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Visit the EU's stand (Number 30) at Ireland's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Dublin - 8-10 January 2015, Dublin, Ireland

This year, the EU stand in the World of Science and Technology (Stand number 30 in the Industries Hall) has a special focus on Food Research - so drop in and find out more about what the EU is doing in the area of Food Research - we look forward to meeting you!

Every day there will be interactive areas where you can: • Test your knowledge about food and exercise by taking part in the 'Food4Me Quiz'. You will be surprised at what you learn and could even take home a prize! • Learn how packaging protects our food and how we can protect the environment when we dispose of it in the correct way. 

Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (2015-2016) A Free Interactive Information Event - 9 January 2015, Brussels

This is your chance to discover a new exciting opportunity for industry-driven innovation under Horizon 2020.

Participants at this event will:

  • Acquire insight into the objectives of this new scheme
  • Become familiar with the modalities of the Fast Track to Innovation call
  • Get practical tips and tricks on how to apply and how to maximise chances for success when applying
  • Be able to interact throughout the event with EU-officials

Register now via e-mail: RTD-FTI-EVENT@ec.europa.eu

Seats are free of charge and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maximum two seats per organisation.

The event will be recorded and made available via webstream (link available soon).

Keystone Symposia: Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology - 11-15 January 2015, Big Sky, United States

This meeting gathers experts in development and application of synthetic biology and gene engineering fields to share ideas, methods, problems and solutions in a new era of investigational biology.

EU-U.S. Innovation Conference - 14-15 January 2015, Brussels, Belgium

The main goal of the BILAT USA 2.0 EU-U.S. Innovation Conference is to highlight existing best practices in Member States and to promote the integration of the innovation aspect in the EU-U.S. S&T Agreement through more innovative and entrepreneurial principles.

 

Prior to the EU-U.S. innovation conference a BILAT USA 2.0 pre-conference policy workshop 'Towards enhanced EU-U.S. innovation collaboration through policy measures' will discuss EU-U.S. innovation collaboration among policy-makers and highlight especially barriers and challenges experienced by the U.S. research community in order to enhance EU-U.S. RTDI business collaboration. 

Nanotechnology for Water Treatment - 20-21 January 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Water treatment and purification is a challenge for the current and upcoming generations. Membrane processes, nanosized materials and the combination from both offer a wide range of possibilities and ways for water treatment by means of filtration and catalytic processes. The nano4water cluster is a focal point for EU research in nano-enabled water treatment. The workshop aims on bringing together activities and results to find synergies and boost development status and ways into application.

VERA (Forward Visions on the European Research Area) – Final Conference - 21-22 January 2015, Brussels

This conference will be the final event of the VERA Forward Visions on the European Research Area project. It is targeted at policy makers at the European level concerned with Science, Technology and Innovation Policies (STIP) and at stakeholder groups having followed and participated in VERA activities before. It is open to experts and everybody interested in the subject.

The VERA foresight process focuses on the European Research and Innovation Landscapes and Governance in 2030. It is - inspired by profoundly different future scenarios - an exercise to look for policy issues we need to prioritize today. In that sense, we are trying to build a consensus among STI stakeholders: Looking out for those issues which appeared repeatedly in the different VERA backcasting approaches with stakeholders in focus groups and the VERA sympo­sium as well as in a policy “lensing” analysis done by the VERA team.

The conference will offer these insights relevant for all STI policy makers, and it shall feed and inspire structured debates about the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and the political and societal priorities underpinning its (r)evolution.

 

For more information: Stephanie.Daimer@isi.fraunhofer.de and Domenico.Rossetti-di-Valdalbero@ec.europa.eu

Implementing the Science and Innovation Strategy - 29 January 2015, London, UK

The UK Government's Innovation Strategy is due to be released alongside the 2014 Autumn Statement. This timely conference will bring together key policymakers with stakeholders central to the strategy's implementation to discuss the likely impact of the proposals and the challenges for putting policy into practice.

At this early stage we expect topics for discussion to focus on priorities for public spending on science, efforts to boost private investment in R&D and further steps Government can take to support business and university collaboration to increase the commercialisation of UK research. Sessions will also include discussion on the the impact that Government's focus on 'eight great technologies' has had so far and the next steps for developing these technologies in the UK.

Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication - 30 January 2015, Brussels

An important FREE fisheries event entitled "Resolving key fisheries issues through targeted communication" will take place on Friday, 30 January 2015 in Brussels. The event is the final activity organized by the EU ComFish project. The one-day event is open to all fisheries stakeholders, including scientists, NGOs, industry representatives, policy makers and politicians.

The event will present ComFish project findings and offer opportunities to work and network in smaller groups to address specific bottlenecks and communication issues related to the EU/ICES/GFCM dialogue, reducing by-catch, labelling issues, fisheries co-management and transparency in quota setting. The objective of these workshops is to produce a framework of action for specific, important policy and communication issues, identified by ComFish. 

 

There is no admission fee, however we need to receive your registration before 12 January 2015 if you wish to attend the event. Financial support is available to participants from disadvantaged regions. For more information, please visit the website

Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Information Day, save the date! - 2 February 2015, Brussels

To support the preparation of proposals, DG RTD's Transport Directorate of the is organising an Information Day on Monday 2 February 2015 from 9 AM untill 6 PM in the European Commission Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, in Brussels.

The aim of the day is to inform potential participants in the next round of calls under the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge of the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and to offer opportunities for networking.

The sessions will deliver a brief presentation of the surface transport, the aviation and the cross-cutting topics of the Transport challenge Work Programme 2015.

Information will be given on the Evaluation Guidelines and on the legal and financial Rules for Participation covering all aspects from the submission of a proposal to the signature of a grant agreement.

The participants will have the opportunity to address specific technical questions related to the Work Programme 2015 to European Commission's project officers.

Novel Approaches to the Treatment of Cancer - 4-5 February 2015, London, UK

This event will cover: new paradigms for targeted therapies, new anti-cancer agents ~ industry viewpoint, novel approaches to the treatment of breast cancer, melanoma and pancreatic cancer, drug development and precision radiotherapy, European drug development initiatives, market access to novel cancer drugs, regulatory issues in marketing authorisation of anti-cancer products, gene and cell therapies and trial endpoints and developing cancer vaccines. 

Informa Life Sciences' Registration of Agrochemicals - 10-11 February 2015, Berlin, Germany

Essential guidance from the EU Commission, 13 Member State representatives plus leading industry experts on the registration of your Plant Protection Products

Keynote Presentations - Hear vital feedback on recent developments and the future outlook at the EU Commission and EFSA

The Zonal Authorisation Procedure - The CRD, BVL and Portugal share their experiences, plus take a look into the future with Dow AgroSciences - where will Europe be in 2020?

The New Authorisation Database - Review implementation, training and experiences to date. Insight from the EU Commission and Syngenta.

From Science to Politics and its Consequences - assess the role of media and politics in the agrochemical industry and its impact on regulatory affairs

Keynote Speakers: Wolfgang Reinert, EU Commission Jose Tarazona, EFSA (Subject to confirmation)

13 Member State Representatives 38+ speakers

Hear essential guidance from the EU Commission, 13 Member State representatives plus leading industry experts on the registration of your Plant Protection Products

Our 2015 agenda has been designed to ensure you achieve success under Regulation 1107/2009. What was expected, what has actually happened and where are we heading? This is a unique opportunity to hear from key stakeholders and gather vital information on the registration of your crop protection products. With over 38 speakers confirmed for the 2015 agenda we have a very exciting speaker line-up. Plus NEW topics for 2015 include: The New Authorisation Database 1107/2009 – Where are we heading? The Registration of New Actives Basic and Low Risk Substances Biopesticides Seed Treatments CLP

Information Day & Brokerage event on Horizon 2020 – Smart Cities and Communities 2015 Work Programme - 12 February 2015, Brussels, Belgium

A new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities under Horizon 2020 opened on 10 December 2014 (deadline for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015). It calls for proposals in two topics: SCC-01-2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration – first of the kind) projects and SCC-03-2015: Development of system standards for smart cities and communities solutions.

The information day will take place in the morning and will:

  • Inform participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities
  • Provide relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC call.

