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In today’s Morning Brief we bring you two new events happening in November concerning the research communities, news in protecting sustainable fisheries, the application of gender equality in R&I relating to COVID-19, and above all more news on COP26 as the event begins.

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

#BusinessNatureSummit is coming!

Registrations are now open for the 2021 European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS) on 30 November and 1 December. Business leaders and policymakers will meet at this virtual high-level political and technical forum to mobilise the business community and strengthen the European “Business for Biodiversity movement” called upon by the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

You can sign up for this virtual event here.

SUSHI DROP: Protecting Sustainable Fisheries

Traditional assessment techniques of ecosystems knowledge, such as fish capture, can be extremely invasive, including a high risk of capturing many non-targeted organisms.

The Italian-Croatian SUSHI DROP project aims to develop an accurate and non-invasive method for mapping of marine ecosystems, using an unmanned underwater vehicle or “UVV”.

So far, two missions have been conducted to confirm the capabilities and performance of “Blucy”, a customized UUV, even in adverse marine and weather conditions. During these test runs, the researchers have collected biophysical data, videos and high-resolution images.

Thanks to the advanced technologies of the drone, such as the multibeam and high-resolution camera, it is possible to obtain a complete description of a given underwater area, from a morphological as well as a fauna point of view, highlighting benthic communities, fish and rock formations.

Read more about it here.

Apply for the Commission Expert Group on COVID-19, Gender Equality and R&I

The European Commission is launching an Expert Group on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality in EU R&I, funded under the “Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area” 2021-2022 Work Programme of Horizon Europe.

The call for applications for selecting members of the Expert Group is now open. If you are an expert in one or more of the abovementioned areas, please complete your application, by filling out the necessary documents and enclosing a CV and cover letter, and send them by email to RTD-GENDERINRESEARCH@ec.europa.eu by 25 November 2021, 12 midday, CET.

What to watch for at COP26 in R&I

COP26, the event that begins this weekend, is being considered the mother of all climate change conferences as the topic becomes more and more serious.

It will have a different theme each day, with green finance, energy, water and oceans, land use, transport and cities all getting attention. Particularly relevant for researchers will be a day partly dedicated to ‘science and innovation” on Tuesday, November 9.

Science Business published a guide to six key questions that could animate the R&I debate in Glasgow as COP26 gets underway. Make sure you check it out here.

Science for a Net-Zero Transition

One of the ways in which the academic and research communities worldwide can address the urgent global challenges is by uniting efforts towards the net-zero transition. Realizing this transition represents and enormously complex challenge requiring mass collaboration.

For this reason, don’t miss Science Europe’s symposium in the fringe of COP26 to explore how the research community can unite their efforts to contribute to this transition. Find out more here, and register 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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