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In today's Morning Brief:

Editorial: The false question of ERC vs the world 

Reading the R&I news in Europe, attending an event or just speaking with a colleague I have, more often than ever before, been reminded of that cowboy-Bush style poster that advertised “you are either with us or against us”, laying before us the false dilemma fallacy: presenting two options as the only ones available, forcing people to choose between extreme ideas instead of considering all the possibilities. As we discuss the future framework programme, as we approach the crucial dates of 64 electoral acts around the world in 2024, including one of the most significant EU electoral acts ever for the EU’s institutions already this coming June, we are making disservice to society and to ourselves.  

Check out 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.
Check the full version of the newsletter below or directly on our website and do not hesitate to contact us: 

Mariana Santos, Communications Officer – mariana.f.santos@inesctec.pt 

Ricardo Migueis, Head of INESC Brussels HUB – ricardo.migueis@inesctec.pt   

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Deep Dive: Strategic autonomy and the future of nuclear energy in the EU 

Nuclear energy and the promise of cost-effective small modular reactors (SMRs) is high on the EU’s policy agenda, against the backdrop of a difficult global geopolitical context and the Union’s energy security and climate ambitions. The EU is building a comprehensive strategy for the development and deployment of SMRs, acknowledging their potential benefits and challenges. Innovative nuclear technologies are of significant strategic value, with major steps being taken to increase the supply of advanced nuclear fuels and research and innovation capacities in this area. Read the full briefing by STOA, the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology of the European Parliament 

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Thematic Areas 

Advanced Computing 

2024 cybersecurity landscape: heightened risks on the horizon 

EU Member States commit to cooperating on world-class quantum technologies 


Artificial Intelligence and Data Science 

EU and US to work together on AI guidelines 

Commission launches AI innovation package to support Artificial Intelligence startups and SMEs 

EU Parliament votes new measures for AI factories, ECJ rules against law on fingerprints in national IDs 

AI Act’s global effects might be overstated, experts say 

A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation (UK Dept. Science, Innovation & Technology) 

G7 nations to harness AI and innovation to drive growth and productivity 

Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights (OSTP, White House, US) 

ERC has invested over €2 billion in AI research since 2007 

Mapping ERC frontier research artificial intelligence 

Commission adopts EU-wide scheme for rating sustainability of data centres 


Bioengineering and Health Technologies 

EU sets out plan to simplify biotech regulation and speed up approvals 

The White House Advances Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Leadership with the Launch of the National Bioeconomy Board 


Electronic systems, Microelectronics and Optoelectronics 

Commission presents five pillars for quantum development (following the “European Declaration on Quantum Technologies”, approved on 6 December 2023) 

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Releases National Strategy on Microelectronics Research 


Power and Energy Systems 

EU and Norway sign strategic partnership on sustainable land-based raw materials and battery value chains (see also the common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), by Batteries Europe and European Battery Alliance, presented formally on March 20) 

Spain: EIB and the regional government of Madrid sign €265 million loan for green, social and digital projects under EU funding programme 

Spain: EIB and Iberdrola agree a €700 million green loan for power grid expansion 

President von der Leyen and Commissioners to take part in Nuclear Energy Summit and events on nuclear research and small modular reactors 

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Transversal Areas

EU R&I Policy & EU elections 2024 

How COST puts money into connecting researchers across Europe 

German defence industry welcomes paper on military research 

European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EU Elections Fact Checking website) 

Así es el calendario electoral de las próximas elecciones europeas del 9J 

Guimarães and Lisbon among the 23 EU cities awarded with the EU Mission Label for their efforts towards climate-neutrality 

Commission takes action to improve the quality of traineeships in the EU 

Viewpoint: Keep dual-use technologies out of FP10 

EP-ITRE: Exchange of views on European Defence Industry 

‘Bolder steps needed’ to teach sustainability, says LERU 

Unlocking Innovation: The Role of RTOs as Intermediaries in Knowledge Valorisation (EARTO paper) 



European University Association sets out its wish list for Framework Programme 10 

Extend EU common borrowing to fund research and innovation, argues economy commissioner 

Viewpoint: Keep dual-use technologies out of FP10 

Viewpoint: FP10 should fund AI for peace, ageing – and European leadership 


Strategic planning, foresight and science4policy 

New books added to the Council Library’s collection – March 2024 


Research and Technology Infrastructures 

Estonia is accepted as a full member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) 


Standardisation and Knowledge Valorisation 

European standardisation panel survey – Final Survey 

Large share of UK tech sector dissatisfied with support schemes or see Tech in the UK 2023 – Innovation Nation (original report mentioned in the news) 


International cooperation 

Republic of Korea to join Horizon Europe programme 

Pentagon advisors urge caution in tightening science security 

Australia revises export law that could have hit global research collaboration 

International Horizon Europe campaign launches to supercharge links between UK researchers and colleagues in Italy and Spain   

AUKUS defence technology pact welcomes Japan, but the EU is excluded for now 


Higher Education 

Commission rolls out plans for a European degree (Official Press Release) 

Commission rolls out plan for European university degree (Science Business) 

Universities urged to plan for loss of China’s PhD students 

Restricting international research is largely a European and North American trend, global survey finds 

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Job Opportunities at INESC

– INESC TEC has 25 vacancies in different work areas, such as Mobile Robotics, Computer Science, and more. Find more at INESCTEC website and via LinkedIn
– INESC ID has 8 open positions (Research Grants). More info
– INOV is hiring an infrastructure manager and a processing engineer. More info
– INESC MN is seeking candidates for PhD in Industry. More info 

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Events & Training 


– Online Advanced Course on Biomedical Imaging (UT Austin Portugal & University of Coimbra), April and May 2024, online. The phase II of the registration period is open until April 17. Register here. 

– Handover: Successful and timely uptake of Artificial Intelligence in science in the EU, 15 April, 11:45 – 12:15 CET, Online event. More info here. 

– Network Roundtable: “In our defence: How to integrate dual-use research into EU funding programmes?”, 16 April 2024, 14:00 – 16:45 CET, Brussels. More info here. 

– Maritime Security seminar, 16 April 2024, Brussels. More info here. 

– The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and national/regional open science policy, 16 April 2024, Brussels. More info here.  

– Circular Economy Conference: “Europe’s Leading Role in Mainstreaming Circular practice”, 17 April 2024, Brussels. More info here. 

– Healthcare needs as drivers for healthcare policy and innovation, 17-18 April 2024, Brussels. More info here. 

– MSCA Presidency conference: Researcher’s careers – multiple pathways, 18 – 19 April 2024, Mons, Belgium. Register here. 

– Workshop: Regulatory Sandboxes as Enablers for CleanTech and Circular Innovation: EU Level Experiences and Future Collaboration Possibilities, 22 April 2024, Brussels. Register here 

– Online Training Workshop on Remote Access for Electron Microscopy Training, 24 April 2024, 14:00 – 16:30 CET, Online. More info here. 

– 2nd Mission Arena by Blue Mission BANOS, 25-26 April 2024, Riga, Latvia. More info here. 

– 1st Online Training “make your data FAIR”: Open Science Awareness, 30 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:00 CET. More info here. 


– Innovation and new technology in crisis communication: opportunities and/or threats?, 2-3 May 2024, Brussels. More info here. 

– European Cluster Conference 2024, 7-8 May 2024, Brussels. More info here. 

– 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. 

– 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. 

– 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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