In the afternoon, a brokerage event will provide a chance for people to discuss, exchange ideas, network and meet potential partners to create new or strengthen existing consortia. Participation in the event is free of charge but registration is compulsory and applications will be dealt with on a “first come, first served” basis.

Please note that registration is already open and will remain open until 10 January 2015.

For those not able to attend in person web-streaming will be provided. Soon we will upload the agenda of the event and other relevant information.

Location: Building Charlemagne, Rue De La Loi 170, Brussels 1040

Advances & Progress in Drug Design Conference - 16-17 February 2015, London

As science and technology is advancing, drug designing has moved from traditional methods to advanced methods like computer aided drug designing and computational techniques. This informative event will focus on the recent developments and growth drivers in drug design.
 
High profile scientists from pharma companies and biotech organisations will be speaking about structure based drug designing, fragment based drug designing, computer based drug designing, pharmacokinetics, polypharmacology and metabolism in drug designing.

3rd Annual Floating LNG Conference - 18-19 February 2015, London

This conference aims to focus on current project updates and developments within the field, the LNG market dynamics and economics to determine what is driving the industry forward, technological innovations, case studies from the leading EPC projects as well as cover Pre-FEED projects and risks associated with this dynamic industry.

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”.

Paving the way for advanced manufacturing: technology transfer - 25 February 2015, Brussels

Advanced and clean manufacturing is a key driver of the upcoming industrial revolution. The aim of this workshop is to explore how technology transfer activities can be used as a mechanism to help EU industry, particularly manufacturing SMEs, to adopt new advanced and clean manufacturing technologies. Practical examples will be presented to illustrate the potential of technology transfer in this area.

The workshop will gather technology providers, industry executives, technology transfer officers, policy makers and financial intermediaries to share experiences and lessons learned. One of the key objectives is to discuss policy implications at all levels that could help accelerating the adoption of advanced technologies by the European manufacturing industry.

Addressing the STEM skills gap - progression to university, employer engagement & postgrad training - 25 February 2015, London, UK

Timed to follow the publication of the 'one year on' report of the Perkins' Review of Engineering Skills, expected in late 2014, delegates at this conference will assess progress made by the sector to close the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills gap by encouraging more young people to study these subjects and take up careers in related industries.

The conference also coincides with the Government's Your Life campaign, announced by the Chancellor in May 2014, which aims to increase the number of young people, particularly women, studying STEM subjects by 50% over the next three years.

Smart Cities - Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe - 11-13 March 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

The object of the international ‘Smart Cities’ Exhibition and Conference is the sustainable urban development and it is focused on the South-East European market. Scope: energy management, smart grid and storage, intelligent buildings, lighting, ICT, e-mobility and smart transport, emergencies and security.

Save the Planet - Waste Management, Recycling, Environment - 11-13 March 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

Keeping pace with the market trends and demand ‘Save the Planet’ encourages the waste and recycling technology transfer to South-East Europe. It will provide participants with a quick market entry and opportunity to meet face-to-face state and municipal representatives e.g. government officials, mayors, ecologists; branch associations; investors and entrepreneurs; executives from the sectors: waste management, recycling, ecology and related industry branches.

Scope: waste collection, transportation, waste treatment, landfill management and operations, waste-to-energy and recycling, services.

11th Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Forum and Exhibition for South-East Europe - 11-13 March 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

The 2015 edition will promote the latest energy developments and encourage their large-scale implementation in South-East Europe as well as speed up foreign investment in the regional economy. It is a great networking place for the international and local industry players.

Scope: energy efficient solutions for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and other manufacturing sectors; bio-, hydro, solar, geothermal and wind energy, waste-to-energy, electric vehicles, etc.

GRIP Session - Green Ship Technology Conference 2015 - 12 March 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

GRIP (Green Retrofitting through Improved Propulsion) has been a three-year project with a total budget of 4.1 million euros, partly funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The aim of the GRIP project has been to reduce fuel consumption in shipping by 5% (with individual ships up to 10%) by the design, production and retrofitting of an Energy Saving Device to an operational ship.

The GRIP Project will be holding a session at the Green Ship Technology Conference 2015 during the morning of the 12th March 2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark. This session is being held to present the work that has been carried out throughout the project lifecycle, and the results that have been obtained.


