar is a timely opportunity to discuss the latest developments in research and innovation policy. Sessions will include discussion of funding arrangements for research, including attracting EU funding, the commercial 'impact' element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the effectiveness of R&D tax credits. Priorities for Government investment in science will also be discussed, in light of the planned increase set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into scientific infrastructure - published in November.

    The conference will also include focus on steps to improve the commercialisation of UK research including the impact of Catapult Centres - Government-funded hubs bringing together business and universities on particular fields of research - so far and the next steps for the Centres. Delegates are expected to include key policymakers from across Government and Parliament with representatives from Research Councils and other funding bodies, and key stakeholders from universities, learned societies and industry.

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    Title  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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    Title  Advanced European bioethics course ‘Human Genomics and Medical Technology, ethical opportunities and threats’

    11-14 March 2014, Nijmegen, Netherlands

    The focus of this 4 day course will be on the moral problems generated by molecular genomics research, and the development and application of new knowledge in clinical genetics. The implications of the development of genomics will probably give rise to new understandings of health and disease, new clinical practices and routines, and shifting responsibilities for scientists, health care providers and patients in preventing, diagnosing or treating disease.

    In this course we aim to find answers to questions such as: Which actual ethical issues are connected with genomics? How do ethics germinate within genomic research? What promises does genomics offer and in what ways can it be expected to influence both clinical practice and the health care system? How should we deal with questions that arise when genetic information is stored in biobanks? What are ethical requirements for personalized medicine? How should incidental findings be dealt with? And what about privacy and informed consent? What are the basic philosophical insights into human-technology relations at the core of these ethical issues?

    This course is designed with participants from various backgrounds in mind: researchers working in the field of human genetics, biomedical sciences, life sciences, genetics and biology and physicians doing research that has a genetic component but also for professionals from other areas in healthcare such as physicians and nurses, health care administrators, bioethics committee members, professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry, professionals in the areas of ethics, philosophy and theology, and PhD students undertaking courses of study in any of these areas.

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    Title  Water beyond Europe II

    20 February 2014, Brussels

    After a successful first edition, we are pleased to announce that “Water beyond Europe II”, the workshop dedicated to our new collaboration with South Africa will take place on 20th of February at the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels.

    This second edition will bring together our European partners and a delegation of South African stakeholders, as well as national funding agencies from both continents. “Water beyond Europe II” will present an overview of the common water priorities between Europe and South Africa and will bring the possibility of creating potential collaborations between both continents and within ACQUEAU

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    Title  Final Conference for the IMOSHION project

    13 February 2014, Málaga, Spain

    IMOSHION stands for “Improving Occupational Safety & Health in European SMEs with help of Simulation and Virtual Reality” and aims at improving occupational safety and health (OSH) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by use of simulation and virtual reality technologies. The final conference of the IMOSHION project will be held at the Rectorate building of the University of Malaga, on February 13th, in Málaga, Spain.


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    Title  Exploring the role of local communities in materials research

    21 January 2014, Brussels

    The 6th Innomatnet workshop will take place in Brussels on January 21st at the Egg ( This workshop will explore the importance of involving and empowering citizens, local communities and local creative industries/designers in material research, bridging the gap between material industry and citizens/local entrepreneurs, as an important step towards a sustainable and eco-friendly economy and society.

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    Title  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.


    Title  EVS27 - World Electric Vehicles Symposium and Exhibition

    17-20 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain

    The 27th Edition of the World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition is organized by AVELE, Spanish Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles and member of AVERE, and Fira de Barcelona, hosted by AVERE, the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, the World Electric Vehicle Association, WEVA, and the City Council of Barcelona, in collaboration with EVAAP and EDTA.
    The topics cover research and activities across all fields related to battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles, their infrastructure and components as well as topics related to market, business and public policies.


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    Title  Industrial Biotechnology in UK and Ireland - Identifying Challenges and Opportunities

    19 November 2013, London

    The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in the UK and Ireland. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of UK and Irish stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.


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    Title  The EU Horizon 2020 Programme and Teaming for Excellence in the European Research Area

    17-18 October 2013, Prague

    International conference to launch the Horizon 2020 programme entitled "The EU Horizon 2020 Programme and Teaming for Excellence in the European Research Area" (H2020-TEER), as its title suggests, will act not only on the structure of the program, but also the involvement of Czech research teams in collaboration with teams of excellent European research centers.


