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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:

In today’s Morning Brief:


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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16/05/2022: INESC-ID at SciComPT, INESC TEC and a new modelling language, Energy Poverty Conference, EIT Health report, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– ERC president Maria Leptin elected fellow of Royal Society;
– INESC-ID present at SciComPT 2022;
– INESC TEC team contributed to a new version of Alloy modelling language;
– Innovation and Technology Transfer in Central and Southeast Europe;
– MACUSTAR study on common cause of blindness gets regulatory nod;
– EU readies €195 billion plan to quit Russian fossil fuels;
– First report on the performance of European Partnerships under Horizon Europe;
– Mechanobiology of Cancer Summer School 2022;
– Energy Poverty Advisory Hub Conference – Moving Towards Energy Autonomy: How to Guarantee Social Inclusion;
– EIT Health publishes report on building sustainable healthcare systems;
– Bringing the best of European produce to your table;
– Viewpoint: Energy should be at the heart of EU-Japan research cooperation;
– EU-Azerbaijan – Senior officials meet to reinforce energy cooperation.

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13/05/2022: INESC Brussels HUB Summer Meeting 2022, Technology Infrastructures, Horizon Europe, EU Soil Mission, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– INESC Brussels HUB Summer Meeting 2022;
– EU boosts R&D funding in Finland with €523M in cohesion money;
– Nine case studies for a European strategy on technology infrastructures;
– Results of the second Call for Technical Assistance;
– Commission says European Innovation Council grant logjam to end in June;
– Horizon Europe call for proposals for a “Network for innovative solutions for the future of democracy” is open;
– Making the polluter pay: Commission seeks views on EU environmental liability laws;
– The Commission’s renewed strategy for the EU’s outermost regions puts people first and unlocks their potential – including the blue economy;
– Western democracies craft alliance on quantum technology;
– Call submission figures for Horizon Europe – Reforming the European R&I system;
– EU Soil Mission: €95 million call opens;
– The EU and Japan open Horizon Europe association talks;
– Academic sector makes moves to going green;
– MLZ Conference 2022: Neutrons for Mobility;
– EIT Manufacturing LEADERS – Women Innovators call in now open;
– EU and China to hold the 15th Joint Steering Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation;
– UK research assessment could shift money away from London, Oxford and Cambridge.

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12/05/2022: EU Missions Info Days, Fit for 55, European Open Science Cloud, European Innovation Ecosystems, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– The report on the final outcomes of the Conference on the Future of Europe is now online;
– EU Missions Info Days;
– New study unveils how the CAP is contributing to animal welfare and antimicrobial use reduction;
– Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030” launches a second wave of actions;
– Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans;
– Prior information notice related to “Managed Services for the European Open Science Cloud Platform”;
– EIB report: COVID-19 pandemic intensified EU’s transition to a digital economy;
– Experts urge rethink of energy metrics to fully decarbonise buildings;
– European Innovation Ecosystems work programme: Upcoming calls worth €29.5 million;
– Tech.eu Summit 2022.

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