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.
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.
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.
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.
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 scientific programme, covering 8 themes, consists of keynote lectures, seminars, workshops and engaging formats for debating the latest research.
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.)
- Climate action: mitigation and adaptation
- Resource efficiency: natural resources, ecosystems, raw materials
- Green economy: eco-innovation
- 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
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- 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)
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- 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.
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
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.
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 (www.eggbrussels.eu). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Why should you attend?
The Conference is being organised by Aarhus University together with the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Claire Gray, BIO-TIC project coordinator at email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: email@example.com
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 http://tinyurl.com/biotic-poland or contact Claire Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
Questions regarding the call for abstracts? Contact Maureen Yap: firstname.lastname@example.org
For exhibition inquiries, contact Benjamin Pantani: email@example.com
For press / media inquiries, contact Chiara Benetti: firstname.lastname@example.org For further information www.conference-biomass.com
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.
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 (http://internetscienceconference.eu).
Hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (http://www.kvab.be/?lang=en), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Participation in the Conference is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
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.
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.
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.
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: CCD@fu-berlin.de
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
European Industrial Technologies Conference
7-9 September 2010, Brussels
The European Industrial Technologies Conference will address:
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
Web streaming event on "Innovation Union" with Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn
17 June 2010, Online
Europe has experienced its worst economic crisis since the 1930s. The only way to replace the jobs lost and to achieve a prosperous, green and fair economy in the future is to improve Europe's performance in innovation: in other words, develop new products and services that create wealth and improve quality of life. In particular, more innovation is necessary to tackle our century's defining challenges: climate change, energy and food security, health and the fact that the average age of Europe's population is increasing.
This is why Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn wants to listen to your ideas on how we can make Europe into an Innovation Union.
She will be online (pictures and sound) via the European Commission's Webcast Portal at 10:00-11:00 Central European Time on 17 June. To take part in this interactive discussion, just go to the Webcast Portal at the right time.
You can send in your questions to RTD-INNOVATION-UNION@ec.europa.eu, but you can also put them to the Commissioner via the Web Portal during the event. The following languages will be in use: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.
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