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    Title  International Cooperation in Transport Research: the way forward - EUTRAIN Project Final Conference

    9-10 October 2013, Brussels

    The EUTRAIN conference aims at gathering the European and global scientific, policy making and business communities to discuss themes and instruments for the promotion of future international cooperation in the field of transport research. Specific objectives of the conference are:
    • To jointly identify priorities and collaboration opportunities in surface transport (road, rail, waterborne and cross-modes) between the EU and the USA, the Asian Pacific Region, the BRICS countries, the Latin America and the Mediterranean Countries;
    • To review the EUTRAIN project recommendations and deliver additional ones, on ways and means of moving forward future EU supported international cooperation activities in the field of transport research;
    • To consider innovative support and funding mechanisms for international cooperation activities.

    Programme and registration are available here.


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    Title  Industrial Biotechnology in Germany. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities

    10 October 2013, Hannover, Germany

    The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in Germany. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of German stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.


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    Title  Joint Technology Initiatives: Innovation in Action

    30 September - 4 October 2013, Brussels

    The five Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) – IMI (innovative medicines), Clean Sky (aeronautics and air transport), ENIAC JU (nanoelectronics), FCH (fuel cells and hydrogen), and ARTEMIS (embedded computing systems) - will present their achievements to date and their vision on future challenges at a shared event and exhibition called Innovation in Action. The event will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, in the presence of policy makers, industry, academic and research organisations.
    The purpose of the event is to focus on the value proposition, model for innovative research and contribution to European quality of life of the JTIs in the context of the ongoing discussions on the Innovation Investment Package within the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, presented on 10 July 2013 by the European Commission.


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    Title  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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    Title  Defining the Future of Industrial Biotechnology in the EU - Nordic Workshop

    3 October 2013, Helsinki, Finland

    The BIO-TIC consortium wishes to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in the Nordic states. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed.
    Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of Nordic stakeholders in this strategically important area. For more information on the event please contact or Claire Gray, BIO-TIC project coordinator at This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.


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    Title  VAMP2013

    30 September - 1 October 2013, Helsinki, Finland

    TERENA and SURFnet kindly invite you to the second VAMP workshop on September 30th & October 1st, 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. Goal of VAMP2013 is to foster the deployment of identity management and collaboration tools within the research community. The organisers invite IT architects of international Research Communities, identity federations and providers of (collaborative) infrastructures for research to participate in this interactive workshop.

    The design of the workshop is to provide: * structured presentations on exemplar deployments within specific Research Communities, as well as * open discussions for Research Communities architects and infrastructure experts to share use cases, best practices, infrastructural solutions, etc.

    VAMP2013 sequels VAMP2012. By the end of the workshop, participants will know about the latest developments in identity federation support for Research Communities, how they can (and cannot) use identity federation, what are the experiences of Research Communities with collaborative infrastructures, and what tools are available for strengthening collaboration. The programme for the workshop will be made available as soon as possible on the TERENA website. Invitation We invite everyone involved in setting up or designing collaborative infrastructures for Research Communities, or otherwise interested, to join us on September 30th and October 1st. We also encourage everyone to provide us with ideas and suggestions for the programme. Research Communities willing to share their experiences with collaborative infrastructures are explicitly invited to forward their suggestions. Please contact us at FIM4R & REFEDS VAMP event will be organised in conjunction with FIM4R (Oct 2, organised by ELIXIR Finland) and REFEDs (Oct 2 & 3, organised by TERENA) meetings.



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    Title  Industrial Biotechnology in Spain. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities

    25 September 2013, Toledo, Spain

    The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in Spain.For Spain to grow and develop its industrial biotechnology base, it will be vital to access EU funding for research and innovation activities.
    This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of Spanish stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.

    Register at:


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    Title  Industrial Biotechnology in Poland. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities

    19 September 2013, Łódź, Poland

    The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in Poland.For Poland to grow and develop its industrial biotechnology base, it will be vital to access EU funding for research and innovation activities. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of Polish stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe. Register at or contact Claire Gray at


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    Title  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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    Title  EuroNanoForum 2013

    18-20 June 2013, Dublin

    EuroNanoForum 2013 focuses on the commercialisation of nanotechnologies, exploiting its potential for new applications and taking them further from enabling technologies to end products. It will also introduce the industry to new innovations for growth opportunities.

    With Horizon2020 beginning in 2014, the conference will also show how nanotechnologies fit into the new structure within Europe’s key priority areas of excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.

    Title  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:

    Questions regarding the call for abstracts? Contact Maureen Yap:

    For exhibition inquiries, contact Benjamin Pantani:

    For press / media inquiries, contact Chiara Benetti: For further information

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    Title  Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting

    22-23 May 2013, Heidelberg, Germany

    The first Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting at EMBL Heidelberg Advance Training Centre, 22-24 May 2013, will showcase integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research.

