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New EU-funded report recommends more AI in healthcare

According to a report recently released by the AI Think Tank of EIT Health – an EU-funded network of health innovators –, application of AI to health care will be crucial to prevent healthcare systems from struggling over the next decade. The report concludes that investments in AI and digital solutions are urgently needed, with healthcare workforces already straining to meet demand due to increasing populations and people living longer. We already know of the tremendous potential of AI and machine learning for healthcare and personalised medicine – if you did not already, we recommend listening to the HUB’s latest podcast on this very topic. The challenge of the pandemic has somewhat accelerated the growth, adoption and scaling of AI. In the following months and years, claims the report, it will be necessary to improve collaboration and exchange of best practice across the EU, to build on existing networks and infrastructures to support AI integration; at a EU level, it will be crucial to build a more robust European data infrastructure, allowing experts to track diseases, diagnose more quickly and develop new and improved AI-based solutions.


A new cybersecurity centre in Bucharest

The EU kickstarts the preparation for the establishment of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre, with its future governing body meeting last week for the first time. The Centre is foreseen to launch in June and will aim to strengthen European cybersecurity capacities, boost research excellence and the competitiveness of the EU industry in this field. This step goes in the direction urged by many cybersecurity experts around Europe and well-illustrated in the article INESC published on Science Business last month.


Bioenergy and forestry in the EU green finance taxonomy

A draft of the implementing rules prepared by the Commission for the EU’s green finance taxonomy has leaked ahead of their presentation due on Wednesday (21 April). In this draft, which spells out the detailed criteria that economic activities must meet in order to be labelled as green investments in the EU, agriculture has been left out, while bioenergy criteria will be updated as soon as the EU revises its renewable energy directive, which will be up for a rewrite in June. It seems that also future developments in sustainability criteria for forestry will be taken into account in revisions of this regulation. A debate has been raging in Europe over the role biomass in the fight against climate change. While biomass is considered carbon neutral under EU law, scientists have warned policymakers that burning wood for electricity production can worsen climate change, depending on what sources of wood are used. More information about the draft here.


EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place on 25-29 October 2021 under the theme: ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’. The event will comprise a 3-day digital policy conference, the EUSEW Awards, the second European Youth Energy Day as well as 1:1 video meetings, virtual stands and other networking activities. Participants will also have access to online side events and Energy Days, digital events taking place all over Europe. Registration will open in September. Meanwhile, the call for sessions for the Policy Conference of the 2021 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week is now open. The Policy Conference takes place from 25 to 28 October, and applications may be submitted until 17.00 CEST on 10 May 2021.

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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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17/05/2022: Renewable Energies, Lump Sum Funding in Horizon Europe, EU Missions, Gender Equality, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– In focus: Employment in EU’s renewable energy sector;
– Webinar: Lump Sum Funding in Horizon Europe: How does it work? How to write a proposal?;
– Horizon Europe – EU Missions calls 2022: Virtual brokerage event;
– BAM and BTU team up to close Germany’s skills gap in hydrogen technologies;
– A plan for achieving gender equality in the research and innovation system;
– SymbNET PhD Summer school on host-microbe symbioses;
– Tracking agricultural-related deforestation.

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