Welcome to the Monday Morning Brief. As usual, Mondays in Brussels are grey (also news wise, most things happen Tuesday to Thursday – a Brussels bubble thing you learn after years of living it). There are a few interesting highlights, though. Very relevant to all of you: we are now starting the testing phase of the Private Area of the INESC Brussels HUB website. Soon, all INESC staff and researchers will have a common repository and platform for management of joint work in European-related issues and projects.
Eurobarometer – R&I raised to top priority for 20% of EU citizens
I am not sure if they even included research and innovation in previous Eurobarometer key questions, but the truth is that during the 20+ years I have monitored EU key info and attitudes towards R&I, I have never seen R&I among the top ten issues for Europeans. Not that Europeans diminished or lack consideration for R&I, but it was one of those things that “had to exist” in the background. Now, R&I is considered a top-priority by 20% of Europeans. This has to mean something and should have consequences, not least in terms of budget commitments from countries that clearly lag behind in this domain, such as Portugal.
However, even if the pandemic status of our society increased the importance of R&I, the top priority is healthcare, not only in Portugal, but across many other countries. Interesting to note that “education, training and lifelong learning” was said to be the most important issue for Nordic countries. What that says about them holding access to excellent healthcare as an obvious thing is actually a better characterisation of the deep divide in EU than anything else.
EU and UN agreement on environmental crisis
The EU is making new steps towards building international synergies to tackle climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. On Friday, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius and UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen signed a new Annex to the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding between the European Commission and the UNEP, outlining revised areas for cooperation for the period 2021-2025. The first of the 5 chapters of the agreement is to “improve the science-policy interface”, and the focus of the document is on advancing the green-digital transition through cooperation frameworks between EU and the UN.
Structured dialogue on the supply of medicines
As the delays in the fulfilment of the contract for the delivery of vaccines has been the talk of the village for a few weeks now, the European Commission launched on Friday a structured dialogue with the actors in the pharmaceuticals manufacturing chain. The dialogue is part of the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe and will involve national authorities, health NGOs and the research community to identify vulnerabilities of the pharmaceutical supply chain and ensure health systems’ preparedness for future (let alone present) crisis.
EU energy in figures
The European Commission has updated the biannual “Energy statistical country datasheet”, which compares the figures on energy across EU member states. The datasheet covers data on present long-term time series of energy balances, electricity and heat generation, main energy indicators, cogeneration, transport fuels and GHG emissions. Here you can have a look at it, as well as to the yearly “EU energy in figures statistical pocketbook”, published last November.
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.
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.
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.