    The program includes sessions that represent recent structural biology highlights, emerging methods and technologies and results of biomedical importance.

    Confirmed speakers include: So Iwata (Imperial College, Diamond), Dinshaw Patel (Sloan-Kettering Institute), Roger Sunahara (University of Michigan), David Eisenberg (UCLA), Philip Selenko (Leibniz Institut), Elena Conti (MPI Martinsried), Carol Robinson (University of Oxford), Stephan Sigrist (FU-Berlin) and Henry Chapman (European XFEL).

    A special session, jointly organised with the ESFRI project Euro-Bioimaging, will focus on the bridge between structural and cell biology provided by recent developments in electron, light and X-ray microscopy. Confirmed speakers for this session include Gerd Schneider and Wolfgang Baumeister.

    Title  The 1st International conference on Internet Science

    10-11 April 2013, Brussels

    The 1st international conference on Internet Science will be organized from April 10 to 11, 2013 in Brussels, under the aegis of the European Commission, by the EINS project, the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science (

    Hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (, this highly multidisciplinary conference combines Computer Science, Sociology, Art, Mathematics, Physics, Complex systems analysis, Psychology, Economics, Law, Political Science, Epistemology and other relevant disciplines. It will be the unique venue fostering dialogue among scholars and practitioners belonging to these disciplines. It will also provide the EINS Network of Excellence with an opportunity to interact with external stakeholders,  detail project objectives and methodological approach,  and showcase its first results.

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    Title  Info Day - FP7 ERA Chairs Pilot Call: Italian Convergence Regions in the Framework for R&I 2014-2020

    8 April 2013, Catania, Italy

    The Commission launched on 18 December 2012 the ERA Chairs pilot call under FP7. This action will support projects carried out by individual research entities established in the eligible regions (Convergence and Outermost regions)to introduce measures and activities to facilitate the structural change and put in place the conditions needed to develop excellent research. This Information Day aims at providing comprehensive information on the ERA Chairs pilot call as well as on the opportunities for Convergence Regions in Horizon 2020.
    The Information Day will also look at the Smart specialization strategy as a key instrument to foster synergies between research organisations and national/regional strategies for R&I. Participants will have the opportunity to take stock and exchange ideas/views on what can be done to develop excellent research in the R&I organisations of Italian Convergence regions.

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    14 November 2012, Nicosia, Cyprus

    The objective of the Conference is to bring together European Research Area – ERA stakeholders such as research organisations, universities, private enterprises and public authorities to contribute to the debate on the policy measures and actions which must be implemented with a view to completing ERA by 2014.

    During the Conference key specific and cross-cutting issues of ERA policy will be explored, including, inter alia, the effectiveness of national research systems, open labour market for researchers, research infrastructures, gender issues, knowledge transfer and open access issues, cross border cooperation and competition of research actors, international cooperation and the monitoring mechanism.

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    Title  European Bus System of the Future FINAL EVENT

    15 October 2012, Brussels, Belgium

    For the first time, a wide consortium of 47 partners in 11 countries has dedicated four intensive years of research and development to the improvement of bus systems (under the coordination of UITP). The innovative solutions developed and tested as part of the project 'European Bus System of the Future' can be considered essential ingredients for an intelligent bus system, with pioneering vehicles and infrastructures that are well-integrated in European urban scenarios. At this final event, we will give lively presentations to show the results of our research, and exhibit some of the greatest EBSF achievements: four bus demonstrators and prototype (Volvo, MAN, Irisbus, Evobus), the EBSF driver cabin, and the IT architecture test bench.

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    Title  Technology Roadmap for Small Aircraft Transport Mode

    20 July 2012, Brussels, Belgium

    Inter-regional mobility using small aircraft could offer socio economic benefits and time saving for businesses. This research project explored how small aircraft operations can become part of the air transport system, studying - among other things - technological requirements and safety aspects.

    During the workshop, a Technology Roadmap to implement the Common Vision for Small Aircraft Transport (SAT) in practice will be discussed.

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    Title  Transport Research Information Days

    18-19 July 2012, Brussels, Charlemagne building

    The transport theme under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) welcomes excellent research proposals looking for innovative solutions to today’s transport-related societal challenges.

    Are you from an SME, company, research institution or university and interested in learning more about how to participate in the transport theme under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7)? Meet us and potential partners at the ‘infodays’ and find out all about the Work Programme 2013.

