21-24 November 2011, European Parliament, Brussels
The Science and Technology Options Assessment unit of the European Parliament (STOA) is launching the third MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme.
The scheme aims to support the development of relationships between MEPs and scientists to improve access to scientific advice and deepen scientists’ understanding of the role of science in policy-making.
During a week in Brussels (21-24 November), scientists will shadow their MEP as they go about their parliamentary business, attending committee meetings and meeting officials working in key policy areas such as the environment and energy. MEPs will then spend time with the scientists, visiting their research institution to experience how research is conducted in practice and meet their research colleagues.
This year, the Marie Curie Actions have been invited to participate in this pairing scheme.
23-24 November 2011, Leuven, Belgium
In the International Year of Forests, the key objective of this science to policy conference is to identify how science can contribute to improved ecosystem services of forests for the benefit of the people. Through its programme and final memorandum, the conference aims to contribute to the on-going European policy processes, in particular the review of the EU Forestry Strategy, the Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information of the EU, and the EU FLEGT and REDD facilities.
Keynote speakers include representatives of the EU-funded forestry research projects FunDivEUROPE and MOTIVE.
Registration is open as of 15 July on a "first come, first served" basis.
Deadline for poster abstract submission: 15 September
23 November 2011, Bergamo, Italy
Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a new, high-potential material class. The workshop brings together experts from academia and industry with a focus on application and formulation in gas purification, separation and toxic gas treatment of MOFs. In addition to a survey of the state of the art, the workshop focuses on new innovative processes.
17 November 2011, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Prior to the Zeppelin Campaign of the EU-funded research project PEGASOS, a workshop for journalists is held at ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 17 November 2011.
In spring 2012, scientists of the EU-funded PEGASOS project will embark on a Europe-wide
research mission with a Zeppelin NT airship. The aim is to explore relationships between atmospheric chemistry and climate change. In 2012, measurement flights will take the research team to the Netherlands and then on to Italy. In 2013, the north-bound flight leads from Friedrichshafen, Germany, to Finland.
The scientists are currently carrying out a trial campaign to test different cabin layouts and measuring instruments for different experiments on the ground and in the air. During the workshop, journalists will have the opportunity to speak to the researchers about the campaign and the measuring techniques, and to see the equipment and how it is installed in the Zeppelin.
14 November 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The EU HYMAR project is developing practical solutions to the many problems associated with producing an efficient and effective hybrid marine propulsion system. The project has completed a comprehensive series of on-the-water tests, collecting a unique set of objective data about the true performance of conventional and hybrid propulsion systems.
As participants in a publicly funded project, the HYMAR team want to share as much of their experience as possible. ICOMIA’s first hybrid marine propulsion conference is the ideal platform for us to do this.