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Transition to fossil-free industries: technology pathways and policies

18 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Technology pathways and roadmaps towards decarbonisation are emerging in sectors such as steel, plastics, and other sectors.

The role of electrification, of hydrogen, circular and biogenic carbon utilisation, CCUS and new interdependencies between sectors are salient features of such pathways and for re-industrializing Europe.

The event will take stock of the current understanding of future options and strategies and based on this explore the implications for future policy-making, research and society at large.

The event will bring together EU-funded project and national as well as regional initiatives related to the decarbonisation of energy intensive industry sectors.

The event adopts a multi-stakeholder format to enable the development of a joint understanding of opportunities, challenges and policy needs in the ´hard to abate´ industrial sectors.

The overall objective to explore emerging visions for industrial zero net-carbon pathways and their policy implications and share information and develop knowledge between key EC, core industrial regions, industry and academic experts.

The event includes: i) policy sessions, to present and discuss policy options in order to explore new ideas and approaches to policy development. ii) stock-taking of emerging pathways, to present and discuss technology pathways based on current understanding, and identification of knowledge gaps. 

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Supporting effective ocean governance. The role of Responsible R&I and Ocean Literacy

18-20 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

#OceanDialogues2019 is a joint event between the H2020 research projects MARINA and ResponSEAble - in cooperation with the European Parliament – SEARICA intergroup & IOC-UNESCO - on the role of *Ocean Literacy* and *Responsible Research and Innovation* in supporting effective Ocean Governance.

The aim of the 2019 Ocean Dialogues is to identify solutions for the development of a sound ocean knowledge system that can support effective ocean governance, by addressing challenges such as engagement, co-creation and shared responsibility.

It will provide inputs to the Preparatory process of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The outcome of the Ocean Dialogues 2019 will be a manifesto which will be presented and discussed at a dedicated policy workshop organised at the European Parliament. 

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SESAME final international workshop

19-21 March 2019, Petten, Netherlands

We are pleased to invite you to join us to the SESAME Final International Workshop at the NRG site in Petten, the Netherlands.

This international workshop is the final event of the Horizon 2020 European Research Project SESAME (thermal hydraulics Simulations and Experiments for the Safety Assessment of Metal cooled reactors).

The aim of this event is to disseminate the main achievements of the project among the international nuclear community and to foster the exchange of the newest scientific and technical results between researchers and experts. 

The workshop will focus on thermal hydraulic aspects of liquid metal cooled reactors. In particular, it will cover: Temperature Fluctuations Mechanical Vibrations Core Thermal Hydraulics Pool Thermal Hydraulics System Thermal Hydraulics Best Practice Guidelines and Validation & Verification 

The participation fee for the workshop is 300 euro. For partners of the SESAME project the event is free.

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EU Research and Innovation for Cities of the Future

21 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Registration for the EU Research and Innovation for Cities of the Future event, jointly organized by the URBAN Intergroup of the European Parliament and the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation is now open.

This joint event will show how EU funded Research and Innovation actions are driving Sustainable Urban Development to address major urban challenges.

The event aims to:

  • Inform Members of the European Parliament, City Leaders, policy makers, academia, private sector, industry and innovation firms on the substantial evidence knowledge base from EU funded Research and Innovation projects /initiatives /actions
  • Discuss EU R&I emerging findings, challenges and opportunities building on the main highlights of the draft High-Level Expert Group report on “Innovating Cities
  • Support knowledge transfer towards sustainable urban transition, tapping on the existing EU funding instruments.

Secure your spot at the event that brings together European Parliament (MEPs), city leaders and policy-makers, innovation providers, representatives of cities networks, pioneers from technology and economics, European Institutions senior representatives and UN agencies.

The event is structured around 3 sessions, including inspirational talks, panel discussions and representative case studies from Horizon 2020 ongoing demonstration projects.

The event will be at the European Parliament (Room ASP 3E2) on Thursday 21 March (14:30-17:30)

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Steel and Coal: a New Perspective – Research and Innovation in Action

28 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission is organizing a Conference entitled ‘Steel and Coal: a New Perspective’ at DG Research and Innovation on 28 March 2019 in Brussels.

After a European political introduction, the first keynote speeches will deal with Steel and Coal in a forward-looking perspective. The speakers will address the themes of architecture, steel 4.0, energy, electric mobility, innovation, technology and socio-economic challenges.

The Conference will offer the opportunity to discuss the preliminary results of the Expert Group on Monitoring and Assessment of RFCS, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel. Stakeholders will also have the possibility to give their opinions on these results.

