Horizon 2020

  • Following the first edition in 2017 in Helsinki, SITRA (the Finnish Innovation Fund) organises -together with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan - the 2nd edition of the Forum in Yokohama, Japan from 22 to 24 of October. 
  • 6-9 innovations will be selected on the basis of their technical, social and market readiness. The minimum requirements for the innovations are:
    • it has been developed by an innovator with legal representatives in a EU or associated country;
    • it mitigates impacts from floods, droughts or extreme weather events;
    • it is at a technical readiness level (TRL) of 4 or higher (i.e. a prototype has been developed and is ready for further testing in the lab or field); and
    • it is a structural, software or nature based solution.
  • The workshop was the occasion for public discussion on the recently published ICT4Water Digital Single Market for Water Services Action Plan, for welcoming new members, and for listening key stakeholders’ views on digitalisation applied to the water sector.

  • The aim of the Circular Economy Policy Workshop was to share recent policy-relevant findings, demonstrate the project’s evidence library and discuss forward-looking circular-economy policy in the context of:

  • Bees play the vital role of pollinating many of our agricultural crops and balancing the ecosystem. A big part of the food we eat depends on pollinators such as honeybees. However, apiculture is facing important colony losses lately due to diseases and harmful pesticides.

    The EU is funding several projects managed by the Executive Agency EASME (the EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) to help cope with this environmental crisis and save the hardworking bees:

  • With partners in pharmaceutical and medical sectors on the one hand and IT solution providers on the other, PERMIDES has granted around 3 million Euro for digital innovations and development of prototypes in the framework of innovation.

    Fourteen of the best of such projects presented their results at Utrecht, with close to 100 attendees from all over Europe sharing their insights and experiences and networking with potential partners. 

  • IMPACT Connected Car, a disruptive mobility acceleration programme, just launched their second and final call for startups innovating in mobility and automotive sectors. The programme looks to recruit startups and SMEs that can deliver ground-breaking solutions in areas such as wireless chargers, anti-hacker security, smart driving and 0% emission transport, to name a few.

  • When ice melts, polar bears retire on land, waiting for new ice to form and relying on their fat reserves to survive.  Polar bears are emblematic for a huge change that is going on. Climate change in the Arctic is three times faster than in other regions. It has a huge impact not only on the polar bears, but also on the Arctic environment, its people and on the rest of the globe, since “what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay there”. 

  • Seven Horizon 2020 projects:

  • Within an aging society, the healthcare sector struggles with an ever-increasing workflow, time-consuming paperwork and lack of data that prevents health professionals to provide the best service possible.