For further information please contact grip@eurtd.com or telephone +44 1332 258854

Priorities for developing the UK space sector - infrastructure, regulation, innovation and collabora - 12 March 2015, London, UK

This conference will focus on the future of the space industry in the UK, particularly in relation to what more can be done to support enterprise, growth, inward investment and exports across the sector.

An important context for the discussion will be Government's focus on satellite and space technologies as part of the recent eight great technologies commitment. The discussion is also timed to assess next steps for Government's Space Growth Action Plan, and what more Government can do to provide a competitive regulatory environment, develop space capabilities and facilitate international collaboration. Delegates - including policymakers and key stakeholders from across industry and the scientific community - will discuss further ways to encourage growth in the UK sector including improving access to finance, business management tools, skills training, and mentoring, as well as latest thinking on the cross-sector application of space technologies, particularly the development, commercialisation and exploitation of satellite data.

Stress Biology and Crop Fertility Conference - 18-22 March 2015, Sorrento, Italy

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Conference organized in the framework of the SPOT-ITN project (Marie Curie Actions, Initial Training Network, EU Grant Agreement No 289220).
The conference will bring together approximately 20 speakers of outstanding international reputation and different background covering various scientific aspects and the young scientists of the SPOT-ITN consortium.
Speakers will provide an overview of recent developments and approaches in the field and will share with the audience their thoughts and ideas for future avenues in their research.
We hope this symposium will attract not only established scientists, but also international graduate students and postdocs interested in the field.
Topics include: Global Stress Response - Hormone Signalling - Sexual Plant Reproduction - Epigenetic Regulation of Plant Reproduction - Metabolic, Proteomic and Genomic Networks in Stress and Development.
Abstract for Poster and Oral presentations are welcome and registration for all interested participants are now open.

The future for Open Access and the move towards Open Data - 26 March 2015, London

This conference is timed to follow the publication of RCUK's review of the impact of Open Access so far - expected early 2015 - and will focus on key remaining implementation issues as well as looking forward to next steps for policy in light of the UK government's stated aim of adopting an Open Data culture for publicly funded research.

Delegates will discuss ways universities, academics and publishers can maximise the potential of Open Access and raise awareness of its uses among the public and businesses - and ways forward for sharing best practice across the sector. They will also assess how Open Access has been implemented in practice since the Finch Review.

3rd International Conference on E-Technologies & Business on the Web (EBW2015) - 26-28 March 2015, Paris, France

This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to share the knowledge, ideas, innovations and problem solving techniques that focuses on Interdisciplinary conference, digital business and consumer behaviour.

27th DIA Annual EuroMeeting - 13-15 April 2015, Paris, France

The DIA's Annual EuroMeeting is global in scope and attracts well over 3,000 professionals from more than 50 countries. It brings together professionals from the biopharmaceutical industry, contract research and service organisations, academic research centres, regulatory agencies and health ministries as well as delegates from patient organisations. This convergence affords participants the opportunity to network with professional colleagues from around the world.

2015 International Conference on Information Processing and Control Engineering (ICIPCE-2015) - 17-19 April 2015, Moscow

The conference will be a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Information Processing and Control Engineering.

It will provide opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.

Brain Conferences 2015: Bridging Neural Mechanisms and Cognition - 19-22 April 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

The goal of the conference is to examine the possibility of identifying a small set of bridging laws linking neuronal codes to identified cognitive computations. We specifically focus on how the brain represents and manipulates quantities, probabilities, objects and symbols, and uses them to perform high-level cognitive inferences and confidence judgements.

Application for the conference is now open. Early registration deadline: 22 January 2015 Regular registration deadline: 16 February 2015

Registration includes abstract submission and poster presentation 

10th International Conference “Economic Integrations, Competition and Cooperation" - 22-24 April 2015, Rijeka/Opatija, Croatia

The focus of the Conference is on the scientific and practical challenges of the accession to the EU and its enlargement, especially those related to the future accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Western Balkan countries. 

 

Contacts: euconf@efri.hr and kandzija@efri.hr

The Third International Conference on Technological Advances in Electrical, Electronics and Computer - 29 April - 1 May 2015, Beirut, Lebanon

The Third International Conference on Technological Advances in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering (TAEECE2015) will be held over three days, with presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures.

