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Smart Data Forum - 25-26 June 2014, Nice, France

The exponential growth in the volume of personal and professional data raises new challenges. The digital deluge will lead to radically different patterns of behavior on the part of individuals and corporations, revolutionizing service delivery and value creation. Properly processed and analyzed, this data can become “Smart Data”.

Smart Data 2014 is positioned as a think tank for the monetization of digital assets, delivering: • new viewpoints for project initiators in corporate and governmental environments • expert guidance on the protection and analysis of big data • an overview of best practices and the latest solutions.

Euroscience Open Forum - ESOF 2014 - 21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen

ESOF2014 offers a platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges.

The 2014 meeting is entitled “Science Building Bridges”. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of science in the public and to strengthen the effective “bridges” between science and society.

The scientific programme, covering 8 themes, consists of keynote lectures, seminars, workshops and engaging formats for debating the latest research.

Mobilising Europe's Universities for Smart Specialisation - 20 June 2014, Brussels

The European Commission and the European University Association is convening a high level conference on the role of universities in smart specialisation in Brussels. The agenda includes four cases studies of university-regional partnerships in the development of Smart Specialisation Strategies, as well as presentations on EU support by the Director Generals for Regional Policy, Research and Education

Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE2014) - 12-13 June 2014, Athens - Greece

The Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT) and the European Commission, in collaboration with the Greek General Secretariat for Research & Technology, have the pleasure to invite you to participate at the International Conference “Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2014”, which is organised under the frame of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in Athens, Greece, on the 12th and 13th of June, 2014.
The WIRE Conference provides a forum for policy dialogue on Regional Strategies, Innovation & Growth. Organised since 2010, it has been established as a debate leading to new proposals for improving the effectiveness of regional, national and European governance, measuring the impact and supporting regional development

ONE Conference Brussels 2014: Policies (R)Evolution and Every European Digital - 24 April 2014, Brussels

The Future has begun. Member States and regions must lose no time in preparing the next generation of EU programmes for growth, says Commissioner Hahn after MEPs' vote on radical reform of EU Regional Policy in July 2013.

The new programming period brings new investment budgets for Member States, seeking synergies between Regional Policy and Horizon 2020 in order to maximise the innovation opportunities. The data-driven economy can provide Europe with a chance to emerge from the multifaceted crisis with new capabilities. Are Europeans ready for the Data Revolution? Are politicians able to make informed choices and manage changes?

The ONE Conference is facilitating the joint effort of EU partners to build links between information networks and ICT Observatories for reaching ambitious common objectives of Europe 2020. The event is taking place under the auspices of the Czech Ambassador to the EU.

Industrial Technologies 2014 - 9-11 April 2014, Athens, Greece

The Industrial Technologies 2014 conference integrates nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies. The event offers opportunities for developing valuable research and industry collaborations, and showcases cutting-edge research, latest innovations and rising companies from all around Europe.

The main topics include:

  • European and global developments in the high-tech arena,
  • Re-industrialisation and regional development in Europe,
  • Technological and entrepreneurial opportunities especially for the Balkan and Mediterranean states, and
  • Opportunities in Horizon 2020 in the field of enabling technologies.

The event takes place during the Greek Presidency of the European Council and has received funding from European Union Seventh Framework Programme.

European Conference on Tobacco or Health - 26-29 March 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

The European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) takes place only every 3 years, and is for policy makers, scientists, health educators, advocacy officers and health professionals involved in tobacco control.

Conference topics will include smoking prevention, smoking cessation, tobacco product regulation, harm reduction strategies and WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. ECToH 2014 provides an opportunity for tobacco control professionals, researchers, policy makers, advocates, and other interested colleagues to meet, develop their knowledge and skills and enable sharing of best practices in ─░stanbul.

Urban Megatrends and Future Challenges for European Urban Areas - 27 March 2014, The Committee of the Regions - Rue Belliard 101, Brussels

The aim of the event is to bring together representatives from the JPI Urban Europe and the European Institutions as well as from other urban networks, along with high-profile scientific and policy experts to discuss issues relating to megatrends and future urban challenges.

