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Digital for our Planet | CONNECT University Summer School 2021

The current changes in the planet's climate are transforming our world. An understanding of the climate emergency and its future implications is imperative for the future of Europe. With the aim of empowering people to a human-centered, sustainable and more prosperous digital future, CONNECT University is organising from 21 June until 2 July 2021 a special sixth edition of Summer School that aims to share knowledge and information about the way climate change is interconnected with digital transformation.

 
A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy - Connect University

The Connect University will kick off its 2021 thematic summer school programme dedicated to Digital for our planet with a special introductory session on “A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy”, exploring the way digitalisation can help sustainability and how digital innovation and solutions can contribute to tackle climate change.

 
Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area.

 
Horizon EU Info Days 2021

This first edition of the Horizon EU Info Days takes place online. It will offer the opportunity to prospective applicants and other stakeholders of EU research and innovation to receive information and ask questions about the novelties, main funding instruments and processes of Horizon Europe.

 
EU clears way for the EU Digital COVID Certificate

Today, the Presidents of the three EU institutions, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission attended the official signing ceremony for the Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, marking the end of the legislative process.

 
B2G data sharing in energy – 3rd B2G Data Sharing Workshop

Smart energy management in cities is a key to achieving the green and digital transition. This was the focus of the third in a series of five workshops on business to government (B2G) data sharing in cities. Helsinki, Rennes Metropole and Milan shared their experiences, followed by an engaging discussion with around 30 European cities.

 
EU Digital COVID Certificate: EU Gateway goes live with seven countries one month ahead of deadline

The EU Digital COVID Certificate has reached another important milestone with the go-live of the technical system at EU level, which allows to verify certificates in a secure and privacy-friendly way. The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling this summer. It will be free of charge, secure and accessible to all. Available in digital format or on paper, it will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative, or recovered from an infection.

 
IDIH Week 2021

The IDIH Week will focus on international cooperation on Active and Healthy Ageing in the digital world with key strategic partners

 
CONNECT University Online Session on "Medical technology advances: nervous system-on-a-chip"

Progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson disease poses detrimental debilitating effects to patients. The lack of valid preclinical models has been hampering medical progress for the last decades. During this CONNECT University event the participants will have the opportunity to discover the project CONNECT (Connecting neural networks: Nervous-system-on-Chip Technology) and its impact on neurodegenerative disorders, by exploring and consolidating a new technological direction as a viable future technology for the development of novel therapeutics and regenerative strategies.

 
Boosting economic recovery through innovation procurement: what European assistance can do for you

The presentations and video recording are available from the 18 May online webinar about how the European Assistance for Innovation procurement (EAFIP) can help the public sector use innovation procurement to boost green-digital economic recovery. The spotlight is on success cases that EAFIP supported in the past. They share the approaches they used to maximise impacts, both from the buyer’s and the supplier’s perspective. For public buyers that want to start new innovation procurements, the webinar also explains how to apply for free of charge assistance via the call that is open now.

 
Call for proposals on Alliances for Innovation 2021 is open

Alliances for Innovation aim to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity by boosting innovation through cooperation and flow of knowledge among higher education, vocational education and training, and the broader socio-economic environment, including research. To boost innovation, the focus will be on digital skills, including in the Health sector.

 
DigitALL Public conference

The DigitALL Public conference, held on 20, 21 and 22 April 2021, was the closing event of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital and the Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens (ISA²) programmes. Together with the Member States, these programmes have helped build cross-border public services for citizens, provided free interoperable solutions to companies and connected various organisations in different sectors.

 
Get started with B2G Data Sharing - 1st B2G Data Sharing Workshop

The first in a series of 5 workshops on B2G data sharing in cities was held on 5 May, setting the scene for an open, peer-to-peer discussion among EU cities on their experiences of business-to-government (B2G) data sharing and how to scale up these practices in cities and regions across Europe.

 
Europe's Digital Decade: Commission launches consultation and discussion on EU digital principles

As a follow-up to its Digital Decade Communication of 9 March, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the formulation of a set of principles to promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. The consultation, open until 2 September, seeks to open a wide societal debate and gather views from citizens, non-governmental and civil society organisations, businesses, administrations and all interested parties. These principles will guide the EU and Member States in designing digital rules and regulations that deliver the benefits of digitalisation for all citizens.

 
Public consultation on a set of European Digital Principles

As a follow-up to its Digital Decade Communication of 9 March, the Commission launched a public consultation on the formulation of a set of digital principles to promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. This consultation, open until 2 September 2021, seeks to open a wide societal debate and gather views from citizens, non-governmental and civil society organisations, businesses, administrations and all interested parties. These principles will guide the EU and Member States in designing digital rules and regulations that deliver the benefits of digitalisation for all citizens.