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Last update: 25 November 2014

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

5 December 2014, Brussels

2014 is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the Iron Curtain. This is a unique opportunity to make a critical analysis of the European integration of the post-socialist transition countries that joined the European Union.

The objectives of the conference organised by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation are:

•             To provide the floor for a critical analysis of the integration of Central and Eastern Europe in the EU since 1989 with the participation of representatives of the EU institutions and political actors of the transition period.

•             To reach out and connect with the European civil society, the research community and other EU institutions concerning the knowledge gaps and challenges that European research and innovation should tackle.

•             To launch the DG RTD Policy Review ‘25 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain - The State of Integration of East and West in the European Union’.


The conference will be interpreted into French, German, English, Hungarian, Polish and Bulgarian

Attendance on the conference is free of charge, but will require pre-registration. To register, please send your name and institutional affiliation to the   following e-mail address: by 30 November 2014.


Social and Environmental Progress: Europe in a Long-Run Perspective

24 February 2015, Brussels

In the frame of our activities on the socio-ecological transition, one of our large SSH project (WWWforEurope – Work, Wealth and Welfare) is organizing a 100 high-level people conference in Brussels on 24 February 2015. The title is “Social and environmental progress: Europe in a long-run perspective”.


Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE)

17-19 June 2015, Nottingham, UK

Nottingham Trent University is pleased to be hosting the first international conference to examine Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) in the context of sustainability. This ground-breaking event will include keynote presentations, discussion, debate and workshops, an exhibition and gallery of artefacts, and a gala dinner.

The conference will review current research on how and why increased product lifetimes have become an important element in resource efficiency, waste reduction and low carbon strategies for sustainability. Academic researchers, industry representatives and policy stakeholders will share knowledge and experience on the influence that product longevity has on environmental, economic and social sustainability.

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2 years of NOPOOR research: Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty

20 November 2014, Brussels

The NOPOOR project will be evaluated at mid-term by the European Commission (DG RTD) on 20th November 2014. The Consortium will have to emphasise the extent to which the work done tends towards achieving the objectives written in the DoW (description of work). With this occasion, several scientific programmes will be presented to the audience, in order to expose the current state of the research.

The NOPOOR project addresses poverty through new lens and multiple angles. Seven main topics discuss the multidimensionality of poverty: concepts and measurement, international aid, impact of globalisation, labour market and informal sector, education and social policies, role of the state and scenarios for the future. After more than two years, the first results are now being released, mostly represented by study cases. Some of the studies have been presented during the Dakar policy seminar in June 2014 which involved several West African policy makers. Furthermore, individual papers were presented during various seminars and were also submitted to international journals.

For registrations, please contact:

Delia Visan, Project manager, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France ,, or

Zoltán KRASZNAI, Policy and Project Officer, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission,


Co-producing knowledge: towards sustainable lifestyles and green economy in Europe

19 November 2014, Brussels

Fifty stakeholders participated at the GLAMURS workshop on "Co-producing knowledge for supporting transitions to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy in Europe" (CSIC, Brussels, 19/11/2014) . This workshop was divided in two sessions: in the morning with presentations and question-answers; in the afternoon with interactive and participatory methods that allowed to implement an active interface between researchers and EU policy-makers on sustainable lifestyles and green economy.

For more information about GLAMURS: Ricardo Garcia Mira, Coordinator (University of A Coruña) and Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Project Officer (European Commission, DG RTD).


Financial Crime and Fraud in the European Union: Towards Trust-Based Strategies for Compliance

6 November 2014, Brussels

On 6 November 2014, CEPS will host a lunchtime seminar in Brussels set to explore how the adoption of trust-based strategies for compliance can be applied to the fight against fraud and financial crimes. The meeting, chaired by Professor Elspeth Guild, will host representatives from the Italian Presidency, the European Parliament, OLAF and EUROJUST, as well as  academics. For more information about the event and about the FIDUCIA project please visit: and


RurbanAfrica: Opportunities and challenges for Rural-urban transitions in sub-Saharan Africa

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.

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