The JPI Urban Europe has recently finalised two studies on global megatrends and their long term impacts on European cities that will be presented and discussed at the seminar. The scientific background paper gives and in-depth analysis of urban challenges. The Urban Megatrends policy paper indicates that global megatrends, including climate change and demographic and economic development, will have a regionally differentiated impact on European urban regions and implications for policy-making at all levels.

Horizon 2020 national launch events and thematic events - 1 January - 17 March 2014, Various locations in Europe

UPDATED: Bulgarian and Croatian web sites added (10/2/2014)

This is a handy, one-page overview of all the national launch events and thematic events related to Horizon 2020. The "summary of events" page linked to below will be updated as more information becomes available.

The table includes past events as well as those that have not yet taken place.

Water beyond Europe II - 20 February 2014, Brussels

After a successful first edition, we are pleased to announce that “Water beyond Europe II”, the workshop dedicated to our new collaboration with South Africa will take place on 20th of February at the EUREKA Secretariat in Brussels.

This second edition will bring together our European partners and a delegation of South African stakeholders, as well as national funding agencies from both continents. “Water beyond Europe II” will present an overview of the common water priorities between Europe and South Africa and will bring the possibility of creating potential collaborations between both continents and within ACQUEAU

Going Green - CARE INNOVATION 2014 - 17-20 November 2013, Vienna, Austria

The International CARE Electronics Office is pleased to announce the Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2014 conference and exhibition on Electronics and the Environment. It will take place in Schoenbrunn Palace Conference Centre Vienna (Austria), which is situated in the Apothecaries’ Wing of the famous building. This Symposium is the only platform for presenting the up-to-date progress on sustainable development and the development of eco-efficient electr(on)ic & automotive products. This year’s program will feature the latest in environmental design, clean manufacturing, resource efficiency, climate change, new eco-efficient technologies, collection, reverse logistics, refurbishment, carbon trading, re-use, recycling and policy making from leading experts in industry, academia, consulting, recyclers and public area around the globe. Leading companies and institutions in green electr(on)ics will present their innovative products, processes and services at the exhibition. All companies in the electr(on)ics, automotive, solar and PV, chemical and recycling industry, power suppliers, electricity generators and distributors, contract manufacturers, material and component suppliers, service and logistic companies, collective systems, academia, consulting and public authorities (local, regional, international) are invited to attend and contribute.

Industrial Biotechnology in UK and Ireland - Identifying Challenges and Opportunities - 19 November 2013, London

The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in the UK and Ireland. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of UK and Irish stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.

 

Regions as motors of new growth through smart specialisation - 8 November 2013, Brussels

This high-level event will present the state of the art of smart specialisation and discuss its implications for European competitiveness, economic policy making and governance in the search for new growth opportunities.
It will also aim at stimulating processes of mapping and combining national, regional and European innovation roadmaps through a series of thematic workshops focusing on specific areas of joint opportunity linked to common societal challenges.
This conference is targeted at policy-makers at regional, national and European level in the fields of research, innovation, industrial policy and regional development, including ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) Managing Authorities and their stakeholders.

 

10th Annual Conference: Science and Technology Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Change - 4-6 November 2013, Riyadh

On the 4th, 5th and 6th of November, The Technopolicy Network organizes their 10th Annual Conference on Innovation Based Regional Development in collaboration with King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Experts from all over the world will join this conference, which will offer inspiring presentations by leading IBRD experts and numerous networking opportunities. This year, we expect over 1000 participants from all over the globe. The focus of the conference will be on ‘Science and Technology Entrepreneurship as a Driver for Change: How Regional Development, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Interact.’

Energy research and innovation, source of benefits for your region - 8 October 2013, Brussels

People's well-being, industrial competitiveness and the overall functioning of society are dependent on safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy. The scale of this challenge requires consolidation of research and innovation capacities at EU level.

