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Launch of new EU Space Agency

Yesterday marked the launch of the new EU Agency for the Space Programme. The agency’s mission is to be the user-oriented operational Agency of the EU Space Programme; its goal is to provide safe and performant EU space services, enable synergies, innovation, sustainability, and security, by linking Copernicus, GNSS, and GOVSATCOM to EU citizens. The new agency is a result of the new EU Space Regulation and stems from the growing role of space in supporting EU priorities in terms of growth, competitiveness, sustainability, and security, ehivh brought to the decision to expand the scope of the former European GNSS Agency (GSA) to include new responsibilities. EUSPA builds on the proven track record of the GSA, and, by taking on responsibility for various new Space Programme components, it leverages the GSA’s technical expertise, market intelligence, security know-how, and the extensive EU space-based community that it has built, to create synergies that will take EU space services and applications to a new level both in Europe and around the world. For more information about EUSPA, check their website here.


Regulation for Space programmes published

The official regulation establishing the Union Space Programme and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme has just been published. The Italian EU Parliamentary Massimiliano Salini emphasised in a tweet today it’s role in promoting EU’s strategic autonomy.


EC evaluation of deep-sea fishing ban

The 2016 Deep-sea Access Regulation introduced unprecedented conservation and management measures to protect deep-sea species and their habitats, called vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs). In line with the Biodiversity Strategy 2030, it limits the use of fishing gear most harmful to biodiversity, including on the seabed. The evaluation carried by the European Commission shows that thanks to the ban on bottom trawling below 800 meters, fish such as grenadier, orange roughy and black scabbardfish became less accessible to trawlers and, as a result, their catches decreased; it also shows a drop in bycatches of deep-sea sharks. The regulation, however, has not yet been fully implemented. In fact, the protection of VMEs has seen little progress since 2016 due to important data gaps leading to delays in scientific advice, finally issued on 5 January 2021. The newly-published evaluation underlines the need to adopt the implementing act to set the limits for deep-sea fishing in EU waters and to close VME areas to all bottom gears below 400 meter.


Commission launches EURATOM research programme

The new Euratom programme, the EU‘s nuclear research and training programme, entered into force yesterday with a budget of €1.38 billion (in current prices) for the next five years. This means there is a reduction from the €1,6B budget of the previous programme. A Science Business analysis indicates that the same instruments and rule of participation as the research programme Horizon Europe will be used and that Euratom will invest €583 million in fusion R&D and €266 million in nuclear fission, safety and radiation protection, while the rest of the money will fund nuclear research-related activities of the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission‘s science hub.


European Parliament adopted ERASMUS+ programme regulation

According to Science Business, the European Parliament’s culture and education committee (CULT) adopted o 10 May the regulation of the EU’s new €26 billion education programme Erasmus+, ahead of the Parliament’s final vote on the programme next week. The negotiations on the details of the programme were finalised in December. The final agreement promises to benefit 12 million people in Europe, three times more than its predecessors and ensure quicker access for those coming from disadvantage backgrounds, such as participants with disabilities, those coming from remote locations and migrants. The Commission launched the programme in March ahead of its legal approval, and the first calls are now open. Once the programme is fully adopted following next week’s vote, the money can start flowing to finance selected projects around Europe.

European Council meeting on Education, Youth and Sport

The indicative programme of the EU Council on Education, Youth and Sport, whose responsibility falls under the same Commissioner as Research and Innovation, is taking place on the 17 and 18 May with live streaming available for all sessions and a Q&A session for journalists. All links for the live streaming and full agenda are available here. The meeting will count with the participation of PT ministers for Science (Manuel Heitor), Education (Tiago Brandão Rodrigues) and Culture (Graça Fonseca).


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31/05/2022: BioData.PT Session 3, EU AI Law, European Sustainable Energy Week, LIFE Awards 2022 Winners, EU Green Deal, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– BioData.PT Talks Session 3: Recent Artificial Intelligence Tools and Architectures for Structural Biology;
– EUA Policy Input: Considerations for a “European Degree”;
– Putting Science into Standards;
– The EU AI law will not be future-proof unless it regulates general purpose AI systems;
– European Sustainable Energy Week: Going green and digital for Europe’s energy transition;
– European Commission reveals winners of LIFE Awards 2022;
– Interact with statistics for the European Green Deal;
– EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas cut: Summit draft.

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30/05/2022: INESC TEC Workshop, EU Cancer Plan, Eurostat, Defunct Satellites, Hydrogen, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC TEC coordinated a workshop on Machine Learning;
– Access to financial products for persons with a history of cancer in EU Member States;
– Eurostat regional yearbook: From traditional printed publication to modern interactive tool;
– ‘World-first’ project for capturing defunct satellites ramps up;
– Hydrogen: BAM sets up digitally networked research filling station to increase safety of technology;
– EFCA coordinates EU efforts to monitor the bluefin tuna fishing season;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report;
– Commission outlines defence R&D priorities in new €924M work programme.

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26/05/2022: INESC-ID research grants, new MSCA platform, Horizon Europe UK backup, REPowerEU, Fit for 55, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC-ID: Nuno Lopes receives research grants from Google and Woven Alpha;
– EU ramping up efforts for strategic autonomy in raw materials;
– Laurence Moreau appointed head of the ERC executive agency;
– Event: The UK’s Position in Global Science and Innovation;
– New MSCA networking platform for future applicants;
– Application system opens for UK Horizon backup grants;
– Fraunhofer elects three new executive vice-presidents;
– FaST Navigator study identifies models necessary to provide accurate advice on the use of fertilisers to EU farmers;
– Germany’s pacifist universities pose obstacle to militarisation of EU R&D;
– Webinar: The European Standardisation Booster;
– MSCA Cluster event on Mission Ocean and Waters;
– REPowerEU: Commission establishes the EU Energy Platform Task Force to secure alternative supplies;
– Horizon Europe mission on carbon-neutral cities kicks into gear;
– Fit for 55: New EU carbon sink goal will increase 2030 reduction target;
– A new Blue Economy Observatory to monitor and promote the sustainability of our ocean related activities;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report.

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