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5 March 2015

BUSINESS & INNOVATION training in the Mediterranean area, Casablanca, Morocco

The seminar will bring together researchers, representatives of research & technology organisations, SMEs, start ups, technology transfer offices and other stakeholders of the EUROMED innovation ecosystem, aiming to:

- Facilitate the knowledge, innovation and technology transfer from academia to business.

- Support the commercialisation of research results.

- Offer the beneficiaries the opportunity to build better skills on the exploitation of research results emphasising to the soft side of innovation and the role of human capital in TT activities, from research to industry.

- Develop and deepen awareness and usage of commercialisation instruments for research organisations, start-ups and SMEs, and innovation agencies to avoid pitfalls. 


This training is organised during the Innovation Week (3-5 March 2015) in Casablanca.

The training is organised by the EU projects MENFRI and MARE. 

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9-10 March 2015

European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, Brussels, Belgium


The "European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing" aims to engage Europe's policy, services, researchers and market leaders to co-create a shared vision on how Europe can address the challenges and seize the opportunities arising from demographic changes through research and innovation.

The Summit will be a major event, with participation of several high level EU players, government representatives, leading global thinkers and major actors from the business, academic, citizen and civil society sectors. 


Among other sessions, The Health Directorate of DG RTD is holding a thematic workshop entitled "The role of cohorts research in fostering innovation". The subject chosen is of importance to further support research on active and healthy ageing. The workshop will take place on March 10th from 14:00 to 16:00, and will involve 5 prominent researchers in the field. The workshop is expected to yield recommendations on how future cohort-based research can provide best possible scientific support to technological innovation for ageing.



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18 March 2015

Evidence-based policy-making for innovation and resource-efficiency, Brussels

The conference will gather together scientists, policy-makers and non-governmental stakeholders from European institutions and Member States to discuss new concepts and indicators for evidence-based policy making for innovation and resource-efficiency. 

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15-17 June 2015

SAVE THE DATE! Latvian Presidency Conference: First Innovative Enterprise Week, Riga, Latvia

First Innovative Enterprise week “Access to Finance for Research, Innovation and SMEs 2015” is a 3-day international conference on:

  • the political answer to the macroeconomic situation
  • ways to boost growth, jobs and competitiveness through innovation, including the investment Plan for the EU
  • how the financial instruments, facilities and accompanying measures launched under Horizon 2020 can enhance access to finance for research, innovation and SMEs
  • interactions between these financial instruments, COSME's and European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), as well as with instruments at national and local levels.

The conference will bring together high-level policy-makers, financial intermediaries and representatives of the research, innovation and business communities.

Registration will open on 1 March 2015.

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22-23 June 2015

SAVE THE DATE - A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation, Brussels, Belgium

In the presence of Commissioner Moedas, this conference will bring together some 500 participants from key research and innovation organisations to discuss EU policies on three interconnected topics: Open Science, the European Research Area and Innovation.

The conference will cover a broad range of issues including:

  • the results and outcome of the ‘Science 2.0: Science in Transition’ consultation
  • the ERA Roadmap
  • open labour market for researchers
  • building up an innovation ecosystem
  • future markets



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14-16 October 2015

Shaping the Future of Food Safety, Together, Milan, Italy

Scientists from in and outside Europe are invited to attend a major scientific conference organised by EFSA on the occasion of the World EXPO 2015. The conference focuses on two major themes – Assessment Science and Science, Innovation and Society – and is organised in plenary and breakout sessions.

Participants are invited to register online by 15 May 2015. Scientists and early-career researchers have the opportunity to showcase their work by submitting an abstract for the poster session by 3rd April 2015.

To help early-career researchers participate in the conference, EFSA is offering to make a financial contribution to the travel and accommodation costs of selected participants.

The conference is free of charge for participants.

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