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In today’s Morning Brief, we bring you a Horizon Europe save the date, important news on moving away from coal, Smart Cities, EU Energy Day 2021, and more!   

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Save the date: Info-days for Horizon Europe Cluster 4 to take place between 29 November and 1 December 2021

The European Commission announced today a new series of info-days for Horizon Europe Cluster 4 to be held virtually on 29, 30 November and 1 December 2021. The info-days will present the topics of the Horizon Europe Cluster 4 (Digital, Industry and Space) work programme 2022 and will give the opportunity to prospective applicants to learn more about funding under the new programme.

Info-days calendar:

29 November: Destinations 1 & 2

30 November: Destinations 2 & 5

1 December: Destinations 3, 4 & 6

For a detailed agenda, participation information and practical details, visit the event website.


Tidal energy: a missing piece in moves to replace coal

Solar and wind power are now an established part of the energy mix, but electricity supply from these sources is intermittent. Tidal power would be more predictable, but it needs to be scaled up. Read it on Science Business.


Viewpoint: More work needed to lay foundations for the Cities Mission

Science Business published an interesting opinion article on the state of play of the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission. They highlight that the Commission has fired the starting gun on the project to make 100 cities climate neutral by 2030. But the Global Knowledge Centre for Cities and Climate underpinning it won’t open until 2023 and meantime there is no independent source of science-based advice.


Webinar:“Connecting to the Ecosystem of Innovation”

Don’t miss the last days to register for the “Connecting to the Ecosystem of Innovation” webinar. The event will take place 16 November, between 10h30 and 12h00 CET and will feature Thomas Cottinet, Ramon Maspons Bosch, and Frank Kumli as speakers.

The event will emphasize:
– the key elements of the ecosystem in innovation;
– how to take the right approach to the ecosystem;
– the implications for public buyers.

Register here!

EU Energy Day 2021

The EU Energy Day, organized by the European Commission in the framework of the Expo 2020 in Dubai on the 14th of November, will be a hybrid event this year.

It will, in the context of the European Green Deal objective of making Europe a climate neutral continent by 2050, focus on hydrogen as a driver of the EU’s green energy transition. Event sessions and discussions will focus on:

  • the role of hydrogen for EU’s energy transition;
  • the role of innovation in driving the hydrogen agenda;
  • policies, technological and business models to facilitate the development renewable hydrogen projects;
  • international cooperation initiatives for technology transfer and trade.

Click here for the agenda and for the registration link! #EUenergyday


Registrations open for agri-food high-level mission in Singapore and Vietnam

Today, applications to participate in the high-level mission to Singapore and Vietnam opened for registration.  Led by Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, a business delegation of senior representatives from the EU agri-food sector will be visiting Singapore and Vietnam from 27 March until 2 April 2022, provided that the sanitary situation allows it.

This high-level mission aims at giving the opportunity to European producers’ representatives to meet not only potential partners from local markets but potentially also representatives of the agri-food sector from the whole region.

Interested applicants are welcome to register here from now until 30 November 2021.


New strategy for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has adopted the new 2030 Strategy for the Mediterranean and Black Sea. An agreement was also reached on an ambitious package of measures translating strategy into concrete actions.

According to Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, “the new GFCM 2030 Strategy provides the framework and the necessary tools to ensure a sustainable, just and inclusive future for our fleets and our local communities, while protecting the ecosystems”.

In parallel to the adoption of the new strategy, the implementation process was launched immediately. The recommendations of the strategy include important measures to improve fisheries management and control in the Adriatic and Black Seas, better protect sensitive species and habitats, and consolidate the monitoring and control framework, including combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated activities in both the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The new strategy builds on recent achievements, with its five targets, it takes an integrated approach to the complex challenges in the region and the ‘green transition’. It addresses issues such as the condition of the marine environment and preserving biodiversity.

Read more about the strategy here.

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16/05/2022: INESC-ID at SciComPT, INESC TEC and a new modelling language, Energy Poverty Conference, EIT Health report, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– ERC president Maria Leptin elected fellow of Royal Society;
– INESC-ID present at SciComPT 2022;
– INESC TEC team contributed to a new version of Alloy modelling language;
– Innovation and Technology Transfer in Central and Southeast Europe;
– MACUSTAR study on common cause of blindness gets regulatory nod;
– EU readies €195 billion plan to quit Russian fossil fuels;
– First report on the performance of European Partnerships under Horizon Europe;
– Mechanobiology of Cancer Summer School 2022;
– Energy Poverty Advisory Hub Conference – Moving Towards Energy Autonomy: How to Guarantee Social Inclusion;
– EIT Health publishes report on building sustainable healthcare systems;
– Bringing the best of European produce to your table;
– Viewpoint: Energy should be at the heart of EU-Japan research cooperation;
– EU-Azerbaijan – Senior officials meet to reinforce energy cooperation.

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13/05/2022: INESC Brussels HUB Summer Meeting 2022, Technology Infrastructures, Horizon Europe, EU Soil Mission, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC Brussels HUB Summer Meeting 2022;
– EU boosts R&D funding in Finland with €523M in cohesion money;
– Nine case studies for a European strategy on technology infrastructures;
– Results of the second Call for Technical Assistance;
– Commission says European Innovation Council grant logjam to end in June;
– Horizon Europe call for proposals for a “Network for innovative solutions for the future of democracy” is open;
– Making the polluter pay: Commission seeks views on EU environmental liability laws;
– The Commission’s renewed strategy for the EU’s outermost regions puts people first and unlocks their potential – including the blue economy;
– Western democracies craft alliance on quantum technology;
– Call submission figures for Horizon Europe – Reforming the European R&I system;
– EU Soil Mission: €95 million call opens;
– The EU and Japan open Horizon Europe association talks;
– Academic sector makes moves to going green;
– MLZ Conference 2022: Neutrons for Mobility;
– EIT Manufacturing LEADERS – Women Innovators call in now open;
– EU and China to hold the 15th Joint Steering Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation;
– UK research assessment could shift money away from London, Oxford and Cambridge.

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12/05/2022: EU Missions Info Days, Fit for 55, European Open Science Cloud, European Innovation Ecosystems, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– The report on the final outcomes of the Conference on the Future of Europe is now online;
– EU Missions Info Days;
– New study unveils how the CAP is contributing to animal welfare and antimicrobial use reduction;
– Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” launches a second wave of actions;
– Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans;
– Prior information notice related to “Managed Services for the European Open Science Cloud Platform”;
– EIB report: COVID-19 pandemic intensified EU’s transition to a digital economy;
– Experts urge rethink of energy metrics to fully decarbonise buildings;
– European Innovation Ecosystems work programme: Upcoming calls worth €29.5 million;
– Tech.eu Summit 2022.

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