The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate that energy research & innovation can bring real benefits to European regions. By sharing good examples and best practices from Spain and Germany and presenting practical aspects of the use of structural funds for energy research projects, the aim is to encourage European regions to invest more in energy research & innovation and to foster growth and jobs.

Defining the Future of Industrial Biotechnology in the EU - Nordic Workshop - 3 October 2013, Helsinki, Finland

The BIO-TIC consortium wishes to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in the Nordic states. This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed.
Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of Nordic stakeholders in this strategically important area. For more information on the event please contact juulia.rouhiainen@poyry.com or Claire Gray, BIO-TIC project coordinator at bio-tic@europabio.org This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.

 

Innovation systems in health economies: Regional, transnational and macro-regional cooperation - 26 September 2013, Brussels

Innovation and Smart Specialisation are key instruments to shape the future of a Europe that has smart, inclusive and sustainable solutions for societal challenges. From theory to practice, from “Smart Specialisation” to “Smart Implementation”; now it is time to see how these concepts can become a reality and programmes might be implemented to have a sustainable impact. 

Regions play a key role in health care delivery and in the process of adopting innovative solutions in the domain of health care. How can regions collaborate on a transnational stage without compromising the interest of the regional stakeholders? Is it possible to create a win-win situation through sharing of innovations on the product-, process- and system level? To address these questions, this workshop (co-organized by ScanBalt HealthPort, Network of German Health Regions (NDGR) and Health ClusterNET) brings together experts from major European initiatives that have developed strategies in this field. One of the major objectives is to surpass existing boundaries and open the way for inclusion of stakeholders outside the traditional health sector.

Industrial Biotechnology in Spain. Identifying Hurdles and Opportunities - 25 September 2013, Toledo, Spain

The BIO-TIC consortium wish to invite you to a free one-day workshop discussing issues surrounding the uptake of industrial biotechnology in Spain.For Spain to grow and develop its industrial biotechnology base, it will be vital to access EU funding for research and innovation activities.
This is your chance to tell us where the hurdles lie and suggest ways in which they could be addressed. Your input will be crucial in helping us develop an action plan which best addresses the needs of Spanish stakeholders in this strategically important area. This workshop is one of a number of regional workshops being held throughout Europe as part of the BIO-TIC FP7 project, which aims to develop an integrated roadmap and action plan for the successful development of industrial biotechnology in Europe.

Register at:  bio-tic@europabio.org

 

Dublin's Festival of Curiosity - 25-28 July 2013, Dublin

Dublin’s annual festival of science & culture with FREE events for families to take place from 25 – 28 July 2013. 2012 saw a unique year long celebration of science in Dublin as over 600, 000 people took part in Dublin City of Science 2012 celebrations. Although that year may be over a brand new Festival has evolved from the energy and excitement it generated.

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin’s annual Festival of Science and Culture, will take place for the very first time this year from 25-28 July. The Festival will provide new opportunities for adults, families and children to come together and experience a hands on adventure in science, play and curious technology. The Festival will transform Dublin’s City Centre into a fun filled curiosity hub for four days in July, with free day-time events for families & children, accompanied by an evening programme of interactive science debates, discussions and shows that will intrigue and challenge the most curious of minds.

ENSEA Networking Event - 25 June 2013, Brussels

To reach the “20-20-20” climate goals, Europe is increasingly generating renewable energy through technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines. Renewable resources are, however, dependent on weather patterns and therefore generate variable amounts of power over time. In order to provide secure energy systems which delivers energy when we need it, renewables have to be used in conjunction with ‘back up’ power sources, which can ramp up generation quickly to meet peak demands, while managing demand by using smart grids and by hydro-based balancing services. Goal of the ENSEA Networking Event is to introduce the project to an European audience, exchange with other Regions of Knowledge (energy) projects and to connect to other European funds.

 

Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE IV) - 5-7 June 2013, Cork, Ireland

The conference will address the Innovation Union context of the 'Capacities' work programme, especially that of the Research Potential Programme, with emphasis on research and innovation as key drivers of competitiveness, jobs, sustainable growth and social progress.

