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Happy Monday! In today’s Morning Brief, we start out with a call for Scientific Committee Members for the Circular Bio-Based Industries Partnership, Building the Future 2022 is coming up later this month with a talk on the future of intelligence featuring INESC Holding President, Arlindo Oliveira, Aberystwyth University and the ESA have built a tool revealing areas of the world where forests have changed, and more.

Any comments or suggestions, hit me up with an email on teresa.carvalho@inesc.pt.

In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Call for Scientific Committee Members – Circular Bio-Based Industries Partnership

The CBE JU Scientific Committee is an advisory body of the Circular Bio-Based Europe Joint Undertaking. Its objective is to provide advice on the scientific priorities to be addressed in the CBE JU’s work programme in line with the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the Horizon Europe strategic planning. The Committee members will help highlight scientific achievements of the programme, suggest corrective measures for the programme implementation when necessary, and provide independent scientific advice on specific issues on the request of the CBE JU’s Governing Board.

Would like to become one of the 15 CBE JU Scientific Committee members to provide advice on the new partnership’s scientific priorities and activities? If you have relevant research and professional background, express your interest by 23 January!

For more information about how to apply and the selection process click here.


Building the Future 2022

The 4th edition of Building The Future promises a great deal of insights, connections and technology from the 26 to the 28 of January. Be part of the community and know everything about the digital transformation!

On the 27th of January, at 16h00 (Lisbon time), Arlindo Oliveira, President of INESC Holding will participate in the discussion on “The Future of Intelligence” so make sure to grab your ticket here.


German Government disavows Blue Hydrogen

The new German government has unveiled plans last week to massively increase the ambition of its national hydrogen strategy. There is just one caveat: fossil gas-based hydrogen likely won’t be included in subsidy schemes, despite demands from the oil and gas industry.

Clean hydrogen is seen as a potential silver bullet to decarbonise industries like steel and chemicals, which cannot fully electrify and need energy-dense fuels to generate high-temperature heat for their industrial processes.

The European Commission says it will play a key role to achieve the EU’s climate goals, saying that 24% of global energy demand in 2050 could be met with clean hydrogen.

However, Germany will make no subsidies available for so-called “blue hydrogen”, which is created by using fossil gas and sequestering the resulting CO2 emission using carbon and capture (CCS) technology, said Patrick Graichen, Habeck’s state-secretary and right-hand man.

Make sure to read this article on the issues with blue hydrogen and why Germany is stepping away from it here.


Outcomes of the BIOEASTsUP Workshop on Bioeconomy

On 8 December 2021, the BIOEASTsUP project organised a peer review exercise named “Bioeconomy to boost your business”. This was the final peer review from a series of five events aiming at exchange of good practices on knowledge and technology transfer from the region to be shared with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.

Make sure to click here to find out the outcomes of this workshop.  


Aberystwyth University Maps where forests are changing around the world

Forests are one of the key natural methods of carbon capture, by storing it in their trunks, branches and roots. Maps revealing areas of the world’s forests which have substantively changed over the past decade have been published through a European Space Agency (ESA) project that is managed and coordinated by Aberystwyth University.

The ESA’s Climate Change Initiative Biomass project, has developed a way of estimating the weight of above ground components of forests. This research uses satellite data to produce high resolution maps showing which of the planet’s forests are being lost or expanding.

Click here to read more about the project and to find out how you can view the researchers’ data.


Start-ups are making progress with zero emission planes

A surprising number of start-ups already have zero-emission craft in the air and orders are on their books. This agility contrasts with the aviation giants like Airbus or Boeing, who have cumbersome corporate structures and are tied to established supply chains.

Lukas Kaestner, co-founder of Sustainable Aero Lab, an accelerator in Hamburg that mentors clean aerospace start-ups stated: “Getting to zero-emission aviation will require new kinds of technologies, new supply chains, and more speed than we’ve seen from aviation in past decades.”

