24 May 2012, Brussels, Charlemagne Building, Salon Rouge
At the eve of the Rio+20 Conference, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation is taking stock on the EU efforts on a sustainable use of water and organises the side session: Water resources for sustainable development - an overview of the international dimension of EU research results from Johannesburg to Rio+20.
Over the past ten years, EU research has enabled considerable advances in the water sector in terms of technology development, impact assessments and its governance. The knowledge created so far is an important basis for the future sustainable development agenda. As the Rio+20 conference approaches, this session will present the main outcomes of water-related research funded by EU programmes, highlighting the role of international collaboration and innovative partnerships. The event will offer an opportunity to discuss achievements to date and remaining gaps in water research in the future sustainability agenda.
4 May 2012, Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei, Friedrichshafen, Germany
In May 2012, the Zeppelin New Technology (NT) will embark on a series of campaigns which will be carried out through 2012/2013. The campaigns are part of the pan-European “PEGASOS” project funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) in which 26 partners from 15 European nations are investigating the relationship between atmospheric chemistry and climate change. The Zeppelin will fly over Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and France) during three scheduled experimental flights.
The EU’s PEGASOS project (Pan-European-Gas-AeroSOl-Climate Interaction Study) is a large scale project funded by the European Commission under the auspices of the Seventh Framework Programme. The purpose of the project is to investigate key atmospheric processes and to provide the scientific basis for the design of EU-wide climate protection measures as well as improve the quality of air in Europe.
The research will also be available for global climate policy, since most of the project partners are also involved in the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
26-27 April 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark
The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-Platform) is teaming up with Euroheat & Power to organize its 2012 Conference on Renewable Heating and Cooling.The Conference is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of its financial support to the activities of the RHC-Platform. The event will gather experts from all over Europe to explore the possibilities for smart cities to make use of renewable energy and district heating and cooling, to provide comfort to their citizens and foster the local economy.
22-27 April 2012, Montreal, Canada
International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the Polar Regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues.
From Knowledge to Action will bring together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples.
The European Commission will participate with a stand and inform about its related projects.
18 April 2012, Brussels, Belgium
The 3rd Marine Board Forum is designed to examine emerging or future “Blue Technologies”. In this case, blue technologies are those technologies which will either be used in, or drawn from, the seas and oceans and which should have the potential to make a transformational or step-changing contribution either to marine science itself or to society.