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The 2021 Global Research Council (GRC) European Regional Meeting is only two days away

On the 21st and 22nd of October, this hybrid event will bring heads of organisations in the European region will meet to discuss and prepare European contributions to the Annual meeting in Europe and four other GRC regions.

This meeting will focus on two main topics: research ethics, integrity and culture in the context of rapid research results; and science and technology workforce.

To find out more about the programme of the event click here.

Facebook announces plans to hire 10,000 people in the EU to build the ‘metaverse’.

This Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to build the metaverse, something that would blur the lines between the digital and physical worlds.

The announcement gave few details of the company’s plans for the new metaverse team, except that the new hires will include highly specialised engineers.

Many, such as the Washington Post, claim that Facebook’s interest in the metaverse are part of a push towards rehabilitation of the company’s reputation.

If you want to learn more about this new technology click here.

Greater inclusivity in post-pandemic connectivity push is needed

Further work towards inclusivity in expanding connectivity in a post COVID-19 world is needed, according to EU experts working in this area.

Regarding the importance of connectivity during and after the crisis, MEP Josianne Cutajar noted the importance of ensuring that connectivity infrastructure works for all and the skills necessary for its deployment don’t leave anyone behind.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how indispensable connectivity is, thus, there is a need from Europe to push towards investment in sustainable and quality digital infrastructure.

If you want to read more about this topic click here.

European Commission estimates two years before Horizon Europe missions can start to deliver

In an interview with Science|Business, the EC’s Director General for Research and Innovation Jean-Eric Paquet said Brussels is starting a campaign to convince member states and regions to help make the five research missions in Horizon Europe a reality.

Each of these five missions will get at least €320 million for the next two years as they get underway. If all goes well, more funding willl be allocated after 2023. The hope is stakeholders will jump on board and commit their own funding. But the key to the success of the missions will be implementation, something the Commission will push for take up of research results on the ground and in policy.

Researchers are still awaiting more clarity on how to take part in the missions. The first details should come out in December of this year, when the Commission is expected to update the 2021 work programme with Horizon Europe calls for the five missions. The 2022 Horizon Europe work programme should be out in Spring. To read more about this click here.

The EIT supports the New European Bauhaus initiative with €5 million

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launched the ‘EIT Community Booster – Scaling New European Bauhaus Ventures’ in order to support the New European Bauhaus initiative.

This first call will support twenty innovative companies with a budget of up to €50,000 each to accelerate solutions integrating sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion.

This call is part of a wider €5 million budget for New European Bauhaus activities supported by the new EIT Community in 2021 to 2022. This call will be open until 17 December 2021 and start-ups and scale-ups are encouraged to apply and scale their venture.

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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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