18 December 2013, Brussels
ELIXIR's formal launch takes place in Bibliotheque Solvay, Brussels on 18 December 2013. The event will mark the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement and the launch of ELIXIR as Europe's sustainable research infrastructure for biological data.
The Founding Ceremony and Launch event is by invitation only and prior registration is required.
16 December 2013, Brussels
One of the novelties under Horizon 2020 will be the launch of a full-scale pilot to test a 'Fast Track to Innovation' instrument aiming to speed up the time from idea to market and to increase the participation of industry, SMEs and first time applicants. The pilot will be set up in 2015 and assessed as part of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020.
DG Research and Innovation is organising a dedicated workshop with experts and stakeholders to prepare the setting up the 'Fast Track to Innovation' pilot with the aim to test this approach in a fully open and transparent way and in line with the potential beneficiaries' needs.
Seats distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
11-13 December 2013, Braunschweig (Germany)
The 2nd Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics will connect bioinformatics to microbial ecology in order to enhance the capacity to tackle the most burning questions in soil ecology.
The conference will focus on the following topics: “What can we learn about the diversity, dynamics, vulnerability and ecological contributions of soil microbial communities and how can we utilize the new sequencing technologies in applied environmental sciences? Which novel possibilities do we have to understand the complex network within microbial communities, and interactions among its members and with the abiotic and biotic environments?”
The Symposium will be flanked by a Workshop on Bioinformatic Tools in which developers demonstrate and share applications for analyzing nucleic acid information from soils.
9 December 2013, Brussels, Belgium
In the COCOPS project (Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future) high-quality European public administration research teams from 11 universities in 10 countries have joined their forces in a common research strategy to assess the impact of New Public Management-style reforms in European countries. COCOPS maps and analyses innovative mechanisms in the public sector to improve social and policy coordination, especially when the public sector is facing the public crisis. The research contributes to the development of future public sector reform strategies by drawing lessons from past experience, exploring trends and studying emerging public sector practices.
COCOPS invites high-level policy makers, and civil servants from European countries and from the EU-level to discuss the current challenges in managing and reforming public organizations in times of crises. During a high level conference the main conclusions and policy recommendations which arise from comparative research in 10 European countries will be discussed. Researchers and high level practitioners will confront their views on current ‘burning’ issues regarding the reform and crisis management in public services.
Contact: Ms Trui Steen (firstname.lastname@example.org)