On 9 February 2011, the European Commission presented a Green Paper that proposes major changes to the EU research and innovation funding process, making participation easier, increasing scientific and economic impact and providing better value for money.
The changes, to be introduced in the next EU budget after 2013, would bring together the current Framework Programme for research, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The European Commission is seeking the views of all interested individuals and organisations on these proposed changes and on the specific questions set out in the Green Paper. The deadline for contributions is Friday, 20 May 2011.
Make your views known!
To participate in the consultation, go to the CSFRI website.
The Belgian Presidency organised a conference on recent developments in Joint Programming.
The overall aim of Joint Programming is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's valuable public R&D resources, and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in certain key areas.
It will follow a structured strategic process whereby Member States agree common visions and strategic research agendas to address major societal challenges.
The aim of this conference was to take stock of the setting up and implementation of Joint Programming in research so far, and to look at further developments of the Joint Programming process.
The Innovation Union will focus Europe's efforts – and co-operation with third countries - on challenges like climate change, energy and food security, health and an ageing population. It will use public sector intervention to stimulate the private sector and to remove bottlenecks which stop ideas reaching the market.
Nagoya 18 October 2010. With land and marine ecosystems around the world under intense pressure from human activities, negotiators from around the world meet in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, to shape and agree on a global strategy and instruments to protect biodiversity that would make the value of biodiversity central all human initiatives and development.
The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, hosted by the Government of Japan takes place from 18 to 29 October 2010.