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In today’s Morning Brief we introduce you to Science Business’s Climate Ideas Blog, dedicated to all the possible perspectives on the intersection of climate, research, and technology. Moldova joins Horizon Europe, the International Methane Emissions Observatory was launched and most important of all INESC’s Health Technologies Workshop is today!
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In today's Morning Brief:
Climate Ideas Blog: Research, technology and opinions to help solve the global climate crisis
Science Business created a blog dedicated to the all the possible perspectives on the intersection of climate, research and technology. It’s pretty interesting and includes already entries dedicated to:
- Roots v. shoots: carbon capture goes underground
- Israeli start-ups jump into climate tech
- Computer projections confirm: hitting 1.5°C target is key to slowing sea-level rise
- Tilting at windmills: UK firm hopes making blades from textiles could yield cheaper wind energy
How to make good public policy in science and technology? Ask the Swedes.
In a conference about furthering the ERA (European Research Area, for the newcomers), Sweden, one of the few good students in the class, was eager to show how it can be accomplished. Its research minister, Matilda Ernkrans, won applause after telling the conference her government had increased its 2021 public research and innovation spending by nine times compared to the first year of the previous four-year budget. Speaking to Science|Business, she said the secret to the uplift was linking research funding to other political causes, like becoming “the first fossil-free welfare country” and reacting to COVID-19. That helps win over other political factions and the finance ministry. “If I want to have more money, more people need to know why”, she said.
This is why I have personally advocated for more (real) strategy, less one-man shows in national science policy. But back to last week´s conference and to the Swedes. What is ERA and how to move it forward? Well, adapting the Swedish minister’s words, it’s what everybody outside these type of policy workshops doesn’t know what it is and it will only really be, when they do. The conference had other interesting interventions, but the Swedes took the Globe d’Or.
Moldova joins Horizon Europe
The leaders of the European Union and its Member States finalised the association of the Republic of Moldova to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027). Moldovan researchers and innovators can now participate in the €95.5 billion programme, under the same conditions as entities from the EU Member States.
International Methane Emissions Observatory Launched
To support further progress on fulfilling the Paris Agreement, the UNEP with support from the European Union launched today a new Observatory to drive global action on reducing methane emissions.
The International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) was launched at the G20 Summit, on the eve of COP26. IMEO will bring global reporting on methane to a new level, ensuring public transparency on emissions. It will initially focus on methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector, and then expand to other major emitting sectors like agriculture and waste.
Hosted by UNEP, IMEO’s budget amounts to €100 million over five years. To maintain its independence and credibility, it will receive no industry funding. Instead, IMEO will be entirely funded by governments and philanthropies, with core resources provided by the European Commission as a founding member.
Read more here.
EU-US Transatlantic Collaboration Platform on Agriculture
European Union Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski and United States Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement on a newly created transatlantic collaboration platform on agriculture designed to take on the global challenges of sustainability and climate change.
Both stated the European Union and the United States are committed globally to enhanced and sustainable production, alleviating poverty and hunger, protecting our environment, and confronting climate change. This transformational initiative provides a platform for us to work cooperatively towards these goals.
Read more here.
Commission vows ‘significant investments’ to improve satellite climate models
The EU should mobilize ‘significant investments’ in collaborative projects with the ESA, and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) to better monitor extreme weather and melting glaciers and come up with better climate models, a Commission official told delegates at a COP26 side event on Monday.
According to John Bell, director for a healthy planet at the Commission’s research directorate, the EU needs a “coordinated and transdisciplinary strategic research innovation and investment agenda” in order to improve the accuracy of climate models.
At least 35% of Horizon Europe’s funding should be spent on climate-related topics, including biodiversity, agriculture and renewable energy, while 30% of the entire EU multiannual budget will be devoted to mitigating the effects of climate change. The Commission hopes this dedicated funding will help Europe transition to a greener economy and become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050. To do this, it must make use of ESA as better climate data could help Europe find new ways to reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions more effectively and prevent an escalation in extreme weather events globally.
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Science Europe Panel on Lessons Learned from COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons, including the importance of drawing on local, regional, national, and international expertise, and on the need for the research community and policy makers to collaborate at a global level.
UK Research and Innovation and Science Europe are convening an international panel of senior government officials and eminent scientists to explore how these lessons learned can be applied to help us address the climate crisis.
The panel will discuss how best to mobilize scientific communities across the world in response to climate change.
Register here before November 10, 11:00!
Towards an INESC Research and Innovation Roadmap 2030 – WG Health Technologies Workshop
Today we’re having a workshop for INESC researchers only, discussing the research done at INESC in Health Technologies and building a vision for 2030. This is a workshop to help INESC to develop a common roadmap to accomplish a series of goals. This is a unique opportunity to think together about how we see the future of our research.
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.