5-6 December 2011, Brussels
The European Commission is holding its first Innovation Convention following the adoption of the Innovation Union Flagship initiative in October 2010.
This major event will gather more than 1200 participants involved in the innovation chain, including high-level policy makers, leading CEOs, deans of universities and research centres, bankers, venture capitalists, top researchers and innovators.
The programme of the Innovation Convention will include master classes and round tables on innovation, an interactive panel debate with global innovation players and the award of the Women Innovators Prize. A detailed programme as well as the registration page for the event will be put on line in September.
30 September 2011, Brussels
In the context of the preparation of the future Horizon 2020 programme, and following the completion of the interim evaluation of FP7, the Ex-Post Evaluation Unit in DG Research and Innovation is organising a 'Conf-Shop' to take stock of evaluation evidence and to look ahead at future challenges.
The focus of the event will be on three interrelated issues:
• An overview on recent efforts to assess the longer term impact of the Framework Programme
• Reflections from practitioners on the evaluation of FP7
• Views from experts and stakeholders on the challenges for an evaluation and monitoring system for the Horizon 2020 Programme.
The 'Conf-Shop' is not a traditional conference, but a conference and a workshop combining presentations with active involvement from the participants and providing the occasion for a real engagement.
25-27 September 2011, Warsaw
The symposium, which is organised by the upcoming Polish Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Marie Curie Actions and the 100th anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in chemistry. The event will gather politicians, stakeholders and about 300 Marie Curie researchers. The symposium will include poster sessions and a contest of the most innovative ways of promoting science.
In order to stay in touch with Marie Curie fellows, the European Commission will launch a Marie Curie Alumni platform.
15 September 2011, Brussels
The annual Transport NCPs Meeting will provide detailed information on the open calls (Work Programme 2012) and recent developments in European transport policies. National Contact Points are invited to attend.
13 September 2011, Brussels
Some representatives from EU Member States and the main European research stakeholder organisations meet in Brussels to mark the launch of the public consultation on the ERA Framework. This public consultation will run from 13 September - 30 November and will gather stakeholder views on the main obstacles and untapped potential affecting the European research sector, and possible measures to address these issues.
The conference can be followed online - see below.