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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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15/09/2023 – EARTO priorities for the next framework programme, UK-EU collaboration, key points for R&I from the State of the Union & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
Last chance to become a Regional Innovation Valley – matchmaking map available
EARTO inputs to the European Research Area and Innovation Committee
Challenges ahead as other nations seek access to EU’s Horizon R&D programme
Uncertainty over working with the UK remains despite Horizon Europe deal
European Parliament clears path for Iliana Ivanova’s Commissioner appointment
EIB provides €15 million loan to crowd farming for sustainable agriculture innovation
Two new European Partnership calls open: Aquatic Ecosystem Services and Nature-Based Solutions Research
Research & Innovation
Ursula von der Leyen proposes global AI panel and fast-tracks access to supercomputers
EU Aims for stronger Research and Innovation partnerships with Africa
European Commission has opened a call for Experts on Economic and Societal Impact of R&I sought
Portugal sets up €8M defence research programme
EU Prioritizes Science Communication to Address Societal Challenges
News from INESC
Discover the influence of AI Chat GPT in healthcare: a deep dive into ethical concerns and the future.
INESC TEC has announced an international conference dedicated to management of technology
INESC MN has opened a Call for Expression of Interest for a Researcher Position in the are of Lab on a Chip and Microfluidic Systems
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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08/09/2023 – UK joins Horizon Europe and Copernicus, Ivanova´s first hearing on Horizon Europe, supercomputer Deucalion inaugurated in Portugal, new podcasts & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
UK and European Commission reach consensus for British participation in Horizon Europe and Copernicus
Commissioner-Designate Iliana Ivanova’s hearing highlights
Seventh EU-Backed Supercomputer, Deucalion, inaugurated in Portugal
ERC announced 400 Starting Grants for EU Researchers
EIT InnoEnergy secures €140 million in private investment to boost impact
Research & Innovation
Regional Innovation Valley – Matchmaking map now available
Opinion article in Science Business by Ramon Wyss: Will AI help big tech dominate science?
MEPs Advocate for Small-Scale Nuclear Power Stations in the Fight Against Carbon Emissions
Artificial Intelligence raises concerns of pandemic risk, scientists urge caution
Temporary leadership change in European Commission’s Research and Innovation Portfolio
News from INESC
José Carlos Caldeira on Magellan Circle Podcast
First episode of the “Ciência e Sociedade” Podcast is out
INESC MN has opened a Call for Expression of Interest for a Researcher Position in the are of Lab on a Chip and Microfluidic Systems
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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01/09/2023 – European Commission´s new AI unit, upcoming challenges for European R&I policy, the new Green Deal leader statements, the role of universities of applied sciences & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon Europe
Commission’s research directorate to develop a new artificial intelligence in science policy
Back to school: what’s on the European research and innovation policy agenda this autumn
Ivanova gets ready to lock horns with MEPs
EU won’t ‘dilute’ ambition, says new climate chief
Universities of applied sciences are shaping up to boost EU research outputs
Romania to launch new funding programme aimed at luring back researchers from abroad
EIT Manufacturing announces partnership with regional business promotion agency in Austria
Research & Innovation
EU Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act explained
Research Data Alliance fosters cross-disciplinary, global data sharing
Latvia to overhaul PhDs and academic careers
To tackle wildfires, researchers in Europe team up with frontline forces
Clothing manufacturers aim to get fashionable with greener practices
The top 18 centres of trustworthy artificial intelligence research
Six online courses to boost your skills and knowledge
News from INESC
Improving the performance of databases: INESC TEC research presented at international conference
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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