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European Manufacturing Cluster Expert Workshop

16 February 2016, Brussels

The FOCUS project consortium has invited ten industrial experts from outside Europe to speak about the current and future research priorities of the European manufacturing sector.

The programme includes sessions on:

  • 4ZDM-Zero Defect Manufacturing;
  • Clean Factory;
  • High Precision Manufacturing;
  • Robotics;
  • Maintenance & Support

The EU funded FOCUS project is part of the Factories of the Future (FoF) initiative and it brings together 11 partners from 5 FoF project clusters to develop methods to improve project exploitation and dissemination.

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Combatting Environmental Crime: Priorities and Opportunities for further EU Action

17-18 February 2016, Brussels

EFFACE project final conference to focus on further action by the EU.

The conference will bring together key stakeholders involved in addressing environmental crime at the local, national, European and international levels including legal, judicial and crime experts; environmental policy experts; EU and Member State policy makers, customs and law enforcement officials; representatives from civil society / NGOs; and others.

The programme will include sessions on:

  • Key conclusions and recommendations from EFFACE, (including from case studies on wildlife, logging, fishing, mining, wastes, etc.);
  • Priorities for further action by the EU; and
  • Facilitating the role of NGOs and civil society in combatting environmental crime.


U-Turn on Addictions: Biological and social sciences to reframe drug policy

17-18 February 2016, Barcelona

ALICE RAP project will host an on-site and online final debate to present and discuss key research findings coming out of the project, their policy implications and the science with the greatest potential to contribute to smart and evidence-based global drugs policy.

The event will be attended (either in person or remotely) by high-level scientists, policy actors from national and international organisations and expert civil society actors, and is expected to shape the messages from multidisciplinary addiction science for drug policy influencers and implementers.

Discussions will be stimulated by short scientific presentations on key topics around two broad pillars:

  • "the scientific basis for a U-turn on addictions" - presenting and discussing the latest evidence and knowlege on drug use, harms and mechanisms.
  • "U-turning in the mosaic of time and place" - examining policy and porgramme options to mitigate the harm caused by addictive products.


3rd Euro Bio-inspired Materials

22-25 February 2016, Potsdam, Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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