 

3rd International Conference on Technological Advances in Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering - 29 April - 5 May 2015, Beirut, Lebanon

The event will be held over three days, with presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures.

All the papers will be submitted to IEEE for inclusion to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

5th International Conference - Digital Information & Communication Technology and its Applications (DICTAP2015) - 29 April - 1 May 2015, Beirut, Lebanon

The event will be held over three days, with presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures.

The conference is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Lebanon Section. All registered papers will be submitted to IEEE for inclusion to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

2nd International Conference on Renewable Energy Gas Technology, REGATEC 2015 - 7-8 May 2015, Barcelona, Spain

REGATEC 2015 has a technical and industrial focus and is directed towards microbial and thermochemical conversion of biomass and waste to biomethane, Power-to-gas and biomass gasification for CHP production. REGATEC includes plenary and parallel sessions, a poster session, an exhibition and excellent opportunities to network and find new collaboration and business partners. The latest advances will be presented by leading experts and experiences of unique industrial scale plants will be presented by prominent industrial representatives.

Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting 2015 - 20-22 May 2015, Florence, Italy

The second Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting at Convitto Della Calza, Florence, Italy 20-22 May 2015 will showcase integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research. The program will include sessions that represent recent advances on structural biology toward cellular biology, emerging methods and technologies and results of biomedical importance.

Confirmed speakers are: Wah Chiu (Baylor), Patrick Cramer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Marc Baldus (Utrecht University), Teresa Carlomagno (EMBL Heidelberg), Sriram Subramaniam (NIH), Edward Arnold (Rudger), Helena Käck (Astrazeneca) and Anne-Claude Gavin (EMBL). A session will focus on Instruct in the wider context of integrated European infrastructures. Eero Vuorio, Director of Biocenter Finland (BBMRI) and David Stuart (Instruct director, University of Oxford) have confirmed their participation to speak in this session. Young scientists who want to know where structural biology is and where it is going are especially encouraged to attend. Instruct a biomedical ESFRI projects has been offering access to structural biology infrastructure since 2012.

17th International Conference on Transport Science - ICTS 2015 - 21-22 May 2015, Portoroz, Slovenia

The Conference covers many aspects of transport, gathering eminent names from the academic sphere as well as professional experts. The conference traditionally hosts round tables with topical subject as well as poster and classic presentation sessions.

The authors can present their work in 18 working areas, namely: maritime sciences, logistics in transport, transport engineering and technology, transport economics, transport management, maritime and transport law, safety and security in transport, ecology in transport, transport optimization, traffic and space, transport infrastructure, transport planning, urban transport, intermodal transport, intelligent transport systems, human resources in transport, educational aspect in transport, terminology in transport.

12th International Conference of Young Scientists on ENergy Issues (CYSENI 2015) - 27-28 May 2015, Kaunas, Lithuania

The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to invite Ph. D. students, postdocs, master students and all other young scientists doing research on energy issues to participate in the 12th Annual International Conference of Young Scientists on Energy Issues - CYSENI 2015.

The Conference aims at:

  • providing an opportunity to present the up-to-date research results and to familiarise with the colleagues’ research;
  • providing an opportunity to make contacts with the colleagues from Lithuanian and foreign scientific research institutions;
  • providing an opportunity to get the review (prepared by the senior researchers) on the submitted paper;
  • providing an opportunity to review the papers of other Conference participants;
  • developing skills of the young scientists to present their own ideas and research results, discuss over various scientific topics. 

The Conference topics are as follows:

  • Hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Renewable energy sources
  • Smart energy networks
  • Energy efficiency and reliability
  • Knowledge for energy policy making
  • Investigations in the fields of thermal physics, fluid 

1st International Symposium on Sustainable Aviation (ISSA-I) - 31 May - 3 June 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

The aviation industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It can be viewed as making a positive contribution to sustainability. ISSA, international, multi-disciplinary symposium, aims to address current issues in the field of aviation such as improving aircraft fuel efficiency, fostering use of biofuels, minimising environmental impact, mitigating GHG emissions and reducing of engine and airframe noise.