    The aim of the two-day event is to inform potential researchers about FP7 and the new Transport Calls for Proposals under the ‘Co-operation’ Programme. Details will also be given on the main legal and procedural conditions and we will respond to your questions. Participants will also have the chance to network with potential project partners.

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    4-5 June 2012, Krakow, Poland

    The conference will focus on smart regional development based on knowledge and innovation. WIRE2012 will address main current issues related to the effective implementation of the Innovation Union at regional level for the next period 2014-2020, through three main thematic pillars:

    • Innovative regions in the Horizon 2020 will investigate the role of regions in smart specialisation, the role of cities as innovation hubs, and regional innovation ecosystems within Horizon 2020;
    • Stairway to Excellence will focus on the future of research and innovation at the regional level, on synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy, and on smart specialisation in convergence regions and Centres of Excellence;
    • Networking for ERA at Regional Level will discuss the European Territorial Cooperation, networks of clusters, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, networks of research infrastructure and Multiregional Knowledge Partnerships (e.g. Danube, Baltic)

    Participation in the Conference is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

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    Title  ERANET TRANSPORT II (ENT II) end Conference

    17 April 2012, Brussels, Belgium

    The ERANET Transport brought together several EU Member States, to coordinate their transport research programmes. The final conference presents the steps and results in building a European Research Area (ERA) for transport (ENT II) and an outlook towards the next step in ERA-NET TRANSPORT (ENT III) focusing on the thematic perspectives of future flagship topics in ENT III.

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    30 January 2012, Brussels

    The conference is an important milestone in the ongoing preparations of the ERA Framework. In it, the responses to public consultation and their implications will be presented and discussed. The event will provide a platform for prominent stakeholders to testify and discuss further where they see major bottlenecks and help to mobilise a broad consensus and support for the way forward via the ERA Framework.

    Title  European Electric Vehicle Congress

    26-28 October 2011, Brussels

    The  European Electric Vehicle Congress (EEVC-2011) gathers different actors, from industry, research institutes, NGO’s and public authorities to develop a roadmap for sustainable mobility technology. This type of exchange is the only way to make sure that the most appropriate products for technologies for battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles are selected for market introduction.

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    Title  Planning Research for the Future?

    13-15 October 2011, Berlin

    The conference invites university researchers and representatives of private research institutions to discuss the planning, advancement and regulation of research, its implications, consequences and structural needs.

    Organized by the Center for Cluster Development (CCD) of the Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the conference will provide a perfect opportunity to present and disseminate information about methods and practices of planning research as well as the possibilities and consequences. Representatives of BMBF and the best known German and international foundations and  research organizations have been invited.

    Registration needed. Contact for registration:

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    11-13 October 2011, Brussels

    Under the motto “Towards a European Innovation Ecosystem” the 3rd EIS will be organised in two major events. In Warsaw the focus will be on adapting EU research and innovation policies to national and regional contexts, and on increasing synergies between different policy areas. In the European Parliament in Brussels, participants will discuss the role of people and talent for innovation and the challenges of innovation funding and financing.

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    10-11 October 2011, Warsaw

    The 3rd European Innovation Summit aims to bring the relevant parties together to obtain greater cohesion within the European research and innovation system while preserving the freedom of EU regions and Member States to act independently.

    The participation is free of charge but registration is required.

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    Title  ERAC Stakeholders' Seminar

    13 September 2011, Brussels

    Some representatives from EU Member States and the main European research stakeholder organisations meet in Brussels to mark the launch of the public consultation on the ERA Framework. This public consultation will run from 13 September - 30 November and will gather stakeholder views on the main obstacles and untapped potential affecting the European research sector, and possible measures to address these issues.

    The conference can be followed online - see below.

    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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    Title  World Congress on Railway Research

    22-26 May 2011, Lille, France

    The 9th World Congress on Railway Research will take place in Lille, in the North of France from May 22 to May 26, 2011.

    The WCCR 2011 is an outstanding international meeting whose target is to promote exchanges between researchers, manufacturers and operators as well as to share their experiences.

    The European Commission will be present to stimulate the growth of a European community of railway research.

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    Title  MIC - My Ideal City Conference

    12-13 May 2011, Venice

    The conference, which is free, will present the results of MIC, which is an EU-funded project (7th Framework Programme) exploring the use of shared virtual environments as part of a public discussion on the issues involved in building the city of the future.

    The project involves four science museums – Trento, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Jerusalem – and the IUAV University of Venice, with its Me.La. Multimedia Laboratory, which was responsible for the artistic coordination and implementation of part of the virtual environments.

