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Health Technologies podcast on AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare

At the HUB, this week starts with the publication of an exciting podcast: “AI and Machine Learning in Personalised Medicine and Healthcare”. The conversation on this extremely hot topic features Susana Vinga (INESC ID), Arlindo Oliveira (INESC Holding), Jonas Almeida (National Cancer Institute in the US), and Mário Amorim Lopes (INESC TEC). This is the first of a series of podcasts on Health Technologies, with the participation of members from INESC institutes and invited speakers from foreign universities and companies. The episode is available on the website homepage and here. Go check it out and disseminate!


Commission considering new rules on the use of AI in applications

Science Business reports a leaked draft of a law proposal by the European Commission to ban surveillance and social scoring applications of high-risk AI systems. The proposal envisages the creation of a vast new regulatory regime, with rules and roles laid out for AI providers, importers, distributors and users, and broad oversight including assessment boards, national supervisory bodies, and a newly-created European AI Board. The Commission argues that its overarching goal is to boost public trust in AI, via a system of compliance checks and by pushing member states to establish “regulatory sandboxing schemes” in which start-ups and SMEs can test AI systems before bringing them to market. Much attention will inevitably go to article four in the text, which lays out a list of prohibited AI systems, including those that “manipulate human behaviour, opinions or decisions”. The controversial law proposal has already triggered many reactions, especially from global tech giants like Microsoft and Google.


European Open Science Cloud enters new phase

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), which was formally launched in 2018 and has so far funded  about 50 projects to federate the data sharing systems around Europe, is now entering a “convergence phase”. This means that the protagonists of this phase will be a partnership between the European Commission and the EOSC Association, which brings together research providing organisations, research funders, service providers, and other organisations. The purpose of this partnership is to fully consolidate and deploy the European Open Science Cloud by 2030, to serve two million researchers. Differently from the myriad of data sharing systems used at the moment, the EOSC will connect data repositories relevant for research around Europe, and have them comply with the FAIR Data Principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability. Read more about the future of the EOSC here.


4th meetings of TEN-E Regional Groups on gas and electricity

The meetings are part of the Projects of Common Interest (PCIs), which are coordinated by regional groups and are dedicated to each type of energy infrastructure. The meeting of the TEN-E Regional groups on gas will take place on 22 April (10:00 to 15:00 CET) and 23 April (10:00 to 16:00 CET). The event will be webstreamed and participants will get the links upon registration. Agenda and registrations (open until 20 April) are available here. Over the coming months, several meetings for each of the regional groups will be organised, working towards a Union list of PCIs by autumn 2021. The next meeting of the series will be on Electricity and will take place on 26 and 27 April 2021: more information on this meeting can be found here.


Roundtable to implement the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

The Commission has published the names of the organisations that will animate the High Level Roundtable on the implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The strategy’s goal is to better protect citizens and the environment and to boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals. The mission of the expert group is to realise the objectives of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and to monitor its implementation in dialogue with the stakeholders concerned. Portugal belongs in this expert group as the Member State authority. The first meeting of the group will take place on May 5th.


Workshop on national policy and support actions for research data skills

FAIRsFAIR and OpenAIRE will jointly host a workshop on April 28th to discuss the role of national-level initiatives to advance skills development for research data management. The initiative is inspired by the skill development promised by the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud and will bring together representatives from different national platforms, projects, and organisations active in skills development and policy for RDM and FAIR data to inform and debate how national-level initiatives contribute to awareness and practical solutions for skills development. Programme and registration are available here.

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