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In this Morning Brief, we remind you of our WG Agro Workshop happening this Thursday and open to INESC researchers, the European Commission launched a new tool to facilitate statistical transfers of renewable energy, Science Europe launches a vision for Research Culture in the ERA, and more!

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In today's Morning Brief:

In today’s Morning Brief:

The Commission launches a new tool to facilitate statistical transfers of renewable energy

The Commission recently published a new website to facilitate statistical transfers of renewable energy between EU countries. The Union Renewable Development Platform (URDP) provides an overview of the excess, or surplus, of statistics across EU countries and it features a matching mechanism, which shows options for potential agreements for statistical transfers and the associated conditions, such as volumes and price.

The platform also provides guidance on how to prepare an agreement. The timing is just right, since the platform will make it possible for EU countries to cover the missing statistics to their 2020 target for a share of renewable sources. It will also allow to plan new transfers, helping them to keep the trajectory towards the 2030 targets.

WG Agro Workshop

Human activities create pressures on natural resources that go far beyond sustainable levels, affecting land, agro, water and food (LAWF) systems.

This Thursday, at 09h00, the Hub WG responsible for this thematic area at INESC will hold a short virtual workshop where we count with the important participation of INESC researchers interested in this thematic area, to help us define our R&I identity towards the world, our vision for the future and through this, our strategic goals in the LAWF domain for the decade that now unfolds.

Registration for participation is compulsory here but all researchers willing to participate in the discussion are welcome.

Science Europe launches a vision for Research Culture in the ERA

On 25 November 2021, Science Europe releases a vision for Research Culture in the European Research Area (ERA) and commits to collective actions that enable a thriving research system.

Societal challenges and research problems are becoming more and more complex and demands on science are increasing. In parallel, the attractiveness and sustainability of research environments are also put too much into question, reflecting the need for research funding and performing organisations to re-consider some research practices.

The new statement on Research Culture envisages an ERA that focusses on the quality of research and its processes, supports scientific freedom, and promotes social diversity and inclusion, acknowledging that these conditions will, in turn, foster a productive research system.

Read more here.

A Soil Deal for Europe

The European Commission is looking for specialists in soil-related fields to evaluate and select the best proposals for EU research funding.

The Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme will provide  €320 million funding during the period 2021-23 to help deliver this mission. Thus, they are looking for experienced and motivated specialists in soil-related fields to evaluate and select the best innovative ideas that could advance the protection and restoration of soils in Europe and beyond.

Click here to find out if you fit the profile and how to register.

Commission hosts second matchmaking event to speed up the development and production of COVID-19 medicines

Yesterday and today, the Commission is hosting a pan-European matchmaking event to accelerate and upscale the development and production of COVID-19 medicines in Europe, as part of the actions under the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics.

This event aims at strengthening the participation of EU companies in value chains for COVID-19 therapeutics and speeding up connections among the participants. It also broadens the focus: from therapeutics specifically used to treat COVID-19, to also including those used to treat the symptoms of COVID-19, as well as the production of disposable materials and ingredients needed for making such medicines.

Read more about it here.

Europe’s climate legislation must work for citizens, says Spanish lawmaker

Europe’s new climate legislation needs to help citizens transition to renewable energy while protecting them from price shocks caused by volatile fossil fuel prices, according to Nicolás González Casares, a Spanish lawmaker for the Socialists and Democrats.

“Protecting citizens is the objective of the work we are carrying out with the implementation of the EU Green Deal and with the Fit for 55 package,” said Casares at an event run by EURACTIV.

Europe is undergoing a huge overhaul of its energy and environment legislation as policymakers try to put the 27 EU countries on track to meet their climate ambition.

The most recent legislative push – the so-called ‘Fit for 55’ package tabled in July – saw increased targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as increased protection for vulnerable citizens.

Just months later, Europe saw how necessary those measures were as high energy prices hit consumers, raising concerns that the most vulnerable households would be pushed further into poverty and social exclusion.

In the long run, building up Europe’s renewable energy capacity would also protect consumers from price hikes because it would increase the amount of cheap, locally-produced energy and reduce the EU’s reliance on foreign imports.

Read more 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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