European Research Area
Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Key Enabling Technologies
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
New materials and new production technologies
SME - Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Science with and for Society
Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities
SAVE THE DATE ! Innovation and Cultural Heritage - High-level Horizon 2020 conference of The European Year of Cultural Heritage
20 March 2018, Brussels
The conference – organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, in cooperation with Directorates General for Education and Culture and for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – will showcase the dialogue between contemporary European society and the most promising innovations in the field of cultural heritage that European policies and funds have supported. The conference sessions will highlight policy, social, technological, methodological innovations and new, promising alliances around cultural heritage. The high-level speakers of the conference will discuss policy developments, success stories and future challenges.
Brexit: Towards a Changing Relationship between European & UK Universities?
22 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium
At this working seminar, UniLiON will present the findings of the survey and a high level panel of experts from the UK and the EU will offer their insights and suggestions on the changing relationship between European and British universities.
The aim of the seminar is to have an open, lively discussion on the findings of the survey and to identify next steps as to what UniLiON and other stakeholders can do to address the challenges identified in the report, discussing among other things, funding re-structuring, mobility issues and the effects of decreased competition.
Bulgarian Presidency Flagship Conference on Research Infrastructures – "Research Infrastructures beyond 2020 – sustainable and effective ecosystem for science and society"22 – 23 March 2018
22-23 March 2018, Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, in partnership with the European Commission, DG RTD, will host in Sofia the 2018 Bulgarian Presidency Flagship conference "Research Infrastructures beyond 2020 - sustainable and effective ecosystem for science and society". More than 30 high-level speakers will gather in Sofia Tech Park to discuss a sustainable and inclusive European Research Infrastructure ecosystem.
Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge
28 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium
The Brussels-based European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM), sixth annual Presidency conference, which will take place under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union March 28th 2018, entitled 'Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge'.
This will take place in the Belgian capital, at the prestigious Bibliothèque Solvay, close to the Brussels seat of the European Parliament.
As was the case last year, the conference will be highly interactive with roundtable sessions and several Q and A opportunities to enhance involvement from the floor. The mix of its members provides extensive scientific, clinical, caring and training expertise in personalised medicine and diagnostics, across patient groups, academia, health professionals and industry.
Relevant departments of the Commission have observer status, as does the EMA. This conference, albeit under the Big Data umbrella, will also have a focus on disease areas and see the following sessions among others:
- Broad picture of profiling/genomics/personalised healthcare
- More data to treat more diseases
- Commissioners' discussions
- How can the region and national level integrate this
TRA 2018 "A Digital ERA For Transport - Solutions for Society, Economy and Environment"
16-19 April 2018, Vienna, Austria
European Commission's DG RTD and DG MOVE are co-organising with the Austrian Ministry for Transport and Innovation, the 7th edition of Transport Research Arena (TRA), to be held in Vienna from 16 to 19 April 2018.
TRA is the largest Transport Research and Innovation Conference in Europe.The seventh edition of this biennial event will have as overaching theme "A Digital ERA For Transport - Solutions for Society, Economy and Environment".
The Conference brings together all the stakeholders of the transport system, bringing researchers, industries and public bodies closer to each other and providing a forum where they can exchange with policy makers on the challenges and opportunities the industry faces. The main TRA sessions fully reflect the multimodal and multidisciplinary nature of the transport sector and, for this reason, address all stakeholders regardless of mode.
The four main themes of the conference will be:
- Shaping the new mobility landscape – a vision for transport & mobility for Europe
- How digitalisation is transforming transport & mobility systems
- Decarbonisation & future growth – how to change our mobility system & remain competitive
- Shaping future transport research in Europe
There will be also an important exhibition area with both static and live demonstrations on latest technology developments (e.g. on electric vehicles, batteries, automation, etc.). The European Commission will have its own stand with the involvement of all transport-relevant services (DG RTD, DG MOVE, DG CNECT, DG JRC, INEA; EASME, etc.) presenting the results of EU-funded research and development projects.
The Event will be held at:
Reed exhibitions Messe Wien,
Messeplatz 1, P.O.Box 277,
Info Session on the International Resource Panel
2 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), now known as UN Environment, launched the International Resource Panel (IRP) in 2007 with the mandate to build and share a sound knowledge base on sustainable global resource use.
The Panel’s goal is to steer the transition from overconsumption, waste and environmental degradation to a more prosperous and sustainable future. This Info Session will illustrate the work of the IRP in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on sustainable economic growth and innovation. The session will be an opportunity to explore how the scientific knowledge of the IRP could feed into the work of DG RTD and more generally support EU policy-making.
The event will take place at DG RTD – CDMA - Atrium (-1).
Project launch event: Reducing Energy Dependency in Atlantic area Water Networks
2 March 2018, SAINT-PAIR SUR MER, Normandy, France
The water industry is the 4th most energy intensive sector in the Atlantic area, responsible for significant contributions to climate change and reductions in competitiveness due to the associated costs.
REDAWN aims to improve the energy efficiency of water networks through the installation of innovative micro-hydropower technology. This technology will recover wasted energy in existing pipe networks across irrigation, public water supply, process industry, and waste-water network settings.
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme.
Towards a European approach on Industrial Infrastructures for Research and Innovation"
1 March 2018
Access to new technology and products testing and validation infrastructures, including regulatory compliance services, is essential to accelerate the technology transfer and access to emerging markets. But investment and maintenance costs of such infrastructures, in most cases, is high. SMEs, industrial start-ups, as well as traditional system suppliers, cannot afford these costs but need access to existing infrastructures. Industrial Infrastructures for Research and Innovation target primarily industry, SMEs in particular, and provide access to technologies and services for TRLs further up in the research and innovation value chain (from TRL 4 to 7).
The workshop aims mainly at discussing about the future role of Industrial Infrastructures for Research and Innovation.
The following specific issues will be addressed:
- Industry needs from Industrial Research and Innovation infrastructures will be discussed from the different types of potential users.
- General overview about already existing initiatives
- Visibility: Industry requirements for developing the use of such industry infrastructures for open up and support full accessibility
Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop can be sent to Maria.MORAGUES-CANOVAS@ec.europa.eu.
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Blue innovation: Oceans to feed the planet - Round table
27 February 2018, Brussels
This Round Table organised by the Science Business Network aims to once more bring the importance of Oceans in the food chain up to discussion.
''The over-exploitation of lands has shown its limits. In the meantime, oceans reveal more and more resources. How can research and innovation unlock this vital potential?''
Science|Business will bring together its members and experts to discuss the importance of marine research to face the growing global demand for food and transform the food chain.
Featured speakers are:
- Pearl Dykstra - Deputy Chair, Scientific Advice Mechanism, High Level Group
- Poul Holm - Chair, SAPEA Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group on Food from the Oceans
- Ricardo Serrão Santos - Member, European Parliament
EIC Horizon Prize on High Tech for Humanitarian Aid
23 February 2018, Brussels
Following the launch of the innovation prize of the European Innovation Council on 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid' (the 'Prize'), the European Commission organised a roundtable on High Tech for Humanitarian Aid with around 60 representatives of the humanitarian sector, industry, research and scientific communities and other interested stakeholders. The roundtable discussion focused on the identification of humanitarian needs that could be addressed through the frugal application of advanced technologies.
The minutes and presentations can be found under Related Documentation.