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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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01/11/2023 – Lisbon crowned European Capital of Innovation, Canada´s association to Horizon Europe, €75.35B boost to the ERA, new energy projects for the Green Deal & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Calls open for 2023 Innovation Fund proposals with record €4B budget
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to develop the Smart Specialization Observatory
Fighting extreme weather with extreme computing power
Commission proposes 166 cross-border energy projects for EU support to help deliver the European Green Deal
Commission sets out actions to accelerate the roll-out of electricity grids
EU and India sign semiconductor memorandum of understanding
Research & Innovation
Canada to sign Horizon Europe association deal next year
No more New European Bauhaus Mission
Nature-inspired flying robots: advancements in environmental monitoring
Over €75B of the recovery funds will go to European Research Area objectives
Lisbon crowned European capital of innovation for 2023
Maria Leptin’s perspectives on university challenges and innovation
EU’s Industrial R&D Scoreboard updates
RTP3 features INOV’s AI-integrated inspection system in RiaStone production
APPRAISE system: INOV contributes to enhancing security in public spaces through innovative technology
INESC TEC collaborates on a European project that promotes the use of algae in sustainable aquaculture
INESC TEC’s podcast among the nominees for a national award
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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24/11/2023 – EU’s decarbonization push, INESC participates in Portugal’s Blockchain initiative, Horizon Europe budget boost for R&I & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
EU Commission to spend €186 million promoting agri-food products in and outside EU in 2024
Commission opens search for technology infrastructure expert group
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Call for Contributions: EU-U.S. Trade & Technology Council’s first edition of AI terminology and taxonomy
Belgium to focus on a public sector European blockchain during its EU presidency
Europe still working with China on military and surveillance uses of artificial intelligence, report finds
EU launches new competition to give AI companies access to supercomputers
Plans to boost Europe’s Net-Zero technology production
As microscopic materials proliferate, ensuring they are safe is a priority
Research & Innovation
European Parliament Approves 2024 EU Budget with Boost for Research and Innovation
Council approves UK’s inclusion in Horizon Europe and Copernicus Programmes
EU lagging behind on antimicrobial resistance research
Opinion article in Science Business: The European Research Area needs a reboot
EIT lauds impact of Regional Innovation Scheme in latest report
INESC participates at BLOCKCHAIN.PT initiative
INESC MN partners up in semiconductor consortium
INESC TEC advances autonomous vehicle perception in THEIA project
The HUB hosts EARTO meeting on EU RD&I Programmes
HUB contributes at the INESC TEC Autumn Forum
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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17/11/2023 – Horizon Europe latest calls, the €85M boost next year to reach €12.9B, the approval of the Critical Raw Materials Act & much more

In today’s Morning Brief:
Horizon: €290M in funding for digital, industry and space
ERC sees rise in Starting Grant applications
Artificial Intelligence
OECD updates definition of Artificial Intelligence ‘to inform EU’s AI Act’
Study highlights AI’s economic potential amid EU regulatory focus
EU Atlantic strategy: what’s next?
How can regenerative agriculture help the food system survive?
Regional Innovation Valleys for Bioeconomy and Food Systems” launch event conclusions
Research & Innovation
Horizon Europe: €12.9 Billion Boost in 2024 Budget
Commission welcomes political agreement on the Critical Raw Materials Act
Paper: How regional innovation ecosystems can improve participation in the European Framework Programme for R&I
European Space Agency looks to private sector to stay competitive
Technology readiness levels are getting a reality check to ensure innovations are socially acceptable
Research Management initiative advances strategic capacities in European research organisations
Carla Gonçalves of INESC TEC recognized among Portugal’s green visionaries
Bactometer project secures runner-up position in EIT Health
Artificial Intelligence and humans collaborate to enhance critical infrastructure security
Job Opportunities
Events & Training workshops

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