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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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31/05/2022: BioData.PT Session 3, EU AI Law, European Sustainable Energy Week, LIFE Awards 2022 Winners, EU Green Deal, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– BioData.PT Talks Session 3: Recent Artificial Intelligence Tools and Architectures for Structural Biology;
– EUA Policy Input: Considerations for a “European Degree”;
– Putting Science into Standards;
– The EU AI law will not be future-proof unless it regulates general purpose AI systems;
– European Sustainable Energy Week: Going green and digital for Europe’s energy transition;
– European Commission reveals winners of LIFE Awards 2022;
– Interact with statistics for the European Green Deal;
– EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas cut: Summit draft.

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30/05/2022: INESC TEC Workshop, EU Cancer Plan, Eurostat, Defunct Satellites, Hydrogen, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC TEC coordinated a workshop on Machine Learning;
– Access to financial products for persons with a history of cancer in EU Member States;
– Eurostat regional yearbook: From traditional printed publication to modern interactive tool;
– ‘World-first’ project for capturing defunct satellites ramps up;
– Hydrogen: BAM sets up digitally networked research filling station to increase safety of technology;
– EFCA coordinates EU efforts to monitor the bluefin tuna fishing season;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report;
– Commission outlines defence R&D priorities in new €924M work programme.

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26/05/2022: INESC-ID research grants, new MSCA platform, Horizon Europe UK backup, REPowerEU, Fit for 55, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC-ID: Nuno Lopes receives research grants from Google and Woven Alpha;
– EU ramping up efforts for strategic autonomy in raw materials;
– Laurence Moreau appointed head of the ERC executive agency;
– Event: The UK’s Position in Global Science and Innovation;
– New MSCA networking platform for future applicants;
– Application system opens for UK Horizon backup grants;
– Fraunhofer elects three new executive vice-presidents;
– FaST Navigator study identifies models necessary to provide accurate advice on the use of fertilisers to EU farmers;
– Germany’s pacifist universities pose obstacle to militarisation of EU R&D;
– Webinar: The European Standardisation Booster;
– MSCA Cluster event on Mission Ocean and Waters;
– REPowerEU: Commission establishes the EU Energy Platform Task Force to secure alternative supplies;
– Horizon Europe mission on carbon-neutral cities kicks into gear;
– Fit for 55: New EU carbon sink goal will increase 2030 reduction target;
– A new Blue Economy Observatory to monitor and promote the sustainability of our ocean related activities;
– Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook Workshop – Report.

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