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European Bus System of the Future FINAL EVENT

15 October 2012, Brussels, Belgium

For the first time, a wide consortium of 47 partners in 11 countries has dedicated four intensive years of research and development to the improvement of bus systems (under the coordination of UITP). The innovative solutions developed and tested as part of the project 'European Bus System of the Future' can be considered essential ingredients for an intelligent bus system, with pioneering vehicles and infrastructures that are well-integrated in European urban scenarios. At this final event, we will give lively presentations to show the results of our research, and exhibit some of the greatest EBSF achievements: four bus demonstrators and prototype (Volvo, MAN, Irisbus, Evobus), the EBSF driver cabin, and the IT architecture test bench.

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Technology Roadmap for Small Aircraft Transport Mode

20 July 2012, Brussels, Belgium

Inter-regional mobility using small aircraft could offer socio economic benefits and time saving for businesses. This research project explored how small aircraft operations can become part of the air transport system, studying - among other things - technological requirements and safety aspects.

During the workshop, a Technology Roadmap to implement the Common Vision for Small Aircraft Transport (SAT) in practice will be discussed.

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Scientific support for growth, jobs and sustainability: the example of the eco-industries

15 May 2012, Brussels

The European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, is holding a conference on "Scientific support for growth, jobs and sustainability: the example of the eco-industries". High level speakers from science and industry will discuss the main sectors concerned: water, air quality, waste, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The EU Commissioner for research, innovation and science, Màire Geoghegan-Quinn, will take part in the opening session.

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Planet Under Pressure

25-29 March 2012, London, UK

Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.

The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference.

A lunch-time side session on "Horizon2020", the EU's future instrument for research and innovation support, will take place on 27 March.

Please consult the Conference Website for more information on the programme and registration.

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6th World Water Forum

12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France

Every three years since 1997, the World Water Forum mobilises creativity, innovation, competence and know-how in favour of water. It gathers all stakeholders around today’s local, regional and global issues that cannot be undertaken without all stakeholders into a common framework of goals and concrete targets to reach.

The goal of the 6th World Water Forum is to tackle the challenges our world is facing and to bring water high on all political agendas. There will be no sustainable development while the water issues remain unsolved. Everywhere on the planet, for all and everyone, the Right to Water (recognised by 189 states at the UN one year ago) must be guaranteed and implemented.

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