Today, the European Commission awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1,000,000 to Paris. The award, granted under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, recognises Paris for its inclusive innovation strategy. Tel Aviv and Tallinn were selected as runners-up, and were both awarded €100,000.
The main objective of this event is to promote the uptake of Horizon 2020 projects’ results in the field of ICT-enabled Open Government, both at policy and market level. It is also the occasion to foster peer learning and networking activities among developers of Govtech solutions, potential clients, support service providers and policy makers.
The My-AHA (My Active and Healthy Ageing) project aims to reduce frailty risk by improving physical activity, cognitive functions, psychological state, social resources, nutrition, sleep as well as overall well-being. The project is recruiting volunteers over 60 years old for its test phase.
Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and the Member States are on track to deliver on their objectives, to improve people's lives and to increase Europe's international competitiveness. This was confirmed by the results of interim evaluations of public-private and public-public partnerships supported by Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation framework programme, which the European Commission published today.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2017 has been awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the development of cryo-electron microscopy, which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules. Two of the laureates, Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson, have participated in EU-funded research projects.
The Commission has presented key policy recommendations that will help enhance the performance of the Polish research and innovation system. This Peer Review of Poland's Higher Education and Science system, requested by the Polish government, was carried out between January and September 2017 by an independent panel of experts under the Policy Support Facility (PSF) of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
An independent high level group of leading experts chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, presented today to the Commission a new report on the future of EU research and innovation.
Against the backdrop of the Commission's White Paper on the future of Europe, the conference "Research & Innovation – shaping our future", hosted by Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas, will bring together policymakers from EU institutions, nearly 700 stakeholders and interested actors to discuss the role of research and innovation for Europe's future.