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Save the dates: Horizon Europe info-days take place between 28 June and 9 July 2021

The first edition of the Horizon Europe info-days, will take place online from 28 June to 9 July 2021. The 10-day event will give 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.

 
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.

 
Cyprus’ broadband voucher scheme connects 3000 households

“In our journey to digital maturity, affordable high-speed broadband is key for a dynamic digital economy and an accessible and inclusive digital society” states Stelios Himonas of Cyprus’ Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy. Only 2.7% of households in Cyprus, however, have fixed connections above 100 Mbps. In this video, Mr Himonas explains how Cyprus implemented a ‘good practice’ voucher scheme, inspired by the European Broadband Competence Offices Network. By reducing the cost of access for end users, the scheme successfully stimulated take-up by around 3,000 households.

 
Achieving agricultural sustainability through the Farm Advisory System and rural digitalisation

The Farm Advisory System makes innovative knowledge and practices accessible to all farmers. “We are facing a major transformation of the agricultural sector that requires a shift towards more environmentally-friendly practices without undermining economic sustainability” explains Tassos Haniotis, Director of Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development. Digitalisation and rural broadband are crucial, enhancing knowledge exchange and creating multiplier effects, such as new jobs and services in rural areas.

 
Spain’s nation-wide State aid scheme to connect 430,000 people in grey areas

“Spain is the first European country to develop a broadband scheme for grey areas with a geographical scope covering all the nation” states Elena Galindo from Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, in this video. Ms Galindo, representing Spain’s national Broadband Competence Office, explains that the scheme is needed as approximately “8-10% of the population living in isolated rural and remote areas could not be covered with fast broadband”. It aims to cover 3.5 million people, of which 430,000 in grey areas, with minimum speeds of 300 Mbps symmetrical, upgradeable to 1 Gbps.

 
Rural connectivity for the health and management of beehives

In rural Latvia, an EU-funded start-up is using digital connectivity to promote healthy bee colonies and modern hive management. Thanks to €15,000 in LEADER funding covering two thirds of the total budget, Jānis Kronbergs developed the BeeKing app, which aims to help beekeepers – and especially newcomers – to learn from others, implement best practices and become more efficient. In this video, he explains the tool as well as its motivation, saying that “bees are very important for our nature, for pollination and biodiversity” and digital technologies can help beekeepers stay competitive.

 
Commission makes more spectrum available for better and faster Wi-Fi

Today, the Commission adopted a Decision harmonising the use of the 6 GHz band for wireless networks across the EU, which will support a growing number of devices, online applications and innovative services that require larger bandwidth and faster speeds. Thanks to this, citizens and businesses will be able to enjoy better, faster and more stable Wi-Fi connections across the EU, including for video conferencing, streaming and sharing content, telemedicine or when using augmented reality technologies.

 
Connectivity challenges in Outermost Regions

In discussion with European Broadband Competence Offices, this workshop will address key connectivity challenges faced by Europe's Outermost Regions, exploring ways to overcome them.

 
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF2) Digital: 5G Communities

As the CEF2 Digital Work Programme is currently being finalised, the European Commission invites members of the European Broadband Competence Offices Network to attend a special workshop on CEF2 Digital and 5G Communities and share their perspectives on the topic.

 
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.

 
Final Stakeholder Workshop on 5G Supply Market Trends

This workshop will be the opportunity to discuss and validate the findings of the independent study on the 5G supply market trends and Open RAN. Based upon these findings, the workshop will present and discuss policy options for Europe.

 
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.

 
NGI Forum 2021: Building the Internet of humans

This online event is dedicated to the future of Next Generation Internet, gathering researchers, innovators and policy makers at work on several fronts to restructure the Internet to be fit for the future.

 
Malta joins the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking

Malta becomes the 33rd member of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, rejoining the other 26 Member States and 6 Associated Countries in this strategic initiative, which is pooling EU and national resources to build world-class high performance computing (HPC, also known as supercomputing) and data infrastructures in Europe. Supercomputing is one of the essential pillars of the Digital Decade, the Commission's vision for the digital transformation of Europe by 2030, and an indispensable strategic capability for achieving EU digital sovereignty. Europe’s ambition is to become a world leader in high-performance computing and in quantum computing, the next technological frontier, in the coming years.

 
Guifi.net: Catalonian citizens’ broadband initiative reaches 100,000 rural inhabitants

As part of the Catalonian citizens’ initiative, Guifi.net, volunteers have helped install over 40,000 nodes, connecting 100,000 rural inhabitants. In this video, Ramon Roca, Guifi.net founder, explains how, since its foundation, the project has driven demand as well as rural development, becoming both a “local ecosystem” and a business model, and growing increasingly affordable as it expands. Driven by volunteers, Guifi.net focuses on building the infrastructure and cooperation between public administrations, local entrepreneurs and ISPs, among others.