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In today's Morning Brief:

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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26/05/2023: New Horizon Europe calls, a global drive for open science, European Commission DG RTD recent reorganisation, EU-China & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Twinning call for proposals is open – Read all about it
– Horizon Europe ERA Fellowships call is now open
– EUR 20 million available for Pathways to synergies – Call for proposals
– New Horizon Europe funding opportunity: Dissemination & Exploitation Support Facility call
– Commission Open Call: Expert Group on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon Europe
– Industry 5.0 Award contest opens: apply by 1 September 2023
– Horizon Europe: The EU and the Republic of Korea launch formal negotiations on association to the programme
– European Space Agency chief seeks ‘forward-looking decisions’
Research & Innovation:
– EU research ministers make fresh call for a full transition to free open access publishing
– Open Science: stakeholders welcome European efforts towards publicly owned and not-for-profit scholarly communication
– Global drive for more open, rigorous research is growing
– European Commission sets up new European Innovation Council unit in the research directorate
– Spain wants EU presidency to be ‘bridge’ with Latin American R&D
– Green industry law haunted by old conflicts over nuclear, financing
– The five EU research projects involving China’s military-linked universities
– Critical Raw Materials: EU ministers want to move fast but dilemmas abound
– G7 ministers call for rules to improve research security
– Territorial Economic Data viewer supports policy monitoring
News from INESC institutes:
– INESC Brussels HUB is signing an Open Letter regarding changes to Who is Who in EC Directorate
– ECI Cruelty-free cosmetics – Consultation to adhere to joint final statement
– Structuring the ecosystem: RTOs collaboration with higher education institutions
– INESC TEC develops pioneering research in the application of variational quantum circuits to reinforcement learning
– INOV: MULTICAM prototypes, an online presentation on Blockchain and 5000 followers
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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19/05/2023: HUB Summer Meeting, Digital Europe Programme, Regional Innovation Valleys, European R&I funding and policy, and much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Commission Expert Group on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon Europe
– Commission launches first €122M call to create regional innovation ecosystems
– New calls for proposals of the Digital Europe Programme
Research & Innovation:
– EU research commissioner Mariya Gabriel resigns
– France to boost funding for health research infrastructures and UK to invest £100M in improving RIs
– Commission takes European Innovation Council management under its wing
– Industry 5.0 Award: The contest is open for applications
– AI Act moves ahead in EU Parliament with key committee vote
– Defence industry renews call for R&D spending boost
News from INESC institutes:
– Technology and Law: building a virtuous relationship, by Graça Barbosa
– The 2022 INESC-ID AnnualReport is out
– Exciting news from H2020-RESCUER
– Launch of the New Horizon Europe Project SYCLOPS
– INESC TEC supports the implementation of robotic technologies to reduce the ecological footprint
– INESC TEC develops virtual reality app to support youngster looking for jobs
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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05/05/2023: HE calls update, cohesion policy, open access, open science, cohesion policy and coordination of national and EU R&D policy.

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
– Horizon Europe – easy call and topic search
– From KOWI: MSCA: Model Working Contract for Doctoral Networks published
Research & Innovation:
– Report on the outcome of 2021-2027 cohesion policy programming
– Spain adopts national open access strategy
– Commission attempts to strengthen coordination between national R&D policies and EU research programs
– Commission Plans to launch a European Standardisation Panel survey
– Research funders draw attention to uneven implementation of open science
– EIT Climate to become financially sustainable by end of 2024
– Preparing for Belgium’s Thirteenth Presidency of the Council of the European Union
– African Union-European Union High Level Policy Dialogue – Science, Technology and Innovation. Senior official meet to endorse the AU-EU Innovation Agenda
News from INESC institutes:
– INESC MN has a new publication in Advanced Materials Journal
– INOV projects on Youtube
– Diogo Vaz published an article in Público
– Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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