5 November 2014, Brussels
This seminar will discuss critical policy challenges in dealing with rural-urban connections in sub-Saharan Africa based on policy dialogues in the four case countries in Africa: Tanzania, Rwanda, Cameroon and Ghana. The aim of the RurbanAfrica project is to explore and describe the multiple links between rural and urban areas.
Registration required via EUROPEAID-INFOPOINT-CONFERENCES@ec.europa.eu
3 November 2014, Brussels
On 3 November 2014 the EFFACE project on environmental crime will hold a conference in Brussels on "Smart Enforcement: How to Target Environmental Law Enforcement Efforts in Times of Crisis". The half day event will be divided in two sessions:
· The Theoretical and Empirical Case for Smart Enforcement
· How to Make Enforcement against Environmental Crime Smarter – Practical Perspectives
Speakers at the conference will include European Union officials, senior university researchers and legal experts in the field of environmental crime. For more information about the event and about the EFFACE project please visit: http://www.amiando.com/EFFACE-2014.html and http://efface.eu/.
29-30 October 2014, DIAMANT Conference & Business Centre - Diamant Building / 80 Bd. A. Reyers LN / 1030 Brussels
The Joint Final Event “DEMOSEC: Democracy and Security” of the EU projects IRISS, RESPECT and SURVEILLE takes place on 29-30 October 2014 at the DIAMANT Brussels Conference & Business Centre in Brussels.
The event will feature discussion panels and communicate research results of the three projects to stakeholders: European decision-makers, law enforcement professionals, local authorities, technologies developers, the media and the general public.
Helen Nissenbaum (New York University) will deliver a keynote address on Surveillance and Democracy. The discussion panels will focus on:
•TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF SURVEILLANCE (Surveillance technologies in society, use of technologies),
•THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF SURVEILLANCE (Reconciling human rights protection and security, Data retention and fundamental rights, Targeted use of surveillance technologies to control individuals considered as dangerous, the role of Law Enforcement Agencies in Surveillance),
•THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF SURVEILLANCE (Surveillance, Resilience and Democracy, Intersection of Surveillance with Citizen’s Rights and Citizens attitudes towards surveillance).
The agenda for the event and information on how to register are available at http://www.jointfinalevent2014.eu/
29 October 2014, Brussels
The MIRRIS policy workshop at DG RTD discussed new knowledge on obstacles hindering the participation of EU13 countries in the European Research Area and recommendations on how to overcome them. New data from MIRRIS highlight the decreasing share of post-2004 Member States in European R&I funding from FP6 to the end of FP7 research programmes. An unhealthy competition between structural funds and EU research programmes has been revealed during stakeholder consultations in all concerned Member States. The first set of MIRRIS recommendations and best practices were presented at the workshop. Most of them could be put in place at no or very low cost creating an enabling environment for excellent research and innovation in EU 13 countries and mutually reinforcing rather than competing relation between ESIF funds and Horizon2020.
17 October 2014, Rome
What is a "Reflective Society"? And how can we connect past, present and the future in the current European societies? These were just some of the questions on the table at the workshop co-organized in Rome last 17th October by the Reflective Societies Unit of the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation in cooperation with the FLASH-IT project (FaciLitating Access to Socio-economic ResearcH through Information and Communications Technologies). "Memory, commemoration, heritage, identity have gradually become the keywords of the end of the twentieth century, even though history with a capital ‘H’ […] has seen her magisterium vanish". This is one of the many interesting inputs given by François Hartog from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, keynote speaker at the workshop. Prof. Hartog, together with specialists of history, cultural heritage and identity studies, policy makers, managers from the European Commission and national funding bodies tried to provide constructive answers to several open issues revolving around the concept of Reflective Societies.
The results of the workshop will contribute to define future research topics on European history, heritage and identities that will respond to the needs of contemporary European societies and that will reinvigorate the link between interpretations of the past and the willingness to share common European objectives. The proceedings of the event will soon be available.