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Editorial: AI’s role in science and the future of leadership in research performing institutions 

We are all using it, we are increasingly surrounded by its effects and consequences and we seem to be asking all the same questions and thinking under the same old frameworks. But at least we are thinking about it and by “it” I mean the impact of AI on science. It’s crucial to distinguish between two intertwined yet distinct themes: AI’s impact on science, and the influence of science on AI development. This distinction lays the foundation for understanding AI’s transformative role, particularly within scientific research and leadership of research performing institutions. 

Understanding AI’s impact on science vs. science in AI 

AI’s integration into scientific processes marks a significant leap towards accelerated discovery and innovation. AI aids scientists in deciphering complex data, enhancing predictions, and automating labor-intensive tasks, thus propelling the frontiers of knowledge across diverse domains, from healthcare to environmental sciences. This form of AI application—where tools and systems are developed to support and extend the capabilities of human researchers—is what we commonly refer to as AI’s impact on science. 

Conversely, the development of these AI systems themselves falls under the banner of science in AI. This involves rigorous scientific methodologies to innovate and refine AI technologies, ensuring they are not only effective but also ethical and reliable. The exploration into neural networks, algorithmic improvements, and machine learning models are intrinsic to enhancing AI’s functionalities and safety, a pursuit rooted deeply in scientific principles. 

Find the full editorial here.

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INESC Highlights 

Unveiling the groundbreaking advancements and initiatives from INESC institutes: 

Fostering innovation and excellence within our community. 

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We invite you to engage, to reflect, and to join us in shaping the discourse that will define the future of research and innovation in Europe.
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Deep Dive: How can an underwater cable save your life and expand your knowledge?

Underwater cables can help to detect earthquakes earlier, monitor biodiversity and expand our knowledge of the ocean. Thin fiber optic cables run for thousands of miles along the seabed and connect continents, but are mainly used for communication purposes – they basically keep the internet running. 
A Portuguese-American consortium set out to take advantage of the already existing widespread infrastructure of submarine communications to develop a network for continuous, real-time detection of vital signals from the earth and, in particular, the oceans, developing analysis models based on geoinformatics and Artificial Intelligence.
Find the article in AlphaGalileo

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Thematic Areas 

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science 

Capital markets union needed to unleash artificial intelligence, says AI Act rapporteur 

Viewpoint: How Europe can show leadership for AI in science 

Microsoft goes from bad boy to top cop in the age of AI 

Bioengineering and Health Technologies 

EIT Health moves to improve access to biobanks and health data registries 

Funding spotlight: €213M Horizon Europe partnership call for bio-based innovation 

Power and Energy Systems 

Horizon Europe batteries partnership sets out new vision for research funding 

EIB and EU Innovation Fund support Eavor’s innovative geothermal technology in Bavaria 

Call launched for energy infrastructure projects worth €850 million 

Commission approves State aid to support construction of nuclear power plant in Czechia 

European Hydrogen Bank auction provides €720 million for renewable hydrogen production in Europe 

Other Areas

Research foundations announce $300M health partnership 

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Transversal Areas

EU R&I Policy & EU elections 2024

Ten graphs show how the research landscape in EU 2004 members has changed  

Teaming participants call for greater national support and easier rules  

How to assess directionality in EU Member States R&I policy 

Horizon Europe

Commission to publish long-awaited explainer of its grant terms  

Here’s how much Horizon Europe money was handed out in lump sums by the end of 2023  

Latvian government calls for EIT to be ‘discontinued’ 


Complete Annotated Grant Agreement published 

Funding Radar: This week’s eight most interesting calls for proposals supporting the green transition 

Regional innovation scheme looks for greater commercial success 

A deep dive into how Gates, Wellcome and Novo Nordisk spend their millions 

New project to replace the European City of Science 

The Ecosystem: inside ETH Zurich’s spin-off factory 

Science Business has launched a research funding newsletter 

How to design inclusive research funding schemes 

Open Science

Call for incoming Parliament not to raise barriers to open scientific cooperation 


Commission proposals for funding defence R&D get mixed reviews from universities 

Thales, Leonardo, Airbus lead rankings in European Defence Fund grants, Science|Business finds 


Viewpoint: How Widening measures could be improved in the next framework research programme 

International Cooperation

The challenges facing South Korean academics in Horizon Europe  

New Zealand science minister assumes country will join next framework programme 

Knowledge for policy

Understanding values for policymaking: the challenges 

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Job Opportunities at INESC

– INESC TEC has 28 vacancies in different work areas, such as Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science, and more. Find more at INESCTEC website and via LinkedIn
– INESC-ID has 2 open positions (Research Grants). Know more here.

