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
FAO e-conference on “The Role of Small Farms Within a Larger Context of Food Security”
19 March - 9 April 2018, Rome, Italy
This e-conference is intended to provide further feedback on what has been learned so far from the work in the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project on “Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security”, commonly known as SALSA project (for more info: http://www.salsa.uevora.pt/en/)
The e-conference will help identifying key knowledge gaps, as well as to share examples that will contribute to build the SALSA empirical base. Using this second e-conference, the SALSA team wants to catalyse and foster an ongoing dialogue with relevant stakeholders.
This is the second e-conference carried out within the SALSA project. The previous e-conference took place in October 2016. 462 participants provided a total of 99 contributions, which result in a significant input to the SALSA project.
The virtual discussion is intended to draw the attention of researchers, educators, students and a wide spectrum of food chain/food system actors and entrepreneurs, as well as policy makers and administrators at multiple levels, on the role of small farms within a larger context.
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
Innovative Repowering of AC corridors
5 April 2018, Budapest, Hungary
The EU funded Best Paths project is organising a Special Workshop on 5 April 2018 in Budapest to feature the work undertaken within the project’s 4th demonstration: Innovative Repowering of AC corridors.
The experts of Demo 4, led by 50Hertz Transmission, are finalising the development and testing of several innovative systems, such as:
- new insulated cross-arms,
- High Temperature Low Sag Conductors,
- the engineering of a new composite tower,
- new methods of live-line maintenance and
- a sensor prototype for dynamic line rating.
Symposium: Measuring Biodiversity and Extinction, Present and Past
7 January 2018, San Francisco, USA
This symposium marks a knowledge transfer event at the conclusion of a Marie Curie Global Fellowship experience for the organiser, Dr Julia Sigwart (Director, Queen's University Belfast, Marine Laboratory, UK).
Changing biodiversity is a major concern for all biologists. Anthropogenic changes to our planet are decreasing species diversity through the negative impacts of pollution, habitat destruction, direct extirpation of species, and climate change.
Mass extinction events (and subsequent recoveries) have happened before in Earth’s history, and these provide important context to understand ecological responses to modern environmental change.
The work of assessing biodiversity is woven into ecology, environmental science, conservation, phylogenetics, evo-devo, and many other disciplines; yet, ultimately the way we measure species diversity depends on taxonomy and systematics.
The aspiration of this symposium, and complementary contributed talks, is to promote better understanding of our common goals and encourage future interdisciplinary discussion on biodiversity dynamics.
The symposium will bring together a diverse group of speakers to confront several important themes:
1. How can biologists best respond to the urgent need to identify and conserve diversity?
2. Where are the major gaps in knowledge about the diversity of living animal groups, and what are the implications for understanding potential diversity loss?
3. How can we effectively use the fossil record of past diversity and extinction to understand current biodiversity loss?