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Last update: 25 July 2017

Supporting innovation in UK industry - priorities for investment, the commercialisation of research

7 September 2017, Central London, United Kingdom

It is timed to follow the Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper, which highlighted investment in science, research and innovation as one of ten pillars for driving growth and productivity across the UK economy, and following the announcement of an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - seeking to drive progress in technologies where the UK can build on existing areas of industrial and research strength.

The conference is further timed to consider implications for the funding of research and development in light of the review of the Small Business Research Initiative, as well as proposals for a review of opportunities for robotics and artificial intelligence.

In the context of the recent announcement of £229 million of industrial strategy investment for UK R&D, delegates will discuss how new funding can be allocated in the interests of maximising growth and UK competitiveness internationally - looking in particular at opportunities for improving rates of commercialisation, developing research infrastructure, and improving skills and research talent.

Sessions will also bring out latest thinking on the areas in which the UK can build on existing strengths in industrial technologies - such as robotics and artificial intelligence, space technologies, healthcare, manufacturing processes and materials.

Speakers and delegates at this conference are expected to be a senior and informed group of around 120 including Members of both Houses of Parliament and government officials from BEIS, HMT, Innovate UK and other relevant departments and agencies, as well as industry representatives from sectors including automotive, defence, aviation, life sciences, maritime, energy, construction, infrastructure - and technologies such as AI, robotics, satellites, industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, biotechnology and other key areas - together with investors, suppliers, advisors, banks, academics and universities, lawyers, consultants and reporters from the national and trade press.

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2nd HBP Young Researchers Event: Integrating neuroscience data into models and simulations

12-13 September 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

The 2nd Young Researchers Event (YRE) 2017 is hosted by the Human Brain Project (HBP) and organised by young researchers within the HBP. It will take place in Geneva on 12-13 September and is immediately followed by the in-depth CodeJam on 13-15 September.

This year’s theme is integrating neuroscience data into models and simulations. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the Information & Communication Technology Infrastructure offered and developed by the HBP, and how to use it for their own research.

They will further get the chance to meet other researchers with similar interests, work in small groups and get support on their projects from the HBP Platform experts. The event is targeted towards young researchers (Master and PhD students as well as early postdocs) both from within and outside the HBP and will answer the following questions:

  • I have obtained experimental data and want to include it in a simulation or compare simulated results using one of the HBP Platforms. Which one do I use? How can I use it?
  • I have already started working with the HBP Platforms, but do not know how to continue. What are the next steps? •
  • I have not worked with the HBP Platforms yet, but wish to learn more about them. What can I do? How can I get started?

These questions will be addressed in various break-out sessions guided by HBP Platform experts.

Project submission deadline: 18 July 2017

Regsitration deadline: 16 August 2017

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Shaping the future of pediatrics

20-22 September 2017, Rome, Italy

“Shaping the future of pediatrics” is the first conference on the innovation in pediatrics in Europe. It will be at the intersection of pediatrics with different disciplines and will involve pediatricians, nurses, researchers, patients, entrepreneurs, and specialists in different areas in the field of innovation in pediatrics.

The conference will include sessions on –omics, Big Data, Patient empowerment, and The cycle of innovation in pediatrics.

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6th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation CONCORDi 2017

27-29 September 2017, Seville, Spain

CONCORDi 2017 is the bi-annual European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation.

Organised by the Joint Research Centre in association with the OECD, CONCORDi 2017 aims to identify the research, business and policy challenges in this area for the decade to come, and to provide guidance to the EU industrial research and innovation policy agenda.

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The future for international research partnerships: responding to Brexit, the Newton Fund and new partnerships

17 October 2017, Central London, United Kingdom

Sessions will focus on developing the UK’s international profile in the global research landscape, and the key challenges and opportunities associated with both leaving the EU and developing new partnerships.

Delegates will discuss future involvement in Horizon 2020, availability of European Research Council funding and mobility of researchers. Further discussion will assess next steps for the Newton Fund and its links with new partners and priorities for new research partnerships, including case studies of current collaborative projects outside of the EU, the current state of global partnerships and key concerns from both R&D businesses and academics.

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1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - Intellectual property rights, translation and exploitation of research

17-19 July 2017, Leimen, Germany

This “hackathon” style workshop completes and complements the online course on Intellectual Property Rights, Translation and Exploitation of Research.

Students will work in small groups around joint applied research ideas in Neuroscience that the students will offer and conceive by themselves.

The participants will study how to advance their ideas from the lab to market, understand the needs, the target population, patentability options and how to build a business model. Finally they will present their ideas to industry and academy experts.

The workshop is a hands on unique experience of diving into the entrepreneurial world, learning how to advance the science into the next step.

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1st HBP Curriculum workshop series New horizons in clinical neuroscience: Brain medicine for non-specialists

5-7 July 2017, Innsbruck, Austria

The aim of this interactive workshop is to deepen and complete the online course on brain medicine for non-specialists with the most recent advances in research of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Lectures and tutorials by international experts will report the state of the art of research and treatment of brain diseases. Representatives of the Allen Institute for Brain Science (AI, USA) and the Human Brain Project (HBP, Europe) will present novel avenues for exploiting large biological datasets for future classification of brain diseases, which may lead to new strategies for developing therapeutics.

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1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - Understanding the brain: Neurobiology for non-specialists

3-5 July 2017, Innsbruck, Austria

The aim of this interactive workshop is to provide practical insights into basic and translational neuroscience research for interested non-specialists.

The topics addressed range from essential neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, over IPS cells, to networks and behaviour. Plasticity and modulation of networks and signal transmission under physiological (like learning and memory) and pathological situations (like addiction, epilepsy or neurodegeneration) will form an essential part.

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4th HBP School - Future Computing: Brain Science and Artificial Intelligence

12-18 June 2017, Obergurgl, Austria

The 4th HBP School offers a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of software, hardware, simulation, databasing, robotics, machine learning and theory relevant to the HBP research programme.

Lectures, hands-on tutorials and practical exercises on software tools and neuromorphic hardware systems provide a high level view of the project, computing and ethical aspects of artificial neural systems.

The school offers ample opportunities for scientific exchange between students and faculty during dedicated discussion sessions, tutorials and various social events. Application for this school is open to the whole student community and early post-docs.

Up to 40 applicants will be selected based on an academic decision by the Scientific Director. Participants are required to submit an abstract on their current research with their application. Applications from young female investigators are highly encouraged.

Application deadline: 22 March 2017

There is no registration fee.

Accommodation will be provided.

Seven travel grants will be available upon request (European students only).

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5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event will focus on science & skills for renewables integration

2 June 2017, Leuven, Belgium

From 31 May to 2 June 2017, KU Leuven (Belgium) hosts the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event (ECE) on the SET-Plan Core Priority “N°1 in Renewable Energy”.

The event intends to stimulate discussion among university leaders on the development of innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programmes.

The conference will also offer specific opportunities for “clustering” knowledge, in which research and education leaders from different disciplines will present their views on the specific priorities of the SET-Plan.

The event is the fifth of the series of six events aiming to mobilise Europe’s university community in the field of energy. It carries forward the activities outlined in the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” published in December 2016.

Through the event, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions for new paradigms in energy higher education and research in the specific field of renewables integration.

EUA and the UNI-SET consortium have launched a Call for Contributions welcoming proposals for parallel sessions in form of good practices and initiatives (download the Call for Contributions on the event`s website).

The ECE themes are based on the priorities of the SET-Plan

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