The last session of the Conference will explore the issues of steel in the global value chains and of coal regions in transition. Finally, the opportunities offered by RFCS, Horizon 2020 and the upcoming Horizon Europe and Innovation Fund will be presented in the conclusions.

Due to the limited size of the meeting room and for security reasons, the conference will be by invitation only. For more information, please contact Dr Domenico Rossetti di Valdalberο, Deputy Head of Unit ‘Coal and Steel’ in DG Research and Innovation.

Registration closes on 4 March.

The speaker’s presentations will be made available here after the Conference.

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NUGENIA FORUM 2019

13-15 March 2019, Paris, France

The NUGENIA Forum 2019 will be held on 13-15 March 2019 at the Cité Universitaire of Paris, France. It will be devoted to discussions on the technical and scientific milestones to be tackled to ensure competitive, efficient and safe production of low CO2 electricity from GEN II, GEN III and SMR water-cooled nuclear power plants.

Technological innovation is fundamental to maintain a high level of safety and competitiveness and requires the establishment of a well-coordinated R&D&I programme at the European level, in close collaboration with international partners.

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The Middle East and the EU: new realities, new policies

6 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

On 6 March , MENARA and MEDRESET, both H2020 collaborative research projects, will unveil their findings during a public conference entitled “the Middle East and the EU: new realities, new policies” taking place at egmont palace. the event will include a key-note speech by the high representative of the eu for foreign affairs and security policy and vice president of the EU commission federica mogherini, introduced by ambassador marc otte.

This conference aims at fostering a debate among the brussels-based expert and policy community on the present and the future of the Middle East and North Africa and in particular on the eu’s role towards this region. the agenda of the meeting will also include the presentation of the projects’ main results by MENARA’s scientific coordinator, Eduard Soler, and the project’s policy director, Nathalie Tocci, as well as by MEDRESET’s scientific coordinator, Daniela Huber.

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Brain Research & Tech: How can Horizon Europe improve human brain health and performance?

6 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Understanding and healing the human brain is one of the most exciting challenges of the 21st century. For centuries we have been attracted by the mystery of thought and consciousness, but it is only now that we have the technical and scientific  foundation to advance.

Is  consciousness fundamental for the emergence of thought? Will Artificial Intelligence need to be conscious? And can we repair our mind once it has been damaged?

Addressing these questions requires boldness, is necessarily interdisciplinary and needs close coordination amongst scientists, clinicians, industry partners and policy makers. In Europe, we decided to accept this challenge and push the frontiers of our knowledge through efforts such as the European flagship Human Brain Project, the European Open Science Cloud, and our investments in High Performance Computing…  

But how will we succeed? Aix-Marseille University - AMU, a European leader in brain health and technology, responds together with its scientific and industrial partners across the continent.

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Science Café with Vojtěch Adam

28 February 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Vojtěch Adam is a recognized scientist in the field chemistry and biochemistry and he is an expert in the application of advanced materials in the biology. He particularly deals with metallothioneins, proteins with the ability to bind metals, with unique structure rich in cysteines.

He and his research team believe that these proteins are one of the key factors in preventing the emergence of resistance to cancer treatment with metal-based medicines. Confirmation of this fact could contribute to the more effective treatment of cancer in the future.

Prof Adam is the Vice-rector of the Mendel University in Brno and researcher at the CEITEC Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. He holds ERC Starting Grant "Towards the Understanding a Metal-Tumour-Metabolismna" since 1 January 2018.

Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

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Building sustainable value chains for the bio-based industry

28 February 2019, Mainz, Germany

Looking towards the project’s end, the BIOrescue consortium is pleased to invite all interested stakeholders, including partners from other biorefinery projects, to join them in a dedicated workshop to be held in the morning of 28 February in Mainz, Germany, to discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from the exploitation of sustainable biomass sources in Europe for the commercialisation of new bio-based products.

To explore this topic, EU-funded projects and industry stakeholders will present the support measures implemented in terms of infrastructure development, standardisation and market uptake for bio-based products.

In that sense, all participating partners will also be invited to pitch their concept and ideas for the development of the European bio-based industry and to present or discover inspirational examples of biorefinery projects at the occasion of the poster session organised during the coffee break.

Join our workshop to exchange ideas and voice your opinion on the future of the European bio-based industry sector. Are you interested in pitching your biorefinery concept and / or presenting a poster to feed the discussions? You can indicate it in the registration form and seize this opportunity to network with your future partners.

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