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In today’s Morning Brief we bring you a little teaser from what we gathered at yesterday’s EARTO Policy Event and Innovation Awards 2021, we bring you the newest report on AI Watch, and in a week as crucial to the climate as this one, a variety of news centred on the green transition and COP26.

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

Beyond pilots: AI Watch Report

The European Commission published the report “Beyond pilots: Sustainable implementation of AI in public services” as part of their AI Watch activities towards the investigation of the effective AI uptake in the public sector.

Based on the knowledge resulting from the collection of 230 AI use cases from EU national, regional, and local government, this report introduces the concept of AI appropriation in the Public Sector.

This concept is seen as the combination of two logically distinct phases, respectively named adoption and implementation, which reflect the two concepts of ‘governing with AI’ on the one hand and ‘governing AI’ on the other. Introducing this concept allows the development of a research approach that goes beyond the analysis of only individual, pilot AI projects.

While highlighting the differences between the implementation and the adoption of AI, the focus here is also on the idea that the global process of AI appropriation, in order to be sustainable, needs to be cyclical with these two phases alternating and repeating across time.

This report is a first attempt to highlight that AI is not only about algorithms, data, and computing power, but mostly about people and citizens. Don’t forget to check it out!

EU and International Senior Science Advisors call Global Leaders to take action on Climate at COP26

Yesterday, the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission, together with 37 International Senior Scientific Advisers from around the globe, released a joint statement ahead of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference COP26, calling world leaders to take action for successfully mitigating climate changes and protect our planet.

The statement reiterates the existing scientific consensus on the need for urgent action and points to the central role of science and innovation in adaptation and mitigation.

The international science advisors call for an increase in international collaboration to accelerate research, development, demonstration and deployment of effective mitigation and adaptation solutions; and establish programmes to strengthen global research and innovation capacity.

Don’t miss the full statement here!

‘Always on: The promise of new geothermal technologies

The ability of geothermal energy to provide baseload electricity and flexibility to heating and power systems will be invaluable in order to move towards a 100% renewables-based system, experts say.

Geothermal energy, often dubbed ‘the sun beneath our feet’ for its capacity to provide an endless source of energy from the subsurface, currently has just about 16 gigawatt (GW) of capacity installed globally.

But new drilling techniques and the urgency to decarbonise heating systems are providing new momentum to the industry, which has plans to rapidly scale up.

Yet, geothermal industry associations and NGOs alike lament that the EU is doing too little to promote renewable alternatives to fossil fuels in heating.

Don’t miss the article here!

Green campaigners condemn pushback against EU forest strategy

The pushback from EU countries against the European Commission’s new forest strategy, which seeks to protect biodiversity and enhance the role of trees in capturing CO2, has been ‘hyperbolic’ according to the forestry NGO Fern.

The strategy was published just two days after the European Commission’s 2030 climate package in July and includes aims to protect old-growth forests, which have huge potential as carbon sinks, to plant three billion trees by 2030 and increase observation of forests to help improve their condition.

However, many EU countries have joined forces against the strategy, complaining that it does not sufficiently take into account the economic role of forests and that the European Commission is overstepping its competence.

“What we need are clear limits on the levels of harvesting across Europe, in line with the Paris Agreement, and in line with biodiversity limits”, Fern campaigner Hannah Mowat said, adding this will “also fulfil citizens needs for nature”.

In a joint declaration from the European Forest Owners’ Conference, forest industry representatives argued the strategy’s approach does not correspond to realities on the ground, ignores the economic role of forestry and will not help the sector reach Europe’s climate objective.

Read more about the subject here!

EARTO Policy Event and Innovation Awards

Yesterday EARTO organized its Policy Event and Innovation awards digitally. The topic of this year’s event was “Towards the new EU Strategy on Technology Infrastructures as key ERA Action to deliver the green & digital transitions”.

The event was mostly centered around what should be the investments from the recovery packages at a European level and the benefits in investing in technology. Europe’s Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) provide a backbone of testbeds and must have a dedicated environment to develop with public and private sectors, taking many sizes and forms as it is a very complex environment.

The Event featured interventions from Antti Vasara, EARTO President; Guy Van den Eede, Director at the JRC; Mathias Rauch from Fraunhofer; Martina de Sole from ENoLL, among many other relevant personalities in the area discussing what should be the best strategy for Europe to develop a sustainable technology infrastructure system.

You can check out previous editions of the policy event here.

First EIC-ERC Workshop on Cell and Gene Therapy

The European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Research Council (ERC) hosted their first workshop on gene and cell therapy this summer, bringing together ERC grantees active in the area of gene and cell therapy, representatives of EIC gene and therapy projects and members of the EIC Board and ERC’s Scientific Council.

The purpose of this workshop was to explore the emerging scientific trends in this dynamic field of research and potential applications of the scientific breakthroughs in an area of great importance for our scientists and civil society.

Under its first Work Programme 2021, the EIC has also published a call on emerging technologies in call and gene therapy, aiming to fund proposals focused on novel concept-based technologies that can contribute to overcoming the critical challenges currently being faced.

To read the statements and watch the recordings of the event click here!

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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;
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– 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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