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Last update: 18 December 2014

Catalyzing Action: EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap & Action Plan to 2050

26-27 November 2012, Brussels

SPREAD is planning a one-of-a-kind gathering that seeks to bridge the gaps between sustainability, lifestyles, entrepreneurship and policy uncovering unique opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and action. The 2-day highly interactive conference will present, for the first time, the EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap and Action Plan to 2050.

The roadmap, the final outcome of the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 European Social Platform project, outlines opportunity spaces (for policy, business, innovation, design, civil society, citizens, and research) to foster, enable and accelerate more sustainable living practices across Europe which are critical to achieving Europe’s 2020 strategy. 


Research and social innovation: The potential for European foundations to pave the way

9-10 February 2012, Barcelona

Designed around the theme of Research and Social Innovation the next edition of the EFC Research Forum's Stakeholders' Conference will feature plenary sessions and parallel discussions exploring:

• The potential for foundations to spearhead socially innovative research
• The impact of social media and networks on research and social innovation
• Open Access and the challenge of quality assurance
• Public participation in science: new modes of interaction


The Development of European Identities: Policy and Research Issues

9 February 2012, European Commission Representation in Belgium, Rue Archimède 73, Brussels, Belgium

This conference will address this extremely timely question for Europe and the European Commission, especially in the current context of financial, economic and social crises. It will be centred around EU-funded research projects in the field of European identity/identities and will bring together those currently active in European identity/identities research and those involved in policy-making at the European level. NGOs and citizens are also welcome to join in and to voice their opinions on the suggested topics.

The conference will address two main issues:

  • Whether there is a common European identity or several diverging European identities emerging, and what shape(s) it/they take(s)?
  • What (policy and research) implications the development of a European identity/European identities have for the European Union?

This conference is co-organised by the European Commission and Prof. Robert Miller from Queens University, Belfast.

If you would like to attend, please register by e-mail before 6 February 2012 to: rtd-ssh-events@ec.europa.eu. Due to the limited capacity of the venue, reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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