With low-cost giants like Ryanair and EasyJet offering massive sales with flights just under 10€ making up for inflated train prices in many European countries, make sure to read this Science|Business article, on how many of these start-ups are determined to bring their innovations to the market themselves, and are confidently seeking venture capital to support their scale-up and growth here.

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01/11/2023 – Lisbon crowned European Capital of Innovation, Canada´s association to Horizon Europe, €75.35B boost to the ERA, new energy projects for the Green Deal & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Calls open for 2023 Innovation Fund proposals with record €4B budget
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to develop the Smart Specialization Observatory
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Commission proposes 166 cross-border energy projects for EU support to help deliver the European Green Deal
Commission sets out actions to accelerate the roll-out of electricity grids
EU and India sign semiconductor memorandum of understanding
Research & Innovation
Canada to sign Horizon Europe association deal next year
No more New European Bauhaus Mission
Nature-inspired flying robots: advancements in environmental monitoring
Over €75B of the recovery funds will go to European Research Area objectives
Lisbon crowned European capital of innovation for 2023
Maria Leptin’s perspectives on university challenges and innovation
EU’s Industrial R&D Scoreboard updates
RTP3 features INOV’s AI-integrated inspection system in RiaStone production
APPRAISE system: INOV contributes to enhancing security in public spaces through innovative technology
INESC TEC collaborates on a European project that promotes the use of algae in sustainable aquaculture
INESC TEC’s podcast among the nominees for a national award
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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24/11/2023 – EU’s decarbonization push, INESC participates in Portugal’s Blockchain initiative, Horizon Europe budget boost for R&I & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
EU Commission to spend €186 million promoting agri-food products in and outside EU in 2024
Commission opens search for technology infrastructure expert group
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Call for Contributions: EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council’s first edition of AI terminology and taxonomy
Belgium to focus on a public sector European blockchain during its EU presidency
Europe still working with China on military and surveillance uses of artificial intelligence, report finds
EU launches new competition to give AI companies access to supercomputers
Plans to boost Europe’s Net-Zero technology production
As microscopic materials proliferate, ensuring they are safe is a priority
Research & Innovation
European Parliament Approves 2024 EU Budget with Boost for Research and Innovation
Council approves UK’s inclusion in Horizon Europe and Copernicus Programmes
EU lagging behind on antimicrobial resistance research
Opinion article in Science Business: The European Research Area needs a reboot
EIT lauds impact of Regional Innovation Scheme in latest report
INESC participates at BLOCKCHAIN.PT initiative
INESC MN partners up in semiconductor consortium
INESC TEC advances autonomous vehicle perception in THEIA project
The HUB hosts EARTO meeting on EU RD&I Programmes
HUB contributes at the INESC TEC Autumn Forum
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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17/11/2023 – Horizon Europe latest calls, the €85M boost next year to reach €12.9B, the approval of the Critical Raw Materials Act & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon: €290M in funding for digital, industry and space
ERC sees rise in Starting Grant applications
Artificial Intelligence
OECD updates definition of Artificial Intelligence ‘to inform EU’s AI Act’
Study highlights AI’s economic potential amid EU regulatory focus
EU Atlantic strategy: what’s next?
How can regenerative agriculture help the food system survive?
Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems” launch event conclusions
Research & Innovation
Horizon Europe: €12.9 Billion Boost in 2024 Budget
Commission welcomes political agreement on the Critical Raw Materials Act
Paper: How regional innovation ecosystems can improve participation in the European Framework Programme for R&I
European Space Agency looks to private sector to stay competitive
Technology readiness levels are getting a reality check to ensure innovations are socially acceptable
Research Management initiative advances strategic capacities in European research organisations
Carla Gonçalves of INESC TEC recognized among Portugal’s green visionaries
Bactometer project secures runner-up position in EIT Health
Artificial Intelligence and humans collaborate to enhance critical infrastructure security
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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