31 March - 1 April 2014, Brussels, Belgium
The 5th EU–Africa Business Forum is scheduled to take place on March 31st and April 1st, 2014, back-to-back with the 4th Africa–EU Heads of State Summit in Brussels, Belgium. The Forum will attract more than 500 participants from the business community from across Europe and Africa. This is an opportunity for African and European companies to network and to engage with political leaders in a concrete and constructive dialogue. The outcomes of the Forum will be addressed to Africa–EU Heads of State Summit.
In association with the Business Forum, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation (supported by COLEACP and CAAST-Net Plus) is hosting a private session for a high-level round table.
26-29 March 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
The European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) takes place only every 3 years, and is for policy makers, scientists, health educators, advocacy officers and health professionals involved in tobacco control.
Conference topics will include smoking prevention, smoking cessation, tobacco product regulation, harm reduction strategies and WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. ECToH 2014 provides an opportunity for tobacco control professionals, researchers, policy makers, advocates, and other interested colleagues to meet, develop their knowledge and skills and enable sharing of best practices in İstanbul.
27-29 March 2014, Durban, South Africa
AfricaPVSEC is a new initiative partnering EU PVSEC and SNEC for promotion and exchange in the photovoltaic solar energy sector and bringing together leading experts, researchers, public authorities, representatives of international organizations, donors, NGOs. It aims to improve Africa's position on the global PV-map and focuses, amongst other, on the extension and development of solar PV in Africa, the increased potential for exploitation and use of solar photovoltaic and on the transfer of appropriate technologies to the African context. The conference programme is supported and coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.
28 March 2014, Brussels, Belgium
The vision of JPI HDHL is that in 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, have healthy levels of physical activity and the incidence of diet-related diseases will have decreased significantly. As part of the next phase of Joint Programming, the Implementation Plan will be launched at the 2nd international conference of JPI HDHL. The focus of our 2nd conference will be on the chances and barriers of this second phase.
The conference will bring together around 200 stakeholders and partners: like researchers, national and international policy makers, NGO’s, industry, other JPI’s and Research Infrastructure Initiatives.
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.