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In this Morning Brief we bring you news on conferences happening very, very soon such as CONCORDi 2021, “FUTURAS IN RES – The Quantum Breakthrough” and “Technology in and for Society: Innovating well for inclusive traditions”, and more!

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In today's Morning Brief:

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CONCORDi is the biennial European conference on corporate RD&I. Its 8th edition is organised by the Joint Research Centre of the EC on 22-25 November 2021 on “Industrial innovation for competitive sustainability”, in cooperation with EARTO, the OECD and UNIDO.

For more information on the programme and registration for the event, click here!

“FUTURAS IN RES – The Quantum Breakthrough” Conference

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, will host its “FUTURAS IN RES – The Quantum Breakthrough” Conference on 24-25 November livestream from Berlin. The focus areas of this year’s international science and technology conference are the new quantum technologies, which have immense future potential for many industries. Fraunhofer experts, international companies, science organisations and start-ups will provide exclusive insights into their research, business solutions and applications.

For more information click here!

BNCT/CSTP High-Level Conference “Technology in and for Society: Innovating well for inclusive transitions”

The world faces unprecedented challenges in health, food, climate change and biodiversity, and these require systems transitions or even transformations. Emerging technologies will also have a critical role to play in finding solutions.

This high-level conference marks an important milestone of Committee on Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP) work on STI-led transitions and technology governance as well as work of the OECD Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Technologies (BNCT) on responsible innovation.

Make sure to register here for this fascinating event!

Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain issue warning on DMA ahead of ministerial meeting

The Danish, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish embassies to the EU circulated a warning statement on Monday (22 November) ahead of the Competitiveness Council that is set to adopt the EU’s Digital Markets Act, a key piece of digital legislation, on 25 November.

The four countries addressed their EU peers stressing the need for improvements in the DMA, a landmark EU proposal to regulate online platforms that are so large they play a ‘gatekeeper’ role in the online economy.

In particular, the four EU countries regret that obligations to provide fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory conditions of access for business users are “unambitiously limited” to app stores. By contrast, they want to see the scope of these provisions extended to social networks and search engines.

Read more here.

Europe’s social climate fund too small to make a difference, critics say

The European Commission proposed a “social climate fund” to protect vulnerable people from changes brought by the energy transition. Still, it is not fit for purpose, according to researchers and policymakers in the European Parliament.

The EU executive’s proposal came as part of a July package of climate legislation and was sold as a way to ensure the most vulnerable households are included in the green transition.

But the fund has been criticized for falling short of what’s needed to support the poorest European households. And the money is expected to come from a separate proposal to introduce a carbon market for road transport and buildings, which critics say risks fueling energy poverty.

“We are already observing a very worrying situation regarding rising energy prices and the Commission’s proposals may significantly worsen the situation,” said the Polish climate and environment minister, Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński at a ministerial meeting in October.

Read more here.

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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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