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Events & Training 


– Additive Manufacturing Village 2024, 13-17 May 2024, Tournai, Belgium. More info here

– Assessing national current FAIR-enabling capabilities. 14 May 2024, 14:00 – 16:00, CEST. More info here. 

– European Committee of the Regions: Seminars on AI in research and on knowledge valorisation. 14 May 2024, 10:30 – 17:30, Brussels. More info here.  

– EARTO Annual Conference 2024, 14-16 May 2024, Warsaw, Poland. More info here. 

– 12th European Conference on Rare Diseases & Orphan Products, 15-16 May 2024, Brussels. More info here

– The interTwing Digital Twin Engine: Discover the Environment Use Cases, 15 May 2024, 14:00 – 16:00 CET. More info here. 

– High-level Event Threads of Change: Systematic Transformation of the Textile Sector, 16 May 2024. Online event. More info here. 

– Competitiveness Council (Research and innovation), 23 May 2024. Brussels. More info here. 

– Instruct-ERIC Biennial Structural Biology Conference, 23-24 May 2024, Cascais, Portugal. More info here

– Seminar/Conferece: Restricted Dialogue on the EU Digital Education Policy, 28 May 2024, Ghent, Belgium. More info here. 

– Incubation Forum: Circular Economy in European Defence, 28-29 May 2024, Brussels. More info here

– The convergence of technologies enabling R&I for the healthcare of the future, 28-29 May 2024, Brussels. More info here

– Table Top Exercise on Critical Maritime Infrastructure Protection (TTX CMIP), 28-30 May 2024, Brussels. More info here


– 8th World Conference on Research Integrity, 2-5 June 2024, Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC), Athens. More info here 

– INDTECH 2024 Conference on Industrial Technologies, 3-5 June, Namur, Belgium. More info here 

– Conference on research infrastructures, 4-5 June 2024, Brussels. More info here

– ESPON seminar, 5-6 June 2024, Mons, Belgium. More info here

– INESC Brussels HUB Summer School on Leadershio in R&I. Focus 2024: The Impact of AI in Research and Innovation, 5-6 June 2024, Brussels. By invitation only. 

– Workshop: Enhancing SME Access to European Research and Technology Infrastructures: A Pathway to Innovation & Growth. 7 June 2024, Brussels. By invitation only. 

– ESFRI Forum, 6 June 2024, Brussels. More info here

– European Sustainable Energy Week 2024, 11-13 June 2024, Brussels. More info here

– Accelerated development: A new era for health and life science cooperation with the Global South?, 18 June 2024, Brussels. More info here. 

– EACR Early-Career Researchers’ Conference, 25-26 June 2024. Online event. More info here

– Global approach: Is the EU’s international cooperation strategy working? Private Science Business Network workshop, 25 June 2024. More info here


– 5th Internation ESS Conference, 8-10 July 2024, Lisbon. More info here

– Conference: IAMOT – International Association for Management of Technology 2024, 8-11 July 2024. Porto, Portugal. Organised by INESC TEC and FEUP. More info 

– Horizon Europe: The road ahead for the European Innovation Council?, 9 July 2024, 2:30-3:30 PM CET, Online event. More info here

– Annual Network Planning Science Business, 9 July 2024, Brussels, Hybrid event. More info here.  

– Summer Reception & Meet the new Parliament, 9 July 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CET, Brussels. More info here

-14th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing – CSNDSP 2024, 17-19 July 2024, 9:00 – 17:30, Rome, Italy. Register here. 


– Valorise this: How to speed and scale up tech transfer?, 12 September 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Brussels. Hybrid event. More info here


– Hot prospects: When will quantum tech reach the industrial mainstream?, 17 October 2024, 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Brussels. More info here. 


– Horizon Europe: New priorities for the European Research Area policy agenda?, 19 November 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. More info here

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