The Symposium welcomes a large number of topics such as: Sustainable aviation and aerospace vehicle Sustainable aircraft, helicopters, missiles, launchers and satellites design, technological change, innovation, research and development Mathematical modeling, numerical/experimental methods, optimization Green aircraft Green airlines Green airports Green engine Green aerospace vehicle Renewable energy sources; alternative/green aviation fuels Energy recovery systems, alternative/renewable/clean energy technologies Life cycle design and life cycle assessment; cost efficiency; waste / recycling Environmental Modelling & Software Environmental impacts and measurement techniques: emissions/noise/radiation, global warming/climate change Mathematical modeling, numerical/experimental methods, optimization Air conditioning and refrigeration applications of aircrafts Energy, exergy, performance analysis, flight mechanics and computational fluid dynamics Energy Exergy Performance analysis Flight mechanics Computational fluid dynamics Propulsion technologies for aerospace vehicles Combustion instabilities, innovative combustion technologies Mathematical modeling, numerical/experimental methods, optimization Avionics and auto control Avionics Auto control Aerospace vehicle materials, measurement techniques and sensors Design, management, planning, development Aerospace vehicle strategic planning, governmental legislation, policy-making Aviation management, fleet planning/scheduling; air traffic management; future air transport Airport design, management, planning, development Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; airworthiness, reliability/safety.

23rd Biomass Conference and Exhibition - 1-4 June 2015, Vienna, Austria

Join us in Vienna for the 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, the leading international platform for dialogue between research, industry, policy and the business of biomass. The high quality of the EU BC&E stems from combining one of the largest biomass science and technology conferences with a leading biomass industry and technology exhibition, attracting the entire professional biomass community from around the globe.

The EU BC&E is supported by European and international organizations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector, EUBIA - the European Biomass Industry Association, WCRE - the World Council for Renewable Energy and further organisations. The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre.

Take this opportunity to present your latest results to specialists and decision makers from around the world and submit your abstract by 27 October 2014.

EuroNanoForum 2015 Conference - 10-12 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

The seventh EuroNanoForum is Europe’s largest networking conference on nanotechnologies and materials science, innovations and business. It will be showcasing the strength of integrating nanotechnologies and advanced materials with the other key enabling technologies, within the new approach of Horizon 2020 in its drive for competitiveness. ENF 2015 is organised as a part of the Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union.

SAVE THE DATE! Latvian Presidency Conference: First Innovative Enterprise Week - 15-17 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

First Innovative Enterprise week “Access to Finance for Research, Innovation and SMEs 2015” is a 3-day international conference on:

  • the political answer to the macroeconomic situation
  • ways to boost growth, jobs and competitiveness through innovation, including the investment Plan for the EU
  • how the financial instruments, facilities and accompanying measures launched under Horizon 2020 can enhance access to finance for research, innovation and SMEs
  • interactions between these financial instruments, COSME's and European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), as well as with instruments at national and local levels.

The conference will bring together high-level policy-makers, financial intermediaries and representatives of the research, innovation and business communities.

Registration will open on 1 March 2015.

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.

USE2015 – Conference on Understanding Small Enterprises - 21-23 October 2015, Groningen, The Netherlands

One of the characteristics of a small business is its interconnectedness with its environment or network: customers, suppliers, partners, employees, and the communities in which it resides. The networked nature of small businesses gives rise to the subtheme of USE2015: “A Healthy Working Life in A Healthy Business”. The organizers welcome papers on substantial, original and unpublished research on any issue relevant to the conference. Especially welcome are abstracts on topics directly related to the three main conference themes: 1. Healthy and safe working environments at SMEs 2. Health organizations as small businesses 3. SMEs in a networked society.

The USE conference will be held for the third time (previously in 2013 (Australia); 2009 (Denmark)) and provides a forum to enhance our understanding of small enterprises as well as has a unique focus on the well-being of both people and business.

The International Conference on Green Computing, Intelligent and Renewable Energies (GCIRE2015) - 27-29 October 2015, Kuala Lumpur

The event will be held over three days, with presentations delivered by researchers from the international community, including presentations from keynote speakers and state-of-the-art lectures.