It will provide the opportunity for regional authorities, funding agencies, representatives of the national research bodies, the applicant's parent organisation, and end-users (SMEs, industry, etc) to participate and thus to ensure synergies with local, regional and national policies.

The WIRE IV Conference will focus on: a) The Role of Regions in Internationalisation b) Growing Pains - Moving on from Cohesion c) How to design your Regional Programme.

The WIRE IV conference will be listed on the official calendar of events during the Irish Presidency of the EU in 2013.

A European Research Strategy on Intermodal Transport - 17-18 April 2013, Las Palmas (Spain)

The objective of the conference is to contribute to the optimization of research and innovation transport policies by defining a targeted research strategy for intermodality to be implemented in the new programming period 2014-2020.

To this end, the conference devotes special attention to the role of clusters as driver of innovation activities and to the integration of transport into Smart Specialization Strategies of European regions.

The event has been organised in the framework of the Regions of Knowledge FP7 project INTRAREGIO (“Towards an Intermodal Transport Network through innovative research-driven clusters in Regions of organised and competitive knowledge”).

An exhibition space will be also set up for transport and logistics clusters to present their activities and projects. A total of 20 stands will be made available for free and assigned on a first come first served basis upon registration at conference@intraregio.eu

Info Day - FP7 ERA Chairs Pilot Call: Italian Convergence Regions in the Framework for R&I 2014-2020 - 8 April 2013, Catania, Italy

The Commission launched on 18 December 2012 the ERA Chairs pilot call under FP7. This action will support projects carried out by individual research entities established in the eligible regions (Convergence and Outermost regions)to introduce measures and activities to facilitate the structural change and put in place the conditions needed to develop excellent research. This Information Day aims at providing comprehensive information on the ERA Chairs pilot call as well as on the opportunities for Convergence Regions in Horizon 2020.
The Information Day will also look at the Smart specialization strategy as a key instrument to foster synergies between research organisations and national/regional strategies for R&I. Participants will have the opportunity to take stock and exchange ideas/views on what can be done to develop excellent research in the R&I organisations of Italian Convergence regions.

RegioStars 2013 - Award Ceremony - 31 January 2013, Brussels

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. The RegioStars awards form part of the Commission's Regions for Economic Change initiative, which aims to highlight good practice in urban and regional development.

The Award Ceremony will take place the 31 January 2013 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.

Workshop: Smart specialisation strategies from a research and innovation perspective in maritime regions - 9 October 2012, Brussels

Smart specialisation is a key concept for research and innovation policy. The concept still needs better illustration through success stories in the field and can benefit from a large exchange of experience. The objective of the workshop is to highlight, through good examples, how research and innovation can strongly contribute to successful smart specialisation from a regional perspective, on the basis of a specific field.

The recently adopted Atlantic integrated macro-regional strategy is a major opportunity for a ‘maritime smart specialisation’ process at regional level. It is of high political relevance in the context of the debate on support to be given to future ‘macro-regions’ as of 2014. It would enlarge the involvement of maritime regions beyond the well-known ‘Baltic Sea Strategy’.

Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2012 (WIRE2012) - 4-5 June 2012, Krakow, Poland

The conference will focus on smart regional development based on knowledge and innovation. WIRE2012 will address main current issues related to the effective implementation of the Innovation Union at regional level for the next period 2014-2020, through three main thematic pillars:

  • Innovative regions in the Horizon 2020 will investigate the role of regions in smart specialisation, the role of cities as innovation hubs, and regional innovation ecosystems within Horizon 2020;
  • Stairway to Excellence will focus on the future of research and innovation at the regional level, on synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Cohesion Policy, and on smart specialisation in convergence regions and Centres of Excellence;
  • Networking for ERA at Regional Level will discuss the European Territorial Cooperation, networks of clusters, European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation, networks of research infrastructure and Multiregional Knowledge Partnerships (e.g. Danube, Baltic)

Participation in the Conference is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.