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    Title  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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    16-17 March 2011, Berlin

    The ERA-NET Learning Platform (supported by the ERA-LEARN action) is organising a workshop entitled "Implementing ERA-NETs" which is designed as a training session targeted at current and future ERA-NET coordinators and core partners of the consortia (work package leaders).  The training will provide participants with hands-on experience that will support them in coordinating ERA-NET actions and in implementing joint activities, in particular joint calls.

    Title  The Fossil Energy Coalition Conference

    3-4 November 2010, Brussels

    FENCO-ERA is a European Research Area Network with the overall aim of networking the national R&D activities in the field of fossil fuels energy conversion and CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS).

    The event is being held in the Cinquantenaire (Royal Museums of Art and History), Brussels and a draft agenda for the conference can  be downloaded here.  Participants at the conference will include: Public Authorities and Agencies, Industrial and Other Stakeholders, NGOs.  Participation is free of charge and the event will take place over two half days starting at lunch time on 3 November and finishing after lunch on 4 November.


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    Title  2010 World Universities Congress: What should be the new aims and responsibilities of universities within the framework of global issues?

    20-24 October 2010, Çanakkale, Turkey

    In October 2010, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University will be organising a World Universities Congress on the theme: "What should be the new aims and responsibilities of universities within the framework of global issues?"

    The main responsibilities of universities around the world have traditionally been to offer education and training leading to a profession, to conduct scientific research, and to provide other services to the community. However, in a world where global issues are increasingly impacting on daily life, universities today have a duty to assume more responsibility in a wider field.

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    5 October 2010, Claridge Centre, Brussels

    Objective of the event: The EURAXESS event will demonstrate the positive impact that researcher mobility and international cooperation can have for career enhancement and economic growth. It aims to raise awareness of the need to improve the framework conditions for researchers in Europe in order to make European research careers more attractive to talent from all over the world.
        Audience: Participation is by invitation only. 230 participants are expected, including policy makers, researchers, representatives from business and industry, from research institutes, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, academia and media.
        The event: This one-day event will showcase the most inspiring and ingenious researchers at the forefront of European and international innovation. For the special occasion, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will appear as a hologram and will speak about the topic of the year: the Innovation Union plan.

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    Title  ICT 2010: Europe's most visible forum for ICT research and innovation

    27-29 September 2010, Brussels Expo

    This biennial event has become a unique gathering point for researchers, business people, investors, and high level policy makers in the field of digital innovation. This year ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the next financial programme of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.

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    Title  European Industrial Technologies Conference

    7-9 September 2010, Brussels

    The European Industrial Technologies Conference will address:

    • The need for innovation within European industry and major obstacles hindering innovation;
    • Future perspectives for industry with newly developed manufacturing technologies, materials and nanotechnologies;
    • The social, environmental sustainability and competitiveness perspectives of the European manufacturing industry.


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    Title  FP7 INFORMATION DAY for the Public Private Partnerships ' Energy-efficient Buildings, Factories of the Future and Green Cars'

    9 July 2010, Brussels

    The European Commission would be pleased to welcome you to this Information Day. The aim of this event is to inform you about the progress regarding the research PPPs and the second Cross-thematic Coordinated Calls related to them. In particular, the research areas open and the conditions for participation will be addressed.

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    Title  Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)

    6-8 July 2010, Heidelberg, Germany

    Call for Papers
    This conference is the eighth in a series of events that was established in 1998, and will bring together leading figures from academia and industry to present and discuss the latest advances in applications and networking technologies. The conference welcomes papers addressing technological and/or application level issues, as well as those illustrating the impact of networking in a societal context (e.g. commerce, communication, education). Email:

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    Title  EU-China Science and Technology Week at Expo 2010 Shanghai China

    14-19 June 2010, Shanghai, China

    World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is the occasion for China to bring the world at home, and for the world to feel at home in China. By dedicating a 5.28-square-kilometer area at the core of the city to exhibitions, events and forums on the Expo theme, "Better City, Better Life," Shanghai hopes to build a powerful and lasting pilot example of sustainable and harmonious urban living.

    The EU-China Science and Technology Week, organized as part of the European Union Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China, will bring together over 500 leading scientists, journalists and representatives of industry, academia and government from the European Union and China, to share knowledge, experience and aspirations.

    Title  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, 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.

    Title  European Technology Platforms: Working together on societal challenges

    11-12 May 2010, Brussels

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    Title  European Research Area Board conference

    6-7 May 2010, Seville

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