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In today's Morning Brief:

Survey to improve science communication of the European Commission

The European Commission wants to improve its communication on science, research and innovation and is asking citizens how it should do it in a new survey. The short survey asks respondents which science areas are most important to them, what media they prefer, who influences their opinion on research and innovation, and what they see as the main goals of European science projects.


EU and Ukraine sign a strategic partnership on raw materials

Kyiv will be invited today to join the EU industrial alliances on batteries and raw materials, with a view to develop an entire value chain of the extraction, refining and recycling of minerals in Ukraine to supply the EU market for electric cars and digital equipment.

The EU-Ukraine partnership on raw materials has a wider global significance. As Russia completes construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, Kyiv is expected to lose out on gas transit revenues. And raw materials could provide a new source of income for Ukraine. The Commission sees clear opportunities from forging closer ties with Ukraine. Europe is currently heavily dependent on imports of key raw materials, with China providing 98% of the EU’s supply of rare earth elements, a key component for magnets used in electric car batteries, smartphones and wind turbines.

The alliance aims to strengthen the EU’s strategic autonomy on raw materials by identifying obstacles, and investment opportunities at all stages of the mineral value chain, while trying to minimise the environmental and social impacts, the Commission said. Read more on Euractiv.


EU matchmaking event for the development of COVID-19 therapeutics

The European Commission is hosting a two-day pan-European matchmaking event to accelerate and upscale the development and production of COVID-19 therapeutics in the EU, bringing together over 250 participants throughout the value chain from 25 Member States and other countries.

The event is a step in implementing the Commission’s strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics adopted in May 2021. The event will focus on the development and production of both new and repurposed medicines to treat COVID-19 in all stages of the disease; especially building on the recently published list of five promising candidate therapeutics. The event is organised by the Commission’s Task Force for industrial scale-up of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, in close cooperation with the European Cluster Collaboration Platform and in partnership with the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) and the European Cluster Alliance (ECA).

More information about the event is available on the event’s website, while an analysis of the matchmaking event and its background is available on Euractiv.


Germany invests € 47 million in new research groups

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is set to award €47.4 million to 13 new research groups addressing pressing issues in their subject areas. The newly funded groups will study the intricacies of lower back pain, dissect the behaviour of DNA viruses, dive into the history of psychiatry, and develop new visual computing simulation and learning techniques, among other topics. They will receive funding for up to 6 to 8 years to carry out their research.

The full list of the research groups funded is available here.


Level(s): a new framework for building sustainability

The Commission has recently adopted Level(s), an assessment and reporting framework that provides a common language for sustainability performance of buildings. Level(s) promotes lifecycle thinking for buildings and provides a robust approach to measuring and supporting improvement from design to end of life, for both residential buildings and offices. Building upon the objectives of both the EU Green Deal and the EU Circular Economy Action Plan, Level(s) supports the efforts of the building sector in improving energy and material efficiency, thereby reducing overall carbon emissions.

Learn more on the Commission website, and from this factsheet with examples of how to use the framework in practice.


EU 2030 climate target: MEPs to quiz Commission VP Timmermans on Wednesday

The executive Vice President of the EC Frans Timmermans will present the Commission’s “Fit for 55 in 2030” package and debate with Environment Committee MEPs, on the day of its adoption. The presentation and debate will take place tomorrow, 14 July, from 5 pm to 6.30 pm CEST. You can follow the committee meeting live here.

Before, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee will debate the latest report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on “The state of the global climate in 2020” with Professor Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of WMO. This debate will take place from 15.15 to 16.15 CEST and can be followed live here .

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20/05/2022: Hydrogen R&I, INESC-ID researchers honoured, INESC TEC wins international award, new EIC call, Climate Change, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Hydrogen R&I gets boost in new Commission plan to wean EU off Russian energy;
– Ireland announces 2030 R&I strategy;
– EU pledges more research cooperation with Gulf states;
– INESC-ID researchers honoured with University of Lisbon/Caixa Geral de Depósitos Scientific Awards;
– INESC TEC robot wins international design award;
– Info session on Horizon Results Booster – Steering research towards a strong societal impact;
– European Innovation Council launches the Scale Up 100 Call;
– Energy industry’s cybersecurity awareness rises, defence lags;
– Climate change: Better using European forests as carbon sinks;
– European Maritime Day 2022: Sustainable blue economy for green recovery;
– Commission welcomes political agreement on new rules for securing winter gas storage;
– Leaked draft gives first glimpse of the Commission plan to turn the EU into an ‘innovation powerhouse’.

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19/05/2022: REPower EU, Green Transition, Natura 2000 awards, EU Blue Economy Report, Women in the Blue Economy, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– REPower EU: A plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition;
– Research and Innovation to REPower the EU;
– ASEM Global Lifelong Learning Week;
– Scientists from the University of Coimbra test new intelligent monitoring systems for vineyards;
– Natura 2000 Awards: EU recognises excellence in nature protection across Europe;
– EU urges building insulation push in bid to end reliance on Russian gas;
– Finland, Japan open call for research cooperation;
– EU Blue Economy report: Ocean economy fuels European green transition;
– The “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals is now open;
– EPFL: A new law unchains fusion energy.

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18/05/2022: Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Russian gas supply, Partnerships for Regional Innovation, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Renewable energy industry says EU fund for clean tech is failing its mission;
– The Guild: Diversity, sustainability and quality must be the hallmarks of academic publishing in Europe;
– Climate change: MEPs push for accelerated EU action and energy independence;
– EU and US edge closer together on AI at latest Trade and Technology Council meeting;
– Open Call: New EU TalentOn invites young, academic talent to find solutions for our most pressing challenges;
– Commission launches EPREL database to help consumers on energy efficient products;
– LEAK: EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas ‘supply shock’;
– Forging sustainable timber construction in Europe;
– President Zelensky urges US universities to help rebuild Ukraine’s higher education system;
– Partnerships for Regional Innovation: 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected for Pilot Action.

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