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In today’s Morning Brief brings you updated information on the Launch of the Ecosystem Services Valuation Database by the Ecosystem Services Partnership, on the European Commission’s kick-off event to celebrate the projects selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 European Green Deal Call, and a couple other news bytes. Don’t forget to consult the shortlist for this year’s EU prize for women innovators!

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Launch of the Ecosystem Services Valuation Database

On the 14th October the Ecosystem Services Partnership launched the Ecosystem Services Valuation Database (ESVD), the largest publicly available database with over 4,000 standardised monetary values for all ecosystem services and all biomes on all continents.

This is a powerful tool that can be used for a wide range of applications to support the integration of ecosystem services in decision-making, including impact assessments of land-use change, risk assessments, and natural capital accounting.

Visit their website here.

European Green Deal Call Hits the Ground Running

On Wednesday 27 October, the European Commission is organising a kick-off event to celebrate the projects selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 European Green Deal call. This €1 billion call will fund projects that will contribute to the EU’s response to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity.

During the kick-off event on 27 October at 1pm CEST, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and her guests will present the political priorities of this call and explain how it will accelerate the achievement of the European Green Deal objectives.

Click here to find out more.

Candidates for EU women innovators prize announced

The European Commission has announced the names of 21 entrepreneurs that have been shortlisted for this year’s EU prize for women innovators.

The tenth edition of the prize aims to shed light on women innovators in Europe, where only 8% of companies are founded by all-women teams. This lack of diversity, the Commission notes, translates into low capital investments in female-led and managed companies, reducing women’s ability to bring innovations to the market.

Consult the list here!

Horizon Europe: EUA joins European Parliament in call for a stronger 2022 budget

In the context of the European Parliament plenary vote on the EU budget for 2022, EUA calls on the Council to revert the proposed cuts and support the full implementation of a future-oriented Horizon Europe.

This summer, the Council of the EU proposed to reduce the Commission’s proposal for the 2022 budget of the Horizon Europe programme by more than €300 million. This came as a major surprise for the sector, especially as the Council argued that the demand was not there for this amount of spending. However, the EU’s R&I framework programmes have consistently been known for critical underfunding, leading to low success rates.

The R&I community in Europe, with universities at its core, is ready to deliver the research for a sustainable future. To achieve the ambitious goals that have been set, it is crucial to have foresight. Rather than postponing or saving funding, it is time to recognise that now is the right time to invest in R&I in Europe.

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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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