UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (18 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Joint Staff Working Document: Report on the implementation of the 2016 Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats and the 2018 Joint Communication on increasing resilience and bolstering capabilities to address hybrid threats

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Council conclusions on Non-power nuclear and radiological technologies and applications

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Press Release: LIFE shows real-world benefits of photocatalytics to improve our air

This year’s theme for UN World Environment Day is improving air quality. With so many avenues to explore, photocatalytic materials are seen as one way to reduce air pollution. Several LIFE projects are using real-time measurements to demonstrate their effectiveness.

Press Release: EU Bioeconomy: creating sustainable resource-efficient bio-based products, including alternatives to plastic

A recent Euronews Futuris episode on the European Union (EU) bioeconomy, renewable resources, bioplastics, and citizen science opens with a reference to JRC data on the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy.

Press Release: EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad competition

Your idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food supply chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change. As long as it’s in the cleantech domain.

Event: Horizon Europe – New Parliament, new Commission, new agenda (Brussels, 10 September 2019)

This Science|Business conference – ahead of DG Research’s major stakeholder event in late September – offers an opportunity for the wider European R&I community to debate the right strategy and ambitions for Horizon Europe. On one level, it will invite reflection on the legacy of and lessons learned from Horizon 2020. More importantly, however, it will look to the future and gather high level recommendations for the incoming Parliament and Commission on what Horizon Europe might realistically be expected to deliver through to 2030.

Press Release: Biodegradable plastics: testing can help inform most appropriate end-of-life options, but also reveals environmental concerns

Scientists have tested the behaviour of biodegradable plastics in managed composting and anaerobic conditions, as well as under simulated environmental conditions, such as in seawater or soil. This study found that blending different types of biodegradable plastics may open up new opportunities in relation to their end-of-life treatment — notably the potential to make one of the world’s best-selling biodegradable plastics, polyactic acid (PLA), home-compostable by blending it with another polymer (polycaprolactone — PCL).

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the space programme of the Union and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and repealing Regulations (EU) No 912/2010, (EU) No 1285/2013, (EU) No 377/2014 and Decision 541/2014/EU

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Press Release: Council calls for long-term, consolidated EU strategy in the field of space

The Council adopted today conclusions on the future of the European space policy. Recognising the role of space as an enabler for social and economic benefits and its importance in shaping a number of sectoral policies, the Council calls for greater coordination between the EU, the European Space Agency and member states in addressing the challenges posed by the transformation of the space sector.

Blog: Future and emerging technologies in the EIC Pathfinder: how to turn crazy scientific research into innovative technologies and products

By Thomas Skordas, Director “Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure” and Jean-David Malo, Director for Open Innovation and Open Science, DG Research and Innovation

For 30 years, the EU’s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme encouraged researchers from different disciplines to work together to convert crazy scientific ideas into proofs of concept, laying the foundations for radically new technologies. Now, the FET programme will be integrated into the new European Innovation Council and will help research to become industrial applications and systems more quickly.

Call for Applications: EIT RawMaterials – Call for RawMatCop

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Press Release: Deep tech on display – Scaleups and Corporates come together to spring innovation and business

On 3-4 April, over 100 companies funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot participated in a matchmaking event at the InQbet Accelerator in Brussels with large corporates and open innovation experts.

Event: IoT Week 2019 (Aarhus, Denmark, 17 – 21 June 2019)

The 9th International IoT Week will be held in June 2019, from the 17th to the 21st at the Musikhuset in Aarhus, Denmark. The Conference will gather more than 1000 IoT devotees from all around the world to explore a range of topics regarding the impact of IoT on the environment, society and business.

Event: Reviving Long-Term Growth in the European Union (Brussels, 04 July 2019)

What are the drivers of the current productivity slowdown? Where does Europe stand and what are the key challenges and paradoxes it faces? Which of these can be addressed through EU-level intervention?

This Conference will explore these important questions, in particular focusing on the role of better diffusion of knowledge and technology, the digitalisation of firms, investment finance and changing business models in reviving long-term growth in the European Union.

Event: European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy (Helsinki, 30 September & 1 October 2019)

The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This flagship event will be held 30 September–1 October in Helsinki in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will consist of three parallel conferences:

  • CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base
  • Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
  • SI 2019 Conference – Sustainable innovation

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (14 May 2019)

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Press Release: Highlights from the European Maritime Day

Maritime stakeholders from all over Europe gathered on 16 and 17 May in Lisbon at the European Maritime Day. Read the highlights from the event to grasp what is currently going on in the blue sector.

The focus of 2019 Maritime Day was blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy.

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