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    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  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! 

    Further information

    Title  Save the date! - 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 Agenda
    Please send your questions related to topics that will be discussed by 7 September to RTD-QUESTIONS-HEALTH-INFODAY.


    Registration is now closed due to the high demand we have had for this event. Thank you for your participation and see you all on 18 September in Brussels.

    The event will be web-streamed and to have access there is no need to register. 

    What if you cannot attend the Info Day?

    • Contact your Horizon 2020 'Health' National Contact Point to learn about national info days and other information sources in your country
    • Watch it on your computer via the internet – live or after the event
    • Download all presentations soon after the event

    Further information

    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  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. 

    Further information

Past events

    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

    Further information

    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 

    Further information

    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. 

    Further information

    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.

    Further information

    Related documentation

    • Draft Programme

      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

      Further information

      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.

      Further information

      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.

      Related documentation

      • Final programme

        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.

        Further information

        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.

        Further information

        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

        Further information

        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.

        Further information

        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.

        Further information

        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.

        Further information

        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.)


        Further information

        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.

        Related documentation

        • ESOF flyer

          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.

          Further information

          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.

          Further information

          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.

          Further information

          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.

          Further information

          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.

          Further information

          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.

          Further information

          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

          Further information

          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.

          Further information

          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.


          Further information

          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  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  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  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.

            Further information

            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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