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25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain: achievements and challenges

5 December 2014, Brussels

Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission commemorated in dignity the historical events that transformed Europe by liberating the nations of East and Central Europe from communist and soviet rule. The event organised by the 'Reflective societies' unit at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain in Brussels on the 5th of December was a remarkable success with the presence of more than 100 participants and several national media.

The conference presented important insights of social sciences and humanities concerning the transformation process and formulated policy recommendations for deepening the integration of the European Union's Eastern and Western members or with regard to future enlargements. The speakers of the conference, whether contemporary political actors, researchers or representatives of many European institutions (like the European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions and European Commission) entered into genuine discussion about both the critical interpretation of and the lessons to learn from the quarter-century long transition and enlargement process. They also put in relief remarkable coherence in their approach to the worrying political and military developments in Ukraine and along the Eastern borders of the EU.

Our event gave also place to the launch of the DG RTD review paper "25 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain. The state of integration of East and West in the European Union". The publication was presented by its author, professor Péter Balázs, ex-commissioner for regional policy and former Hungarian minister of Foreign Affairs. The publication's final version will be available in paper and electronic format in January 2015.

 

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The Developmentment & Manufacturing of Vaccines Conference 2014

3-4 December 2014, Brussels

Our expert speaker panel will present unpublished case studies against practical recommendations to provide you with opportunities to improve your analytical methods, manufacturing strategies, pre-clinical and clinical model selection and much more!

If you are looking for an event to help you accelerate your current vaccine production efforts whilst providing you with an update on the latest and most innovative platforms and developments in the field then this is the must attend event for your calendar.


CONFERENCE on CITIZENS OBSERVATORIES: EMPOWERING EUROPEAN SOCIETY

4 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The conference's main objective was to raise awareness about the Citizens’ Observatories concept and present the first outcomes of the five Citizens Observatories projects after two years of work.
The conference aimed at setting the scene and providing a forum for discussion about the role and opportunities for active citizen participation in environmental monitoring and policy making. The event provided opportunities to engage with experts and practitioners working across a range of European citizen science initiatives and policy making bodies, with two round tables addressing  the concept of Citizens’ Observatories from a strategic as well as from a technical point of view.

The discussions held at the conference shown that Citizens' Observatories have a great potential to complement in-situ observation networks with novel Earth observations and ICT techniques, involving citizens in environmental monitoring using their own portable devices or do-it-yourself sensors. Thanks to the vast array of ubiquitous information and data they can provide, Citizens’ Observatories can allow authorities to obtain evidence and inform policy making, while providing citizens with opportunities to address environmental issues affecting them at different scales and to influence decision making.

Agenda, summary and presentations of the conference are available below.


Building the bioeconomy – creating impact through communication

2-3 December 2014, Brussels

Research must deliver its promise through a better outreach. CommNet, the network to communicate the bioeconomy, will join researchers from the fields of food, agriculture, biotechnology with policy makers, technology transfer experts and specialists in communication to show and debate the communication challenges.

 

Best projects will receive Communication Impact Awards. Target audience: researchers, industry, communication officers, policy makers, technology transfer experts, journalists, PR specialists


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