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In today's Morning Brief:

Science diplomacy as a tool for impact

In an interesting article in Science Business, Jean-Claude Burgelman (former coordinator of the open science policy at the EC and now lecturer at the Free University of Brussels) and Luk Van Langenhove, advocated the extension of the concept of science diplomacy published in the landmark report by the UK Royal Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science published in 2010, in which they established the distinctions between three varieties of science diplomacy:

  • Science for diplomacy, where science is used as a soft power tool.
  • Science in diplomacy, where scientists advise ministries of foreign affairs.
  • Diplomacy for science, where diplomacy supports international scientific collaborations.

Their goal is to include “open knowledge diplomacy” as a tool used by scientists to better address today’s societal grand challenges. This means scientists advocating and building upon “knowledge commons” in a specific knowledge domain, geared towards specific societal challenges. The key issue here is that there are many hurdles along the way and the main one is the coupling of research careers to outdated metrics of career progression. “Now it is quasi exclusively focused on producing science (the impact factor) but it should include other impacts as well. If my science contributes to a clean battery, without necessarily resulting in a top ranked publication, the former should be rated as high as the latter.”. Read more here.

 

European Institute of Innovation and Technology launches initiative to help universities become regional innovation engines

The Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education pilot call is looking for universities to put forward plans to strengthen their links to business and research organisations; develop services to support translation and commercialisation of academic research; enhance the quality of entrepreneurial education they provide; and generate relevant knowledge and expertise. The scope of the call is broad, allowing different needs to be accommodated, said Martin Kern, director of EIT.

Consortia of up to three universities and one other organisation are invited to apply. Twenty three selected projects will have six months to draft initial plans and begin implementation. For this phase, the projects will receive up to €400,000. If they are successful, they can move to the next phase and secure another €800,000. Applications are accepted until 25 May, and the six-month phase one starts in July. In their applications, consortia must demonstrate that they can make a meaningful contribution to the work of least two of EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), and commit to predefined objectives, for example, supporting a minimum of two start-up or scale-up companies, training a minimum 130 students in innovation and entrepreneurship, or training a minimum 12 academic staff.

 

Commission awards 2,885 researchers seal of excellence certificates

The European Commission has awarded 2,885 researchers, who applied for the 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual grants, the Seal of Excellence Certificate, a consolation prize for proposals that scored high but could not be financed due to a lack of sufficient funds.

The seal of excellence is meant to help researchers secure funding from alternative sources, such as EU regional funds and national programmes. The seal does not guarantee funding, but twelve EU countries have special schemes to support the awardees.

 

Energy integration event

Euractiv will host today at 2.30 CEST the virtual conference “Sector Integration: What will energy system integration look like in different EU Member States?”. The discussion will be focused on how the integration of energy systems will be instrumental to reach the EU 2050 climate targets. Intervening in the debate, will be representatives of the Commission’s DG ENER, the EP, the think tank E3G, the non-for-profit association Euroheat & Power, and the multinational Danfoss Climate Solutions. Registration is still open and available here.

 

EU matchmaking event to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines

The European Commission has hosted yesterday the first pan-European matchmaking event to ramp-up vaccine production and distribution. The event saw the participation of over 300 companies from 25 EU member states, including contract development and manufacturing organisations, fill and finish, equipment producers. The matchmaking event is organised by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform in partnership with the Council of European BioRegions (CEBR) and the European Cluster Alliance (ECA), which also supported the Commission in analysing and identifying EU capacities for COVID-19 vaccines production, on the basis of which companies were invited to participate in the matchmaking.

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19/05/2022: REPower EU, Green Transition, Natura 2000 awards, EU Blue Economy Report, Women in the Blue Economy, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– REPower EU: A plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition;
– Research and Innovation to REPower the EU;
– ASEM Global Lifelong Learning Week;
– Scientists from the University of Coimbra test new intelligent monitoring systems for vineyards;
– Natura 2000 Awards: EU recognises excellence in nature protection across Europe;
– EU urges building insulation push in bid to end reliance on Russian gas;
– Finland, Japan open call for research cooperation;
– EU Blue Economy report: Ocean economy fuels European green transition;
– The “Women in the Blue Economy” call for proposals is now open;
– EPFL: A new law unchains fusion energy.

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18/05/2022: Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Russian gas supply, Partnerships for Regional Innovation, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– Renewable energy industry says EU fund for clean tech is failing its mission;
– The Guild: Diversity, sustainability and quality must be the hallmarks of academic publishing in Europe;
– Climate change: MEPs push for accelerated EU action and energy independence;
– EU and US edge closer together on AI at latest Trade and Technology Council meeting;
– Open Call: New EU TalentOn invites young, academic talent to find solutions for our most pressing challenges;
– Commission launches EPREL database to help consumers on energy efficient products;
– LEAK: EU countries urged to prepare for Russian gas ‘supply shock’;
– Forging sustainable timber construction in Europe;
– President Zelensky urges US universities to help rebuild Ukraine’s higher education system;
– Partnerships for Regional Innovation: 63 regions, seven cities and four Member States selected for Pilot Action.

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17/05/2022: Renewable Energies, Lump Sum Funding in Horizon Europe, EU Missions, Gender Equality, and more.

In today’s Morning Brief:
– In focus: Employment in EU’s renewable energy sector;
– Webinar: Lump Sum Funding in Horizon Europe: How does it work? How to write a proposal?;
– Horizon Europe – EU Missions calls 2022: Virtual brokerage event;
– BAM and BTU team up to close Germany’s skills gap in hydrogen technologies;
– A plan for achieving gender equality in the research and innovation system;
– SymbNET PhD Summer school on host-microbe symbioses;
– Tracking agricultural-related deforestation.

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